Verse of the day...
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)
Sunday, January 2, 2011
On my knees............
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Bending down with rag in hand, I wiped the coffee spills off the kitchen floor. Then my eye caught the spills dribbled down the cupboard door. Whoops... I didnt see that, I thought to myself as I continued to clean. Okay, I’ll just spend some time on my knees on this kitchen floor. Wow, there’s more cat hair down here than tile. And there’s that ball the boys have been looking for.
I thought I had thoroughly cleaned the kitchen, but on my knees I could see many things I had never seen before. So it is in my prayer life. Whether I’m literally on my knees or sitting in my bedroom as I usually do when I pray, I’m often amazed to see how my perspective changes in prayer.
A quiet time of humbling ourselves before the Lord will allow Him the time to reveal anything that doesn’t please Him. Psalm 139:23, 24 offers us a model of a prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”
When we see the dirt in our lives, we need to make sure we don’t move to self-condemnation, but instead take the step God desires from us: confessing our sin to the Lord.
It’s important to recognize that sin grieves our Holy Father, so much so that He sacrificed His precious Son for our sin. We need to call sin what it is; it’s not a bad habit, a bad choice, or a mistake. Sin is sin, and its roots are rebellion and independence from God. By His death on a cross Jesus has already forgiven us, but confessing our sins is a way of acknowledging and remembering that we need a Savior.
By being honest with God about our sin, we discover a great treasure: He loves us just as we are, and at the same time He wants to transform our character to be like His.
Dear Lord, thank You, Jesus, for Your death on a cross. I never want to take that lightly. In a world where it’s more acceptable to be tolerant, I want to remember that You are a holy God who does not tolerate sin. I am a sinner in constant need of Your grace, forgiveness, and love! Thank You for paying the price for my sins. I need You every minute of every day to empower me to be more like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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