Each week we offer the challenge of a memory verse and a spiritual discipline to go along with the study. Consider making these a part of your week as you study Confession.
Memory Verse for Confession:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 ESV
Spiritual Discipline for Confession:
Get Low Before God
Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight… — Psalm 51:4
This week we challenge you to get low before God in prayer. And when we say low, we mean as low as you can go. On your face on the floor. On your knees with arms resting on a chair. In a chair with your head bowed to your knees. However low you can physically go, that’s what we ask you to do at some point each day. Humble yourself before Him.
The act of physically posturing yourself low before God is an act of faith which humbles our flesh. Pray as you get low before Him. Begin with praise. Praise Him in word or song. Then move into confession. Acknowledging all your sins are against Him. Seek His mercy and forgiveness in Jesus’s name. Amen
Week 8/Day 1: Confession
Read Psalm 66:18
Cherish means “to hold dear… to keep or cultivate with care and affection… to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely…” (Merriam-Webster’s)
Do you have a sin you hold dear?
We can’t enter a discussion on confession until we first talk about sin. According to Psalm 66:18, what results from cherishing sin in our hearts?
Our prayer life can be completely derailed by a sin we excuse, justify, or just really like. Consider today whether your cherished sin is worth the price.
What first step can you take to change your mind about your particular sin? How can you begin to repent?