Do you have prayers that go unanswered?
God desires to have close communication with His children.
Sometimes, just like any relationship, that communication can be damaged if barriers that have been created due to our short-comings.
Confession, biblically, is simply acknowledging three words: “I have sinned.”
There are many instances of this in scripture.
There is the Pharoah in the story of the Exodus.
There is Balaam
There is King Saul
There is Achan
There Judas who betrayed Jesus
There is Job
There is the prodigal son
So there are several examples of people that confessed sin.
Why is that you and I need to do this?
It is clear through God’s word that sin exists and we need to confess our sin.
God is light and in Him there is no darkness.
When the light of God comes into our lives through Christ, we are called by God out of the darkness into His light.
We are children of the light .
Those who do wrong hate the light.
So when light shines in on us, it reveals our true nature.
So how does one practice confession?
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the sin that is interrupting your fellowship with the Lord.
This is the beginning point.
tells us that the Spirit searches our hearts.
Notice that is this is the Holy Spirit’s job.
It is not our job to search the hearts of others, not to convict their sin.
As Christians, we would be wise to read God’s Word on a daily basis.
We can ask the Holy Spirit to show us in God’s word as we read it how God views our heart.
tells us the Holy Spirit will convict us in regard to sin and righteousness.
tells us that the Holy Spirit was given to us by God to help us obey Him.
Agree with God about seriousness of your sin.
We cannot excuse our behavior.
This is a truth which we must understand.
We should understand that we must accept what God convicts you of… don’t compare yourself with others.
It is possible that for you and I to live in sin yet convince ourselves that everything is fine in our relationship with the Lord.
Compare yourself to a Holy God.
Confess that you do not live up to His standard, remember says all fall short of the glory of God.
All here certainly includes the best of the worst and the worst of the best!
We have to be honest with God and with ourselves.
Take your sins and His offer for forgiveness seriously.
Pastor Tim Keller says, “If you have a small view of your sin, God’s grace will be small to you.”
1 John 1:9
Our sin may be great but our God is Greater!
Acknowledge Christ as Your Only Way to Forgiveness and as Your Only Advocate Before God.
We should express our sorrow and repentance to God.
is a great model to follow.
Ask God for forgiveness based on the blood of Christ which purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:
We can’t base our request on righteous acts we have done in the past or will do in the future.
When we turn our sins honestly over to Jesus, He represents you and me and is able to grant forgiveness before the Father.
Confess Your Sins Openly to God.
Be specific, not generally, as a way of dealing with your sin seriously and changing your behavior.
Confess your sins, not the sins of others.
Do not blame your sin on someone else.
Let other people deal with their sin.
Once we confess our sins they are removed as far as the east is from the west.
Forgiveness is the free gift of God.
You cannot earn it.
Confession and repentance are the God-ordained way to forgiveness.
He will free us from the penalty, the presence, and the power of sin.
We will never reach perfection in this world but through Jesus Christ we can walk continually in the light with our Holy God.