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Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:9

Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:9

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This is the beginning of week four of my blogging holiday. Praying for God to show me the way He wants me to go.

So grateful to Jesus for revealing Himself to me, for my confession, for my accepting Him as Lord and Saviour of my life.

if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9, NIV UK).

Under the Cover of Prayer is now on this website. UTCOP will start again on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Guests will be posting every Tuesday and Thursday. All my subscribers have been successfully moved over to this site. Thanks to WordPress.com for a smooth move.

On this website I will be posting only what God is revealing to me – in other words how my conversation (prayer) is coming along. Join me as we learn together.

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Confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart … Romans 10:9 (tweet this)

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Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community by Deidra Riggs

Still Saturday by Sandra Heskaking

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Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

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Is the Channel Open?

Is the Channel Open?

by Janis Cox

Channel Open to God

Is the Channel Open?

I watched the new Star Trek movie on the plane ride from Toronto to Phoenix. At one time the ship lost power and therefore lost connection to those outside the ship. It became crucial to restore that link.

Psalm 139 says:

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, NIV).

When I pray I want to be sure the channel to God is open. (tweet this).

How do I do this?

God tells us that He desires us to have clean hearts and be open before Him. We need to search ourselves to see if we are hiding anything from Him.

God knows everything about us anyway. However, He wants us to confess the uncleanness we see in ourselves. That way we are acknowledging it.

As I confess any uncleanness before God
the channel to Him opens.
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I have been using Psalm 51:10 and Psalm 139:5-6 as my prayer this week. And I always pray in the name of my Intercessor, Jesus.

Prayer:

Lord, hem me in both behind and before and create in me a cleanness and wholeness of heart that I may be your servant to stand in the gap. In the name of Jesus. AMEM.

Janis Cox

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.

 

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CONFESSION TEMPLATE

 Confession template

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission May 27, 2011) 

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Hosea 14:1-9

TO CHEW ON:

“Take words with you
And return to the Lord
Say to Him,
Take away all iniquity
Receive us graciously,
For we will offer the sacrifices
of our lips.'” Hosea 14:2

Nothing helps the act of confession like speaking it aloud to God in words. There is something about actually saying the words that cements feelings of remorse into something more.

One of the most well-known prayers of confession in the Bible comes from David. Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of confession and repentance, prayed after the prophet Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba — that one-night-stand that morphed into murder after David got Bathsheba pregnant and had her husband killed to cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11-12:15). Though it took a pointed story to get David to acknowledge his sin, once he did, his repentance seems altogether genuine.

Let’s look at Psalm 51, taking from it a template for confession. (I’m not sure how important the order is. I’ll roughly follow the order of the psalm.) Here are some of the things David, and we, can express in words to God.

– Ask for forgiveness (Psalm 51:1).

– Name our sin (51:3, 14). Though at first David calls his action simply “my sin” and “my transgressions,” later he refers to it as the “guilt of bloodshed.” It’s good to be specific.

– Acknowledge that our deed was an action against God (as well as a person, if it was a sin against another person) (Psalm 51:4).

– Ask for cleansing (51:2, 7, 10).

– Ask for restoration (51:12).

– Accept God’s forgiveness — and that you are forgiven (51:15-17).

– Anticipate and expect that God will continue to use you (51:13).

Our God is so merciful, His forgiveness so unconditional, it’s easy to become blasé about our sin. Thoughts like, Oh, God knows my heart; He knows I’m sorry, easily follow sinful actions. However, when we come to God with words, our off-handed mental penitence changes in a subtle way, becoming more real, more serious, more owned.

Of course there may be repercussions to our sin, as there were with David’s. Even God’s forgiveness doesn’t blot out sin’s consequences.

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to learn about true confession and how helpful it is to say the words aloud. Amen.

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Violet Nesdoly

 

 

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.