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In the presence of my enemies

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"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies . You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. " (Psalm 23:5-6) Well,  Lord, It's been that kind of year. Hard . I know you understand. You know what it's like to sit surrounded by enemies, to know that people are not what they always portray themselves to be, even while they sit next to you and join your life. You know that anyone can say "Lord, Lord," even while they hurt the Church and the world. So you inspired David to sing:     "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies... my cups overflows." ( Psalm 23:5 ) You chose Israel as your special people,  even though they worshipped idols and forgot you again and again. You chose Judas Iscariot to be one of your twelve most intimate friends. You knew he'd betray you, and you picked him anyway. You

Before you ask God for something, pray this...

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I was just about to pray and ask God for some important and noble things (things I can do for God), and it occurred to me that my motives might be selfish, that perhaps my heart isn't quite right. I thought about my locked doors, the little places I'd rather ignore than open. So I didn't pray that prayer. Here's why: "When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures."--James 4:3 "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."--Psalm 51:10 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and will purify is from all unrighteousness."--1 John 1:9 "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy."--Proverbs 28:13 Here's what I did pray : Lord, God, I can't ask you for anything right now, not even direction, not for your will, not for your b