All in on Confession!

Nehemiah 9:1-37

 

The Problem:  Unconfessed sin ruins everything.  “We are in great distress.” 9:36-37

 

The Confession:  When the word of God reveals to us our sin we must respond in humble confession. 9:1-5

 

God’s Character:  When we humbly confess our sin we know that our loving God is worthy of our joyful worship and praise. 9:6-35

  • God is the creator. Vs. 6
  • God keeps his promises. Vs.7-8
  • God rescues. Vv. 9-11
  • God leads. Vv. 12, 19
  • God communicates. Vv. 13-14
  • God provides. Vv. 15, 20-25
  • God disciplines. Vv. 27-28,30,32-35
  • God forgives. Vs. 17
  • God restores. Vs. 27, 28

 

Reflection:

  • What do you know about the character of God?
  • What is your attitude towards worship of God?
  • Is there a personal sin you need to confess now?

James 4:1-10

1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

       “God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.