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While writing a book on holiness, I began to pray this prayer:

Oh God,
Show me more of Your holiness.
Show me more of my sinfulness.
Help me to hate sin and to love righteousness as You do.
And make me holy as You are holy.

God answered that prayer by starting to expose sin in my heart—things like not controlling my tongue, my appetite, or my spending habits, and loving myself more than I love others. The more we see God’s holiness, the more we’ll be grieved by sin.

First Corinthians 15:34 says, “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin.” God can awaken a new love for righteousness in your heart. Could I challenge you to pray a prayer like that for the next thirty days? Ask God to give you a deeper conviction of sin and to show you more of His holiness.

~Nancy Leigh DeMoss in “Seeing God’s Holiness

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Proverbs 28, verse 13, is such a pivotal verse here, a key verse. Proverbs 28:13: “Whoever conceals his transgressions [some of your translations say ‘he that covers his sin’] will not prosper, but he who confesses [that’s the opposite of concealing; no more hiding, no more pretending, no more covering, but confessing] and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

Listen, I’ll tell you ladies and this helps motivate me to walk into the light, to live a life of transparent honesty, is to realize that it’s all coming out someday anyway, all coming out in the judgment.

The thing you’re hiding from your husband, the thing you think he’ll never find out, the thing you’re hiding from your parents, the way you’ve sinned against a boss and stolen time or money or possessions or whatever, the thing you did 15 years ago, the thing that you thought was so little but it gnaws at your conscience, if you don’t bring it into the light and confess it, it’s coming out someday.

There’s so many Scriptures that tell us that. Luke chapter 12, verse 2, Jesus said, “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Now you think about the secret hidden parts of your life, your past, your present, an emotional entanglement that you’re involved in on the Internet, an email relationship. It’s happening by droves with Christian women.

You think you’re hiding. You think you’re covering. You think your husband will never find out. Jesus said nothing is covered up that will not be revealed. Nothing is hidden that will not be known.

~Nancy Leigh DeMoss in “No Secrets

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For me, gossip was a serious struggle. Oh, I knew God spoke specifically to women who gossip (Titus 2:3—women are not to be slanderers), but I did it anyway. I tried everything to break myself of this habit. I taped little notes on the phone like: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it helpful? I prayed about gossiping each day, and still I did it. I was so sick of failing.

I finally reached the point where I asked God to do radical surgery. Real change only began when I started to confess gossip as a sin—each time I did it. I’ve had some lapses since then, but calling gossip sin and confessing it was a turning point. With God’s help, gossip no longer has such a hold on me. Praise be to Him!

~Elizabeth George in “Gossip

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Did you realize that the first clothing was designed to be camouflage? Adam and Eve hoped their fig leaves would allow them to blend in to their surroundings and hide from God. It seems ridiculous, but sometimes we do the same thing. Do any of these sound familiar?

“So…I made a little mistake.”

“That temper just runs in the family.”

“Everybody cuts a few corners.”

Our natural tendency is to make excuses, to cover up our sin and make ourselves look better than we are, but God sees it all. He asked Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” Of course, He knew where they were and what they had done. But He was giving them a chance to admit their sin. He gives us the same chance.

When God convicts you of sin, are you honest, or do you try to hide from Him? Remember what Jesus said in Luke 12, “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.”

~Nancy Leigh DeMoss in “Camouflage 

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As God opens your eyes to see how you have sinned against others, he simultaneously offers you a way to find freedom from your past wrongs. It is called confession. Many people have never experienced this freedom because they have never learned how to confess their wrongs honestly and unconditionally. Instead, they use words like these: “I’m sorry if I hurt you.” “Let’s just forget the past.” “I suppose I could have done a better job.” “I guess it’s not all your fault.”

These token statements rarely trigger genuine forgiveness and reconciliation. If you really want to make peace, ask God to help you breathe grace by humbly and thoroughly admitting your wrongs. One way to do this is to use the Seven A’s:

  1. Address everyone involved (All those whom you affected)
  2. Avoid if, but, and maybe (Do not try to excuse your wrongs)
  3. Admit specifically (Both attitudes and actions)
  4. Acknowledge the hurt (Express sorrow for hurting someone)
  5. Accept the consequences (Such as making restitution)
  6. Alter your behavior (Change your attitudes and actions)
  7. Ask for forgiveness

See Matthew 7:3-5; 1 John 1:8-9; Proverbs 28:13.

