The Israelites gathered together, fasting, wearing sackcloth, and putting dust on their heads. They spent about three hours confessing their sins to God (Nehemiah 9:1-3). … The first gathering (on the 1st day of the month) was full of joy. Now they meet again on the 24th day of the month and mourn as they confess their sins.
Nehemiah 9:5-37 is a prayer of confession for their sins and the sins of their ancestors. … This is also a great review of the Old Testament. It is a confession of sin as they review their history. They praise God for what He has done even as they and their ancestors sinned.
Confession of sin involves these actions:
Evaluate your life … Look back on your life
Acknowledge your sin … It is important that admit you have sinned
Grieve … Be sorry for your sin
Ask for forgiveness … Ask God to cleanse your sins
Turn from sin … Repent, turn away from your old ways
Why do we believers need to confess our sins? If we are saved, aren’t we already forgiven? (John 13:8-10; 1 John 1:6, 9; 3:6). … Even though we have had our bath or shower to make us clean, we still have dirty feet, dirty hands. Your sin as a believer does not end your relationship with God, but it does hurt your fellowship with Him.
Are there sins you need to confess?
10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:4-21)
Have you made anything more important than God?
Have you made anything into an idol?
Does anything coming from your mouth dishonor God?
Are you forgetting to take a day off work to honor God?
Are you disrespectful towards parents?
Have you taken a life? an unborn life? Do you harbor hate towards anyone?
Have you stayed faithful to your spouse? Have you lusted after another?
Are you robbing your employer, the government, or God?
Do you lie to your parents, your spouse, or your anyone else?
Do you covet after things other people have?
Thoughts (Colossians 3:5-11)
How is your thought life? Is there malice, lewdness, or envy? Does it cause slander to come from your mouth?
Are you prideful or self-righteous?
Spiritual Clothing (Colossians 3:12-17)
Have you forgotten to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, or patience?
Is there anyone you haven’t forgiven?
Have you put on love? Do you show love to those around you?