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A Call to Authenticity Part 3…1 John 1:9

As we strive to live the spiritual journey we will sin, we will make mistakes and fail, and the remedy to that isn’t to cover up our failures and pretend like everything’s all right, but to confess our sins to God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

In 1818 one out of six women who delivered a child also died of something called “childbirth fever.” A doctor’s daily routine back then started in the dissecting room, where he performed autopsies, and from there he made his rounds to examine expectant mothers. No one even thought to wash their hands…at least not until a doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis began to practice strict hand washing. He was the very first doctor to associate a lack of hand washing with the huge fatality rate. Dr. Semmelweis only lost one mother in fifty, yet his colleagues laughed at him. Once he said, “Childbirth fever is caused by decomposed material conveyed to a wound…I have shown how it can be prevented. I have proven all that I’ve said. But while we talk, talk, talk, women are dying.. I’m not asking for anything world shaking, only that you wash your hands.” Yet virtually no one believed him.

Mark Alderton, a pastor in Bloomington, MN preached it this way on July 22, 2007.

“When we confess our sins, we will experience the forgiveness of God which became ours the moment of our salvation.

It is in the confession of sin with repentance and a desire to change that God meets us with the assurance of his forgiveness. That’s where the forgiveness of the cross becomes real to us. It is when we experience guilt for sin, and have that guilt removed by God’s continual assurance, that his Son’s sacrifice paid for our guilt.

It’s like knowing you have a million dollars in the bank, but it’s just knowledge until you actually go to the bank and withdraw green dollar bills. Then you experience the reality of your wealth.

And God has said that he has limitless “wealth