New Beginning 4: Come Clean

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New Beginning 4: Come Clean

  1. 2. Coming Clean
  2. 3. What do I need to recover from?
  3. 4. The first step to R.E.C.O.V.E.R.Y:    R ealize I’m not God . I admit I’m powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
  4. 5. E arnestly believe that God Exists , that I Matter to him, and that he has the Power to help me recover.  
  5. 6. C ommit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control .
  6. 7. O penly examine and confess my faults to myself, God, and someone I trust.
  7. 8. “ What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.” Psalm 32:1–2 (TLB)
  8. 9. The Hidden Destructiveness of Guilt 1. Guilt destroys my   2. Guilt damages my   3. Guilt keeps me stuck   Confidence Relationships In my past
  9. 10. The Hidden Destructiveness of Guilt “ You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up, then God will show mercy to you.” Proverbs 28:13 (GNB)  
  10. 11. The Hidden Destructiveness of Guilt If I don’t talk it out to God and others I’ll take it out on myself and others .  
  11. 12. How to Deal With Unresolved Guilt “ Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6  
  12. 13. 1. Take a Personal Moral Inventory . “ Let us examine our ways and test them.” Lamentations 3:40  
  13. 14. 1. Take a Personal Moral Inventory . “ Search me, O God, and know my heart, test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad.” Psalm 138:23–24  
  14. 15. <ul><li>Accept Responsibility for Your Faults. </li></ul>“ The Lord gave us a mind and a conscience. We cannot hide from ourselves.” Proverbs 20:27 (GNB)  
  15. 16. <ul><li>Accept Responsibility for Your Faults. </li></ul>“ If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8  
  16. 17. Accept Responsibility for Your Faults. If I really want to stop defeating myself, I’ve got to stop deceiving myself.
  17. 18. 3. Ask God for Forgiveness . “ If we freely admit that we have sinned, we find God utterly reliable … he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil.” 1 John 1:9 (Phillips)  
  18. 19. 3. Ask God for Forgiveness . “ No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you clean as freshly fallen snow.” Isaiah 1:18  
  19. 20. Admit My Faults to Another Person “ Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 (TLB)
  20. 21. Admit My Faults to Another Person <ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you say? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  21. 22. Accept God’s Forgiveness and Forgive Yourself All of us have sinned … yet God declares us not guilty if we trust in Jesus Christ, who freely takes away our sins. Romans 3:23–24
  22. 23. Accept God’s Forgiveness and Forgive Yourself There is no condemnation for those who live in union with Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

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