If you are just stepping in on this series, we have been having a discussion regarding Cornerstone’s New Year’s Day sermon, entitled “Just the F.L.A.C.T.S. Please”. If you want to catch the sermon in its entirety go to www.cornerstoneag.net. Follow the pastors corner link to our sermon section and have a listen.
Today we are discussing coming to God through:
Faith with a
Adoring God before everything else
Confessing both the strengths and weaknesses of our situation
Thanking Him for His move in oour lives as we recognize it and finally
Supplicating with the Lord in regards to the things HE wants to give us.
Much has been made of confession throughout the course of Christian history. Some fellowships got it right while others took it to places it was never meant to go. There is much to be said about the Christian discipline of confession in regards to relating one to another; But today I want to talk about our confession to God. Many of us spend no time in confession simply because we think God already knows everything, so why bother. But confession to God should be an important part of every Christian’s prayer life. Listen to these words from 1 John 1:9
“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.” NLT
So it is necessary in prayer to come clean with God. If you struggle with Christian confession here are some practical steps:
1. Take time to name your sins by name! In your prayer life be honest. Confess your faults to God and ask Him to help you correct them.
2. Don’t just confess the wrong take some time to confess the positive things that are going on in your life too. This is an aspect of confession we seldom think about and it is an absolutely essential link to building a prayer-life of thankfulness.
3. Confess the promises of Scripture over yourself. Here are a few I use on a regular basis.
“He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it.” Phil 1:6
” He who called me is faithful” 1 Cor. 1:9
” He will never leave me nor forsake me” Deut 31:6
In 2012 let’s determine to become a people who acknowledge the challenges but proclaim victory in all its forms!
I really like what you said about not just confessing the wrong stuff but confess His promises over yourself. I really like the scripture “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
I stand on this promise especially when I’m going through a battle that seems like it will never end. I have to believe and know that God will make good of it. Thanks, Pastor J, for sharing this message. It has been quite helpful in my prayer life. God bless you.
You are welcome Deb! I really like the point you make about trials that feel like they are never going to end. In those times confessing the promises of Scripture become very important! 🙂 Keep the Faith sister. Great is your reward in Heaven!
I like what Debby liked too . . .and had never thought about confessing the positive stuff. Thank you and God bless you for sharing this series!
You are welcome!
Good afternoon Pastor J,
This was encouraging to me today! Thank you for reminding me to confess the word of God over my life in prayer. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do again on your blog, because I’ve been missing a treat! 🙂 , I enjoy your blog, because you have such a great way with words! You do know how to make me smile! 🙂
I am nominating you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Congratulations, and well deserved I might add! To learn more about this award, just click on the link below! God bless!
Thank you again Paulette for this award! It has been a few days since I checked in on the blog as weekends tend to be my “busy time”. Ha that almost made me laugh thinking that my weekends are busier than week days. The difference is that I often don;t have any time to write or read. So I like you am catching up on blogs today. Loved your last one! It helped me a lot!