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07/31/2012

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Acknowledgment


"He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Prov.28:13).

I will continue today, utilizing the prayer of Daniel (Dan.9:3-19) as a backdrop. These verses continue to be an excellent source of reading and meditation. Yesterday, we looked at verses 3-8 and the importance of confession in our prayer life. Today we will focus in on something akin to confession....Acknowledgment.. Daniel was attempting to point the children of Israel toward a renewal of life from their captivity. Their captivity was due to their constant sin and lack of any focus on the Lord? Sound familiar? We can be held captive by sin if we are not careful. Confession was the first part, but more was necessary. Confession should always be followed by obedience. Israel's renewal depended upon it, as does ours. There must be a response to follow the tears of confession. That response is interwoven with acknowledgment. If the children of Israel were to be restored, accompanied by God's blessing, they had to acknowledge what had happened to get them where they were. Today's verse of wisdom from the book of Proverbs is a revealing one. Confession is accompanied by a renouncement of sin..."but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." To find mercy, the people would have to change their ways. Out of despair can come hope. The hope however is certainly tied to action. In humble prayer, people must confess and acknowledge sin. Only an acknowledgment of what got them into the predicament, and a promise to change, could get them out. We study from the Old Testament to get these nuggets of wisdom. What worked for the children of Israel and was reflected in Daniel's prayer can work for us too. God is righteous in all He does, and wants us under His protective wing....

Have a wonderful day....Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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