Amazing Facts with Doug Batchelor

Sincere Confession

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Program transcript



Series Code: AFNB

Program Code: AFNB002014S

00:02 male announcer: This presentation is brought to you
00:03 by the friends of the Amazing Facts Ministry.
00:14 Pastor Doug Batchelor: The heighth of your spiritual
00:16 experience is going to be in exact proportion to the depth
00:21 of your repentance and your confession.
00:27 Now I always like to use a story as a springboard, and I'm going
00:30 to turn to one that I think you'll find familiar, it's in
00:33 the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, verse 11.
00:36 And Jesus said, "There was a certain man that had two sons.
00:41 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the
00:44 portion of goods that falls to me.
00:47 So he divided to them his livelihood, his inheritance.
00:50 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all
00:53 together, and he journeyed to a far country, and there he wasted
00:58 his possessions with prodigal living," sinful living.
01:02 "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine
01:04 in that land, and he began to be in want.
01:08 And he went and he joined himself to a citizen in that
01:10 country, and he sent him out into his fields to feed swine.
01:14 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that
01:17 the swine ate, and no one gave him anything."
01:20 Now, living a life of sin, this young man realized that he had
01:24 squandered his opportunities, he had squandered his father's
01:27 blessings, and every sinner ultimately will realize that
01:30 before they repent.
01:31 That God has given me so many opportunities and blessings and
01:34 time, and we waste all selfishly.
01:37 And then there's always a payday.
01:39 Eventually the pleasure is gone, sin stops satisfying, it leaves
01:44 you feeling empty, and he starts to think about when he was back
01:48 in the father's house.
01:49 It says, he came to himself.
01:51 It's almost like it's describing sin as a form of insanity, and
01:54 suddenly he got his sanity back.
01:57 And he said, "How many of my father's hired servants have
02:00 bread enough to spare?
02:02 My father's servants eat to the full and I perish with hunger!"
02:07 Why did Jesus come?
02:08 Whoever believes in him might not perish.
02:11 This young man realized he's perishing.
02:14 If you are not converted and saved, there's only one
02:16 other option.
02:17 You either have everlasting life through Jesus, and a new heart
02:20 being born again, or perishing.
02:23 And God does not want us to be lost, he wants to save us.
02:27 He said, I'm perishing with hunger.
02:29 You know what satisfies that hunger for bread, it's the Word
02:32 of God.
02:34 "I will arise and go to my father's house."
02:37 Notice what's happening here.
02:38 He's making a decision to go towards his father.
02:41 Now, the promise is, in James, if we draw near to God, James
02:45 chapter 4--or James chapter 2 verses 4 through 7, he will draw
02:49 near to us.
02:51 And so we want to be drawing near to God.
02:54 He said, "'I will go to my father, and I'll say to him,
02:57 Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I'm
03:01 no longer worthy to be called your son.
03:03 Make me as one of your hired servants.'
03:06 So he arose," he's got this speech of confession in his
03:09 mouth, and he arose and he comes to his father.
03:13 "His father saw him a long way off, he had compassion, and he
03:16 ran and he fell on his neck and he kissed him.
03:19 And the son said, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and
03:22 in your sight, and I'm no longer worthy to be called your son.'"
03:26 As soon as he confesses, the father reacts by completely
03:31 embracing and adopting him back into the family, says, you are
03:35 my son.
03:36 Calls for his servants, and he says, "Bring out the best robe
03:39 and put it on him, put a ring on his hand," meaning that he was
03:42 now going to have the authority of the family, "and sandals on
03:45 his feet.
03:46 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and
03:49 be merry, for this my son was dead and he's alive again, he
03:53 was lost and he's found."
03:55 And they began to be merry.
03:56 And I'm not gonna even go into the part about the other son,
03:58 because the point of the story I wanted to emphasize, this young
04:01 man came to himself, he repented, but then he realized,
04:04 I will say to my father.
04:06 There was something he needed to say.
04:09 Everybody is going to confess someday.
04:13 You can read where Paul says, in the book of Romans chapter 14,
04:17 "For it is written: 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee will
04:20 bow to me, and every tongue will confess.'"
04:23 Tonight we're gonna talk very specifically about an important
04:26 part of the Christian experience, the conversion
04:29 experience, that has to do with sincere confession.
04:33 Now, don't be afraid of confessing to God, because God
04:36 knows everything.
