Confess it to God!

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Jan 142018
 

Is repentance necessary in the life of the believer?

Yes!

And we see this truth in 1 John 1:9, which says:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Repentance isn’t mentioned in that verse.

But let’s take a closer look.

Remember, “to repent” simply means to change your mind.

For unbelievers, this refers to a decision about where to find security.

But for believers, it involves a change of heart in behaviour or attitude.

Repentance is an ongoing decision to lead an obedient, Christlike life.

In 1 John, this choice is represented by the word confess-

– which originally meant “agree with.”

In other words-

– if you confess your wrongdoing to God, you’re coming into agreement with Him about that sin.

It means to allow God-

– to continually reform your mind and mold you more and more into the image of His Son.

God absolutely hates sin.

So if you agree with Him about sin, then you’re changing your mind about the disobedience in your life.

Thoughts, attitudes, and actions that once seemed perfectly natural will no longer fit who you are.

As God continues to work in your life-

– your mind will gradually reject old thought patterns.

You’ll more closely represent His way of thinking.

Is there sin in your life that has become too much to bear?

Confess it to God!

Allow Him to change your mind about it today.

(PA)

Do not waste your time in vain!

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Jan 122018
 

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38-39).

When Peter preached the truth about Jesus Christ-

-he left thousands of listeners wondering what they should do next.

The apostle’s response in verse 38 is simple.

He says, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

As a result, 3,000 people were added to their numbers that day.

Is this the message of most churches today?

Does it seem strange that Peter said “repent” instead of “believe”?

Scripture often uses these concepts together.

Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.

Both are essential for salvation and each is dependent upon the other.

But, in terms of salvation-

– you can’t separate repentance and faith.

To be saved, you must place faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

That decision requires a change of mind, or repentance, about your way of life.

Both happen at the same time.

There should actually be no delay or separation between repentance and faith.

Salvation is not by easy believism!

Is the devil a believer?

He believes in Jesus.

He obeys God.

He confesses Christ.

He trembles before Him.

But-

He never repented.

He is not a convert.

He is not a disciple!

There are many believers.

But few converts.

And very few disciples.

They even do not obey God.

They are embarrassed to confess Christ.

They make others tremble!

Are you-

– just a believer?

– or a convert?

– or a disciple?

Do not waste your time in vain!

Become a disciple!

And make disciples!!

(PA)

You can deal with it!

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Nov 082017
 

“The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

God is no pushover!

His call to holy living is-

– very clear,

– very firm,

– very hard to misunderstand.

Let’s not trick ourselves into thinking that-

– His heart of compassion has made Him soft on sin.

But rest in this:

“He knows what we are made of, remembering that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).

He understands the bad habits we’ve moulded over the years, the comfortable corners we run to when we’re tired or upset or discouraged.

The truth is:

The anger we feel pressing down on us is more ours than His!

-for while we could kick ourselves for caving again,

He’s heartbroken that we’ve sold ourselves out so cheaply-

– that we’ve chosen the path of pain,

– when He has offered us the path of peace!

So as you catch yourself in compromise, confess your blunders!

And promise (with God’s help) that you’ll turn your back on this foolishness.

Confession gets your sin out in front where you can deal with it!

Repentance takes it out to the curb where God can haul it off with the rest of your garbage-

– and leave you feeling clean again!

(PA)

Aug 252017
 

“And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the LORD.” Exodus 15:23-26.

Murmuring or complaining is one of those sins that are overlooked.

Sometimes we focus on the “big sins” such as murder and adultery that we overlook this sin-
– but the Lord doesn’t give this sin a free pass- quite the opposite.

It’s a hidden killer!
This sin unleashed a plague that killed thousands of Israelites! Numbers 16.

In this passage, we read how the Israelites, who were desperately thirsty, looked only at the fact that the water they had come to was bitter and undrinkable.

How quickly they forgot their God who had led them out of Egypt with signs and wonders.

They had just witnessed His dividing of the Red Sea and destruction of those who had enslaved them.
And yet, so quickly they returned to looking only with their natural eyes at the problem in front of them, completely forgetting the miracle working power of their God!

And so they murmured against Moses.
But honestly, weren’t they really murmuring against God?

Once again, Moses interceded for them-
– revealing the faithfulness of His God to answer every impossible dilemma and provide for every need;
– and again, setting them the example: they simply needed to go the Lord!

So often, just like the Israelites-
– we focus on our desperate situation with our physical eyes, and not with eyes of faith, and then fall into the trap of complaining.

And if you’re like me, once I start, it can be really hard to stop…until the Lord stops me, right in my tracks and He reminds me- aren’t you really complaining against me?

I have to remember to see that I actually hinder the Lord’s answers to my problems by unbelief-
– which leads to the sin of murmuring!

Let’s not allow this sin to gain a foothold-
– because it can easily become a stronghold!

The same wonder working God that led the children of Israel out of Egypt, is still at work today-
– but are we hindering Him?

If we are grumbling and complaining-
– we are missing out on His answers and blessings which are waiting in the wings to meet our faith in Him!

(PA)

Aug 152017
 

“Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2. 

How do we deal with demandingness?  

We must repent of it. 

Our passage today tells us how.  

First:

Return! 

“Return to the LORD.”  

The key to ridding ourselves of anything that is spiritually injurious is to return to God.  

The pursuit of God involves a shift away from dependence on one’s own resources to dependence on God.  

Doing good and correcting wrong behavior does not automatically make us good people.  

Obedience is extremely important, but it must be accompanied by deep, heart repentance. 

Second:

Repent! 

The passage says: “Take words of repentance with you.” 

This phrase means that we must put into words a clear description of what we are repenting of.  

If we are not clear about what is going on inside us, how can we repent of it?  

Next: 

Receive! 

“Forgive all our sin.” 

Repentance puts us in touch with God’s forgiveness.  

We can work to bring about change also-

– but the greatest catalyst for change is humbly positioning ourselves before God and asking for His forgiveness. 

Then: 

Rejoice! 

“Accept what is good, so that we may repay You with praise from our lips.” 

The thought here is: 

“Receive us that we may worship You more effectively.” 

The purpose of all restoration is to worship God.  

We will be drawn into true worship when we give up insisting on our own way and learn to trust God for our own happiness.  

When repentance moves us from a spirit of demandingness to absolute trust in God-

– then we are in the place where God is able to make our feet like “hinds’ feet,” 

– and equip us with the ability to ascend into the heights with Him. 

“Tender and skillful Invader of my heart, I yield my stricken being to You for healing. Drain every drop of demandingness from my being. For I want not only to be better but to be whole. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” 

(PA)