if you havent read my previous blog (Quiet Time) then read it FIRST.
THEN read this one...
k. go now.
So tonight theres a different speaker... but he was really good! i was suprised because usually if there is a guest speaker then its like... blehhhhh time to suddenly have ADD. but this guy was good. i think it really helped too that i was seeking God a LOT today.
he was talking about repentance and used the story of Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11
for those who dont know the story, heres a quick Summer-ized recap
David thought this guy(Uriah)'s wife (Bathsheba) was pretty hot (or "of unusual beauty") probably helped that she was taking a bath... so he asks people to find out her name, all that stuff, then has his people (cause he's a king) go get her, and so she comes to his palace, they do the pants dance, she gets pregnant, so then David FREAKS OUT and tries to justify it by trying to have Uriah come home (cause he's in battle cause they are at war or something...) so that Uriah and Bathsheba can have sex so it looks like it's Uriah's baby not David's but Uriah was bein all noble so he didnt want to go and rest at the luxeries of his home while his people are out on the battle field, then David tries to get Uriah drunk, still doesnt work, so eventually he makes it to where Uriah gets sent to the front of the battle, and has all the men fall back except Uriah so he's pretty much toast. so he dies, which is bad, bathsheba who isnt david's wife, is pregnant, so its like a whole mess of bad stuff.
the guy tonight Danny, he was talking about repentance
and the "5 steps of Repentance" so ill just show you my notes.
1- Be Convicted.
(seek how God feels about it. not just feel guilty about your past sins)
Hebrews 3:13 "You must warn each other every day, while it is still "today," so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God."
Sin opens the door for deception, darkens your mind, and hardens your heart.
2 Samuel 12:1-9
"So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: 'There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 2The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 3The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man's own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man's lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.'
5David was furious. 'As surely as the Lord lives,' he vowed, 'any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.'
7Then Nathan said to David, 'You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. 8I gave you your master's house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. 9Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife."
vs. 13Then David confessed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan replied, "Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin."
We can only repent when we realize WE are the problem. No excuses or justifications or downplaying the sin. When we have sin and dont repent of it we are hypocrites.
We need to be convinced that sin has concequences.
Numbers 32:23 "But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out."
Proverbs 10:9 "People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall."
that last verse is pretty much saying like... if you dont do any wrong, you have nothing to worry about... but if you keep sinning you will have to be cautious because you have caused your path to become crooked which makes it easier for you to slip and fall.
Proverbs 26:26 "While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public"
That goes with the whole being a light thing i was saying in my previous blog... and in the verses where it says that if you are a light it exposes.
Ephesians 5:13 "But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them. 14 for the light makes everything visible..."
so that tied in together pretty nicely.
a good way to figure out what you should repent about is ask yourself
"would i want so and so to know i do or have done this?" if you have to keep some blurry lines secret, you probably shouldnt do them, you probably should bring them in the light, because otherwhise... you WILL be found out...
2nd step of repentance
but if you repent first, and confess your sin, then God will take care of you.
1 John 1:9 "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."
so thats pretty awesome... if we figure out that we have a problem. want to get rid of it, then we try to have a change of heart, ask God for help, confess the sin without justifying it, and He will keep His promise... because God doesn't lie.
Psalm 51:1-4 (david's response after admitting he had sinned about Bathsheba)
"Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. 2Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 3For i recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just."
if you read the rest of chapter 51 you see he is TOOOOTTALLLY sorry, like... just really beating down on himself about it and its not him being sorry for being caught, he truly is sorry for his sin because God deserves better.
back to my notes.
God's the only one who will be judging me in the end.
2 Corinthians 7:8-11
"I am not sorry that i sent that severe letter to you, though i was sorry at first, for i know it was painful to you for a little while. 9Now i am glad i sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.
"People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."
"When i refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and i groaned all day long."
Confessing our sins to SOMEBODY frees us of our burden. If you confess it to God and that's not enough then that's a sin you should confess to someone. Make peace before going to the altar so there is nothing between you and God making it difficult to truly worship. When you confess dont make excuses. Admit it how it is. True repentance takes true remorse.
do EVERYTHING you can. Let go of what you need to let go of.
"Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven."
2 Timothy 2:25
"Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people's hearts, and they will learn the truth."
Repentance is a gift. You cant overcome the power of sin without god. Ask God to grant you a deeper level or repentance.
"Create in me a clean heard, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11Do not banish me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
is part of justice.
when you do something wrong, make it right. If you know youre gonna have to make it right eventually, or later on, then youre gonna want to do it right the first time.
"Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2Yes, what a joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!"
it didnt like... COMPLETELY fit with what i read today, at least not my notes,
but the service did.
making things right, (like dont let the sun set while you're still angry)
and shining light (being the light, exposing sin)
so it did fit.
at least enough for me.
im excited for what's to come of tomorrow :]