04:38 You know, we're living in an interesting time in the world's
04:40 history where it seems like no matter where you go now, cameras
04:44 are rolling.
04:45 And, you know, people can even go to websites where they can
04:49 look through satellites and see what's happening on the earth
04:51 from space all over the world.
04:54 Sometimes Karen will come in the office, she'll see that I'm on a
04:57 program called Google Earth and I'm looking all over the world
05:00 to see if I can find deserted islands.
05:03 I just love looking at maps, I'm just intrigued, I'm a very
05:06 visual person.
05:08 But everywhere you go now, everything, it seems like, is
05:11 being recorded.
05:12 And, more than ever, you know, in the cities for security, we
05:16 just installed a video doorbell so that whenever anyone comes to
05:20 our door, I know it's old technology for most people, but
05:23 it was very interesting for me, whenever anyone comes to our
05:26 doorbell, and they ring the door, we get an alert on
05:29 our phone.
05:30 The funny thing is, every time Karen goes to get the mail,
05:32 every day, I get an alert.
05:34 Caesar, our son, goes out to jog, and I see him out the front
05:38 yard, he's stretching and I'm going, this is interesting, they
05:40 don't know I'm watching.
05:41 But it's like there's cameras everywhere.
05:44 And God has had cameras for a long time.
05:47 There are angels that record everything we say.
05:51 Jesus said, in the judgment you'll give an account for every
05:53 idle word that you speak.
05:56 God sees everything we do.
05:58 Let me give you a few verses on that.
06:00 Jesus says, in Luke chapter 12 verse 2, "For there is nothing
06:04 covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will
06:07 not be known.
06:09 Therefore whatever has been spoken in the dark will be heard
06:12 in the light, and whatever you have spoken in the ear in the
06:15 inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops."
06:18 Ecclesiastes 12 verse 14, "For God will bring every work into
06:22 judgment, including every secret thing."
06:25 We think nobody knows.
06:27 Everything we'll give an answer for.
06:29 And you may have sinned and thought, well, I got away with
06:31 that, nobody will know, I don't need to say anything.
06:34 You don't get away with anything.
06:37 Everything that's done in secret will be ultimately proclaimed
06:40 from the housetops unless it is confessed, repented of,
06:44 forsaken, and you want it under the blood of Jesus.
06:48 You know, one reason I became a Christian is because I saw,
06:52 providentially, you don't ever get away with anything.
06:55 I was a thief, and I realized I never really got away
06:59 with anything.
07:00 And I just became convinced there must be a God, because it
07:04 seemed like, we started calling it karma, seemed like something
07:08 always went wrong when you try to do the wrong thing.
07:12 And you know what they say on the streets is what goes around
07:15 comes around.
07:17 It'll catch up with you.
07:18 Nobody ever really gets away with anything.
07:21 And so I'm sharing this sort of as a background, why it is
07:24 important to confess, because you'll never really get ahead by
07:29 doing wrong or by disobeying God.
07:32 Hebrews chapter 4 verse 13, Paul says, "There is no creature
07:36 hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the
07:40 eyes of him with whom we must give an account."
07:43 Now, I wonder how people would behave if they knew that God is
07:47 always recording.
07:49 You know, we had a little church up in the hills, and it had the
07:52 strangest sound system, just had an inexpensive Radio Shack sound
07:57 system, and something about the length of the wires to the
08:00 speakers, they weren't shielded, and whenever any airplane flew
08:04 over or an ambulance went by, I've never run into it before,
08:08 it seemed to pick up their frequencies, and it would
08:10 broadcast it in the church.
08:12 So while you're in there, in the church, and you're preaching,
08:15 all of a sudden you would hear the ambulance drivers talking on
08:18 the radio.
08:20 And sometimes what even ambulance drivers say to each
08:22 other is not appropriate to broadcast in a church.
08:26 And I wondered, if they only knew that what they think
08:30 they're saying just on the radio to the dispatch is being
08:33 broadcast in the local church.
08:35 How much more careful would they be?
08:38 Well, everything is naked and open to the eyes of him with
08:41 whom we have to do.
08:43 There is a judgment day coming, and everybody is going to give
08:46 an account for everything.
08:49 And that's why it's so crucial for us to not wait until we
08:52 kneel with the devil outside of the New Jerusalem.
