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Confession of Sin

We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). If God were to search through the earth for anybody who has not sinned, he would not find anybody who can stand (Ecclesiastes 7:20). That is why Jesus pointed out to the accusers of the woman caught in the act of adultery; “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone” (John 8:1-12).

Jesus does not condone sin but he shows mercy and he condemns hypocrisy of the judgemental others ad anybody who judges others will also be judged themselves. If you hide your sins from the Lord God you will not prosper. But if you confess and forsake your sins, you will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13). God knows the intent of the heart and when we hide our sins before him, we are rattled with guilt and restlessness in our spirit. But when we confess our sins before God in genuine repentance, he gives us full confidence to come before his throne and he restores our spirit before him (Psalm 51:1-10).

Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD .” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment (Psalm 32:1-6).

Have you been riddled with guilt and worry over the sins you committed lately? the following declarations coined from the word of God will help you come to terms with your imperfections, bring you to a state of confession before the Lord. So speak the below declarations over yourself and pray them into your life. May the good Lord whom you seek to confess to grant you your heart desire.

Make Declarations of Confession of Sin Over Yourself today

Today I confess my sins before the Lord God who is faithful and just, I believe he forgives my sins and I am purified from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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Today I confess my sins and I renounce them, so shall I obtain mercy from the Lord. I no longer hide my sins from the Lord who knows the intents of my heart but I expose them and I bring them before him in genuine repentance from my heart, for the forgiveness of my sins and for the Lord to prospers me as a result (Proverbs 28:13).
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Lord I acknowledge my sin before you, I am no longer willing to cover my iniquity. Therefore I confess my transgressions today before the Lord and he forgives the guilt of my sin (Psalm 32:5).
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Today I Repent from all my sins and I turn them to God who wipes them out and he causes me to have times of refreshing before him (Acts 3:19).
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I come to the father this day through the Advocate Jesus Christ and I ask for the forgiveness of my sisns that I may be cleansed and be made whole again (1 John 2:1)
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Overcome Strife

Strife is a sin. It always attracts fights, arguments, misunderstandings and one conflict or the other. You may not have started the fight but somehow you find yourself in the midst of it. Perhaps you are just trying to assert yourself but somehow your conversations turn into arguments. Your intentions may have been misunderstood and one way or the other, conflicts ensued. All these are the works of the spirit of strife. If you have ever found yourself constantly defending yourself, trying to make amends to what should not have taken place in the first place, you really need God’s intervention for the spirit of strife may have been at work.

God is a God of peace and his children must follow in his stead – follow peace with all men (Romans 12:18). It does not matter who is at fault, God wants you to be at peace. He says when “Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high” (Isaiah 58:4). Your fast must not end in violence or strife. You must find a way to attract peace to your life.

There was a story of an individual who went to evangelise and he got into an argument with other religious believers. The argument got so big that the policemen got involved. This individual then turned on the police officers with more argument and he was eventually taken into custody. This should not be the case for believers for God has not made us judges over others (Matthew 7:1), instead, he commands individuals to carry their cross and follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24).

It is very possible that you desire to overcome strife and that is why you are reading this devotional, God can deliver you completely from strife and give you perfect peace that comes from him. When you speak out loud the following Bible Declarations every day in humility with prayers, God will come and bring to pass his word in your life. He will renew your mind until your life is completely transformed and you have a new world in Christ Jesus.

Make a Declaration of faith
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I thank you, God, for all the people you surround me with. I thank you for my family, friends, companions, colleagues and acquaintances alike. I know it is your will that no man should be alone (Genesis 2:18) and you set the lonely in families and among people (Psalm 68:6).
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I acknowledge you as the God of peace who dwells among peaceful relationships. With your help and grace I know I can have peaceful relationships with everybody in my life (Romans 1:28-29).
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I declare I am filled with godly wisdom through the spirit of Christ that dwells in my heart. Henceforth, I walk in wisdom. I will no longer be involved in foolish arguments, contentions and strife of any kind as these are unprofitable and vain before the eyes of God and to all men (Titus 3:9).
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With God’s help, I pursue things that have God’s approval and I stay away from lusts of the flesh such as foolish and stupid arguments. I declare that henceforth, I will pursue faith, love, and peace together with those who worship the Lord with a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22-23).
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Today I choose wisdom above foolishness, I will stay away from strife at all times and honor shall be my reward (Proverbs 20:3).
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Today I receive the revelatory power of God to recognize and to stop strife of any kind before it breaks out in any situations and circumstances (Proverbs 17:14).
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God has not made me a fool, therefore with his power that lives on the inside of me, I declare my freedom from the spirit of strife (Proverbs 20:3).
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I know anybody who works in the flesh manifests strife and cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Today I submit myself to the spirit of God and I will begin to walk in the spirit at all times bearing in mind my reward is righteousness,  peace, and joy in the holy spirit shall be mine(Galatians 5:19-21).
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I declare my tongue shall no longer bring strife but peace to all men and my mouth shall no longer invite fights (Proverbs 18:6-7).
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Since I carry the spirit of God in my heart and his spirit gives wisdom to those who asks for it, today I ask for wisdom to deal with negative issues arising and I know that with God’s help, I will not fall into traps with foolishness and stupid arguments that cause quarrels (2 Timothy 2:23).
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7 Bible Declarations To Help Christians Struggling To Admit Personal Wrongdoings

