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What's Your Vertical?

(#352 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)

Progression or stagnation, transformation or deterioration; it’s up to you. Don’t be fooled loved one; it is in your subconscious thought realm even if you tend to suppress it consciously. What is in your subconscious? It is the need for confession in order to change. Confession has everything to do with whether you will progress and transform or stagnate and deteriorate.

The Spirit (Ruach) of Yahweh is the great mind stimulator who will inspire you to bring forth your confession, which first must happen to your “self." Let’s call it complete transparency during which you no longer hide things from yourself. Consider David; "I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me." (Psalm 51:3) Of course, you cannot hide anything from the Mighty One, but it is not possible to "Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed," (James 5:16) if you are lying to yourself. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

It is your attitude about confession that will either hinder you (cause your mind to stumble), or set you free (unleash your Spiritual imagination). If you consider confession as a prompting of the Holy Spirit, designated to cause you to leave behind old ways of thinking, then confession becomes a thing of beauty. It allows progression and transformation. With each confession inspired by the Spirit, a new level of understanding (open doors to the mind) is available. It brings healing to the soul! Again, hear David; “Yahweh, be merciful to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” (Psalm 41:4) The opposite of this, energized by the hidden ego deep within your subconscious, brings stagnation and deterioration. "I'm not that bad. I do good things. No one's perfect!" This is a recipe for death, a death of the conscious and subconscious mind, which is a thought life completely void of the Spirit of Yahweh! If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, Yahweh would not have listened. (Psalm 66:18)

Make no mistake about it; as you near the mind of the Messiah, the awareness of sin and your confessions become more heart (mind) wrenching in every possible way. “I am as good as I can be,” or “I am as holy as possible,” are finally recognized for the lies that they are. They are renounced as compromise that draws you away from the spiritual perfection commanded by Yahweh. "Be holy because I Am holy!" (1 Peter 1:16 from Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7) This holiness can only result from uninhibited confession. Keep confessing love one. Keep progressing. Keep transforming.

“Master, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16) It’s your vertical!

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