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Lesson # Dan. 9:4-8
Study Material - Dan. 9:4-8
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, 'Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from Thy commandments and ordinances. 6 'Moreover, we have not listened to Thy servants the prophets, who spoke in Thy name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land. 7 'Righteousness belongs to Thee, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day-- to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which Thou hast driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against Thee. 8 'Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against Thee.
The spiritual life begins and operates out of that sphere of protection which we call fellowship. Getting out of fellowship is easy. All we have to do is commit a sin, any sin. Most people are guilty of feeling sorry for themselves at some point in their life, if not often. Most people are guilty of arrogance, apathy, or just a negative attitude toward God. Some pursue the course of gossip, others engage in deceptive plots, others engage in criminal activities, while others engage in various forms of lasciviousness and pleasures that go beyond the realm of the legitimate. Whatever the weakness one has, a sin is soon to follow.
Getting back into fellowship is very easy as well, however any people try to do better than Gods commands, or one up God, in order to gain an better acceptance from God, and that of course is foolishness. Confession is the course of restoration to fellowship. The principles were studied in Leviticus, and the mechanics are in 1 John. The confession is merely a grocery list (long of short depending on your life of procrastination), with each sin named to God the Father (all prayer is addressed to the Father). 'Father I did this and that, was arrogant, gossiped on the phone today, lied to this person, etc., etc.' And that is all there is to confession. No need to beat ones self. No penance required - you cannot 'do' anything to get back into Gods good graces. Mans works are of no consequence to God.
Confession also helps you to discipline your life. By keeping short accounts on yourself, you tend to begin avoiding the pitfalls that would keep you from your spiritual life and thus from Gods will. You learn to be a better person - not a rag or deceitful type. You assume responsibility over your own thoughts and actions and in so confessing them to God, you are holding yourself accountable, you are judging yourself, and therefore to him who would judge himself, there is from God, no judgment.
Forewarned, however, confession is not a get out of jail card or trick to get away with things in life. If you cross the line socially or criminally, you'll suffer the consequences from the reactions of other people or due process.
We confess and pray to the great and awesome, the dreadful God. Not that God is dreadful, but the consequences of our thoughts and actions can be far beyond what we would like in our life, if we disregard God in our life. There is no one to help us when we are outside Gods protective sphere. The jungle of the world will not come to our aid. So in the jungle there is luck only, and then luck runs out sooner or later.
We can cruise along and fool ourselves thinking that there will be greener pastures over the next hill. Might as well chase a rainbow. Better keep what you have now, lest you learn the hard way that it was the best you'll ever have.
The people of Judah had their homes, families, their nation, their Temple, their faith, their things in life. They lost sight of God, and consequently lost everything. Two things aggravate sin in our life. The first is not listening to Gods Word. The second is our departure from Gods wisdom resulting from our lack of interest.
The Israelites pursued sin, the failure of their own thoughts. They pursued iniquity, the practice of sin as their normal way of life. They embraced wickedness, the rejection of Gods wisdom and the superimposition of their own plans in their lives. They rebelled. They outright rejected God and replaced Him with something else.
They ignored good counsel. From the prophets, they rejected the scriptures written and taught. Then this leads to the rejection of all other forms of authority - princes, kings, fathers, people in general. They became argumentative, rejecting common sense, and good advice for everyday living.
They became righteous in their own eyes, knowing better than anyone else. True righteousness belongs to God, and our access to that true righteousness comes only through the Word of God. The result? God drives negative peoples in their self imposed shame. People want and choose a course of misery, so God lets them follow that course. The winds of heaven drive the course of history, allowing freedoms to some extent and altering courses on some occasions which helps avoid disaster, complete disaster for foolish peoples.
When we engage in our own plans, our own 'better ideas' and reject God because we just do not need Him in our lives, or we just do not have the time for God, then we have chosen a plan of misery and doom for ourselves. Pursue God first in your life and all things will come to you sooner or later. Reject or ignore God in your life and all miseries will fall all over you probably sooner than later and they will hurt.
many people want many things in their lives. Some want someone to like or love them. Some want more time. Some want more money Some want better health and so forth. We cannot wish or pray to God that others will conform to our wishes. God will not make someone like you. God will not impose or override someone's freedom of choice. If you are a nuisance in your social life or at work, then you defeat yourself. often times the best course in relationships, in work environments, etc. is to just be yourself and back off the things that you do that pressure others. If something is meant to be it will be, if not, than why would you want to have something not met to be to come into your life. If something is not met to be then God knows that, that is best for you and that something better is in your future. Likewise this cannot be used as a convenient excuse to get out of a job or relationship, or whatever. God knows when you are playing games. The Israelites played games and it lasted for centuries. Misery has lots of room for suckers.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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