9.7.2011

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Confession
"For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" Romans 10:9&10

You and I confess many things each day. We declare that we are happy or sad, hungry or tired, anxious or at peace. Jesus said that from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  When we speak, we are exposing our hearts, we are showing the world what lay inside.  It leads me to ask the question, how's your speech?  How's your heart?  What are you and I showing the world with our words?  These questions are a constant reminder of Gods presence and His desire for each one of us.  I challenge you to make a conscious effort to listen to your speech today.  You might even surprise yourself with some of the content.  King Solomon says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.  Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech." (Proverbs 4:23 & 24)  Francois Fenelon  said, "Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one's heart to a dear friend.  People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation; they do not weigh their words, because there is nothing kept back.  Blessed are those who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God."
Confession is a declaration, admission or acknowledgement.  When we confess what lies deep in our heart, what does it sound like?  Is it good or evil?  Do we have a grateful heart or one that continually grumbles and complains?  Do our words build up or tear down?  Do we lift our hands to heaven and thank God for the life we have or curse Him because we don't have?  He reminds us in His word that Godliness with contentment is great gain, and a heart of unbelief is an evil heart.  If you don't like what you see when you look into your own heart, I want to recommend you to a heart specialist.  His name is Jesus, and He has never lost a patient.  He tells us that if we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Listen to King David's heart in Psalm 32, "Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.'  And You forgave me!  All my guilt is gone."  God forgives sin, removes the guilt, and heals even the hardest of hearts.  Place your trust in Jesus; He already knows what is in your heart, and is waiting for you to confess your need for cleansing and healing.  This is the promise, this is the Gospel, the "Good News," and when we make a profession of faith in Christ, His promise is that He gives us a new heart!
Now.......Do you believe?
Prayer for today:  May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.  

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