WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT CONFESSING OUR SINS?

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Over the years I've been a pastor, I have watched both people and the culture unravel in its addiction to corruption. People are consumed with sex, numb to violence, and terminally self-absorbed. The rapid increase in the pervasiveness and openness of sin is paralleled by a decreasing sensitivity to conscience. And no wonder. People are trained to ignore their guilt — and yet their drowning in it.

Our society has declared war on guilt. The very concept is considered barbaric, obsolete, unproductive. People who trouble themselves with feelings of personal guilt are usually referred to therapists, whose task it is to boost their self-image. No one, after all, is supposed to feel guilty. Guilt is not conducive to dignity and self-esteem. Society encourages sin, but it will not tolerate the guilt sin produces.

But the answer to dealing with guilt is not to ignore it — that's the most dangerous thing you can do. Instead, you need to understand that God graciously implanted a powerful ally within you to aid you in the battle against sin. He gave you your conscience, and that gift is the key to bringing you joy and freedom.

Christians just like you and me come out of all kinds of sinful backgrounds, some of them quite wretched. But, through the blood of Christ, God has been gracious to "cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God" Heb. 9:14

As a Christian, you have the capacity to walk before God with a clear conscience. In fact, that is your daily privilege and joy. Paul said, "I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men" Acts. 24:16

That can be a daunting task in this world, but rest assured — you have every resource to keep a healthy, sensitive, and pure conscience. This Sunday we will be taking a look at an amazing Psalm. I think you are going to love this Psalm and thank God for including it in His Word. A couple of things to remember involving confession and forgiveness.

Confession

Confess and forsake known sin. Examine your guilt feelings in light of Scripture. Deal with the sin God's Word reveals. In Proverbs it says, "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." 1John 1 speaks of confession of sin as an ongoing characteristic of the Christian life: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".

There is no question that we should confess to those we have wronged. But above all, you should confess to the One whom sin offends most. As David wrote, "I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the LORD'; and You forgave the guilt of my sin" Ps. 32

Forgiveness

Ask forgiveness and be reconciled to anyone you have wronged. Jesus instructed us,

Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Mt. 5

Jesus also said, For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Mt. 6

Come expecting an outstanding Lords Day at Deer Flat Church! I can’t wait to see you!

All For Jesus,

Pastor D

PS. Don’t forget to stop by our Life Group booth in the lobby if you are interested in joining, leading or starting a Life Group. We will be having a lunch for all interested, after 2nd hour on August 4th. Sign up in the lobby, or at deerflat.org/events

Rick Day