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Tell Him About It

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

One of the hardest things to do is admit I was wrong. There are times I didn’t see it as wrong and there are others when I knew my action or reaction was hurtful, disrespectful or simply not the best thing to do. I replied out of anger or self-righteousness when I really had no compassion or understanding. I put my wants and desires first, even before God.

God’s Word says we all sin, we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory. When we act like we don’t sin or think what we do doesn’t really matter, we deceive ourselves. Not only that, but by believing we don’t do anything wrong, we call God a liar.

You may think, “I’ve never called God a liar.”

Everything we say falls into three categories: it’s true, it’s a lie and we know it, or it’s a lie and we don’t know it. If we don’t believe God is telling the truth, then we call Him a liar.

1 John 1:10 says if we really think God is lying; no part of His Word has any place in our lives. We can’t pick and choose what we want to believe and dismiss the rest. God’s Word says we’ve ALL sinned, that includes you and me. God’s Word is either true or not and we shouldn’t live by a lie.

My daughters often ask questions about the Bible. They don’t understand what certain Scripture means in general or what it means for them. For a very long time, I felt the same way and still do on occasion. What I tell them is that I believe it’s all true and I ask God to show me how it’s true. I pray for His wisdom and understanding because in my own mind, I don’t and can’t really understand. Sometimes, I simply don’t want to understand because the truth can be really difficult to accept.

It’s hard to admit our sin, our shortcomings, our flat-out disobedience and selfish behavior. What if when we acknowledge what we’ve done, our family and friends get angry and leave us? It is possible. But hopefully, our family and friends love us for who we are and not what we do. Hopefully, they will forgive and love us all the more for being a person of honesty and integrity, wanting to make things right.

Regardless of what the people in our lives do, when we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins. He doesn’t leave us; He loves us. He doesn’t relive what we’ve done, holding it over our heads; He takes it away. He sent His Son, Jesus, to do just this. Through our faith in Him, our sins no longer exists. God sees us new.

Something to Consider…

God is for you, loves you, and is waiting for you to be honest with Him regarding every part of your life.

Is there is a situation, behavior or attitude that keeps you at a distance from God or others? Choose to tell Him about it. The truth is He already knows but by talking to Him about it, you choose to be open to what He has to say about it.

Confess it to God. Ask Him to help you understand how to handle the situation or change the behavior or attitude. He will forgive you and help you live out His right ways.

Life in Christ

“Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1-2 (NIV)

Life in Christ begins the moment we put our trust in Him. As we acknowledge our sin, those things we haven’t done that we should and those things we have done that we shouldn’t, we ask Him to help us change our ways and we choose to follow Him.

We have died to sin through His death and we live in Him through His Spirit. To live means to be alive; to dwell or abide in; and to fully experience life. While we are alive in this world, Christ lives in us and we are to abide in Christ. We remain with Him and Him with us. He will give us a new life as we continue to seek Him and His ways, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. He will never lead us back to our old ways and our life of sin. He will only lead us in His good and right ways that lead to life.

Some would say that it doesn’t really matter what we do as long as no one gets hurt. “God will forgive us anyway so what does it really matter? And besides, if God forgives me for all the things I continue to do, won’t that really demonstrate God’s grace all the more?”

Jesus, himself tells us to repent. To repent is to feel regret for our conduct and choose to change our ways. Our lives in Christ do not stop at the idea that God offers grace and forgiveness. We are to be living examples of how God’s grace and forgiveness work in our lives. Our desire is not just to live with Him in heaven when we die but to live in and experience His life while we are here in this world. We cannot knowingly live in sin and expect to experience the fullness of life in Christ.

As human beings who cannot completely understand God’s will or ways because they are so far beyond our ability to comprehend, we will do things we shouldn’t or not do things we should simply because we really don’t get it. But, when we do get it, do understand what is outside of His will for us and go there anyway, we willingly choose to remove ourselves from Him. We are choosing to not abide in Him and we miss out on the fullness of His love, joy and peace now. These come when we live in Him, not our sin.

Something to Consider…

God desires to be reconciled with you. He offers His grace and forgiveness through the death and life of His Son, Jesus. What is God calling you to turn from so that you can experience the fullness of life in Christ?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

God does not just remove something from our lives; He replaces it with something better.

Line of Sight

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26 (NIV)

Do you have an “issue” in your past that seems to keep getting in your line of sight? You think you’ve dealt with it but it keeps coming up in conversations or thoughts cross your mind when you’re all alone. You wonder how you can rid yourself of this issue and these memories once and for all. All you want to do is forget, but there it is again…

In Genesis 18 and 19 we find the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot and his family have been warned about the coming destruction of the city and are told to leave and to not look back. They are however not told why they shouldn’t look back.

There was a day when driving home from church, I was minding my own business and then it hit me! I remembered something I had done, or allowed to happen, and I felt shame. I literally felt myself turn away from God and hide my face. I realized that while I said I knew I was forgiven, I hadn’t really accepted it as true. I was still trying to hide my sin from God. I was still looking at myself as the old person.

Why is it that we continue to live in that old place of guilt, condemnation and sin? When we are finally on the road leading away from all of our past issues, we tend to look back, almost as if remembering the good old days. What happens when we do this? Does it lift us up or wear us down? Does it encourage us to move forward or keep us stuck in regret? The enemy would love for us to believe we will never really be any different from who we used to be. He continues to show us, tell us or place us in situations where we recognize how bad we once were hoping he can stop us from moving forward into something new.

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy (and love – NIV) toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12 (NKJV)

In Christ Jesus, all things are made new. We have no fear of guilt or condemnation. Our sins have been wiped away and we are made clean. Because Christ has removed our sin, it is no longer in our line of sight. It can’t be…unless we hold onto it; unless we really haven’t let Him take it. We think we have, we try with all our might, we ask, we plead but somehow we just don’t believe it’s really gone. Somewhere, somehow, God remembers and will hold it against us. He can’t possibly forget what we’ve done. We can’t seem to forget, how can God?

Sometimes we need to understand that we had to learn a certain lesson. Sometimes we see that if we had not been in a specific place at a specific time, as hard as it was at the time, we wouldn’t be the person we are today. Sometimes we just need to see and appreciate the good that has come of our lives. What do you do with the lessons you’ve learned? How do you view your past experiences, good or bad?

Something to Consider…

As you seek God, inviting Christ to do a good work in you, consider whose line of sight you are looking through. Do you see your past through the eyes of the enemy who tells you will never be rid of the old? Or do you seek God’s perspective that says anyone who is in Christ Jesus is a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come!

Ask God to show you who you are through His line of sight. As He looks at you, all He sees is Jesus.