Telling God the Truth…About Ourselves.

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  1. JD says:

    I usually don’t like written prayers so much. This one however spoke to my heart.

  2. Michael says:

    JD,

    It covers all the bases… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. CostcoCal says:

    I can’t wait till Heaven. No more facades. For once, we won’t have to put on an act of any kind.

  4. Em ... again says:

    AMEN to this prayer, but…
    it’s one thing to confess this and quite another to wallow in it…
    why do i say that? wallowing in it is not an accusation that applies to most of us, but if we can just confess (and we should) and then move on to growing in the Faith day by day…

    still, doesn’t hurt to confess this list… once a month maybe?
    maybe as a congregational reading right before participating in the communion table?

  5. Linnea says:

    A big Amen to this prayer….and a powerful post, Michael. We are all broken, sinful, and limping toward sanctification.

  6. Disillusioned says:

    Ba-boom!

  7. Michael says:

    Thanks, Linnea…and I’ll guess Disillusioned also said the amen…

  8. dusty says:

    Michael, posts like these are why we love you so much. You are truthful, open and honest with us. You are real and don’t put yourself up on a stage that we have to look up to you…we look up to you because you are like us…struggling to keep our faith and confess our sins daily. We look up to you because you treat us with respect and as equals. We love your wisdom, knowledge, guidance and humor.
    Thank you big brother

  9. Disillusioned says:

    Haha, yes….AMEN

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dusty…you’re too kind.

    I think at this point everyone knows I can be an ass, so it’s silly to pretend otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. dusty says:

    We love you for that too. Lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Owen says:

    Michael, thanks for this post…..I needed the humility check.

    Oh, and even donkeys have uses…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Captain Kevin says:

    Wow!! I am undone.

    That’s a beautiful prayer of confession. I’m going to print it out and make it a part of my devotion time.

    A definite “Amen” to Dusty’s #8!!!

    “I think at this point everyone knows I can be an ass, so itโ€™s silly to pretend otherwise.” Hahaha…yes…I’m a card carrying member of that club too.

  14. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I seems odd to me that anyone can like this prayer, continue to pray this prayer, see themselves in this prayer and still hold to a doctrine of progressive sanctification.

    How can that be?

  15. TombstoneBlues says:

    Well Martin Luther I one would have to consider themselves a sinner before a Holy God to understand it ay

  16. John 20:29 says:

    #14 – it’s easy ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 Cor. 10:3-4 gives a hint … the object of a war is to conquer, to gain ground, is it not?

  17. John 20:29 says:

    #14 – it’s easy ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 Cor. 10:3-4 gives a hint … the objective of a war is to conquer, to gain ground, is it not?

  18. John 20:29 says:

    that double post was a computer god’s work – not fast enough on my spell checking
    i realize the argument can be made that the reference is to gain new converts, but i think that there is also seen the flesh doing battle with the spirit inside an individual, not just external … dunno, tho, do i ?

  19. It seems to me you can’t continually confess not obeying the 10 commandments for 30 or 40 years and also claim that the Holy Spirit has been increasing your sanctification. Some of those paragraphs should start falling off.
    Progressive sanctification is not a true doctrine.

  20. John 20:29 says:

    but it is …
    we are given men to lead us in growing (progressive sanctification by my definition)
    from the letter to the Christians at Ephesus:
    “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
    Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
    That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
    But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
    From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

    and Peter’s admonitions:
    “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:…”
    and
    ” even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
    As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
    Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
    [old fashioned term “backslide” – remedy confession]
    But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

    IMV and from where i sit ๐Ÿ™‚ the confession is important, not because we continually do all that is listed, but because we are prone to do so and do do so to one degree or another… confession isn’t just to make us worthy to partake of the communion table, it is for the purpose of clearing the slate, lining up with Divine Viewpoint, coming as a learner to take in more knowledge, more Christ and to … progressively gain sanctification (grow)

    probably not “true doctrine,” but it sure rings true (and works) for me

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