At Grace we are in a series called Prepare. The idea is this: What would happen if God answered your prayers? Are you prepared? Most of us have some idea of what we’d love to see God do, whether it’s related to our work, relationships, unsaved family and friends converted, or to see our church family grow. Before the people of Israel entered the new promised land, Joshua provided leadership with these words:
‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’ Joshua 1:11
As the day approached, Joshua continued:
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” 3:5
This past Sunday the topic was Confession. Considering the awful scene in Joshua 7 where one man’s sin kept the entire nation from a presumed victory, God judged sin in a most dramatic fashion. Similarly in Acts 5, we see a unique demonstration of discipline on sin during the offering part of the church service. God has never looked lightly upon sin. And that’s why Jesus had to die for our sins.
Confession is good for the soul, true. But it’s more than that. Confession keeps me humbly aware of God’s holy character and my need for His presence, through the Holy Spirit. My sin is less about me than it is my need to see God as revered and holy.
One application from the study on confessions is to keep short accounts. That simple phrase simply means, don’t allow something to go unsaid, misunderstood, or unconfessed. If you’ve wronged someone, make it right. Say something. Go to them, not someone else. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Eph 4:26-27
We all want to see God answer our prayers. Let’s be prepared for whatever God wants to do through our circumstances by making sure we keep short accounts. Seriously, that’s a good hashtag right there: #ksa!
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-15