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The sins of a church + Confession of sin = Answered prayer for that church and growth

A few months ago I was driving home from a business meeting and I was settling in for the long drive when I came across a radio station with an older preacher finishing up a sermon to his church. Very quickly I was able to pick up the mean of his message. He was speaking to his church that God cannot answer the prayers of believers if there is sin in the believer’s heart that needs to be confessed, and repented of. (See Psalm 66:18) As the preacher was closing his message he asked the members of his church what sins in their lives did the need to confess to God and ask for His forgiveness in order for God to answer their prayers. Then he paused and a long silence fell over the congregation, and he said, “What sins have we committed as a church that we need to confess and repent of and seek the Lord’s forgiveness in order for Him to answer our prayers?” I’ve been wrestling with that statement for the last few months. For those churches that are dying, struggling, being torn apart from the inside out, not moving in any type of direction, losing members, not having God answer their prayers, be the church that is full of sin? Could it be that God is going to let that church continue to struggle, continue to be torn apart from the inside out, continue to lose members, continue to die, continue to have prayers go unanswered until that church confess
their sins, and repents of their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness?

No matter what the struggle is, God sought us first knowing full well what the struggle was….

In his book, The Pursuit of God, A.W Tozer first words in his book says, “Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which , briefly stated means that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man. Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him. Imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow. We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the the pursuit…..The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him. All the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hands.”

I look at my own life and I look at the sins that I have committed in my life, and it just blows my mind that God still came after me by His grace and His grace alone. The beautiful thing is, God knew full well the sins I would commit before the foundation of the earth was laid, and yet by His Grace and His Grace alone still came after me. Jesus still died on that cross so that I can live with Him. I am so unworthy, so sinful, such a broken mess, yet Jesus die for me, an unworthy soul, full of sin, full of brokenness to restore me to being a son of the Most High King!!!!

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