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The Art of Confession

Posted: Wednesday, August 12

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 21:5-7 


Verse of the day:

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalm 32:5)

I was sitting on a wooden bench in an outdoor amphitheater just north of Oklahoma City. Youth camp at Turner Falls Camp captures the full “woodsy” ambience with an outdoor chapel, dirt paths, and the water pressure of a damaged drinking straw. It’s kind of like taking a shower while someone sprays water from a soy sauce container.


“Kevin. You don’t have to hold on to this . . .”


I love spending time with students. It’s the only reason I would ever be talked into an outdoor chapel service in 110 degree heat. When students begin to open themselves to the voice of God, the aftereffects can be surprising. Teenagers haven’t learned the social guidelines that police adult life. When adults feel conviction, they move inward. They analyze. They protect. They guard. They consider change, but carefully weigh the consequences. Younger people break down. They open up, they give up, and they confess.



One night I sat next to Kevin for 45 minutes while he sobbed uncontrollably. I spoke very few words. The one sentence I remember saying was this:



“Kevin. You don’t have to hold on to this . . .”



In full disclosure, I should tell you that before the week began Kevin’s mother had already talked with me about her son’s battle. Kevin didn’t know what I knew, but it wasn’t my confession to make. So I waited. When Kevin began to speak, the sobbing stopped. His body calmed itself as sin was unshackled like chains from his arms and legs. Weight lifted, and oxygen returned to his body and mind. Sin breeds in darkness, and vanishes in a drop of sunlight.



1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”



Don’t hide. Confess. God will meet you there.