The Big Race

Joining in
What is the race like?
Can I make it?
Does it really matter?

Getting Ready
Getting in Shape
Training Process
Starting point
Reaching our goal
Signing up

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Distance Training
Course Overview

Crossing the Line
Readying the Mind
Mastering the Course
Deciding to Win

Running the Race
Gaining stamina
Overcoming hurdles
Roadside cheer
Feeling overwhelmed
Thoughts controlled!

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Reaching Our Goals

Congratulations! You have now completed your general check up. Don't be discouraged! Getting an accurate assessment is the first step toward effective change. These are the facts about our lives, who we genuinely are and a simple evaluation on how we have done so far. We can't change history, but the decisions we now make will shape the future.

Confession is living real, realizing where you really are at.

Confession is good for the soul because we are coming closer to the truth about our lives and deepening our acceptance of God's design and purpose. If we reject God's goals for our lives, then we end up mocking them.
Confession is a two-fold act.
The first, as we discussed above, requires an understanding of what is expected of us against what we really have done. In this case, we see the stains of sexual sins against God's goal of sexual purity for our lives (this is God's design).
The second part is to make a follow-up decision based on the facts in mind. This decision simply is to rigorously pursue that course set out for me because it is proper and right.
Confession speaks of what we cannot do for ourselves and therefore results in placing us at the altar of God seeking forgiveness and cleansing. 1 John 1:9 (NASB) says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Notice the connection between confession, forgiveness and cleansing.

Confession leads to forgiveness and cleansing

There is more to share here, of course. We do not stop with cleansing but want to go on in power. But it is here in confession, admitting our faults to the Lord that we can begin.

Luke ends the gospel with an appropriate summary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ Luke 24:47,
"... Repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations." Without repentance, there is no forgiveness.