~Ken Sande in “Seven A’s of Confession

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When we habitually overeat, we are not living by faith. Rather, we are forgetting God’s promises to care for us and supply all we need. Habitual overeating is unbelief; it is seeking to care for ourselves in ways outside of God’s good plan for us.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God tells us that He has provided a way for His people to escape from any temptation. His faithfulness will not allow us to be tempted to the point that we cannot endure it. But, instead of believing and trusting in God’s faithfulness to us, we believe the lie that food is the answer to alleviating our feelings of stress, worry, anger, boredom, or loneliness. We substitute the temporal pleasures of a gallon of ice cream in the place of the eternal pleasure found in our loving and wonderful God. Faith helps us conquer the lie that food is more satisfying than God’s presence. God declares that “in [His] presence there is fullness of joy; at [His] right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). When we feel “hungry” for pleasure, we can turn to Him and find fullness of joy. It is in faith that we believe that God is this good, this satisfying…

Faith in Jesus Christ and His beauty will expose the lie that food is ultimately satisfying. Faith in Him will help us see how our overeating hinders true pleasures and continues to enslave us. Putting all of our trust in Him, instead of what we want to taste, enables us to become more and more aware of the truth that sets slaves free. It will also build more faith within us to believe that God really will help us overcome our bad eating habits and that food is not the answer to our problems. God has promised that by faith we can please Him and that He “rewards those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

~Shannon McCoy in “Help for Habitual Overeaters,” Women Counseling Women

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Friend, we reap what we sow, and every action produces results. If you plant with reckless abandon, it’ll come back to bite you, for Galatians 6:7 tells us: If you sow to please your own desires, you reap a crop of sorrow. If you plant to please God, you’ll reap joy and everlasting life.

And then—get this—there’s this extra little phrase that the apostle Paul adds when he writes the Galatians about this principle of sowing and reaping, because he includes a warning, he says, “Do not be deceived.” There is a good reason he said that because there is always a time lapse between the season of sowing and harvest time. We could easily be deceived if we kept gossiping and experienced no repercussion… But friend don’t be thinking like that because it’s silly. It just doesn’t happen. We do reap what we sow, period!

We might be able to fool ourselves for awhile, thinking that our self-centered actions will not lead to any harm; we may deceive ourselves into thinking that those actions will yield something of eternal value, but not so. Numbers 32, verse 23 says, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” What seems harmless, believe me, will hunt you down and bite you back.

So friend, stay on the growing side of godliness this season—plant seeds of love and kindness which will always reap something grand and good; patience and integrity will always produce a bountiful harvest in the lives of your family, friends, and the best harvest of all, it will produce the character of Christ in your life! That is sowing what you’re reaping in the best kind of way…the kind that glorifies the Father in heaven and multiplies the bounty of Christ’s love right here on earth.

~Joni Eareckson Tada in “Sowing and Reaping

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Something about human nature automatically assumes that when a person suffers, it must be the direct result of some sin in that person’s life. That was the assumption of Job’s first three counselors. Eager to explain why Job was suffering, they relentlessly assumed that Job’s losses were his fault. God’s eventual response to their words ought to give all of us pause: “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right (Job 42:7).

The same dynamic was alive and well when Jesus’ own followers pointed to a man blind since birth and asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?” (John 9:2). There was no place in their theology for innocent suffering.

Compare their view to that of the apostle Peter, who told his readers; “Keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong
(1 Peter 3:16-17).

Of course we should not overstate our point. The Bible asserts in many places that sin has consequences (cf. Proverbs 28:13; Galatians 6:7; Hebrews 12:7-11). However, you may have examined your heart and life during a time of suffering and found yourself unable to see any obvious way that you had been displeasing to God. You may have prayed and asked God to help you in that process (Psalm 139:23), and you may have even enlisted the help of other spiritual friends. If no obvious sin is discovered, then it is counterproductive for you to practice morbid introspection that fails to acknowledge the possibility of innocent suffering.

~Stephen Viars in Putting Your Past in Its Place

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Getting Ready for Revival

“Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?”

Psalm 85:6

After listening to several Revive Our Hearts podcast episodes during a recent road trip with two of my friends, I commented on how much I appreciate Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s continual emphasis on praying for revival. Until then, I hadn’t thought about the fact that aside from summer announcements posted on local church signs, it seems Christians simply don’t talk about the topic of revival like they did when I was younger.

