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There is a danger that comes with rebuilding broken walls. After a while, when we have been following God’s vision and resisting those who oppose us, we can begin to think that we have done the work on our own. And nothing will shatter the closeness we feel with our Father like unchecked pride.

If we are to continue walking in step with the Lord, we must ask God to make us aware of our sins, confess those sins to God, and ask for His forgiveness.

Read Nehemiah 9. Toward the end of Nehemiah, we see a wonderful prayer of confession—an example for us as we daily commit our lives to our Savior and continue our journey toward Christlikeness. The walls around Jerusalem had been rebuilt, and now was the time for celebration. The men and women who gathered recognized God’s mercy in restoring the walls of the holy city. But a holy city deserves a holy people, and so they confessed their sins as a first step toward renewing their relationship with God.

First, the people acknowledged their responsibility for sin. They came together, “fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads” (Nehemiah 9:1). These men and women did not come with excuses or justifications; they came with tears.

Second, the nation of Israel recognized God’s justice. After reading from the Book of the Law, they confessed, “In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous; you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly” (9:33). We who live in the New Testament era have this promise: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Finally, the people clung to God’s promise of forgiveness. As the Levites prayed, they rehearsed the history of Israel. Each time that the nation rebelled, God showed mercy and forgave His people. It was on this basis that they could trust that God would indeed forgive them.

How can you know that God will keep His promise to forgive when you confess your sins? You can look back on God’s track record and find this assurance. The greatest example of God’s love for you and His willingness to forgive can be found at Calvary, where He did not spare His own Son so that you could be adopted as His child. No wall is too broken for Him—for He is the ultimate rebuilder.

Prayer: Lord, I confess my sin to You today and ask for Your forgiveness. Purify my heart, my home, my workplace, my city—until You are the foundation. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God” (Nehemiah 9:31).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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