Filling the Empty Places
2 Timothy 3:14-17
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
We may feel like we have to live with a deficiency. It seems that somehow something inside is missing, something we really needed in order to be complete. This feeling of being "less than" others can fuel our need for our addictions, to make us feel good or "normal."
The apostle Paul said, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God has a plan to deal with that sense of lack in our lives. He wants to fill up that "something" that is missing that makes us feel like we need our addiction to be normal. He knows that we need help to be complete and fully "equipped." His Word is there to give us the tools we need to compensate for our lack. God's Word is also given for correction, to restore us to an upright state.
When we let addictions become the focal point of our lives, we're always off balance. We need to align our lives to the Word of God, admitting our wrongs and needs to God. This will allow us to be fully restored and to find what we need to balance our lives.
Confession opens us to God's equipping power, filling the empty places inside us.