Want Revival? True Revival in the Church

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  1. Repent
  2. Pray
  3. Call out to Him with a Humble heart
  4. Call for a Solemn Assembly on your knees pleading for mercy
  5. Sanctify a fast among the people

            Last month I heard a great preacher, Richard Owens Roberts, speak on revival.  He described revival as a pebble being thrown into a pond. The rippling effect from that one action continued on and on and that is how it is in revival. The Holy Spirit moves and soon the rippling effect goes out beyond ourselves, beyond our churches reaching out to the unsaved and the lost. It’s going beyond those of us sitting safely in our churches. It reaches the lost, the hurting, the lonely and all God’s people.
 

     I saw revival when I was young and I’ll never forget it. People were on fire for Jesus.  A small bible study of 5 people turned to 10, then 100’s and soon neighborhoods were gathering together studying the word. In my family, it started with one person…soon my aunts, cousins, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends were soon on fire for Jesus, learning scripture and leading bible study groups. The good news had spread like wildfire. Today my family (cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters)  are Christians, teaching their children and grandchildren God’s ways. It all started with that one revival- now my family, as if it were a rippling effect through the generations, teaches the next generation and on and on this goes, reaching out still to those around us.

     In revival, repentance is vital. We need repentance on a personal level, as we each search our hearts, and repentance together as a group or entity. I wonder how many of us really repent as we should? It’s important to ask the Lord to search our heart and see if there is any sin lurking in there that needs to be removed.  There have been many times I thought myself sin-free until I stopped and asked the Lord. He is gentle and kind but it’s never fun to admit you’re wrong.  Unforgiveness , bitterness, anger, and hurting others are sins that can hide from our view if we aren’t looking closely within ourselves.

Three things accompany revival when God is near:

  1. Prayer
  2. Repentance
  3. Humbleness

3 things proceed revival in our churches

  1. Terrible seasons (so be ready and prepared- don’t be shocked at the terrible time you may be going through)
  2. Moral and spiritual decline (sounds like today)
  3. Righteous judgment from God

Gather together and pray: Raise up our churches and don’t let God go! Keep seeking His face and glorifying the Lord. Be so close to God that what troubles Him, should trouble you. Commit yourself to seek Him. See what He sees, feel what He feels. 

But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace 2 Thessalonians 3 :13-16  

There is a measure of sin- and we have reached the overflowing limit

    There seems, according to history and scripture, to be a measure of sin. God has allotted to every person and entity a measure of sin. When the measure of sin is full, the wrath of God is upon that entity to the full. God has left some churches and it is too late to repent – TOO LATE, they never listened.

Is there hope for America? Is our measure of sin about to bring God’s wrath on us?

     There is still time for America, but our measure is almost full…but… by God’s grace we still have some time. We must face the sin in every one of us and in every entity, we must repent before it is too late.

Now is the time to call for a Solemn assembly and fast

Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord,

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly

Zephaniah 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden

“And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions.
 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
 I will show wonders in the heavens
    and on the earth,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,
    as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
    whom the Lord calls (Joel 2)

We must:

1-     Cry out to the Lord, for the day of the Lord is near

2-     Return to God with all your heart with fasting, crying out to Him. Turn back to Him for He is compassionate and abounds in loving-kindness

3-     Proclaim a Solemn Assembly on your knees pleading for mercy

4-     Seek God and revival

   If we want revival, we must take extraordinary action It can all start with you. Come before Him with fasting, weeping, prayer, repentance and humbleness.

 “How will the people of the world know we are your people if you, O Lord, are not with us?” Ex 33:15

 

Refined in the fire

 ISAIAH 48:10-11 I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
    Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
11 I will rescue you for my sake—
    yes, for my own sake!
I will not let my reputation be tarnished,
    and I will not share my glory with idols!

 The bride are those who are willing to suffer for Christ, suffer for Christ’s kingdom.  God’s people must suffer hardships to enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22) Persecution, suffering and hardships make us worthy of His kingdom. Remember that God will provide rest for you, just as he gave rest to Elijah.

