Daniel 9:8 Admitting Sin

We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered in shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you. Daniel 9:8

Daniel had just received a very clear vision of how long Israel would be destroyed and under captivity of another nation. He then started reading some of the words of Jeremiah and seeing what God had told him. Once he read those words, he started to pray to God a prayer of repentance for the nation of Israel. Daniel started admitting to breaking God’s commands and sinning against Him.

Daniel did not point fingers at other people and just say that they were the ones to sin. He included himself in the sins against God.

It is very easy, and very common, for people in the church to point fingers at the sins of others. Christians blame those in the world for the corruption and sin that is so rampant in their nation. Blaming politicians and leaders for the sin comes easily for many people. People will say if “they” did not allow something, that sin would not be there or the corruption would not have happened, always talking about someone else and not themselves.

When actions like this are done, one is not showing the love and mercy of God towards others. Nor is the person taking his responsibility in what is being done wrong.

Some may say, “I have never killed anyone (or some other sin), so why am I to repent.” It is true that you may not have done a particular sin, but there is another one that you have done. Regardless of what sin you have committed, you have sinned against God and helped lead your country to where it is today.

Along with that, every believer is supposed to be His loving witness to this world. As you go through your days ask yourself if you are doing everything that you can to be His witness. Ask yourself if you are showing His love and mercy to this dying world in the best way possible and as much as possible.

Since many believers cannot say that they are doing these things to the level God wants them to do, they are helping others continue in sin.

Seek God and ask Him to show you how you can reach the world for Him.

Repent of all sins, both the corporate and the personal. Allow God to change lives.

I pray today that you will seek to be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; that you will do your best to bring all to God; that you will show His great love and mercy to this world; and that you will repent of all sin. 

Nehemiah 1:7 Confession: Corporate and Private

We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. Nehemiah 1:7

Nehemiah, who was a cup-bearer for the king, had received word that those who had returned from exile were in trouble. The walls of the city were still broken down and the temple was not rebuilt. He goes before God about the situation, but not with the request for help first. He calls for God’s mercy and ear to His people, confessing the sins of everyone. Nehemiah includes himself and his family in the sins of not following God’s commands and laws that had been given.

It is easy for people to find fault with other people. When looking at another person’s life, it is easy to see what is wrong with them. Every person wants to blame other people for what is wrong, because they see what they have done wrong.

In seasons of elections, it is very common to see various politicians that are running for a position to point out faults in the opponent. As they are pointing out the faults, they forget to look at what they have done wrong themselves and all their own personal faults.

Each person is responsible for his own sins. Each person has to answer to God for what he has done wrong.

As a believer, you are not alone in this world. The world and yourself have been guilty of sinning. The problems that are faced in this world because of sins, are the results of everyone together. There is no one single person who is guilty of incorporating a major sin across the nation.

Major sins of a nation are the results of everyone. Some who accept the sin and promote. Others, who do not say anything about it and allow it to continue. A believer is one who admits his guilt in the sins being committed and confesses it to God, repenting.

Which person will you be when it comes to confession?

Blaming others?

Or taking on your own responsibility?

As you see sins being committed in your nation, seek God’s forgiveness for those doing it, and for yourself in allowing it or keeping quiet about not being His witness as needed. Seek to do your part in showing everyone Jesus and the life He can bring them. Do not be guilty of sin.

I pray today that you will see ways to be a witness for Jesus; that you will confess and turn from all sin; that you will pray for God’s mercy on those lost in sin; and that God will show His mercy on the world and your life.