I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. — Psalm 32:5 NLT
When we accept Jesus as our Savior we confess all of our sins up to that point. But we still live in the flesh and all of the fleshly desires are not magically removed overnight. The Holy Spirit starts a process of sanctification in each of us. This process is designed to change our hearts’ desires so that we no longer choose to live a lifestyle of sin. However, there are times that we will fail and we will think, do or say something that is not pleasing to God. Perhaps we will fail to do something that the Holy Spirit urges us to do. Most of the sins that Christians are guilty of are sins of omission, not sins of commission. We rebel against God in refusing to follow His leading in our lives. The problem I have is agreeing with God that I am being rebellious and confessing it as sin. But God does not negotiate, He will stand firm and I must agree with Him and confess. We must get to the point the Psalmist got to — “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord” and He will forgive me.