Daily Devotion Wednesday, November 20

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – Psalm 110; Ezra 10:1-17; Revelation 21:9-21 and Matthew 17:22-27

Ezra 10:1-17 – 1While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him out of Israel; the people also wept bitterly. 2Shecaniah son of Jehiel, of the descendants of Elam, addressed Ezra, saying, “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.

This morning I ‘m thinking about the place of confession of sin and repentance in my daily walk with God.

I regularly confess my sin unto God; that I don’t love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I can say that because I do put myself and my wants above God. I do have other loves than just God and my other loves sometimes take first place. O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned by loving others and other things more than you.

It’s good to confess our sin. Yet, new life only really comes to us as we repent of our sin and turn unto God. Repentance for me comes as I seek to love God above all else; allow God to have first place in my life. In doing this my other loves: love of Phyllis, the boys and their families, love of Mackenzie, love of Community Presbyterian Church and all its members will all fall into place. I’ll actually love them as I should and truly care for them.

Something I learned this past week was that in our Larger and Shorter Catechisms some of the questions relate to the Ten Commandments and not just things forbidden but what they call us to do. First the commandment is listed, then what the commandment calls us to do and only after this what is forbidden. This was new to me for it has been a while since I’ve looked at these catechism.

So, from all this, what I end up with is; my need to confess and repent but not just repent from what I shouldn’t do, repent by turning to do those things I should be doing.

Today may we confess our sin and seek to turn unto God and love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

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