08:55 Everybody will ultimately bow before Christ and confess that
08:58 Jesus is Lord.
08:59 But to confess while the doors of mercy are still open,
09:02 that would be now.
09:04 You can't wait, friends.
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09:40 Pastor Doug Batchelor: So, with that little background,
09:42 I'm going to go through my ritual of having five or six
09:45 points we're gonna cover about confession.
09:47 And I'll start with, why do we confess?
09:50 Why would we confess?
09:52 Jesus said, your heavenly Father, and this is Matthew
09:54 chapter 6 verse 8, he knows what things you have need of before
09:58 you even ask.
09:59 So why tell him?
10:00 Well, confession isn't for the benefit of God.
10:03 You know, when I was a baby Christian, I heard about
10:05 confession, you know, I just, in my mind I had it like, all
10:09 right, Lord, you better sit down, there's somethin' I gotta
10:11 tell ya.
10:13 And then I realized wait a second!
10:14 God knows everything.
10:16 I'm not going to fill in the Lord.
10:17 So when you confess, it's not like you're sayin', brace
10:19 yourself, Lord, I've got some heavy things to share with you.
10:22 He knows more about you than you know about you.
10:25 So you're not confessing to fill him in.
10:28 One very important thing that happens when you're confessing
10:31 is you are recognizing in your own heart what you're doing
10:35 is wrong.
10:36 You're giving freedom, then, of the Holy Spirit to give you
10:39 victory in that area, 'cause you're admitting it's wrong and
10:41 you want change.
10:43 The other thing is, once you admit it's wrong, something
10:46 happens within you mentally.
10:47 Then you realize there's consequences and
10:49 you're accountable.
10:51 People don't like confessing, it can sometimes make them
10:54 uncomfortable, but it's actually good for you because
10:57 it's liberating.
10:58 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
11:02 our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
11:06 Now we're gonna talk about the what of confession.
11:08 What do you confess?
11:10 Confess means, this is a definition, it means to disclose
11:13 something that is damaging or inconvenient to one's self, to
11:17 admit, to acknowledge.
11:19 As someone said, confession is good for the soul but it's bad
11:22 for the reputation.
11:23 And the Bible says, Proverbs 28 verse 13, "He that covers his
11:27 sin will not prosper, but whoever confesses
11:31 and forsakes them."
11:33 You know, I remember, even years after I became a Christian,
11:35 something came to me.
11:39 I was in Miami Beach, where I used to go to school, used
11:41 to work, and I just went for a visit to the family.
11:45 And while I was in Miami Beach, I remembered I had worked for
11:49 a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store.
11:51 I got to work there and they told me, you can eat all
11:53 the ice cream you want.
11:54 And it was a dream job for me, 'cause I did.
11:56 They said, you'll get tired of it.
11:57 I never did, I ate a lot of ice cream while I was there.
12:00 And he trusted me.
12:01 I was just 14, 15 years old, but I was a good worker, I'd been
12:04 in the military school, I kept everything clean and organized.
12:07 And eventually he gave me the keys, and he had me, Mr. Scott
12:11 was his name, he had me open the place and close the place and do
12:15 the accounting and put the money in the freezer, and when I got
12:19 ready to run away from home when I was like 15 years old, I had
12:22 made myself an extra key.
12:25 And I went into the Baskin Robbins late at night, and I
12:28 went into the freezer, I knew where the key freezer was, and I
12:30 stole just enough cash where he would have never known it
12:33 was missing.
12:36 Years later that came to me.
12:38 And I thought, you know, I need to make that right.
12:42 And so I went back to that Baskin-Robbins, which I think
12:44 it's still there today after all those years, on Lincoln Mall.
12:48 And I went back in and I went in and I started asking for Mr.
12:51 Scott, and they said, oh, he sold the place years ago, and,
12:55 you know, I just felt this tremendous burden come off my
12:58 shoulders by going in there.
12:59 I wasn't worried about the $15 or $20, I just wanted to make
13:03 things right with the Lord and God.
13:04 The biggest struggle for me was going and telling him, 'cause he
13:07 trusted me.
13:09 I said, well, do you know how I can contact him?
13:11 They said, no, we have no way to contact him.
13:13 And God just took the burden off me 'cause he wanted to know, are
13:15 you willing?
13:17 And once I got to the place where I was willing, you know,
13:19 I just felt real peace.