Not admitting personal wrongdoings is an act the world is accustomed with and you will be forgiven to think that such behavior does not exist among Christians. Unfortunately, Christians do struggle with this unethical behavior too. It started from the beginning when Adam blamed Eve for giving him the forbidden fruit to eat and Eve, in turn, blamed the crafty serpent for playing a trick on her (Genesis 1: 12-13). The truth is, despite having accepted Christ as personal Lord and savior, Christians still struggle with the flesh until the mind is completely renewed and life is transformed in Christ Jesus (Romans 12:2).

Apostle Paul struggled so much with the flesh, he lamented; “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” (Romans 7:24 NLT), “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).

The Bible states that we have been chosen to conform to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and not to conform to the world. Unfortunately, the world has become like the crafty serpent and instead of encouraging admittance of wrongdoings, it discourages non conformists from doing the right thing. Should you admit being wrong in the world today, you are seen as a weakling and therein lies the struggle. The struggle to be seen as strong, independent, to be seen as a team player and be accepted in the work place, in the social circle, among friends and family is real among Christians too.

Sadly, the underlying cause for this prevalent plague is pride and there is a need to be cleansed of it. The Bible admonished us to stay away from pride, it comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon reaped the consequences of being proud, he became an animal until God had mercy on him (Daniel 4). We are now in Christ Jesus and we must no longer conform to the way of the world but God’s way of doing things.

Should you struggle with admitting wrongdoings, do not be ashamed of it, do not cover it up, instead seek God’s help in humility and ask him to help you to be considerate of others in deeds and in words. This would be a sign of personal spiritual growth. Bible declarations below aim to help you on your way to freedom from this transgression.

Make a Declaration of Faith
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Today I acknowledge my sins before God. I know he is faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness including not admitting my wrongdoings(1 John 1:9).
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I confess my sin to others and I am healed from all wrongdoings for the prayers of the righteous avails much (James 5:16).
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I declare that I am buried with Christ, henceforth I walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4).
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I declare that I no longer take part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, I expose them to the light of God(Ephesians 5:11).
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I pledge to be kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving, as God in Christ forgave me (Ephesians 4:32).
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Henceforth, I walk in a manner worthy of my calling in Christ, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with others in love and eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-32).
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From today onward, I live in love for God is love and this is acceptable to him. I will be patient and kind; I will not be envious or boastful; I will not be arrogant or be rude. I will no longer insist on my own way or be irritable nor resentful according to the grace God has given me (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
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10 Biblical Declarations of Repentance on Ash Wednesday

Repentance is not for sinners only, it is for new Christians, matured Christians and everybody who is capable and willing to admit personal wrong doings (James 5:15, Ephesians 5:11), accept own responsibilities (Romans 14:10) and make peace with God and man. Though we live in a world where people hardly admit wrongdoings, this is not the Christian way to living life in abundance. The Christian lifestyle would be to realise personal mistakes, admit wrong doings, repent and refrain from repeating the same mistakes again. In the history of Christianity, Ash Wednesday has been consecrated for such an act of repentance.

Repentance is when the thief on the cross rebuked the other thief saying; “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We are suffering justly because we are getting what we deserve for what we have done; but this Man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:40-41). Repentance is when the despised tax collector considered by the Pharisees to be the worst sinner, went up to the temple to make amends with God. He beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner’ (Luke 18:13).