Psalm 71:21 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.

Psalm 119:107-112 I have suffered much, O Lord;  restore my life again as you promised. Lord, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations.
My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions.
The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments.
Your laws are my treasure;they are my heart’s delight. I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

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Isaiah 26: 16-19 Lord, in distress we searched for you.
    We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.
17 Just as a pregnant woman
    writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth,
    so were we in your presence, Lord.
18 We, too, writhe in agony,
    but nothing comes of our suffering.
We have not given salvation to the earth,
    nor brought life into the world.
19 But those who die in the Lord will live;
    their bodies will rise again!
Those who sleep in the earth
    will rise up and sing for joy!
For your life-giving light will fall like dew
    on your people in the place of the dead!

 

Scripture to study and read: the Book of Joel, Psalm 58

A call to Confession “My people don’t realize that I am watching them” Hosea 7

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         You don’t realize that I am watching you. I am watching all of you. Your sinful deeds are all around you, and I the Lord see them all. You entertain each other with wickedness and lies and many of you are aflame with lust. Yet, as I watch and listen, not one of you cries out to me. You continue to mingle with godless foreigners and you made yourself as worthless as a half baked cake. Are you for me or do you long for the things of this world? Have they filled your heart so much that you no longer desire me?  Haven’t you read the warnings? My people have become lukewarm.
     Do you cowardly cringe when you say the name of my Son Jesus?  If you deny Him, He will surely deny you before ME. What sorrow awaits those who desert ME. For I sent My only Beloved Son FOR YOU, Yet you consider it as nothing. My fury is about to be poured out like boiling  water from an overturned pot. How much longer shall I call out to you?
     My heart weeps for you. If you would only open your eyes and see how much I LOVE YOU. You seek me, but you don’t find me. You have looked everywhere but you your sins have weighed you down, you carry them around as ropes tied to you. When will you confess?- for I am an all forgiving God- and Savior. But you don’t admit your wrongs. Have you not heard that there is no sacrifice that will cover your deliberate continual sinning? You don’t cry out to me with sincere hearts.

Bring your confessions, and return to the LORD. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. Hosea 14:2
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gonePsalm 32:5
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long Psalm 32:3
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 1:8-10

He loves you, You are His Child- and He is your Father
         I saw the Lord reaching out to those burdened in sin. He is reaching out to so many….will you stop to hear His call? Confess your sins and turn back to Him. He loves you as if you were His only Child. It’s almost too amazing to understand.. a Holy God in heaven who knows all about you, He understands you because He made your heart. We are told over and over again that He watches us, He bends down to hear us and He listens to our conversations.
       It makes my heart joyful to imagine that our God cares so much for us. I saw a great King bend down from His throne to hear me as I prayed! He has a place in the heavens for each one of us- yes, even YOU! A place in the heavenlies before His throne!
         Listen: “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”  Out of millions and millions of people- He stops to reach down to you. Come back, come back- His hand is still reaching even as you go about your sinning, turning your head, ignoring the warnings. He waits,  He is patient. There will be a time when there are no more chances, there will not always be a moment of Grace that you have right now- because a season of judgment is ahead for each one of us. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way

     Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. …If you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
  But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

DO I REALLY NEED TO REPENT?  

2 Peter 3:9The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent
Matthew 4:17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Matthew 3:2Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Psalm 7:12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
James 5:16 :Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Daniel 9:20 I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the LORD my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain.
Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to listen to my voice. I, the LORD, have spoken
Revelation 16:11and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.
Revelation 16:9 Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.
Revelation 9:21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Hebrews 12:17You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears
2 Corinthians 12:21
Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure
2 Corinthians 7:9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way

 Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. The sacrifice the Lord desires is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God

 Psalm 50:22 .Psalm 51:17

 CARRY YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple

WARNINGS
1-But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:33
2-But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouthRevelation 3:16
3-
   if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.  For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us For we know the one who said,“I will take revenge. I will pay them back.”He also said,“The Lord will judge his own people.” It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

37 “For in just a little while,
    the Coming One will come and not delay.
38 And my righteous ones will live by faith.
    But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
 
But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10

 We all fall short, we all struggle…  We have a helper- the Holy Spirit : Letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

    22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.  That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.

