Admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
In the last step 4 we discovered the truth about ourselves, and now the Lord wants us to come to Him and confess all of our wrong doings.
A common characteristic of many who have suffered from addiction is a sense of isolation. Never felt that we didn't fit in with the rest of society. There is a story of a woman in the bible who faced the same:
Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:5-26
Here is a woman who is an outsider for the way she was living her life. She was not accepted by the rest of the woman. This is why she was at the well in the hottest time of the day. Little did she know that on that day there would be someone waiting for her. At this moment in her life things were about to change. Jesus made her confess her sins to Him, and in return she received forgiveness. David wrote:
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:5
It's time to start sharing the things that you keep to yourself-shameful things, embarrassing things, heartbreaking things, things that made you feel vulnerable. The word tells us:
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
By confessing to the Lord and to others we are admitting to our wrongdoings and committing to a new life based firmly on telling the truth.
Step Five Review
1. What does the Lord want us to do?
2. A common characteristic of person facing addiction is what?
3. Why was this woman not accepted by the other woman?
4. What did Jesus have the woman do?
5. What did Jesus say that how we should worship God?
6. We have to be what with Jesus?
7. What are some of the things that we find hard to share?
8. By confessing to the Lord and to others what are we admitting to?
9. By confessing to the Lord and to others what are we committing to?