If you are a regular follower of this blog, then you will notice a bit of a change for the next 8 weeks. I am serving as a table leader for an 8 week Freedom Workshop. If you'd like to follow along, you can find the resources at the link directly above. Also, I will post here, the daily Bible reading assignment (heartwork) so you can read along. This workshop has been a life changer for me so I'm eager to share it with others. May you be blessed!
Week 3 - Day 1
James 1; Psalm 31
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My Body and soul are withering away.
I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.
This is what confessed sin does to us. Lord, help me to always be quick to confess my sin to you!
1 John 1:8-10
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us form all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Lord, I thank you that you are faithful and just to forgive my sins AND to cleanse me from all wickedness. When I pour my heart out to you, crying out to you without holding back, it usually leads to a repentance of sin. When I do that, you forgive me and cleanse me from ALL wickedness. All that sludge that was in my pipe is GONE. If the same situation comes up again and I am tempted to feel those same emotions again, I can cry out to you but I have no obligation whatsoever to do what my sinful nature urges me to do! Thank you, Lord! In Jesus' name. Amen.
FREEDOM WORKSHOP VERSES
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Can anything happen without the Lord's permission?
This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the "twelve tribes" - Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings! Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it and opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.