Confession & Fasting (Part 2) // A Lenten Bible Study

F R E S H S T A R T  

At bedtime our kids have a night light in their room to help them sleep. It brings them comfort. It makes them feel safe. If they wake up in the night for whatever reason they can see where they are going.

When I was eight years old I watched a scary movie and it shook me so much that afterwards I went through a phase where I would turn on all the lights in my bedroom just so I could fall asleep without fear.

Some adults are still afraid of the dark.

But let's ask ourselves this... What does it mean when we are afraid of the light? 

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The last two weeks our bible studies have taken a closer look at our sin and need for Jesus. We have spent time confessing our sins reading Isaiah 59. You will notice Isaiah 59 gets more personal when we switch the words you with me. Join me in praying it below.

Dear Lord,

So justice is far from me     and righteousness does not reach me I look for light, but all is darkness;     for brightness, but I walk in deep shadows. 10 Like the blind I grope along the wall,     feeling my way like people without eyes. At midday I stumble as if it were twilight;     among the strong, I am like the dead. 11  I growl like bears;     I moan mournfully like doves. I look for justice, but find none;     for deliverance, but it is far away.

12 For my offenses are many in your sight,     and my sins testify against me. My offenses are ever with me,     and I acknowledge my iniquities: 13 rebellion and treachery against the Lord,     turning my back on my God, inciting revolt and oppression,     uttering lies our hearts have conceived. 14 So justice is driven back,     and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets,     honesty cannot enter. 15 Truth is nowhere to be found,     and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

In Jesus name, forgive us and hear our prayer, Lord. Amen.

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I am grateful that you are joining me during this season of Lent in God's Word.

Click here to print off this weeks bible study!

Week One - Fake Fasting Week Two - True Fasting Week Three/Four - Satisfied Fasting Week Five - Confession & Fasting Part One Week Six - Confession & Fasting Part Two

If you want to be a part of the bible study I highly recommend being a part of the Facebook group where we get to know you more and be mutually encouraged in God's Word throughout the week! The Facebook group is private so any information that you share will be seen only by those allowed in the group.

Click here to join our private online bible study Facebook page and the chatter!

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Confession & Fasting // A Lenten Bible Study

F R E S H S T A R T Sin. It makes us squirm. We like to cover our sins up and hide them. We don't like talking about sin. At least, not about our own anyway.

As vulnerable as it feels to confess our sins to God it brings healing to our brokenness.

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The next two weeks our bible studies will take a closer look at our sin and need for Jesus. We will spend time confessing our sins reading Isaiah 59. You will notice Isaiah 59 gets more personal when we switch the words you with me. Join me in praying it below.

Dear Lord, Surely your arm is not too short to save,     or your ear too dull to hear. But my iniquities have separated     me from You. my sins have hidden Your face from me,      so that You will not hear. For my hands are stained with blood,     my fingers with guilt. My lips have spoken falsely,     and my tongue mutters wicked things. No one calls for justice;     no one pleads a case with integrity. We rely on empty arguments, we utter lies;     we conceive trouble and give birth to evil.   We hatch the eggs of vipers     and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die,     and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. 6  Our cobwebs are useless for clothing;     we cannot cover themselves with what we make. Our deeds are evil deeds,     and acts of violence are in our hands. 7   Our feet rush into sin;     we are swift to shed innocent blood. We pursue evil schemes;     acts of violence mark our ways. The way of peace we do not know;     there is no justice in our paths. We have turned them into crooked roads;     no one who walks along them will know peace.

In Jesus name, forgive us and hear our prayer, Lord. Amen.

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"O Dearest Jesus" by The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra at the annual Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, Wisconsin. These musicians were improvising all harmonies on the fly.

Vocals: Amanda Rose Tinwhistle: Joey Schumann Fiddles (left to right): Alicia Mose / Rebekah Brunoehler / Gloria Schroeder Cello: Katie Hein Harp: Emily Warnke Acoustic Guitar: Andrew Ruh Piano: Jeff Krumbein Djembe: Jake Brunoehler

More information on The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra can be found at joeyschumann.com 11082355_10100680222959958_3857962163948279482_o

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I am grateful that you are joining me during this season of Lent in God's Word.

Click here to print off this weeks bible study!

Week One - Fake Fasting Week Two - True Fasting Week Three/Four - Satisfied Fasting Week Five - Confession & Fasting Part One

If you want to be a part of the bible study I highly recommend being a part of the Facebook group where we get to know you more and be mutually encouraged in God's Word throughout the week! The Facebook group is private so any information that you share will be seen only by those allowed in the group.

Click here to join our private online bible study Facebook page and the chatter!

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It's none of your business... or is it?

Does anyone ever feel uncomfortable with the fact that the divorce rate among Christians is equal to the divorce rate of the world; that men (and women) inside the church are struggling with pornography just as much as those outside of it; gossip is known to be an issue throughout our women’s circles and our Christian high schools and colleges deal with drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse. I feel today like God wants me to write on a topic we don’t hear about very much in the church (or at least not in the one I attend): ACCOUNTABILITY.

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Now, before I start, please know that I am not writing this blog post on how we are to interact with those not in the faith; those God has called us to witness to with love and grace. Rather, I’m writing to my fellow Christians. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? - 1 Corinthians 5:12

The Bible overflows with commands to love our enemies, our neighbors, and not to judge others. However, it can be misunderstood as we read these passages that we are to stay out of other Christians' problems; that we should lovingly understand where they are coming from and let them sort it out themselves. We don’t want to act like we are judging or treating them ungracefully so we just stay out of it.

It’s messy. It’s their problem. It’s really none of my business. Right?

Wrong.

It is our business. Yes, it is messy. Yet, God calls us there anyway.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:1-3

Isn’t that exactly what Jesus did? Didn’t he loving hold people to a higher standard? He healed people of sickness and forgave their sins and then encouraged them to “go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Too often we tell God our sins as if floating them up into a great unknown. It's easy, quick and we don’t have to do anything more about them. But that isn’t what the Bible teaches us to do. In fact, we are also to “confess our sins to one another that we may be healed” (James 5:15).

Why is that? As soon as we tell another Christian our sins and our struggles, all of a sudden we are in a place where we have to do something about it. There is now accountability. What has been hidden in darkness is being brought to light.

Once we drop our perfect facades and are honest with each other, Satan loses his power to keep us struggling alone; feeling isolated and overwhelmed. God never intended for us to run this race by ourselves, secretly struggling with our sins; incapable of freedom.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. ­- Hebrews 12:1

We need to start confessing to one another, praying for each other and taking steps to overcome by the power of Jesus - together!

If gossip has a grip on your life, talk to someone who will hold you accountable and start doing something about it. If you, your spouse our your child, is struggling with pornography, start with confession and let God start the healing. He is the ultimate healer and not only gave us the power of his Word, but also the partnership of those in the Church.

Let’s resist the temptation to let our pride keep us from the blessing of community and accountability. God didn’t just come to offer us forgiveness from the chains that bind us. He came to bring us freedom from them.

  1. Pray for the courage to confess your sins to a trusted Christian friend or mentor.
  2. Ask that mentor to then pray with you and continue to follow-up and encourage you as God leads you to freedom.
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