The 1st step is Repentance. Why must we confess and what does it do for us? When we confess we acknowledge a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness and the sin within us. We own or admit; declare or acknowledge our sins.
We plead guilty and acknowledge one’s belief or faith in JESUS.
Therefore whoever confesses ME before men, him I will also confess before MY FATHER who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32
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
By this you know the Spirit of GOD: Every spirit that confesses that JESUS CHRIST has come in the flesh is of GOD, and every spirit that does not confess that JESUS CHRIST has come in the flesh is not of GOD. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4:2-3
Whoever confesses that JESUS is the SON of GOD, GOD abides in him, and he in GOD. 1 John 4:15
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess JESUS CHRIST as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
If you confess with your mouth the LORD JESUS and believe in your heart that GOD has raised HIM from the dead, you will be saved for with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10