All posts tagged: confession

Surrender to a Holy God

Stop and think for a moment: Am I concerned with what God thinks about my moment to moment living? In Israel, back in the day of Hosea, the people were unfaithful: lying, stealing, committing adultery and murder.  The country had turned its back on God. They were unrepentant, crying out to God with their voices, but not with their hearts. When things get difficult for us, we often choose to do what makes us feel good and what is easy, even though it isn’t what God desires.  We never take a breath and ask God, “Would you be pleased with what I am doing right now?”   When we do what makes us feel good, rather than what would be good in the eyes of the Lord, we are selfish and put a barrier between ourselves and Him.  We reject God. We see in the story of Hosea that God is holy and faithful and still loves the people he created even when they reject Him. In every thing that you do, God is there, …

Forgive Me Squirrel for I Have Sinned

Growing up, my dad was the youth minister at our church. One particular afternoon, when I was about 10 years old, he was preparing to take the youth group out for some event. I asked Dad if I could go out and shoot my BB gun before we had to leave. He said, “Sure, but don’t kill anything. We don’t have time to clean it.” I went outside and started shooting at pine cones, cans that I had set up, and pretty much anything else that would make a ding sound when I hit it. I was following Dad’s rules, when I noticed a squirrel perched up on a branch about 15 yards away; too close for its own safety. I was a pretty good shot. Ok, I was really good and Dad knew it. So I wasn’t fooling anyone when I ran into the house screaming, “Dad, Dad! Come look! A squirrel just fell out of the tree. I don’t know what happened. Hurry! Come look! Come look!” As Dad starting walking my way, I noticed …

Seeking Forgiveness

This past Sunday, as we continued our series on forgiveness, Dale dove into the importance of seeking forgiveness from others when we sin against them. As sinful people, we are going to hurt one another.  Yet, even though we know this, it is difficult to swallow our pride, look someone in the eye, and admit we’re wrong.   Proverbs 28:13 says, “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” (NLT) We are called to confess our sin to God first and then to the appropriate person. (1 John 1:8-9, James 5:16)  But what does God-honoring confession look like? 1) Have the right attitude.  The New Testament of the Bible was originally written in the Greek language and the Greek word for confession, homologeo, means “to say the same thing;” in other words, to see our sin as God sees it.  Don’t make excuses or cast the blame (i.e. I was tired.  I was just reacting to your tone.)  See your actions through the eyes of our perfect Savior. 2) Name it.  Don’t …