5a2b2c Forsaking Sinful Habits
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Westside Care Center Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Prayer, Principle 5A. Confession 2B. Doct of Conf 2C. Forsaking

 

Review

The Meaning of Confession:

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.

Last time we saw that to confess means to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent

Confession is agreeing with God's attitude about sin– it is abominable to Him. The ATTITUDE produces the confession, and the forsaking of the sin. We can see that mere confession alone does not produce complete forgiveness, cleansing and blessing which are the full results of sin’s proper confession. We today begin to study the results of not fully confessing sin.

From the Prayer Notebook:

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

5A. CONFESSION – As I have kept short sin-debts by immediate confession of sins You have revealed, I now pause to examine my heart further for wrong attitudes. As You convict, I will once again make confession of my sin and remember it's results.

Matthew 5.3-10 "Blessed are..."

1B. THE BEATITUDES – Lord, help me... have your attitudes about life.

1 JN 1.6;PS 66.18;JA 1.15; PS 19.12-13

2B. The Doctrine of CONFESSION – Today I agree with You LORD that I have failed in the particular way(s) that You have revealed to me. Now I...

1 JN 1.9 1 C. CONFESS – that _____* was a sin in Your eyes because You said _____+.

*=specifically name the sin. +=name the scripture bringing awareness.

PR 28.13 2C. FORSAKE – and turn from it, but only with Your help.

Proverbs 28:13

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Introductory Discussion:

Some selected verses from last time:

Psalm 66:18

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.

James 1:15

Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Psalm 19:12-13

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. [13] Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

Why do we fail to forsake sinful patterns we have allowed to become established?

  1. The curiosity of the unknown has been partly satisfied (I know now what it is like to commit the sin) – but this only has created a greater curiosity because there is more to see/ or experience.
  2. Often we have not received the immediate judgment from the sin we have committed, and we therefore think it didn’t cost too much to commit the sin really (we’re really thinking to test God": "God you’ll have to judge me right away if you expect me to believe you are really bothered by me committing this sin!) The truth is that until time is finished with God, we cannot know when we have been finally judged, or disciplined, for sins we commit– the unrepentant sinner gets final judgment at the Great White throne, and the backsliding saint will lose reward only after the ‘judgment seat,’ probably during the Great Tribulation.
  3. We "sin so that grace may abound!" – the ridiculous but often true argument that Paul, the Apostle raises in : Ro 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? This stated because he said in chapter 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  4. We forget vital scripture passages like the one for today’s lesson: (Proverbs 28:13)

What is the meaning of forsake? It means to leave, abandon, forsake, neglect

from Proverbs 28:13

forsake. 05800 bze `azab aw-zab' | a primitive root; v; {See TWOT on 1594} {See TWOT on 1595}

AV-forsake 129, leave 72, leave off 4, faileth 2, fortify 2, help 2, committeth 1, destitute 1, refuseth 1, surely 1; 215

Everyone of us has seen forsaken property to illustrate this. It is run down, overgrown with weeds, seems abandoned, untouched and unwanted, even worthless. This does not picture some people’s idea of forsaking sin however! It is usually quite the opposite. The garden of sin is well nurtured!

One of the greatest problems for those of us who believe in eternal security is what the skeptics criticize: We live as though we can sin and still get to heaven. We believe that all we really have to do after we sin is to just get the confession prayer out and spout off a quick prayer of " I’m sorry, please forgive me. Thank you God."— and I’m on my way...

But WE HAVE LOST THE PROSPERITY PRINCIPLE WE HAD BEFORE THE SIN WAS COMMITTED.

We will not prosper, and this means that God’s discipline must come. See Hebrews 12, and the sad, sad story of Esau. Indeed what we really need is mercy. But those who do not show mercy will not receive mercy either as we learned in the beatitudes. Showing mercy causes us to realize the great depth God condescended to forgive sin!

Another grave problem is the teaching of 2Co 2:11 – lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. When we sin we give an "open door" for evil to easily enter the soul and wreak havoc in our lives it could not otherwise have. Such sins require special steps for permanent removal that many are not willing to take once the "advantage" has come from the devil.

Notes:

What happens when we do not forsake our sinful habits (the reasons sins are repeated)?

  1. We betray the sense of God’s promise (We were not faithful to Him by being truly sorry)
  2. We continue to reap evil from the continued sin being committed, and the reaping is always more than the sowing we have done.
  3. We become embolden to do greater sins.
  4. We become dominated by the sins we are unwilling to forsake.
  5. Consequences come to our body, and to relationships in our life we never wanted to be spoiled.
  6. We give the devil an advantage over us.

2Co 2:11 Lest <3363> Satan <5259> <4567> should get an advantage of us <4122> (5686): for <1063> we are not <3756> ignorant <50> (5719) of his <846> devices <3540>.

Advantage= 4122 pleonektew pleonekteo pleh-on-cek-teh'-o

from 4123; TDNT-6:266,864; v | AV-make a gain 2, defraud 2, get an advantage 1; 5

1) to have more, or a greater part or share

1a) to be superior, excel, surpass, have an advantage over

2) to gain or take advantage of another, to overreach

 

 

 

Application:

I will confess a sin God has brought to my mind today here: _________________________________

 

 

 

 

God forgave and cleansed me, in that _____________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

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