72 Confession

The fourth secret to finding humility is confession.

Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  James 5:16

Confession is humbling, especially for those of us who deal with perfectionism.  That’s why we hate the thought of it so much.  We don’t want to admit to ourselves that we have made a mistake, much less anyone else.  Confessing sin stretches our faith and powerfully opens our hearts to God through humility.  We need to humble ourselves in confession.  (James 4:8-10)

What do we need to confess?  We can confess anything which holds us in guilt—big things, little things, old or new.  Whatever may come to mind right now may be a subject matter for confession.  Confession gives us the opportunity to let go of a burden.  Even the seemingly most insignificant thing would be worth confessing if it would rid us of guilt.

But, what if we are not sure that what we did or thought really was sin?  We find that out in the process.  When we confess to God or one of His children, we can get valuable feedback.  This will clarify if what we did is truly wrong and we can get wisdom on how to reconcile or make restitution.  In addition, the one to whom we confess can declare us forgiven and thereby thwart the enemy’s attempts to condemn us later for a matter that has already been resolved.  What we did may not be wrong in a general sense but something about how we went about it at the time may have hurt someone in the process.  Even if not totally at fault, we can still offer a confession for our part, even if we only had 1% of the responsibility.

As I have stated before, we need safe people to whom we do the process of confession.  Safe people speak the truth in love and mercy.  If a person we know says that nothing we do is wrong or that we don’t need to confess, they are not speaking truth.  If people react to our confession with shame and condemnation, they do not love nor can they give us the mercy needed to walk out our process of restoration with God.  There are people who speak truth in love.  We need to spend time with believers.  We can begin this process of confession by risking something small in order to learn if a person is safe or not.  This assumes we know the person; we don’t divulge our life story on the first meeting.  Trust takes time to develop.

At some point, however, we need to take the leap and just do it, just confess and do it quickly.  In our perfectionism, we procrastinate.  We put off anything we don’t like.  We need to push through our resistance.  We need to put to death our pride.  Confession helps us with this.  Yes, it is humbling.  This is good.  Pushing through the fear of being humiliated in order to make a confession rewards us with freedom and true humility.  We feel much better afterwards.

Experiencing His grace through confession,

Noah Woodrich

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71 Listening Obedience

Here is the third secret to finding humility:  Listening obedience.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes… Proverbs 3:5-7

In our perfectionism we want to figure out The Right Course.  We want to do the right thing at the right time.  We use our knowledge, understanding and analytical skill to conclude what is right for any given situation in which we find ourselves.  However, our finite minds cannot know every applicable factor of every decision in every situation needed to resolve the difficult problems we face.  We cannot always analyze ourselves into the right path (road or way).  The Pharisees and Herodians tried to catch Jesus in His words, even though they knew that He was a man of integrity, not swayed by men nor paying attention to who they were.  They knew Jesus taught the way of God in accordance with the Truth. (Mark 12:13-14)  He is The Way.  Rather than solely using our own mental ability to make decisions, we need to listen, put our trust in and obey what we hear from Him.  Remember, He
is our Great Shepherd.  Listen and follow Him. (John 10:11, 14-16)

This listening and obeying requires humility.  In doing this we put more weight on God’s words to us rather than our own thoughts.  We naturally tend to give weight to our own thoughts while simultaneously discounting what Jesus speaks to our hearts.  We want what we want when we want it.  This often springs from wounded places in our hearts which entangles us with the flesh.

We need to let go of our natural tendency to put our voice above God’s.  Instead, we need to focus on our Shepherd.  This feels humbling. Really, though, we can’t escape being humbled.  It is better to humble ourselves rather than to be humbled.

Listening obedience requires discernment to enable us to distinguish who is speaking to us at any given moment.  The enemy masquerades his voice as the voice of God and constantly accuses and harasses us.  This is the very thing that gives him away, though.  Moreover, we need to keep in mind that when we try to listen to God we will “hear” thoughts from the world and our woundedness.  Familiarity with scripture and fellowship with other mature Christians can help us discern the voice of God from all the other voices in our lives.

A couple of days ago a friend of ours offered a great example of listening obedience.  Marguex had not been feeling well and it intensified on the weekend.  We had planned to have some friends over that day, this friend was among them.  We let them all know we couldn’t get together.  This friend decided to come over anyway.  She had heard, “What would you do if she was your sister?”  She brought over garlic, an avocado and two cooked corn-on-the-cobs.  This friend ministered empathy, friendship and prayer to us in a time of distress.  We enjoyed the food and were thoroughly blessed and our physical needs were met, as well.  Our friend listened to specific instructions from the Lord and obeyed.  For example, she bought and cooked two extra cobs of corn without even knowing why.  She obeyed the Lord’s command to love.

Learning humility in the obedience of others,

Noah Woodrich

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70 Worship

So far we have seen that weakness is a secret to humility.  This is just a beginning; there will be more to come!  For now, let’s focus on worship as a secret.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.”  Rev. 4:11

“Who will not fear You, O Lord, and bring glory to Your name?  For You alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”  Revelation 15:4

 Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us…worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:28-29

Through Jesus…let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess His name.  Hebrews 13:15

We find freedom in worship.  When we are worshiping God, we feel joy and peace; our problems fall away; we don’t care about the next bill coming due; we are not filled with fear for the future.  Worship releases us from this world.

Sure, there are plenty of self-interested reasons to worship, but the bottom line best reason to worship God is because He deserves to be worshiped!

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.” (Rev. 4:11)  We were created to worship God.  More than that, our purpose for living is to worship Him.  We belong to God, twice His:  1) He created us.  2) He redeemed us with Jesus’ precious blood.

In Jeremiah 15:21, He says that He will save us from the open, empty paw of the wicked.  He will save us from any evil, adversity, affliction, any badness, calamity, displeasure or distress from man or things.  We will be kept from exceedingly great and grievous harm, heaviness and hurt and from ill favor.  We will not be marked by mischief or misery, naughtiness or noisome conditions.  We will be kept from sadness, soreness, sorrow, trouble, vexation, wretchedness and wrong.  He will keep us from wickedness, the wickedly, the wicked one and the worst that could happen.  He will release, preserve, deliver by any means possible ransom, redeem and surely rescue us from the grasp of the terrible and mighty oppressor (our enemy and accuser).*  Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  He requires our worship.  Moreover, His redeeming us makes our hearts sing!  Let’s honor His request and worship God, and serve Him only. (Matt 4:10)

We find true humility in worship.  Our natural state is pride.  The Israelites, like us, deluded themselves into thinking they had acquired the Promised Land themselves, without God’s assistance.  God had warned them against pride. (Deut. 8:10-18)  We need to let go of pride and embrace humility, humbling ourselves under God’s mighty hand so He will lift us up in the opportune or proper time. (I Pet 5:6)

Worshiping the King,

Noah and Marguex Woodrich

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