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Summary: Second in 4 part series on prayer acrostic P.R.A.Y. REPENTANCE OF SIN AND FAITH IN JESUS ARE 2 SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. TODAY REPENTANCE HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH REDEDICATION - IT IS MISUNDERSTOOD - 3 PARTS - CONFESS - ACCEPT – REPENT

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THE WONDER OF REPENTANCE

PSALMS 51

INTRO: P.R.A.Y. – TODAY REPENTANCE. REPENTANCE REPLACED WITH REDEDICATION - MISUNDERSTOOD - 3 PARTS - CONFESS - ACCEPT – REPENT. CAN’T SKIP AROUND OR MISS ONE…

CONFESS WITH NO ACCEPT = GUILT

ACCEPT W/NO CONFESS =SIN DEEPENS HEART HARDENS

REPENT WITH NO CONFESS OR ACCEPT = IMPOSSIBLE TO RECEIVE GIFT WITHOUT CONFESS AND ACCEPT.

BACKGROUND: DAVID AND BATHSHEBA 2 SAMUEL 12

1. DAVID IS NOW CONFRONTED BY GOD THRU NATHAN ABOUT HIS SIN AGAINST URIAH AND BATHSHEBA.

2. IN OLD TEST. TIMES SACRIFICES WERE MADE FOR UNINTENTIONAL SINS LEV.4:2 13:22, 27 ETC. AND NUMBERS 15:24 29

3. BUT NO PROVISION FOR FORGIVENESS HAD BEEN MADE IN THE LAW FOR INTENTIONAL SIN. THE SINNER WAS UTTERLY CUT OFF FROM GOD NUMBERS 15:30-31

4. DAVID’S DILEMMA WAS THAT ACCORDING TO GODS LAWS THERE WAS NO FORGIVENESS OF HIS SIN.

5. GOD HAD MADE PROVISION TO FORGIVE, BUT NOT IN LAW. IN HIS OWN POWER AS GOD EX.34:6 7

(JESUS, NOT LAW, BUT GODS POWER)

LET’S SEE HOW DAVID HANDLED THIS SITUATION

PSALMS 51:1 6

DAVID WAS HEARTBROKEN BY HIS SIN, IT HAD SEPARATED HIM FROM GOD, AND HE KNEW THAT THE LAW COULD NOT HELP HIM. ONLY THRU GODS MERCY AND GRACE COULD HE BE RESTORED.

V1 HE ASK FOR MERCY

V2 HE ASK TO BE CLEANSED OF HIS SIN

V3-6 HE ACKNOWLEDGED HIS SIN AS HIS - BLAME IS HIS

HE CONFESSED HIS SIN – CONFESSION = AGREE WITH GOD V4B “THAT YOU MAY BE FOUND JUST WHEN YOU SPEAK AND BLAMELESS WHEN YOU JUDGE.”

CONFESSION - SIN IS ULTIMATELY AGAINST GOD, GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN FORGIVE. I AM A SINNER AND I NEED A SAVIOR

UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE MUST EXPERIENCE SIN BEFORE THEY CAN FEEL THE PAIN THAT IT CAN BRING. ILL: TELL YOUNG PEOPLE WHAT TO AVOID, DO THEY? DAVID FELT THE PAIN OF SEPARATION FROM GOD, CAUSED HIM TO CONFESS BUT THEN HE FOUND...

V7-9 - ACCEPTANCE OF FORGIVENESS - BY FAITH

"PURGE (CLEANSE) ME WITH HYSSOP” A DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE BLOOD REQUIRED FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN. EX: 12:21-23 ILL: BLOOD OF CHRIST SETS US FREE, NO MORE FORGIVENESS REQUIRED. PROBLEM FOR MANY. GOD CAN FORGIVE ME BUT I CANNOT FORGIVE MYSELF. I AM UNABLE TO ACCEPT FORGIVENESS. V7-9, NOT UP TO YOU BUT UP TO GOD TO FORGIVE! ACCEPT HIS LOVE BY FAITH

CONFESS YOUR SIN, ACCEPT GODS FORGIVENESS……

V10-12 - REPENTANCE - TURN FROM OLD LIFE TO NEW. A GREAT

GIFT! DAVID ASKED GOD FOR A TOTALLY NEW LIFE THRU

HIS SPIRIT, NOT JUST FORGIVENESS FOR THIS SIN ONLY.

(CREATE BARA SAME AS GEN 1:1) THIS IS WHAT

REPENTANCE IS.

V13-15 - "THEN I WILL..." TRUE REPENTANCE WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE. DO WORKS WHICH GIVE EVIDENCE OF REPENTANCE ACTS 26:20

WHAT IS IT IN YOUR LIFE THAT GOD WANTS TO CHANGE? OR, WHERE ARE YOU NOT LIKE JESUS? CONFESS! ACCEPT! REPENT!

CONFESS YOUR SIN - ACCEPT GOD’S FORGIVENESS, THEN RECEIVE GODS GIFT OF REPENTANCE. LET HIM HELP YOU TO TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SIN.

V16 DAVID ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE LAW SAID NO EARTHLY ANIMAL SACRIFICE WOULD CLEANSE HIS SIN. NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO DISPOSE OF YOUR GUILT ON YOUR OWN

V17 INSTEAD HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A SACRIFICE. HE GAVE HIMSELF HUMBLY WITHOUT DECEIT OR PRIDE

TO GOD TO DO WITH AS GOD SAW FIT. DAVID REPENTED, TURNED FROM HIMSELF AND HIS OWN SINFUL WAYS AND GOD RENEWED HIM.


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