Confession Matters

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reflective womanMost believers feel incredible peace when Jesus’ new life is first birthed in them. As a result we want stay close Jesus, enjoying His deep peace & direction. We love the confident sense of being secure and on track in life. This is the core of the gospel. God is real and wants us to be in life changing relationship with Him! WOW!

Who wouldn’t want that? What gets in the way most often? What can fog it out faster than anything else? The answer: our own sin. It often comes without us noticing. Like forgetting to check your tires and being surprised when one is sitting flat in the morning.

This past Sunday we examined a spiritual discipline that can keep this from happening while keeping us spiritual strong in Jesus. The discipline is intentional confession of sin.

1. Why It Matters: Storing Unconfessed Sin is Dangerous to Our Lives.

Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. See also vv. 1-2, Psalm 38:4-8 and Proverbs 28:13

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Internalize God’s Word

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man with bibleDeuteronomy 6:6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

One of the greatest things my mother did for us kids was to have us memorize scripture at an early age. Though at first we did it just for the nickels, the lifetime benefits have been priceless. A couple of weeks ago we taught on the importance of intentionally, purposefully internalizing God’s Word.

Internalizing is more than memorizing though it involves memorizing. Internalizing involves deeper reflection on the meaning and application of a verse. The truths really become part of you through this kind of intentional thought. It is Reflective, Intentional, Repetitive, Ongoing & Relational.

Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart that I may not sin against You.

This discipline can give long-term spiritual strength and health like few others. Below are some reasons and tips to get you started.

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