Please take the time to look up the definitions of repent and redeem. You are redeemed by the blood of Christ because of God's love for his creation, the human race. Your repentence is the same as the thief on Calvary, you regret your sins and you recognize them. The thief confessed his crimes and that he deserved crucifixtion. But,by the grace of the Father he knew Jesus was innocent. Jesus offers you the same answer as he did the thief: "On this day, you will be with me in Paradise." You must confess your faith in the cross as well as your sins. Who you confess to is not as important as having faith that your sins are forgiven by his blood. With that in mind, I will offer a suggestion. If you are not comfortable in confessing to your own pastor ask him or her to recommend either a prayer person, someone in healing or a minister or counselor from another church. Then get your thoughts and your emotions straight on exactly how this should go and what you are looking for as a result. Sometimes, you might have better luck with yourself than an outsider. Remember, this is between you and your God. He already knows your sin, He offered up His Son for it, now He just wants to know if Faith and Forgiveness are beautiful words or your BELIEFS! Choose to believe.....Choose a comfortable someone to talk to....and express your sorrow in offending your God then promise to do better. If that comfortable person is you.....so be it!!
Try to present your confession to God and your listener as if you were talking to friends.That's what David did. Just look at how many times he refers to "My God". He knew God knew all about him.
May you have a light from heaven to guide you to all the right paths. Susie
Until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain to change: You won't.
Once you have confessed a sin to God it is important to not let it control your emotions any more. You know in your mind that He has forgiven you and that is all that matters. Sometimes it helps to just keep repeating the words in your head that Christ loves you and has set you free. God does not want us to carry our own burdens. Sometimes it also helps to do something that you would do for someone else who you want to show love. Anything that helps you relax and and have fun. You can visualize the Lord smiling at you and saying He loves you, because he does.
It sounds like you have the answer you need from the Lord on how to handle the situation this time. Just be obedient to what He is leading you to do. To be totally free from a past sin, you need to know that the Lord forgives you once you have repented (turned from it and confessed it to Him) and you must forgive yourself! Once you have resolved not to take part in that sin anylonger if is extremely important to forgive yourself and never look back. Know that God wipes that sin away and so should you. We can learn from those past sins and use His forgiveness to help another along the way.
I, too, have had sins that I had a hard time with. But I had to come to realize that once God forgave me, what right did I have to hold it against myself. He has already set me free from it. If I hold onto it, then Jesus' death for my sins meant nothing. I don't want to flog Him again for holding onto a past sin and not forgive my self. Let it go as He has. Hope this helps. Just know that God loves you, let Him wash you clean. Blessings, Carol
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I can feel your heart hurt and desperation as I read your message. I can not tell you anything, than what I'm sure you already know. I really don't know what to say to make this easier for you. All I know and can say this from my heart - pray, pray, pray. As Christians, we know that he will answer our prayers, in his own way and in his time. He knows your heart and the hurt you have happening right now. I know that it is his desire to help you go about this the right way and help you to know exactly what that is. If it helps, I want you to know that I will be praying for you throughout the day and tonight before I go to bed and I will continue to pray for you, until you feel able to come back and let us know that the burden has been lifted from you. I do care. Marcia
Edited by: LESSALLOVER1 at: 11/3/2011 (12:47)
I Peter 5:7
Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.
I Cor. 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do ALL to the glory of God.
I have come to you again seeking Godly council. I am doing a Beth Moore study on David: A Man After God's Own Heart. If you know of Beth's studies, you know they can be VERY CONVICTING.
I feel the Lord tugging (hard) on my heart to give up a dark secret from my past (college years). When I have said it out loud to a few friends, no one blinks an eye. BUT TO ME, it is festering and creating "sin sickness" as Beth calls it. She encourages us to confess it before God, repent, accept forgiveness and the cleansing of the blood of Jesus and bask in His love and compassion and restoration. Oh, how I crave this.
She also tells us to be cautious about how we go about it. Not to shout it in front of the congregation, to bear our souls and basically "throw up" on our church family. Earlier this year the Lord convicted me to share a secret I had been keeping for 20 years about depression with my bible study group. I did in obedience,but it wasn't easy and I cried through the whole time. My ladies (as I affectionately call them) were wonderful!!! I could never have imagined the love, support and matter-of-fact manner that they took my confession in. Then we had snack.....they still loved me. I was afraid they would never look at me the same and kick me out of the group. The unburdening sensation was AMAZING!!!! And to this day I can be very matter-of-fact about it too. THAT IS A MIRACLE. 20 years of wasted energy.
But now I do not think the Lord is calling me to "do it same way". I am soooo wanting to be obedient, but paralyzed as to how to do this. I plan to spend the day in confession to the Lord and repentance for passed sin ( I don't need to turn from the original sin, but I do need to stop lying about it!).
Any advice you may offer would be so appreciated. THe Lord has work for me to do and I want to crush Satan's hold on me with this and move on the work the Lord has me to do to HIS GLORY. Praise Be to God. Thank you Jesus. And thank you dear friends at a distance. This means so much to me that you would consider helping a sister in Christ you have never met.
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