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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Steps to Growth – Confession

June 6th, 2018 Viewed 303 times

Growth is the default behavior of the body of Christ. This does not necessarily mean that if a church body shrinks numerically that it is under divine judgement, but the start of every revival or growth of the body of Christ has begun with an understanding of the sin that may affect the body, confession of that sin, and a renewed desire to follow Christ to the exclusion of all others.

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In Daniel 9, Daniel the prophet and those with him had not forsaken God, they were steadfast and true to the point of seeing themselves saved from the fiery furnace and the mouths of lions, yet we still find that Daniel prays for himself and his people as if they are the gravest of sinners. He begs the Lord that for His own glory that He would save His people and return them to Judah—even though he was well aware that God had promised to do just that.

In Ezra 9 and 10, there were a relatively small number of people that had intermarried with the people of the land, and Ezra knew this was the reason that there was difficulty in the land. He sought out the Lord’s advice, and had them separate from their wives and children—no small thing.

Throughout the Old Testament and in the book of Acts and Revelation we see that the children of Israel and the churches only see the growth that God can provide when sin has been confessed and repentance is sought. While leadership can plead with the Lord, much like Job pleaded for his children, we will only see growth spiritually or numerically when we realize how far we are from what we need to be in God.

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Confession Comes First

April 2nd, 2015 Viewed 1238 times, 1 so far today

One of the things we learn about Nehemiah early on is that he has a close relationship with God– often going to him in prayer as a reflex.  In the first part of this book, he hears a report that his people are living in poor conditions.  Nehemiah is concerned about them, but rather than Nehemiah immediately getting on a horse, organizing a food drive, or trying to get things done under his own power, he turns to God, but in an interesting way.

Confession Is Not Enough

February 26th, 2010 Viewed 1692 times

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It’s a given part of human nature.  Each and every one of us have sinned.  We’ve all “fallen short” to use the concept that Paul uses in the book of Romans.

However, the fact that we all sin is not an excuse for sinning.  The grace that God gives us to triumph over any sin is not an excuse to sin more.  This is the thrust of the argument that Paul made to the Romans close to 2000 years ago.

So every time I hear someone who was caught doing something wrong saying “I know it’s wrong, but I have a long way to go” in an effort to diffuse a situation, I shake my head.

The whole point of the Christian faith is repentance—a change of direction.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.