Daily Devotions: Confession

From God Listens by Jack Countryman

Confession

god-listens-coverCreate in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
-Psalm 51:10–12

Confession—acknowledging our sins before our pure and holy God—is the path we take when we want to enter His presence. When we go before the Lord with a repentant heart, the Holy Spirit will show us those things in our lives that are displeasing to Him. Then, when we confess those sins and ask our heavenly Father’s forgiveness, God hears our prayers, forgives our sins, and declares us completely cleansed of all unrighteousness. After all, that is His blessed promise to us in 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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