Listening to the sermons in our church often hit a chord within me which encourages me in my faith walk. Today’s sermon was about confession and repentance. It often makes us uncomfortable to admit the sins we are guilty of.
The scripture for this sermon was 1 Samuel 7:1-6. In this passage, Samuel instructs the Israelites to return with whole heart to God, get rid of their idols, commit to the Lord, and serve only Him.
When we come together to worship it must be an intentional mindset. It’s not a performance, by any means. It’s about worshiping our God who is worthy of our worship. I didn’t always understand that, but the deeper I dig into the role of the Levites in the Old Testament, the more I understand that we are called to excellence because he is worthy.
Just as the Israelites came to the realization that they needed to change their ways, we must also. We must ask God to search our hearts.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.Psalm 139:23-24
Until the Israelites got rid of their idols, they weren’t ready to open their hearts to worship. So many things that can keep us from going there still today. We have our own idols that can keep us from fully submitting to God. For instance, unforgiveness, prejudice, or hurts that we don’t allow God to heal. Just as they fasted, we need to do without something to get rid of the ego we hold onto.
When the light comes into our lives and gets rid of the darkness, we can do one of two things. We can try to hide the darkness and deny it or we can cry out in confession. We must have the willingness to be broken in worship.
Ask God to illuminate the things that make you stumble.
Repentance by itself is not enough. Repentance without confession is just a setup for a life that just goes around in circles…never forward. What is not confessed is not surrendered.
If it’s not fully surrendered…it’s not fully His, not fully restored, not fully healed, not fully blessed. Holding onto sin is the act of refusing grace.
Have you ever prayed like this? ”God, if we’ve made any mistakes, forgive us.” What kind of a confession is that? We’ve not owned anything. We have to make it personal. The ”ifs” make that no confession at all. We have to be specific and honest.
Your take aways from this sermon:
- Honestly worship
- Open yourself up to inspection (Ps 139:2-24)
- Own your own darkness
- Bring your darkness into God’s light by confession
- Confession isn’t easy. It calls you to take responsibility and ownership
- But confession puts us in position to receive what only God can deliver
- Confession allows us to remember those 2 precious truths
- I’m a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior
God is relentlessly pursuing you. He’s on your side and he loves you.