I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future.
We have sinned with our fathers;
We have committed iniquity and acted wickedly. (Psalm 106:6)
The heart is deceitful above all things
And incurably sick.
Who can understand it?
You, the Lord, search the heart
And test the mind
To reward a man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his deeds. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
Take a moment to ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
The Lord my God is the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
John was called a prophet of the Most High; for he went on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, and to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins—because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high came from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death—to guide their feet into the path of peace. (Luke 1:76-79)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I will not let sin reign in my mortal body that I should obey its lusts. Nor will I present the members of my body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but I will present myself to God as one who is alive from the dead and my members as instruments of righteousness to God. (Romans 6:12-13)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will not forget the exhortation that addresses me as a son: "My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, nor lose heart when you are rebuked by Him, for whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He chastises every son whom He receives." (Hebrews 12:5-6)
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful; later on, however, it produces the peaceable fruit of righteousness for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:10-11)
Lord, I thank You for Your faithfulness and for the powerful ministry of Jesus. I thank You for making me alive to You, and I ask that I would respond well to Your discipline and bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness.