TargetPoint Vol 7 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: CONFESSION-The Act of Declared Admission
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me . . .
Having honored God with vocal Praise and Silent Love, we find the door now opens for truly effective praying. Immediately we must DEAL FULLY with the matter of PERSONAL SIN.
What is CONFESSION? The New Testament Greek word for confess means to agree with God concerning His opinion of a matter. It also means to admit our guilt.
God does not ask us to confess our sins because HE needs to know we have sinned, but because He knows that WE need to know we have sinned.
Confession is CRITICAL to our praying and should be IMPLEMENTED EARLY in prayer. It CLEARS THE CONSCIENCE of faith-killing guilt and OPENS THE HEART to truly believe God will hear our deepest needs, desires and concerns.
Following your time of silent waiting, IMMEDIATELY ask God to SEARCH YOUR HEART for any unconfessed sin.
MENTALLY EXAMINE your recent activities to discover possible areas of failure that need confessing; moral failure, spiritual failure, big sins, or little white lies. Whatever comes to mind.
Especially BE ON GUARD for little things - those unseen sins that can grow and eventually lead to bigger problems in our lives.
ADMIT these sins that come to mind and tell God that you desire TO TURN FROM those sins. Ask Him to help you have the strength, by His power, to turn 180 degrees in the other direction.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Confession, Spiritual Surgery