13:21 And so he may reveal things to you.
13:23 Now, someone might be thinking, well, I robbed a bank, what do
13:28 I do?
13:30 If I confess, I might go to jail.
13:32 I've had a lot of people that have come to me and they said,
13:34 if I tell my boss what I've been doing, he's gonna fire me.
13:37 I said, trust the Lord.
13:39 And I'm sure there's exceptions, but almost every time I know of
13:42 when a member or somebody comes to me and says, I'm convicted, I
13:46 need to go talk to my boss, I've been cheating or doing something
13:48 dishonest, I said, you go to them, if you tell them before
13:51 you're caught, they'll know that there's a change in your heart.
13:55 "Search me, O God, and know me, try me, know my thoughts, see if
13:59 there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the
14:01 way everlasting."
14:03 And it says, in Job 13:23, "How many are my iniquities and
14:07 my sins?
14:08 Make me know my transgression and my sin."
14:10 I'd like to make a suggestion that, get by yourself, if you
14:15 want this revival to really make a difference, then do something
14:18 tangible, go off by yourself.
14:21 Might be harder if you're home sequestering right now, but find
14:24 a room, find your closet of prayer, and get on your knees.
14:28 Tell the Lord.
14:29 You may not even feel anything, but do it because you know it's
14:31 the right thing to do, and watch what happens.
14:33 Get on your knees, say, Lord, I want to repent of my sins.
14:36 I'm choosing to repent of my sins.
14:38 I know I've sinned all through my life.
14:40 I'm guilty of many things.
14:42 You can't remember everything you've ever done wrong, but get
14:46 a piece of paper.
14:47 Don't let anyone get ahold of that piece of paper.
14:50 Get a piece of paper and make a list,
14:52 and start with the Ten Commandments.
14:54 Have you ever worshiped other gods?
14:56 Or taken God's name in vain?
14:59 Have you, well, I've never committed adultery, but have you
15:01 thought impure thoughts?
15:03 Spiritual adultery.
15:04 I've never committed murder, have you been angry with your
15:07 brother without cause?
15:08 Lying?
15:10 The Bible says, "Let your yes be yes, and your no be no."
15:12 Have you ever been misleading?
15:14 And go through the Ten Commandments, and then pray that
15:17 prayer that David says, search me, Lord, try me, see if there
15:20 be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
15:23 The Holy Spirit will bring things to your mind.
15:26 There may be friends, family, could be a spouse, a loved one
15:30 that you are at odds with and you need to right those wrongs.
15:33 Make a note of that.
15:34 Confess it first to God, then go to that person next.
15:38 After you make that list, and don't rush through it, look at
15:43 it and say, Lord, if I'm forgetting something, show
15:44 me later.
15:46 He will.
15:47 Then claim the promise, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful
15:50 and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
15:53 unrighteousness," said 1 John 1:9.
15:57 And he makes a promise.
15:59 He'll cleanse you from how much?
16:00 All unrighteousness.
16:02 Now, if he's cleansed you from all unrighteousness, when you
16:04 get off your knees, is God gonna keep his promise?
16:08 Don't say, oh but, Lord, I don't know how well I'm going to live
16:10 as a Christian today.
16:11 At that moment, he gives you eternal life.
16:13 That will then affect your behavior.
16:15 You start becoming righteous by faith when you believe
16:19 his promise.
16:20 He then can give you the spirit and you'll be surprised, moment
16:22 by moment, how you start living in a different kind of life.
16:25 So try going through those steps.
16:27 God will bring things to your mind.
16:29 Romans 10:10, "For with the heart one believes unto
16:33 righteousness, and with the mouth confession
16:35 is made unto salvation."
16:38 Then what about the when of confession?
16:40 When's the right time to confess?
16:42 You know, one of the most beautiful prayers in the Bible
16:45 is in Daniel chapter 9, where Daniel is reading the Bible.
16:49 And in reading the Bible, he reads the prophecy of Jeremiah,
16:52 and he knows that God wants to bring his people back, and
16:55 Daniel becomes convicted that he has not been praying
16:57 for his people.
16:58 And the Bible tells us, if you read in Daniel chapter 9 verse
17:01 9--verse 3 through 6, 'Then I set my face towards the Lord and
17:07 made my request by prayer and supplications, with fasting,
17:11 sackcloth, ashes.
17:13 And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession."
