Confessing Your Sins to The Lord | Kevin Sepulveda

Preached by Kevin Sepulveda


Main Passage: Psalm 51

Result of Unconfessed Sin (03:14)

  1. You’ve sinned against God (v4).
    1. Ultimately all sin, even those directly against your fellow man, is sin against God.
  2. You deceive yourself (v6)
    1. Lying to yourself – God wants truth to reside in our hearts.
    2. “My sin isn’t that bad”
    3. Comparing yourself to your fellow man.
    4. Compare yourself to the perfect law of God.
  3. Takes away joy and gladness (v8,12)
    1. Broken bones: figurative language
      1. Referring to chastisement
      2. Inbuilt negative consequence of sin.
  4. Breaks our fellowship with God (v11)
    1. Not a loss of salvation
      1. Verse 12 demonstrates the joy of salvation is lost, not salvation itself.
      2. Verse 14 proves David still has personal salvation, even after his grievous sin.
    2. N.T. believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit
      1. We are the temple of God which the Holy Spirit dwells in (1 Corinthians 3:16)
      2. If Christ is in you (saved), the Holy Spirit also dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11).
    3. We can lose the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
      1. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
      2. N.T. believers received this power for the first time on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:1-4)
      3. It is not a one time event.
        1. Peter was again filled with the Holy Ghost at a latter time. (Acts 4:8)
    4. Fellowship is necessary for fullness of joy. (1 John 1-4)
      1. God is light and can not fellowship if we walk in darkness. (1 John 5-10)
      2. In our daily routine there will be times in which we sin. (v10)
      3. We need to habitually confess our sins to maintain fellowship.
  5. It hinders our effectiveness in soul winning. (Psalm 51:13)
    1. THEN will I teach…
      1. After his heart is cleansed
      2. After the empowerment of the H.S. has not been taken away
      3. After his joy is restored.
  6. Hinders your ability to praise God. (v.14b,15)
  7. We are unwashed/unclean in the sight of God (v2,7,10)
    1. Your hidden/secret sins are known by God (v4,9)

The Spiritual Application of John 13:1-11 (29:26)

This passage is often used to teach servitude and humility as Jesus girds himself with a towel and uses a basin to wash his disciples feet. But there is more to this passage than what is immediately obvious.

  1. It was a spiritual lesson to be understood later. (v7)
    1. “thou knowest not now”
    2. “thou shalt know hereafter” (at a future time)
  2. Not all the disciples were clean. (v10-11)
    1. Reference to Judas Iscariot who was unsaved.
    2. Satan enters into Judas later in the chapter (v27)
    3. Reinforcement that the lesson is spiritual.
    4. Foot washing pictures having your sins cleansed on a continual basis.
  3. Peter refuses to have his feet washed. (v8)
    1. Unwashed feet results in a break of fellowship with Jesus.
      1. As already noted, unconfessed sin breaks fellowship with God.
    2. Unwashed feet results in a desire to be washed top to bottom.
      1. Jesus says Peter is already clean (saved).
      2. Unconfessed sin can cause you to doubt your salvation.

How to confess your sins (39:27)

  1. Appeal to God’s mercy (v1)
    1. The mercies of God are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23)
      1. We may feel that the Lord is tired of hearing us confess the same sins.
      2. He is ready to forgive us everyday.
  2. Humble yourself before a perfect God (v5)
  3. Acknowledge your sin (v3)
    1. David was guilty of shedding blood (v14)
      1. Reference to the murder of Uriah.
  4. Sacrifice: be broken and contrite in spirit and heart. (v17)
    1. Other forms of sacrifice will not suffice: (16,18,19)
      1. Good works
      2. Church attendance
      3. Bible reading
    2. Other sacrifices will be accepted once you have confessed your sin.

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