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Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

By |Oct 18, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Repentance, Sin, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Confession of sin should lead to repentance (turning around) and should be followed by obedience.  Confession of sin, which has no intention of amending one’s ways, is an attempt to use grace as a license to sin.  Confession is meant to be an honest statement of where we are in light of where God’s Word

Sep 1, 2017

Prayer Teaches

By |Sep 1, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Forgiving, Love, Obedience, Prayer, Trust|0 Comments

Prayer is more than an exercise in words toward God.  In prayer, deep confessions help us learn about ourselves.  Contrary to what we think, we do not know ourselves as well as we suppose we do.  Prayer teaches us to become honest with God.  In prayer, we learn to forgive, adjust, reorient and release.  In

Aug 28, 2017

Avoidance

By |Aug 28, 2017|Cleansed, Confession, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Heart, Pride|0 Comments

Every counselor knows, or should know, that it takes time for a person to come to a confession or even realization of their core problem.  Before then the counselor must detect false clues and detours that keep him or her away from the core issues at the heart of the problem.  We must know that

Jun 13, 2017

Where It Will Take You

By |Jun 13, 2017|Christ, Confession, Cross, Devotionals, Discipleship, Faith, Ministry, Suffering|0 Comments

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16).  Just because you have confessed your belief that Jesus is the Messiah does not mean that you know where it will take you.  The Messiah did suffer, and we join His suffering.  We as disciples learn to be disciples through

May 15, 2017

The Piety Trap

By |May 15, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Humility, Pride, Repentance, Spirit|0 Comments

It is not as easy as we think to avoid some spiritual traps.  It is possible to be caught in one without fully realizing what is happening.  One in particular is the piety trap.  In pursuit of a spiritual life, as we begin to make progress we can start to rest in our piety which

May 14, 2017

Bending The Knee

By |May 14, 2017|Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Worship|0 Comments

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God”  (Isa 45:23, quoted in Rom 14:11).  This is much more than “our side winning.”  Yes, some may wait to the end of history to acknowledge the King of the Kingdom of God, but since the NT

Mar 5, 2017

Satan The Narcissist

By |Mar 5, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Humility, Lent, Love|0 Comments

Lucifer loved himself more than God.  He said, “I will ascend…I will exalt my throne…I will sit on the mount…I will be like the Most High.”  Compulsive self-love is an imitation of the Prince of Darkness.  It creates confusion and chaos.  It needs humility to cast down its pride.  It needs confession and self-denial. The

Jan 7, 2017

Trading Weakness For Strength

By |Jan 7, 2017|Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Spirit|0 Comments

The older I get the more attuned I am to my weaknesses and shortcomings.  I am dependent on the Lord for the wisdom He gives in my lack of understanding.  I am dependent on Him for strength to persevere.  I renounce my tendency toward self-sufficiency.  I have discovered that, “when I am weak, then I

Jan 2, 2017

Spiritual Upgrades

By |Jan 2, 2017|Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Discipline, Formation, Growth, Meditation, New Year, Obedience, Prayer, Repentance, Solitude, Worship|0 Comments

I am amazed at how often my computer and electronic devices, with their apps,  need updates and upgrades.  The electronic world does not work without it.  I am finding that in my relationship with the Lord I need to keep things connected and current.  Occasional there is a “bug” in my attitudes that can become

Nov 30, 2016

Apologize

By |Nov 30, 2016|Christ, Confession, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Humility, Relationships, Repentance, Sin, Worship|0 Comments

Apologies are essential for the maintenance of all human relationships.  None of us express ourselves perfectly.  We are prone to speak too quickly.  We are prone to say too much.  Most of us do not get it right all of the time.  Apologies are one way that “we confess our sins to one another that