Posts Tagged ‘Confession

07
Sep
17

Jesus Is The Christ

When it comes to truth and lies, John says that the lie of the antichrist is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. To say that Jesus is not the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, is to lie. He wrote:

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

When we come to saving faith in Christ by God’s grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in Jesus, repent from our sinful ways, confess and acknowledge our faith in Christ as the Messiah and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is at that moment when we call on the name of the Lord that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away by God’s grace and we begin a new life of faithful devotion to Jesus. We get all of the spiritual blessings of new life in Christ when we acknowledge the truth that Jesus is the Christ.
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18
Aug
17

Coming Clean

God is not shocked by your sin. When you confess the fact that you are a sinner, God, in His great mercy and grace, forgives you. All we are doing is agreeing with God’s assessment of the situation.  God knows that we are sinners. To confess our sins is just to agree with what God already knows. John wrote:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10 (NIV)

God is faithful to forgive our many sins when we own up to the reality of our situation. If we stubbornly refuse to acknowledge our sin and insist that we’re “good people,” God will not forgive us. So confess your sinfulness to God today. He will neither be shocked nor surprised. He already knows what you’ve done and He’s ready to forgive you.
28
Jun
17

Confession And Mercy

The Proverbs are full of tidbits of advice. They’re not necessarily guarantees, but rather, they are general principles on which you can generally rely. In Proverbs 28, it says:

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. – Proverbs 28:13-14 (NIV)

Our spiritual lives are not to be compartmentalized away from the rest of our lives. When we sin and try to hide it, it affects the other areas of our lives. The principle is that God will not bless His people when we sin and try to hide it or we refuse to acknowledge it. When we admit our sin, God is merciful and forgiving. The important thing to realize is that mercy is better than prosperity. Mercy is eternal while prosperity will only be temporary. So tremble before the Lord and do not harden your heart. Turn to Him in repentance and find mercy as you confess your sins to Him.
22
Jun
17

Prayers And Confession

Good Thursday morning to you! We need to pray faith-filled prayers. Too often we doubt the Lord when it comes to our prayers. James says:

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:15-16 (NIV)

We also need to confess our sins to one another in order to hold each other accountable. I think that we’re afraid of confession because we’re afraid of judgment and condemnation. If we’ll love each other as we love ourselves, we won’t judge each other. Instead, we will encourage each other and help each other overcome sins and struggles in order to live lives of righteousness. Our prayers will be more effective and we’ll see God’s power unleashed in our lives to an even greater degree.
16
Jun
16

The Biblical Plan Of Salvation

The message from Griffith First Christian Church from June 5, 2016.

13
May
16

Confessing Your Praise

He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. — Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word that is translated as “confesses” in Proverbs 28:13 is a word that is most often used in connection with praising God with a Thanksgiving offering.  It is used to confess what God has done and to thank Him for all that He has done.  In the New Testament, the word translated “confess” in 1 John 1:9 is also connected with praise.  How can this be?
I believe that the confession of sin (the fact that we are sinners and do, in fact, sin against God and others) and the merciful forgiveness of sin is instantaneous.  We do not take a number (confess) and wait for God to call that number (forgive us) like we are waiting in line at the deli.  God mercifully forgives us over and over and over again.  His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).  The immediate response to our confession is immediate forgiveness and our immediate response should be thankful praise.  There is no going to our room to think about what we’ve done while we wait to see of God will forgive us.  God doesn’t need to think about it!  He is ready, willing and able to forgive in mercy!
Perhaps our prayer of confession should look something like this:
Father, I am a sinner and I have sinned against You.  I thank You and praise You for the forgiveness that I now receive through Your Son, Jesus Christ.
What about you?  Do you have a hard time accepting God’s forgiveness?  How do you confess your sins/sinfulness to God?  How does the intersection of confession and praise work in your life?
09
Feb
16

Agreeing With God

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
​To confess means to admit together or to acknowledge.  Confessing our sins is not just admitting that we’ve done something wrong.  It is agreeing with God that we have sinned.  God knows that we have sinned.  He knows what we have done because He is God.  He is all-knowing.  God is not surprised when we confess to Him that we are sinners and that we have sinned.  He knows about every lustful thought, every obscene word and every time we have lost our temper.  He sees us at our very worst.  He is not shocked when we confess our sins to Him.  When we admit that we are sinners, we are agreeing with God.  In Romans 3:23, God tells us what we are – sinners who have fallen short of His glorious purpose for our lives.  The Apostle John says that if we say that we are not sinners, we are liars, which makes us sinners.  But if we come to God and admit our sins and acknowledge the fact that we are sinners, God will faithfully forgive us because of His Son, Jesus.
When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ by believing in Him, turning away from a sinful life in repentance, confessing our faith in Jesus and being baptized, our sins are washed away and we are filled with the Holy Spirit.  God wipes the slate clean and then coats it with Teflon.  We are, as Paul said in Galatians, clothed with Christ and the Father no longer sees us as wretched sinners, but instead He sees us dressed in the righteousness of His Son.  What a wonderful thought!  God is faithful to forgive.  He wants to forgive our sins and not hold them against us or treat us as our sins deserve.  It all starts with agreeing with His assessment of the situation.  We are sinners in need of His grace.  He delights in lavishing us with His loving grace and forgiving our many sins.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess to You that I have sinned.  I know that I am a sinner whose only hope is Your grace and mercy.  I thank You that You have forgiven me through Your Son, Jesus.  I can’t make it without You.  Thank You for not giving up on me.  Amen.



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