STAY HUMBLE AND GUARD YOUR HEART FROM PRIDE

    For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  OUR BLESSED HOPE:   if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness 1 John 1:9

 I repented…now what?  Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God Matthew 3:8
“Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Luke 15:7Acts 2:38

Dear Holy Father in Heaven,

     Trembling I stand before you, for the world has begun to pull so many from Holiness. Where can it be found? How shall I know it? How can I know all the hidden sins in my heart? Open our eyes to the sin that tries to trip so many of us. Reveal the sins in our heart and forgive us for the ways we have not honored you or your name. Cleanse us Lord and keep us on your path. We desire with all our being to walk with you, protect us from the evil one and lead us along the right pathways. Teach me how to prepare for the coming of the King of Glory. Teach me how to keep the oil always burning. I want to be blameless before you and ready to usher in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
         O Lord, You are Good and your Mercy endures forever. In you I put my hope and in you my soul desires. Make us bold for your names sake, speak through us to save those perishing around us. Forgive us Lord, and thank you for sending us the Savior of the world.

       BE CAREFUL! MANY PREACHERS AND TEACHERS ARE TEACHING A DIFFERENT GOSPEL, AND MANY ARE leading others ASTRAY. I know many people are saying repentance is not necessary and have many convincing twists so we will believe this. We don’t have time to argue with God’s word. Don’t believe everything because it sounds good. I know repenting isn’t fun, it’s horrible to admit our wrongs and acknowledge we have this junk in our hearts, but let’s clean house. Instead of arguing over this, use that time to time to say: Lord, I’m sorry, I’ve sinned. I’ve done things against you and your name. Like Isaiah said, Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips. Don’t think that we can stand before God on judgement day and justify our lives through reason or blame it on wrong teaching. We have God’s word written out for us, we need to repent of our sins. Admit our wrongs… and there is only one way! One way! To heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. Amen and amen

“What sorrow awaits those who have deserted me!
    Let them die, for they have rebelled against me.
I wanted to redeem them,
    but they have told lies about me.
14 They do not cry out to me with sincere hearts.
    Instead, they sit on their couches and wail.
They cut themselves, begging foreign gods for grain and new wine,
    and they turn away from me.
15 I trained them and made them strong,
    yet now they plot evil against me.
16 They look everywhere except to the Most High.
    They are as useless as a crooked bow.
Hosea 7

  

You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the LORD

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Sometimes I can be

          I’m not proud of it, I don’t want to act that way, but I do.  I’m not always like that, but I have had moments of unholiness. I’ve sat sulking sometimes for days with things I’ve done and said.  If we sin, we need to repent from our heart and make things right. Say sorry if you have offended anyone, do everything you can to make peace-yes, even if you are right and they are wrong. 

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast all day long,
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
    your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor. 
You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
 You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue! Ps 52
(I cannot number the amount of times I have accidentally opened up this verse after I just finished fighting with someone- it scared me! Changing to be perfect doesn’t happen overnight. I’m a work in progress)

            God wants us to Forgive others, repent of our sins and be peacemakers. I had to say I was sorry and I didn’t want to. I still cringe at the thought of it, humbling, but how great it is to be obedient. If you’ve done something wrong:stop sulking!!!!! dust yourself off, get back on track and keep going.  It’s okay to have a time of repentance and reflection- but I wonder if sometimes we make it last a lot longer than it should.     

   Our instructions: to prove our repentance by the way we live and to strengthen ourselves and go on.

