<Dramatic Entry> The days are long and hot. The kids are on my last nerve. The “reset button” is broken from being pushed too many times.
🎬It’s time to have a quickie.
Thumbing through my sermon notes, I come across a sign: it’s flashing neon! (This is a quickie, right?)
The pastor to blame for this observation of truth is named Rod Smith. Along with his beautiful wife, Rose, Rod is one of my all-time favorite pastors/teachers because he is always able to convey [even the most stark] message with authority! wisdom and HUMOR.
This particular lesson was about confessing our sins. FUN, I know! Seems more like afternoon drudgery…but it’s important, so these confessions must be dealt with.
Prayer is paramount when confessing your sins. Personally, I have three major glitches when it comes confession:
- Admitting what I did was actually a sin;
- Accepting God’s Grace and NOT holding onto huge amounts of regret;
- Actually learning from the the sin I am confessing and refraining from repetition.
Rod listed some [flashing and neon] signs to aid in this confession/elimination excersise:
Signs you’re not walking in truth:
1. Condemnation and or Pride
2. Constipation (this is part of that humor I mentioned)
3. Lack of Knowledge of Truth and the Need to Walk in The Truth
Simply stated, if we mess up, we need to confess and then release [the poo.]
Finally, a bit of biblical wisdom to back up this literary madness:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9 NIV)
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11 NIV)
Prayer: Father, Thank you for the sacrifice of Your Son, which allows us to quickly repent of our wrongs! I pray we are always prompted to confession so we are not stuck in a traffic jam of sin. Guide us and strengthen our hearts towards your light. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN
So Very Blessed to share,