Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16

Just the other day, I discovered – no, I was shown – that there has been a bit of lawlessness hidden away in my mind. I have seen the symptoms of it, but did not know they were connected to something so profoundly evil.

Understand me: I did not know the lawlessness was there until the Holy Spirit revealed it to me. It was small and carefully hidden.

Indeed, the symptoms themselves are minor to look at (i.e., no gross sin). Only those closest to me would have noticed them. In fact, the worst of them – a presumption of what is just and fair – would be accepted by the modern world; perhaps even encouraged and applauded.

But, thank God, I am not of this world.

Once the lawlessness was revealed, I began to understand the true ugliness and danger of it. At its heart was a self-centric perspective. In this case, the determination of justice and fairness were wrapped around my selfish opinions.

It has been a sobering and frightening revelation that these relatively minor symptoms were rooted in lawlessness; for lawlessness leads to deception and to our Godward love growing cold. The lawless are cursed to an eternity of weeping and gnashing of teeth.

That is my confession. Here is my profession of faith.

My God has been patient and long-suffering. I am grateful for His loving persistence.

In response, I have confessed my sin to the Father, trusting Him to forgive me, and deliver me from all unrighteousness.

I have asked Him, as an all-consuming fire, to cleanse and remove that part of my mind – to burn away the lawlessness that has been secretly harbored there – and to fill that space with His Spirit.

I have asked the Holy Spirit to renew/reroute the pathways of my mind, and wire them into the mind of Christ. I have asked the Lord for opportunity to die to myself – to experience the freedom of His life.

I trust in Their work.

Humbly yours and forever His,

Rob

P.S. This confession and profession is an important part of my response to God’s call to more. If you also find yourself in transition towards a new adventure, you will be blessed by our current series, “Navigating God’s Call to More”. Here is a link to the collection. You will want to read the articles in reverse order of the listing, beginning with “Are You Sensing a Call to More?” (dated April 18, 2017; on the second results page).