Today’s Verse/Thought: CONFESSION-Spiritual Surgery
Psalm 139:24 And see if there is any wicked way in me . . .
Why is confession so difficult for some? Perhaps because confession is really the MOST PAINFUL PART of personal prayer. The moment we admit that a particular act displeases God, we recognize the responsibility to change it.
The act of declared admission gives God access into the heart of the believer, REMOVING ALL HINDRANCES to effective prayer. It could well be described as a spiritual work of surgery.
There can be no HEALING WITHIN until there is first CONFESSION WITHOUT.
The well-being of ourselves, our family and our friends depends upon our prayers. But our prayers depend upon our spiritual well-being. Think of it! How can a holy God pour Himself through a Christian whose life is CLOGGED WITH THE DEBRIS of this world? Sin causes indifference, and it is impossible for indifferent people to change the world.
ASK GOD to do SPIRITUAL, RADICAL SURGERY in your heart, your mind and your spirit.
ALLOW God to bring to mind specific sins you have committed in your thinking (THOUGHT), in your speaking (WORD), or in something you have done (DEED).
DETERMINE to MAKE RESTITUTION where it is needed. DECIDE to ASK FORGIVENESS from that friend you may have spoken unkindly toward. RESOLVE to change that improper pattern of behavior that God has brought to mind.
And most importantly, ASK GOD to help you make these changes, for without His help, these changes will only become a temporary fix.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Confession, The Necessity and the How