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A Sinner's Discourse
by Darren Pettis
02/23/10
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A Sinner’s Discourse

“Heavenly Father, I have searched the high and low depths of my soul and find it unworthy of your unfailing love. I have cross-examined my heart and it stands guilty in your eyes. Satan has poured vials of sin into my heart filled with agonies and pangs. If I think for a moment, my deepest fear is that I sink into the pit above my head, while the peaks, troughs, and billows drown me with shame. Father, I have witnessed iniquity, and it has recognized my depravity; we appear the same. I was born into enmity and raised by carnal things. Like a sheep going astray, I transgressed to greener pastures only to find nothing that could console the aches of my dry bones and the wet of my eyes”.


“By my nature, I was not afraid of Your wrath, and my spirit became, almost, unbreakable. My identity was threatened and paralyzed with fear of the world, which led me to become cold, resentful, and locked in desolation sulking in my own bitterness. God, your Son told me to pick up my cross and follow him, and You witnessed my poor efforts of my weak labor. You, Father watched me at a standstill, doing nothing for His sake as mockery intentionally avoided. Lord, You have felt my crying from within my heart, and You kept me from bleeding. Lord Your word says that you are gracious and full of compassion; it says You are slow to anger but quick to mercy.”


“Paul tells me that he was the chief of all sinners, but Lord I tell you that I feel myself to be the guiltiest of all, and my soul seeks your forgiveness. Your servant, David grieved to You Father and I do the same, asking you to create in me a clean heart and restore the joy of your salvation. You have given Your only Begotten Son to be bruised for my iniquity and to suffer and die on the cross, yet He rose on the third day and ascended to Your Kingdom and sits at the right side of Your Throne.”


“Jesus said he did not come to call on the righteous, but sinners to repentance, and whoever finds himself will lose it, but whoever loses his life for His sake finds it. Lord, I want to lose the person I never really liked, but to become the person I always wanted to be. That is to be more like You. I need You Lord. I am a sinner, and I pick up my cross and follow You. You lift my burden and give me rest. You lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul. God, Your word tells me that my days will be prolonged, if the fear of you embedded within my heart. And my fear of You gives me understanding, for when I am weak, I am strong. You are on my side, and I will not fear.”


“My fear of You God does not hold back the flames of my rekindled heart but through Christ it strengthens me. Your grace, Heavenly father, falls down on me like precious rain; through Jesus Christ, my sins are free from me. You say that your grace is sufficient for me. And Father, by your sweet grace bestowed to me, I fall to my extremities with praise and thankfulness that your greatest consolation you sent to me, because of my sins, my acquittal through my intercessory, my Lord Jesus Christ, my redeeming savior, I live and die in Christ. In Jesus’ name, I confess—Amen.”


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