5341747-16891000Office of the Keys & Confession<br />To find a copy of these materials online go to: http://www.slideshare.net/TedTschopp <br />Kneel (or bow your head) in your place of prayer and say<br />In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen<br />If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not I us; if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.<br />God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.<br />If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous, and He is the Propitiation for our sins.<br />Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you the rest.”<br />Pray:<br />O Lord God, grant me the help of Thy Holy Spirit, that I may see my sins clearly, may be really sorry for them, and may have grace to do better, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, my Lord. Amen.<br />Now review your life before God. Carefully consider your vocation in life, whether you are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, employer, employee, teacher, or student. Face your sins without trying to excuse yourself. Do not blame others for the wrong you have done or the good you have failed to do. You may use one of the following forms as an aid to your self-examination. Several are provided. One may fir you better than another, or you may prefer to alternate variety.<br />Pray the following after you have reviewed the following:<br />Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!<br />For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.<br />Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.<br />(Psalm 51 ESV)<br />Forms<br />Form 1<br /><ul><li>Does my life please God?
Have I thought with jealousy of someone else’s good looks or possessions?</li></ul>Words<br /><ul><li>Have I always said my prayers? Do I take an active part in the services by joining thoughtfully in payers and hymns?
Have I defended my neighbors when they were spoken against?
Have I read my Bible and pondered the Word that I read?
Have I made an honest confession of all my sins?
Is there anyone to whom I should apologize for anything?</li></ul>Form 4<br /><ul><li>Do I trust God with all my heart and believe that he causes all things to work together for good to them that love Him?
Do I let God be God and permit Him to rule and direct my life?