Personal Worship Time with God

Our personal worship time with God should include time in confession. It should be a warning to us if we are not in the habit of repenting and confessing our sins. God wants us to be specific in our requests and in our confessions. We should go before the Father and repent, asking Him to reveal our blind spots, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. “He waits with unwearied love to hear the confessions of the wayward to accept their penitence.” Praying in the YES of God Pg 79

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Unconfessed Sin is a Barrier

Unconfessed sin is a barrier between us and God. Confession should be specific and heartfelt. “True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges particular sins. They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only; they may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a public character, and should then be publicly confessed. But all confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty.” Recognition of our sin, repentance, confession, and requesting forgiveness, are sometimes not all that is needed. We can ask God to forgive us, but we must do so with a plan of restitution if it is needed. If we have stolen, God requires us to pay back with interest. If we have taken part in character assassination, we must do all we can to undo the wrong committed and attempt to restore the person to right relationship with others. Many prayers remain unanswered because of an unwillingness to bring resolution to past sins that God brings to our mind. Praying in the YES of God Pg 78

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God’s Promises Are All About Relationship

“There are those who profess to serve God, while they rely upon their own efforts to obey His law, to form a right character, and secure salvation. Their hearts are not moved by any deep sense of love of Christ, but they seek to perform the duties of the Christian life as that which God requires of them in order to gain Heaven. Such religion is worth nothing.

When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten … Those who feel the constraining love of God, do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of God; they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all … A profession of Christ without this deep love is mere talk, dry formality, and heavy drudgery.

Do you feel that it is too great a sacrifice to yield all to Christ? Ask yourself the question, “What has Christ given for me?” The Son of God gave all—life and love and suffering for our redemption. And can it be that we, be unworthy objects of so great love, will withhold our hearts from Him?”

“The blessing comes when, by faith, the soul surrenders itself to God.””
Taken from “Growing in the YES of God” pgs. 17-18

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Christ as Our Example

As I have focus more and more on Jesus, I am learning by His example how to conduct my life. As I study I realize that Jesus only had to do something one time in order to be an example to me. He is our ultimate role model.
Our Savior exemplifies the absolute necessity of prayer. He knew that the effectiveness of His work depended upon receiving instruction for the day, and the guidance of the Spirit.   As we examine His prayer life it will increase our understanding of the components of prayer and the necessity of an ongoing commune with God, in Jesus’ name.

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The Privilege of Knowing God

We pray not to change God’s mind, but to know His mind. God commands us to pray. In our opening text our Savior says, Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. This is a command that offers us the privilege of knowing God. Many would be surprised if God actually answered their prayers. They don’t really expect Him to. Mechanical prayers don’t get much further than ‘out of our lips.’ It is prayer without hope. That is why the study of the divine science in the Prayer of Faith is so important. For our Christian growth and personal relationship with God, we need to know He hears us and cares about our future.

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