A state of self-reflection brings us to repentance and one that we must continuously observe like Job, who often sought God’s forgiveness for his children should they had sinned against God (Job 1:5). Should you be joining other Christians worldwide to observe lent, you are are taking the right step in trying to be right with God and knowing him more through fasting and praying.

In addition to preparing yourself for baptism, focusing on your relationship with God, choosing to give up something or to volunteer and serve others during Lent, below are Ash Wednesday Bible declarations of repentance for new and matured Christians observing Lent. Let the word of God be a sign of the cross to you as you speak it into existence and allow the word of God to wash over you in reflection and in repentance.

Make a Declaration of Faith
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I declare in repentance and rest is my salvation, in quietness and trust is my strength (Isaiah 30:15).
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Today I repent of all my sins and I turn to God who wipe away my sins, and I know my time of refreshing is now (Acts 3:19)
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I know whoever conceals their sins will not prosper. Today I come before God, no longer willing to hide my transgressions but choosing to lay myself bare and confess my transgressions. I will forsake my sins henceforth that I may obtain mercy and prosper (Proverbs 28:13).
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I know God is faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), therefore I confess all my transgressions today and I know I am forgiven.
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I pledge to prove by the way I live henceforth, that I have repented of my sins and turned to God (Matthew 3:8).
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I am a child of God called by God. I humble myself today under the mighty hand of God praying and seeking his face for the forgiveness of my sins. I vow to turn away from all wicked ways and I know God will hear me from heaven and heal me on every side. 2 Chronicles 7:14
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I will draw near to God, and he will draw near to me. I will Clean my hands and purify your heart. I will mourn and weep for my sins are beyond bearable. I humble myself before the Lord, and he will exalt me (James 4:8-10).
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Thank you God for the forgiveness of my sins. I am confident that as I repent of my transgressions, heaven rejoices over me and I am forgiven (Luke 15:7).
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Thank you God for as I have returned to you in repentance, you have blotted out my transgressions like a cloud and my sins like mist. Hallelujah! I am redeemed (Isaiah 44:22).
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How to Return to God After Sinning

Since the time Adam sinned, sons of man have inherited death through sinning. “All men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God“Romans 3:23. Through this, everybody born of man can no longer inherit eternal life except we ask for the forgiveness of our sins, repent from sinning and follow God through his son Jesus Christ.

Simply put, we are all sinners “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” 1 John 1:8; and God’s eyes cannot behold sin (Habakkuk 1:13). How then can we return to God? I hope the following will convict and convince you to come back to God.

1) You must acknowledge that you are a sinner.  Admit your sins. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Think about it this way; when you love somebody, you expect them to be open and honest with you. When your loved ones then lie to your face, how do you feel? do you feel bad? do you feel hurt, do you feel betrayed? That’s exactly how God feels when you do not admit your sins to him.

2) Choose not to hide your sin. Have you ever thought about why David was so special so much so that God said he was a man after his own heart? (Acts 13:22). David was a sinner like everybody else. He committed the most atrocious sins on the earth. He committed murder and then he tried to hide his sin.

This story is about David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). The most atrocious adultery ever committed in history. David saw Beersheba, another man’s wife and proposed in his heart to sleep with her. Bathsheba got pregnant for David from their first night together and David decided to kill Uriah, the Hittite, Bathsheba’s husband.

David thought he was hiding his sin but God exposed him. The son died and the whole world knows the story till today. Moral of the story is there is nothing hidden from God. You may have succeeded in hiding your lies for a very long time, the truth will catch up with you, one day and the consequences may last a lifetime.

3) Be honest about your sins. Be open to God. He is your father in heaven. He may chastise you but he will never condemn you. Ananias and Saphira once sold their land (Acts 4). They chose to sow the proceeds of their land to God. When they got to the man of God, they lied about the proceeds for they kept some of the money to themselves. They had a good heart but a bad attitude. Because of this character, God struck them and they wound up dead. Both husband and wife died because of lies. Do not hide your sins from God. Simple honesty will spare your life.

Telling lies is a very bad character and one of the detestable sins before God. Say a Prayer of forgiveness for telling lies and being deceitful.

 

4) Think it through. Break it down in every area. List it out if you must but make sure you cover each sin. Do not be like the hypocrites or the heathen(Matthew 6:5-8), be clear over what you are saying before God.

5) Say the prayer of forgiveness over sin and believe in your heart that God has forgiven you. Turn away from that sin instead, cultivate a good character. May God be with you and fulfill the desires of your heart.

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