Admitting Your Need
Despite the fact that Samson was bound by the enemy, God had a plan for Him and God has a plan for you. If you want to be freed from the bondage of Satan, there are six important steps you must take which we will meditate and act upon during the next few days.
First, recognize the power of confession: First of all, you must face up to your need. This is not the first step by accident. All of the power God possesses cannot do one thing for you until you recognize that God has placed within you His power to lead you out of defeat and despair.
I believe in positive thinking. I believe a man can mentally take himself out of the doldrums and utilize his natural mental powers in a greater way, but with God’s power we can lift ourselves from sin by our spiritual bootstraps. “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
Romans 10:9-10 describes the importance of confession:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God bath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
When you confess Jesus, you are in essence also confessing your own inability to win the battle of life alone. There is only one person Who has ever lived Who won the battle by Himself, and that is Jesus. Because He won the battle and defeated the enemy, you can also share in that victory and be a winner. You can appropriate that same power in your life when you confess that you need Him.
Think again of Samson. He thought he could play with sin and not eventually pay. He felt he had it in control and that he was the master of his fate.
Think of the prodigal son whose escapades are described in Luke 15. “Confidence” was his name. His inheritance was a well that would never run dry. Payday came early and he sat in that barnyard sharing a meal with pigs. Likely he had been sitting there for many days and thought of home many times, but his foolish pride kept him from confessing his sin.
Finally, there was one last “pig meal” that broke the back of his spiritual pride. The Scriptures say, “he came to himself.” It means he was finally willing to admit that he had made a mess of things. He stopped blaming luck or his friends and said, “It is me, Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”
Today, come to yourself. Be honest with yourself and admit your need. Acknowledge that you cannot help yourself. You have already tried and look where it has gotten you!
Make this declaration:
I cannot help myself. I rely this day upon God and Him alone.