How to Pray When You’ve Blown It
Avid notetakers told me Sunday was a note-taking frenzy. I hear you. Here are highlights from Sunday’s sermon. Take whatever you want, cut and paste it, and hopefully God will imprint it on your hearts. I love seeing pens and journals in hand–love it! You guys preach me to death!
- Has it ever occurred to you that, when we sin, we hurt the people we love the most.
- Sin will take you farther than you intended to go, keep you longer than you intended to stay, and cost you more than you intended to pay.
- Own your sin
- Transgression—going beyond a limit that has been set
- Sin—missing the mark because you deliberately aim at a wrong one
- Iniquity—lack of integrity; failure to fulfill the standard of righteousness
- God will not forgive what you will not forsake.
- Have you ever owned the fact that you are a sinner by nature?
- Are you intentionally aiming at the wrong mark—living in rebellion?
- Are you right now going beyond a limit that has been set?
- Be real about your temptations.
- Godly sinners pray.
- No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV)
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:13, ESV)
- Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41, ESV)
- And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! (Luke 17:1, ESV)
- God will not redeem what you will not renounce.
- Be real with God and others.
- Follow God’s counsel.
- Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8, ESV)
- 3 principles of sowing and reaping: You reap what you sow. You reap after you sow. You reap more than you sow.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32:1-2; 10-11)
How can David call himself righteous after everything he had done? Was it his righteous deeds? Not all all! He is only righteous, because God, through his forgiveness, has made him righteous. So it is with you. If you have trusted Jesus, if you’ve ever owned your sin, you must take it to the cross. There you will see Jesus hanging, bleeding, dying for you. If you will renounce your sin, receive Jesus as your Savior, he will come immediately into your life. He will be your Savior and your Lord. He will declare you righteous. Only then will be you extremely happy (blessed).