“We do not sit down and dream what we want to do for God and then call God in to help us accomplish it.” (From Experiencing God: Blackaby and King)
“It’s not a question of what you can do for me…what can I do for you, My King?” (Tree63)
I am guilty of these things. I will sometimes find myself dreaming of what I think God wants and then I will ask God for help doing it….
But it does not work that way. We must die to ourself and submit to God and what He is doing. We must die to ourself and let God do what He is going to do (not what we want to do or what we thing He is going to do) and then we must join Him in HIS work!
1. admit your sin/action was wrong
2. believe that God’s grace is enough to cover your sin
3. confess: say you are sorry specifically of your actions to God
4. If it involves other people ask forgiveness from the people/person you offended
5. Forgive yourself, God has forgiven you
6. Remember that God has “forgotten” the sin, separated it as far as east is from west
7. acknowledge that on your own power sin will overtake you again
8. Ask for the help of the Holy Spirit when temptations come again
True confession involves several elements. The first is the act of confession itself, which recognizes the act as a sin with the acknowledgment of guilt. The second step is the feeling of regret and Repentance on the part of the sinner for having been guilty of the offense. The final element in true confession is the resolve not to repeat the sin. Without the third steps the confession is of no value from a religious viewpoint.
The 6 steps of confession to God.
Examine your conscience by inviting God to identify any specific sin(s).
Periodically use some private worship time to invite God to convict you of anything that needs confession, then spend a few minutes in meditation so he can direct your mind. Don’t settle for generalized guilt, expect God to identify very specific sins. Refuse to get sidetracked into subdividing the blame to other people, keep the focus on your own areas of responsibility.
Look through the eyes of God at the sin long enough to feel sorrow.
Sorrow is abhorrence at committing sin–a deep regret for offending the heart of the holy Father. Think of how you feel when you realize that you have betrayed or embarrassed a spouse or close friend. Since God loves us even more than they do, I’m convinced he feels even more sorrow when we betray or embarass him. Look until you can label the specific sin: “intolerable.”
Determine to avoid that sin in the future.
Sure, we need God’s help to resist temptation. We also need our own resolve. The mindset of being conquered and ruled by God is essential to confession.
Determine what you can do to help restore the relationship.
Talk to your pastor about how you can build a healthy relationship with God, or read Celebration of Disciplines by Richard Foster. If your sin caused damage to another person you will also want to think about how you can restore some of their brokenness.
Articulate or write down your confession, including each of the steps 1-4.
Suppose you are at a local store and hit a parked car, denting their fender. Nobody saw you, so you just drove off. You have sinned against the other car owner and against God. Your confession might sound like this: “Holy Father, I realize that I sinned by ducking responsibility when I damaged the car. I claim to follow you but I failed to take responsibility for bending a bit of metal, while you took responsibility for all my sins even to the point of death. I see how my intolerable behavior embarrasses you. Please forgive me. I promise to take responsibility for such behavior in the future. I will talk with the store owner to see if he can help me find the owner of the car I damaged so that I can take responsibility.”
Let go of the guilt, it’s over, live in the freedom of God’s forgiveness.
Confession includes sorrow, but ends in joy. Scripture teaches “redemptive remembering.” This means we do not sit around remembering our sin, but we remember how God redeemed us from our sin.
Living with questions
We all have questions. We all need answers. It is good though to have more questions than answers. Life is a journey. We learn something new everyday.
Living with answers
Knowing the truth will set us free. The truth, though, is not always easy to deal with. It takes time to wrestle with. Knowing the answer to question leads us to ask more questions. Sometimes we do not always like the truth, it can be harsh. But the truth, nevertheless, sets us free.
Living with God
Living with God, the Master of all things created, can be tough as well. It can be amazing also. We may think we know what is best or what is going to happen next in life, but only one Divine Being holds the truth and the future. He is the one we need to know to find truth and to be set free. He can truly fulfill us. None of our man made plans will ever fulfill the void only God can.
Life is a journey
Life is amazing. It can feel like a roller coaster ride. It can suck, but then it can also feel like you are on a mountain top. But I challenge you to see life asa journey…not from one extreme to another but see and remember the stuff in between. Remember the path that gets you where you are going. Remember your friends that helped you. Remeber the memories that forged you into the right direction and not just hte end results.
Life is a struggle
There will be times when we are struggling. There will be times of pain and suffering. Life is not eay. Even for the Christian, Jesus never said it would be easy. THere will be times when we need other and we need God to help us through.
Worth it all
In the end it is worth it all wiht Christ.
Now playing: Michael W. Smith – Worth It All