Taking Sin Too Lightly

Staged photo of Mark Prostrate

Sobering Look at Sin

The 30 minute audio below came from Pinehurst Baptist Church in November 2017.

It is sobering and so I will merely give you the link, and below it, a few notes. Please note that when it gets a bit difficult to hear, it is because I am on my belly talking to God. This I did in front of the congregation, and would do it again if given the chance.

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

What’s In Your Mind When Sin is in Your Heart?

Sin’s Impact on Your Prayer Life

Deuteronomy 3:26

But the LORD was angry with me on account of you and would not listen to me. The LORD said to me, ‘That’s enough! Do not speak to Me again about this matter.

Isaiah 1:15

When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. . .

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.

Lamentations 3:41-44

41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven:
42 We have sinned and rebelled;
You have not forgiven.

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43 You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us;
You have killed without compassion.
44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.

Proverbs 28:9

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law– even his prayer is detestable.

Cry Out for Mercy

By Praying Thru Psalm 38, then

Remember Psalm 51:17 . . .

So You Can Get to Psalm 118:19

 

Blessings my friends,

Mark S Mirza Signature

PS. Forgive me for “staging” the featured image above, but I searched and searched the internet and couldn’t find anyone prostrating themselves that looked remotely like they might be Baptist.

Seriously, that is where I prostrate myself before the Lord, the only thing is there is normally a  cocktail table in the center of the rug, but again, this is ONLY A VISUAL.

Thank you for understanding.

A Threefold Cord – June 25

Our latest book comes out of the CTM Prayer Classics section. It is from the 1830’s. Here is a post, from today’s devo, that I sent to my Kenyan Ministry partners:

A Threefold Cord in Spiral Bound for ease of daily use
A Threefold Cord in Spiral Bound for ease of daily use

As I read today’s Devo I believes it sets the proper tone for our seeking the Lord, namely, humility.

 

JUNE 25

Precept (Principle)     

James 4:10           
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.

 

Promise (from God) 

Matthew 23:12b
He that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

 

Prayer (to God)    

Psalm 38:18
I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Do you remember me telling you about the 82 children that sang for us the first day we were in Kenya last month? Do you remember the body language they used when singing, “We humbly come before You, God”? Do you remember what they did? They bowed low, right? And do you remember how I joked about the way we as adults come “humbly” before God? I thrust my fist up into the air and then said with a loud voice, “We HUMBLY come before You, God.” All of you laughed, and why did you laugh? I think that it was a bit of a laugh of embarrassment wasn’t it? It was embarrassment because you know that at times your attitude and my attitude when coming before God is FAR FROM humble.

So let me ask you a question, which are you more likely to talk to God about, favour or humility, strength or humility, wealth or humility, blessing or humility, revelation or humility, material things or humility?

Would you pray this prayer with me, from the verses above?

“Oh great sovereign Lord (Psalm 103:19), I have been reminded today of the proper view of humility. I have been reminded that my will is not the basis of humility, rather, submitting to You is the focus. And Father, if you lift me up (James 4:10) here on earth, or in heaven, whatever You want to do is fine with me. I recognize Lord that it is not humility when I tell you to lift me up here on earth, in front of other people. You may choose to, or You may not. I am fine with WHATEVER You choose to do. Exalt me Lord (Matthew 23:12b) whenever and where ever You choose to, here on earth or in heaven. Out of, I think, true humility, I leave that choice to You. And then finally Lord, I recognize that when I humble myself before You, that You make plain to me my sins, which I will own, agree with You and not make excuses, and then ask for forgiveness (Psalm 38:18), turning from them. Thank You for the reminder in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that when I seek Your face, NOT Your strong Hand, that You show me my sin, and when You show me my sin, my job is to ask forgiveness, which is the prayer You hear and answer, and then, the separation/barrier caused by my sin (Isaiah 59:2) is gone and in a very real sense, You have just healed the land where I trod. Oh Lord I praise You for continuing to teach me true humility. Thank You Lord.”

(THESE DAILY DEVOS are all posted on Mark’s Common Thread Ministries FB page https://www.facebook.com/CommonThreadMinistries/)

 

Blessings,

 

Mark S Mirza