17:16 Notice what happens.
17:17 He's reading the Word, then he feels impressed to confess.
17:22 And while he's praying and confessing, Daniel 9 verse 20,
17:26 "While I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin
17:29 and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication
17:33 before the Lord my God of the holy mountain of my God, yes,
17:36 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen
17:40 in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly,
17:43 reached me about the time of the evening offering."
17:46 So while he's praying, God sends an angel.
17:49 When does Daniel confess?
17:51 As soon as he is impressed about his sin.
17:54 Go back to Psalm 32, I want you to notice something about the
17:57 best time to confess.
17:58 "I acknowledged my sin to you.
18:01 And my iniquity I have not hidden.
18:03 I said, 'I will confess my transgression to the Lord.'
18:06 And you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
18:09 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to you in
18:13 a time when you may be found."
18:16 "Call on him," Isaiah says, chapter 55 verse 6, "seek the
18:20 Lord while he may be found.
18:22 Call upon him why he is near.
18:24 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
18:27 thoughts; let them return to the, Lord and he will have mercy
18:30 upon them, to our God, and he will abundantly pardon."
18:34 So, you don't want to wait too long.
18:36 Call upon him while he's near and he hears your prayer.
18:41 During this series, we're hoping that you go through these steps
18:44 of salvation, and repent of your sins and confess and come to
18:47 the Lord.
18:48 Who do you confess to?
18:50 Well, James 5:16, it says, "Confess your trespasses to one
18:56 another, and pray for one another, that you might
18:58 be healed."
19:00 If I've offended somebody, I'll confess that sin.
19:03 If you have a close friend you can trust, it's good to have
19:07 accountability with people.
19:08 If people are struggling with different things, it's good to
19:11 have a friend who knows how to, Proverbs says, conceal a matter,
19:14 meaning keep a confidential trust, that they can pray with
19:17 you about something you're struggling with.
19:20 But you want to be really careful about confessing private
19:22 things to people because, well, you know, sometimes they say, if
19:27 two people know a secret, it's not a secret anymore.
19:31 And so, the sin against God should be confessed to God.
19:35 Public sin should be confessed publicly.
19:38 Private sin should be confessed privately.
19:41 You probably heard the story about the three pastors, they
19:44 decided they needed to take a little vacation together, and so
19:46 they all went out fishing.
19:48 They're all off in the middle of a lake, and they're fishing, and
19:50 things are going fine.
19:51 Now one of the pastors breaks down and he starts to cry.
19:54 And it's kind of awkward for the other two, they hadn't done
19:56 anything, they don't know what's come over him.
19:58 And he said, you know, we're all alone out here, I feel like I
20:00 can finally confide in somebody.
20:02 Says, I've got a really big problem.
20:04 He said, I'm cheating on my wife.
20:07 And the other two looked at him and said, well, brother, you got
20:09 to make that right, but let's pray with you.
20:11 And while they're praying, another pastor starts crying.
20:14 And they said, what's the problem?
20:16 He said, well, my brother here inspired me, I need to open up
20:19 and let you guys know of it.
20:20 I've got a problem, I'm a kleptomaniac.
20:23 I steal all the time.
20:24 Little things.
20:25 Don't need to, I just can't help myself.
20:28 And they said, well, we'll pray for you.
20:29 So they're praying, and the two of them look at the other guy
20:31 who had been strangely quiet.
20:33 They said, anything you want to share?
20:35 He says, well, yeah, but I can't, it's too awful.
20:38 They said, well what could be worse than what we described?
20:41 You can trust us.
20:43 He said, well, my sin is gossip, and I can't wait to get back
20:46 home and tell everybody.
20:48 So you want to be really careful about confessing your sins
20:51 to people.
20:53 You want the private sin to be confessed to God.
20:58 The where of confession.
21:00 Public sin should be publicly confessed.
21:03 Sometimes there's something that's very obvious and you may
21:05 want to actually share it publicly, if you're in a public
21:09 position when you commit those sins.
21:11 Peter publicly denied the Lord with swearing and cursing.
21:15 And, you know after the resurrection, then Jesus asked
21:18 him to identify that, and three times he said, Simon Peter, do
21:24 you love me?
21:26 Do you love me? Do you love me?
21:28 When you do confession, you want to do the whole confession.
21:31 Isaiah 6 verse 5. Isaiah was being specific, he said, "Woe is
21:36 me, for I am undone!
