Tuesday, June 21, 2016

IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS

 
Devotional/YBP Audio Bible: http://bit.ly/28JKxx8

1 John 1:9 [NET]
But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.


There was something that Jide did and he immediately lost his inner peace and Joy in the Lord. He knew that this loss of spiritual joy meant his spiritual strength was diminishing (because the Joy of the Lord is your strength). Therefore, he 'confessed' his sin to the Lord and expected to be cleansed from the unrighteousness that seemed to hinder his free access to God’s grace.

Unfortunately, after confessing his sin, nothing changed. He still felt as guilty as before, and he knew something was wrong. The problem was that he hadn’t truly accepted that what he did was wrong, so he wasn’t really repenting.

When the Bible says 'if we confess our sins', many think confessing a sin means telling the Lord about it, but it means more than that. Romans 10:9 also talks about confession. It says 'if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus..., you will be saved'. Confession in this context means acknowledging and accepting that Jesus is Lord. That He is the owner and controller of all things, including your life.

Confessing your sin to the Lord, therefore means acknowledging before God that what you did is a sin. This acknowledgment brings true repentance. Confessing your sin does not mean informing God about it, He already knows about it. It is about acknowledging and accepting that that thing you did is wrong. It is about repenting from doing it.

Sin always releases a spiritually poisonous substance against your spirit. This poisonous substance ultimately brings death, for the wages of sin is death. That is why when we confess our sins, God does not only forgive us, He cleanses us from this spiritually toxic substance called unrighteousness. This substance is also what causes people to sin again and again.

Go into today asking the Lord to help you have a more robust relationship with Him.
-Pas SD Abraham

YBP: Leviticus 4-6

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