  • Acts 13:38“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.
    We know He forgives us- do we need to go back to the basics again? When will we really understand and believe- that the Lord Jesus is our Mediator, He pleads for us, He took our punishment that we deserved upon that cross. He made a way when there was no way. He opened the door for us and has us seated in heavenly places before the Lord God- to whom our spirits cry “Abba, Abba”

              Sometimes I feel like God says- LISA- get off the sulking boat in your sin, repent, make things right. What good am I to God’s kingdom if I hide from God and everyone else. How can I encourage and lift up those around me if I want to hide from God. I need to make things right, repent, change, prove it, and strengthen myself in the Lord .   
Fix your thoughts.
Here’s my thought test :
Is it true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy?   These are the things that should be consuming my mind.

Have you forgotten Him?Have you fallen away from the Lord?  There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you.Psalm 50:21-23 , Luke 15:7

Wrong thoughts?   ” Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.” 
       A few years ago I asked God for discernment about thoughts, and a few days later He showed me: I saw thoughts from the enemy- as if they were darts and they were thrown into my mind. With the discernment the Lord gave me, I knew they were horrible lies, wrong thoughts, and I remember one specifically that wanted me to think God didn’t love me anymore. I stopped them right at the door and refused to acknowledge or think on these things. Proof: Eph 6:16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Stop wrong thoughts and mindsets and fix your thoughts on what is true (Phil 4:8) If you’ve got wrong thoughts – fix them. Sin wants to master you, but you must master sin.

UH-OOOOOO: Check out this verse- playing stupid doesn’t work:
Proverbs 24:12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

Your words – be careful we are accountable for everything we say
Where you go -You know what- I was about to get my nails done the other day and as I walked into the nail salon I saw the Buddha with an offering table and apples given the idols. In my spirit I kept hearing Psalms 4:23 about guarding your heart: Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.  Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked;keep your feet from following evil. I never thought of that before, but I’ve decided to guard my heart and I’m not taking any chances. Maybe you don’t agree- but this is how I am guided,  I don’t condemn others.  It’s about my obedience to the Lord and what he commands me to do- not about making everyone happy around me.

Your Actions– “he did not scream or shout”- Oh dear, this is a spear in my side.(For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.)  Let’s just say that the Lord spoke to me through Isaiah 42:2 and when I tried to run away from it I turned the page to Matthew 12:19 (which was the exact same thing!)

He will not fight or shout
    or raise his voice in public.
20 He will not crush the weakest reed
    or put out a flickering candle.
    Finally he will cause justice to be victorious

How do you treat others? Are my conversations full of gossip and judging others? Am I encouraging or discouraging others with my words? What are my true motives in my heart for the things I do?

 Paul had the same struggle:

          So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.  I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
                And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
         I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

DOES THIS MEAN I CAN KEEP ON SINNING? OF COURSE NOT!

          When I first started going to bible studies years ago, the teachers and leaders seemed to carry this invisible tag on them “I am perfect”. To reach their position in the church or group seemed impossible in their perfection, but as the years have gone by I’ve realized that isn’t the case with anyone. I found out I’m not the only Christian that has had a slip up with my words, my actions and my thoughts. Just yesterday I was really close to dropping a bomb word- but I’m thankful I stopped it before it rolled out.
     I’m sure there are some super sister Christians out there who would look down at me for that, but that’s just one of the things I struggle with. Surely I’ve got some boulders in my own eyes that I’m working on. I just thought you should know that if you have sinned, then repent, ask the Lord to forgive you and ask for his help in dealing with whatever it is you are dealing with. 

Why so downcast, Oh my soul? Put your hope in God

          I am a work in progress, and I know the Lord is changing me day by day. Changing my mindsets, my thoughts, my words, my music, my television shows, the books I read, getting out of the world -this takes time-and maybe even some struggles. We don’t supernaturally become perfect the day we ask Jesus in our lives. He helps us. You can be sure of this- that He who started a good work in you will finish it until the end.
     One morning I was really down in the dumps because I had said a horrible thing to my husband in anger as he left for work. I felt horrible. How could I say that if I was a Christian, a bible reader, a proclaimer of Christ? I struggled all morning wondering about myself and felt unworthy to even go to the Lord. I turned on the t.v. and there was Kay Arthur. She was telling the audience that she had just said a horrible word to her husband and felt awful and how she repented. Hearing those words and realizing I wasn’t alone encouraged me. I repented, said I was sorry and continued on without looking back.  Her confession helped me. I wonder if that is why the bible says to confess our sins to one another. I know it doesn’t say “act all holier than everyone else”.