21:38 Because I am a man of unclean lips.
21:40 And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for mine
21:44 eyes have seen the King."
21:45 You notice what happened is, when Isaiah said, "I'm a man of
21:48 unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean
21:51 lips," the angel then takes a coal from the altar, and where
21:55 does he put it?
21:56 Puts it on his lips.
21:58 God, when you identify with the specific problems are, you're
22:02 then giving God permission and power to help you in those
22:05 specific areas.
22:06 And people are saying, well, how often?
22:09 Doesn't God get tired of hearing me confess to him over and over
22:12 about the same thing?
22:15 I think that you will get tired of confessing a lot sooner than
22:17 God gets tired of hearing.
22:19 If you ever come to the Lord and you are sincere and sorry about
22:23 your sin, then he is sincerely willing to forgive you.
22:28 Peter asked the Lord, "How often shall my brother sin against me
22:32 and I forgive him?
22:33 Seven times?"
22:35 And Jesus said, "70 times 7."
22:37 And Jesus said, "If your brother comes you seven times in one
22:39 day, and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
22:43 Now, is God asking us to do less for each other than he's willing
22:47 to do for us?
22:48 Don't get discouraged, friends, and think that God is not
22:51 willing to forgive you.
22:53 The reason Jesus came into the world is to seek and to save
22:56 the lost.
22:57 He is very earnest about wanting to forgive us.
23:00 That's his supreme desire, that was the mission of Jesus in the
23:03 world, is to come and to save us.
23:07 So, there is a risk that some will wait and confess too late.
23:12 You know, Judas confessed.
23:14 He says, I have betrayed innocent blood.
23:17 But at that point, he had grieved away the Holy Spirit.
23:20 And the pharaoh, he confessed, and he repented, but he waited
23:24 until he had grieved away the Holy Spirit.
23:27 And there's a danger that you can wait too long.
23:30 It's so important that when you hear God call.
23:32 Today is the day of salvation.
23:34 The Bible says now is the appointed time, today, if you
23:38 hear his voice.
23:39 When Jesus calls people, whenever he called the apostles,
23:42 he said, follow me.
23:44 They dropped what they were doing and they followed him.
23:47 And if you're hearing the Holy Spirit speak to you
23:49 about something now, listen to the Spirit.
23:51 God is not wanting to take away your joy, he's wanting to give
23:55 you joy and peace.
23:56 He says, "I've come that you might have life and have it
23:58 more abundantly."
23:59 But before God can lift you up, the Bible says, we must humble
24:03 ourself before the Lord, and then he will lift us up.
24:06 Now, years ago I heard about a coal mine accident, I was in
24:11 Kentucky somewhere, and this was a long time ago, and these men
24:14 were trapped.
24:15 The regular shaft that took them up the elevator and out of the
24:18 mine was completely imploded, and they thought it
24:20 was hopeless.
24:22 Gradually they saw that their lights were growing dim, which
24:25 made them worry that they were running out of oxygen.
24:27 But there was one old miner there, and he said, you know, I
24:30 think there's hope.
24:32 They were in the dark, but he felt a light breeze.
24:35 And he said, we had an old ventilation shaft that went from
24:39 this chamber to another chamber, but you've gotta crawl
24:42 for almost a quarter mile.
24:44 It's gonna be dark, you're gonna have to just be on your belly,
24:48 you can't take any gear with you.
24:50 He said, follow me, and I think we've got a way out.
24:53 Well, they had to get down and crawl for a while, and
24:56 eventually the shaft, the air duct shaft was open and they
25:00 were all able to escape.
25:01 But they all had to unload, and they had to get down, and they
25:04 had to crawl.
25:06 You know, there's a way to freedom, there's a way to the
25:08 light, but we have to humble ourselves before the Lord.
25:11 If we will humble ourselves and pray, the Bible tells us, he
25:16 will then hear our prayers.
25:17 It's sometimes hard for people to say they're sorry, and,
25:21 you know, even in the closest relationships, sometimes I find
25:24 it's harder for couples to apologize to each other than it
25:27 is for a person to apologize to his work associates or somebody
25:32 in public.
25:34 You have to admit your humanity, admit your weakness, and that
25:37 requires that we humble ourselves.
25:40 But Jesus says, if we will humble ourselves,
25:43 he will then lift us up.
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