August 21

My beloved child…Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for holiness and righteousness in your everyday manner of life.  Your longing will be completely satisfied through My indwelling Holy Spirit, and you will be filled with all the fullness of God…to the richest measure of My unclouded Presence, a soul filled to overflowing with God Himself! [Father God…Matt 5:6; Eph 3:14-20]

**        **, break up the fallow ground of your heart!  Plant the good seeds of righteousness in your heart, and reap the blessings that your devotion to Me will produce.  It is time for you to turn to Me, your Lord, and I will come and shower blessings of righteousness upon you. [Father God…Hos 10:12]

Abba Father…I’ve come before Your Throne of Grace to acknowledge and confess the sins I have committed since I last came before You.  Let Your Holy Spirit bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my visible physical life…the wrong things I have done and the words I have spoken or written that others have seen and/or heard.

Enable me to bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my unseen physical life…the wrong things I have done and the words I have spoken that no one else was present to see or hear…especially while driving alone in my car, on the phone in conversation, at home alone, on the Internet, or anywhere or doing anything where no one else was present to witness it.  You see the secret, most hidden things I do.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. [Ps 139:11-12]

And especially, enable me to bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my hidden life in my heart…in my mind, my thoughts…the wrong things I have done and said in my imagination that no one else will ever know about but You.  You know the deepest, most secret thoughts of a person’s heart…and I am just as guilty of committing these sins within my heart as if I had actually and physically carried them out: Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [Matt 5:28]

I also acknowledge and confess all my sins that have not come to mind at the moment, on the basis that if they were to come to mind, there would be nothing there I know of to be sin but would like to be doing, would want to keep on doing it, and would refuse to give it up for You.  Father…I know my heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked above all things; who, really, can know it…only You.  And so if there is anything that my heart has hidden from me…let Your Holy Spirit convict me deeply of these sins, and make me painfully and consciously aware of them, so I can turn to You in repentance and ask for Your enabling grace to forsake these sins.

And I acknowledge and confess the sins of unrighteousness in the spiritual realm I have committed against You: my sins of unbelief resulting from a lack of faith…whereby I can not, or will not, trust in You with an unwavering child-like trust in all things; my sins of disobedience resulting from self-will…whereby I do not, or refuse to, obey Your will or accept Your will with an unquestioning child-like obedience; my sins of self-sufficiency resulting from self-reliance…whereby I believe in my heart that I am able to live my life in a manner that is well-pleasing to You through reliance upon the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature, refusing to acknowledge my absolute need to depend upon You with an unreserved child-like dependence in everything.

Father, I acknowledge and confess my sins to You, and I am deeply sorry for them… because whenever I sin against You, it thwarts the deepest desire of my heart to be holy as You are Holy, and to be perfect as You are perfect…for You have told Your children, “As the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living.  For it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy;'” and, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [1 Peter 1:15-16; Matt 5:48]  In the power of Your enabling grace, I turn from my sins in repentance; in my heart, I turn from them.  Father, forgive me; have mercy on me, a sinner.

Abba Father…thank You for Your promise, thank You for Your assurance, that whenever I acknowledge and confess my sins to You, You are faithful and just to forgive my sins. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Your Presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to You. [Ps 51:10-13]

Praise Him:

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