The following is an excerpt from Karen Mains’ Soul Alert

“Whenever citizens return to the United States after traveling overseas, they are given a U.S. Immigration form to fill out.  One question always asks: Do you have anything to declare?  A good test of soul alertness is how diligently we search ourselves to see if there is anything we need to declare about the condition of our souls.  Self-examination, repentance, and confession are the hallmarks of spiritual maturity.  So, do you have anything to declare? 

One pastor recently explained to a group who were eager to grow spiritually, ‘It is as though there is a long rope that connects our soul to God.  When we sin, the rope is cut and we are disconnected.  When we repent and confess, the rope is knotted and it is a little shorter.  Throughout our lifetime, though sin disrupts our relationship with our heavenly Father, the great gifts of repentance and confession draw us closer and closer to the heart of God.’”      

1 John 1:9 says, “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”  Have you searched your heart lately?  If not, I challenge you to do so today.  Is there anything you need to declare to the Father?