CONFESS YOUR SINS

  • Joshua 7:19Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, by telling the truth. Make your confession and tell me what you have done. Don’t hide it from me.”
  • Psalm 32:3When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
  • Psalm 66:18
    If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
  • Jeremiah 3:13
    Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to listen to my voice. I, the LORD, have spoken!
  • Daniel 9:20
    [ Gabriel’s Message about the Anointed One ] I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the LORD my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain.
  • James 5:16
    Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
  • 1 John 1:9
    But if we confessour sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. Chapter)
  • Hosea 14:2
    Bring your confessions, and return to the LORD. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises.

    Just this past weekend I was spit fire mad- and at what? I don’t know…. I spent all day wondering, pondering and wasting my time about why I was feeling this way. I opened up God’s Word and I was completely set free. God’s Word can change our situations and our false mindsets. Listen to His Words. You will find life and healing in them.So run the race, my friends. Dust yourself off and keep on going. We all fall short- and sometimes it’s all day- but each minute is new, each day is new and we hold on to the Word and listen to His instructions.

    Consider Peter: a disciple and friend of Jesus . He denied Jesus three times. I probably would have ran away thinking I was unworthy ,but Jesus is merciful. Peter was the Rock on which the church was built!  I just finished a study on David and I was amazed at His relationship with God, his Father. David’s life was full of sins, wrongs, mistakes – yet he had a heart and a love for the Lord and the Lord loved Him and forgave him.  David wasn’t perfect, but we read his prayers of repentance and his desire to have right standing with God. David saw God as his Father, Abba, Abba, he would cry out to the Lord every day. Let’s think about some things: Abraham lied and said his wife was his sister, Jacob tricked his father and mother, Moses killed a man, Joseph’s brothers lied to their father and sold their brother, David disobeyed, murdered, and committed adultery, the bible is full of stories about people just like me and you. 
               My message to you is to stop sulking in your wrong doings and stand up and run this race for Christ. Prove your repentant heart with the way you live.The kingdom needs you.
                My other message is for the super Christians to get real and stop pretending you are so perfect. Does that attitude really attract people to God’s kingdom?  I don’t want to go the Wedding feast alone, I want it to be full of God’s children. I want them to know how much God loves them, not how much better I am than they are.  Sure, I can put on my super sister christian act and really fool you if I wanted to, but I think it’s best to let you know that we all have downfalls.  I’ve gotten much better, but I still have moments where I fall.

           I’m sure a few out there are ready to cast some stones here, but I really don’t care . Throw them, not one of them will hit me, they may bounce back at you, but I know who I am in Christ. He came for those of us who knew we were lost and sinners, not for the self-righteous.

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 
Against you, you only, have I sinned 
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 

 Surely I was sinful at birth,sinful from the time
             my mother conceived me.                          

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence 
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation 
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 
Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

Matthew 3:2“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Matthew 3:8Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
Luke 3:8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.
Luke 5:32I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”
Luke 15:7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
Luke 22:32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 24:47It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’
2 Kings 22:19 You were sorry and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the LORD.
1 Kings 8:47  But in that land of exile, they might turn to you in repentance and pray, ‘We have sinned, done evil, and acted wickedly.’
2 Kings 22:19 You were sorry and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the LORD.
2 Chronicles 32:26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the LORD’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.
Psalm 7:12  If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.|
Psalm 50:22  Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you.
Psalm 51:17  The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Isaiah 1:27 Zion will be restored by justice; those who repent will be revived by righteousness.
Isaiah 57:15 The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.