Rev faithman

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect, Just Pure, to Be Used By God

by Rick Warren

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21 NLT, second edition).

If you want to be used by God, you need to purify your heart.

You don’t have to be a perfect person, but you do have to have a pure heart. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:21, “If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work” (NLT, second edition).

God uses all kinds of people. He uses shy people. He uses outgoing people. He uses all different races, ages, stages of life, and backgrounds. He uses men and women. God will use plain vessels, and he’ll use ornate vessels. He’ll use big vessels and small vessels. But there is one thing that God will not use: He will not use a dirty vessel. You have to be clean on the inside.

How do you do that? How do you purify yourself? You do it through a simple word: confession. Augustine said, “The confession of bad works is the beginning of good works.” The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing” (TEV).

The word “confess” in Greek is the word homologeo. Homo means “same,” andlogeo means “to speak.” So homologeo literally means “to speak the same about my sin that God does.” It means you agree with him: “God, you’re right. It wasn’t a faux pas. It wasn’t a mistake. It was a sin. It was wrong.” It doesn’t mean you bargain with God (“I’ll never do it again”). It doesn’t mean you bribe God (“I promise to read my Bible every day if you’ll forgive me”).

You just admit it.

That may seem too simple to you. You may say, “All I’ve got to do is admit it, and God will forgive me?” Yes! It’s called grace!

Here’s what I’d suggest you do if you really want to be used by God: Take time this week to sit down with a pad of paper, and say, “God, what’s wrong in my life? Show me. I’m going to write it down, and I’m going to admit it. I’m going to confess it to you.” Then, when God gives you an idea, you write it down.

The first time I did this, I thought I was going to write a book! And I’ve done this many times since. Make a list, and then write 1 John 1:9 over it and say, “God, I admit these to you. These are wrong. I don’t want them in my life.” Ask God to cleanse your life. God will forgive you!

This is the starting point to being used by God. You must purify your heart.

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Talk It Over

  • What will you need to change about your schedule so that you can take time each day this week to write down your confession?
  • You may not be able to write down your confession to God every day of your life, but what healthy patterns will doing this help you establish?
  • What is the difference between a mistake and a sin?
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  1. DAILY INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE 158

    TOPIC :- POSITIVE THINKING

    Beloved of God! Pleasant Morning to you all, Hope your night was splendor?
    I pray that you will experience more of the Lord goodness today in Jesus name.

    But I’m curious to find out from you, the type of mind set, that you do go out with every morning, the type of thoughts in your mind and how your daily confession looks like because those are the things that will determine how your day will be.

    *What do you tell yourself every morning as you start the day?*

    ● Moses would say, “Lord, if You don’t go with us or before us, we are not going anywhere.”

    ● Abraham would say, “The Lord will provide.”

    ● Jacob would say, “I won’t let go of You unless You bless me.”

    ● Joshua would say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    ● Samuel would say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

    ● Nehemiah would say, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

    ● David would say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” and “This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

    ● Solomon would say, “Trust in the Lord, oh my soul, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

    ● Isaiah would say, “Arise and shine for my Glory has come.” and “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

    ● Jeremiah would say, “The Lord has plans to prosper me and not to harm or fail me.”

    ● Jabez would say, “Oh, that you may bless me and enlarge my territory.”

    ● Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would say, “We will not bow down to any image but will serve the Lord.”

    ● Ezekiel would say, “Any dry bones in my life, live again.”

    ● Peter would say, “I will cast my cares upon the Lord for He cares for me.

    ● Paul would say, “The Lord will supply all my needs and I can do all things through Christ.”

    *Choose your daily statement of faith.  Speak it every morning before you step out of your house and let it be in your mouth and mind throughout the day.

    Say No To Negative Confessions.

    Have an Awesome day full of unexpected blessings

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