In the following video from The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Pastor Tim Keller discuss that very issue with Collin Hansen. Why aren’t we talking about revival in the church? Pastor Keller’s and Nancy’s thoughtful responses to this question will encourage each of us to begin asking,
“Lord, do it again!” 

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When I was in junior high, some friends and I discovered mercury. We were in an out-of-control science class, and we had too-easy access to the chemical cabinet. We started experimenting with different chemicals, and mercury was our favorite…We were fascinated by mercury, and we were extremely foolish. Much later, as a chemistry major, I learned that mercury is highly toxic. Get mercury in your system, and it will go to your brain and make you crazy (literally)…

Bitterness is like mercury. It is tempting to play with it. we can stew for hours on end thinking about how we have been treated unfairly and how we hope that someday justice will be done. We slide bitterness around in our minds and slip some of it into our pockets. And we are oh so foolish because all the while it is attacking our bones (Proverbs 14:30). Fooling around with bitterness is like drinking poison and hoping that someone else will die…

Bitterness is not something done to us. Others may create a situation that tempts you to be bitter, but if you live with bitterness, you do so because you have invited it to be your houseguest.

You can defeat bitterness in these ways:

  • Trust God’s justice and providence.
  • Listen to wise people.
  • Love those people to whom you are close.
  • Decide not to sin.

Beat bitterness, or it will beat you. 

~Chris Brauns in Unpacking Forgiveness

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In reality, very few women come into marriage without a past. What I see over and over again is that a Christian woman will say with her lips, “Oh, I know God’s forgiven me for my sexual sin,” and she’ll smile as she says it. But she’s not walking out that forgiveness in her marriage.

I remember a young woman that came to me and said, “Linda, this area of my marriage just isn’t good.” As we began to talk, she told me that as a college student and a Christian, she had given herself to her boyfriend, knowing that it was wrong. She told her husband before she was married, and she said with her lips, “Yes, I know I’m forgiven.” But she could not enter into their physical union with joy. There was something keeping her from giving herself totally to her husband and enjoying the abandonment, the freedom, and the holiness that God wanted in her sexual union…

We went back and looked together at 1 Corinthians 6:17-18. It says,

But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

Because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we are not only harming God, but we’re harming this temple that God has given us. Sexual sin is like no other sin. When we sin sexually, it’s like there’s a tie that connects us to the other person, and those soul ties have to be cut.

So I encouraged the young woman who was sitting in my living room to confess to God. When we confess our sins, He is always faithful to forgive our sins and to cleanse us (see 1 John 1:9). So she just went down and named her sins. She said, “God, I confess this. I thought I had, but I see I really haven’t. And God, I want You to cut that part of me that I connected to him and remove it forever, because I want only to be connected to You and my husband.”

After she prayed, she was flooded with the forgiveness of God and began to walk in a new way in her marriage.

I always tell women, “If you are continually assaulted in your mind by pictures and thoughts of what was in your past, you know, if you’ve asked for forgiveness, that those thoughts are not from God. They are being hurled at you from the evil one, and you need to do exactly what Jesus did when He was tempted in the wilderness. You speak Scripture. You say, ‘I am forgiven,’ and you hurl it back at the enemy. You say, ‘Get behind me, Satan. I am not going to go there in my mind. I am not going to listen to your taunts. I am new.’”

~Linda Dillow in “Free to Enjoy Intimacy in Marriage

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As God opens your eyes to see how you have sinned against others, he simultaneously offers you a way to find freedom from your past wrongs. It is called confession. Many people have never experienced this freedom because they have never learned how to confess their wrongs honestly and unconditionally. Instead, they use words like these: “I’m sorry if I hurt you.” “Let’s just forget the past.” “I suppose I could have done a better job.” “I guess it’s not all your fault.” These token statements rarely trigger genuine forgiveness and reconciliation. If you really want to make peace, ask God to help you breathe grace by humbly and thoroughly admitting your wrongs. One way to do this is to use the Seven A’s. 

  1. Address everyone involved (All those whom you affected)
  2. Avoid if, but, and maybe (Do not try to excuse your wrongs)
  3. Admit specifically (Both attitudes and actions)
  4. Acknowledge the hurt (Express sorrow for hurting someone)
  5. Accept the consequences (Such as making restitution)
  6. Alter your behavior (Change your attitudes and actions)
  7. Ask for forgiveness

See Matthew 7:3-5; 1 John 1:8-9; Proverbs 28:13.

~Ken Sande in “Seven A’s of Confession

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