Summary: In order to experience Spiritual renewal, we need to understand the ingredients that lead to it.
Under some circumstances, to have someone say, “you the man”, is a welcomed idea. In David’s situation, however, it wasn’t. For David to be the man meant that He was worthy of the punishment he prescribed for the acts of the man described by Nathan. What David did in response to Nathan’s allegations of wrong doing was admirable. David humbled himself in the midst of discovery, and turned back to God.
I. Confession of sin involves humility
A. Pride can get in the way: James 4:6
1. Pride says no way, not me
2. Pride says I’m not as bad as that
3. Pride says get back with me later
B. Humility can clear the path:
1. Don’t deny
2. Don’t compare yours with others
3. Don’t ignore
II. Confession of sin involves discovery
A. We need to examine ourselves everyday!
1. For the obvious
2. For the not so obvious
B. We need to let God examine us!
1. Through God’s Word (Psalm 119:105)
2. Through the Holy Spirit
III. Confession of sin involves faith in Christ
A. Understand how we are not saved:
1. Not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-9)
2. Not by our sacrifices
3. Not by our wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-6)
B. Understand how we are saved: (John 3:16)
1. His purpose
2. His death
3. His resurrection