1:9 (NASB) If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
If I agree with God and
tell on myself to Him, I can count on Him to be a fair and totally righteous
Judge who will forgive me and make me pure, fit for His service.
True repentance bears
fruit. We can examine the fruits. Repentance is the Greek word metanoia,
meaning a change of mind. We align with God. We must ask our self "is my
purpose in life aligned with God's purpose for me?" We can experience the
forgiveness of sin and we don't have to live in a world of regret.
5 "But now I am going to
Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?'
because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go
away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin
and righteousness and judgment;
9 concerning sin, because they
do not believe in Me;
10 and concerning righteousness, because
I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning
judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
We should love the
conviction of God. He does not condemn like the enemy but He convicts not only
of sin but also of righteousness.
Matthew 22:36-40 (NASB)
which is the great commandment in the Law?"
37 And He said to
him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR
SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'
38 "This is the great and
39 "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
40 "On these two commandments
depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)
1 Now the LORD said to
Abram, "Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives and from your father's house, to the land which I will
2 And I will make you a great nation, and I will
bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing;
I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. and
in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
God wants to bless us
and make us a blessing to others
Matthew16:24 (NASB) Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If
anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and
Hebrews 11:1, 6 (NASB)
faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not
without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God
must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
2 Timothy 3:5 (NASB) When the Church is not
missional we die. We have a form of religion and deny the power of God.
Holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such
men as these.
Hebrews 5:11-14 (NASB)
Him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become
dull of hearing.
12 For though by this time you ought to be
teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles
of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not
accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
14 But solid food is for the mature,
which because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Hebrews 6:1-2 (NASB)
leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ , let us press on to maturity ,
not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward
2 of instruction about
washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal
when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He
swore by Himself,
14 saying, "I
WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU."
Ephesians 6:12 (NASB) For our struggle is not
against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the
world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness
in the heavenly places
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of
all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the
20 teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always , even to the end
of the age."
1 John 2:3 (NASB) By this we know that we have come to know
Him, if we keep His commandments.
Forgiveness is not
condoning sin and sin always has consequences
Isaiah 64:6 (NASB) Our righteousness is as
Romans 12:2 (NASB) And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the
will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
2 Peter 1:2-10 (NASB)
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord;
3 seeing that
His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness,
through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence
For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that
by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world by lust.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply
moral excellence , and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and
in your perseverance, godliness,
7 and in your godliness, brotherly
kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
8 For if these qualities are yours
and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these qualities is
blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His
calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will
Understanding the Law
explains the why.
Live out of the spirit,
spirit, soul, body not body, soul, spirit.
God wants us to
understand the spiritual authority we have.
God wants us to have a
Acts 24:16 (NASB) In view of this, I also do my best to
maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
A man hid in a cave on
Guam during the war and remained there for 28 years. Some people are like that
in not bringing their sin to the light of God. Scripture references for a
clear conscience as opposed to a defiled conscience include:
1 Peter 3:16 (NASB) and keep a good conscience so that in
the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in
Christ will be put to shame.
John 1:5-10 (NASB)
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to
you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in
the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself
is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His
Son cleanses us from all sin.
we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in
9 If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
10 If we say that
we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
1 Corinthians 8:7 (NASB) However not all men have this
knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as
if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
1 Timothy. 3:9 (NASB) but holding to the mystery of
the faith with a clear conscience.
1 Timothy 4:2 (NASB) by means of the hypocrisy of liars
seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
Titus 1:15 (NASB) To the pure, all things are pure; but to
those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and
their conscience are defiled.
I Timothy 5:1-2 (NASB)
1 Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but
rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as
2 the older women as
mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.
Psalm 51 is David's prayer
for forgiveness after his sin against
Uriah and Bathsheba.
Psalm 51 (NASB)
1 Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And
cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I
know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against You, You only, I have sinned And
done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And
blameless when You judge.
I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost
being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be
clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have
9 Hide Your face
from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit
11 Do not cast me away
from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be
converted to You.
14 Deliver me
from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will
joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.
16 For You do not delight in sacrifice,
otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken
spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
18 By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the
walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You
will delight in righteous sacrifices, In burnt offering and whole burnt
offering; Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
The fruit of a seared conscience is difficulty hearing
God. A weak conscience is discussed in 1 Corinthians 8.
1 Corinthians 8:10-13 (NASB)
10 For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an
idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat
things sacrificed to idols?
through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake
12 And so, by sinning
against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin
13 Therefore, if
food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will
not cause my brother to stumble.
In a relationship we
must take responsibility for our wrong in it, even if we were mostly right.
Trouble spots: Making
absolutes out of non absolutes. Imposing our convictions on others is legalism.
Areas God has brought
to my attention
A daily devotion I receive by email spoke to my heart, dealing with my attitude.
greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives
by altering their attitudes. Your success in any
endeavor is usually a reflection of your attitude. Seek God's daily guidance to
provide you with a constant reminder that you are in control of your destiny".
(from Think About GOD's Daily TAG line.) This underscores the importance of my
attitude but it is God and not me, who controls my destiny.
Romans 14:17 (NASB) For the Kingdom of God
is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you
will please God, and others will approve of you, too.
I was reminded this week
again of just how much God hates sin. I should hate sin like He does.
Satan wants us to
justify our sin, hide our sin, condone sin, be critical of the sin of others.
God wants us be open and transparent, bring our sin out in the light, confess
our sin, and seek the prayer support of others.
I didn't expect to hear
so much about Lordship and aligning with the purposes of God under this topic.
I am again thrilled to see the practical applications being made, so that it is
not just head knowledge but life changing application.
I was reminded of many
familiar areas from the Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts that deals with many
biblical principles in the same way. Describing the many facets of pride, the
need to make restitution, the effects of immorality,
1 Now in those days John
the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE
VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'
4 Now John himself had
a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was
locusts and wild honey.
Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the
they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their
when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to
them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father';
for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to
axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not
bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 "As for me, I baptize you with
water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am
not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and
A passage in Galatians spoke to me
as I thought of loving God
and loving others.
Galatians 5:13-26 (NASB)
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through
love serve one another.
14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the
statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."
15 But if you bite and
devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I
say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh set its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the
flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the
things that you please.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under
19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality ,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy,
outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions ,
21 envying, drunkenness,
carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have
forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom
of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there
is no law.
24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with
its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the
26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one
What a summary Paul
makes, we have crucified the flesh and now walk by the spirit. It challenges me
to consider am I really living a life where my flesh is crucified? Am I really
walking by the Spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to have complete reign and
expression in my life?
Recognizing that God
resists the proud and gives grace to the humble, I am seeking to show forth more
humility. I want a teachable spirit and not an independent, critical, or a
judgmental spirit. I don't want anger or pride on my part or the other party's
part to destroy our relationship. Because of my age, education and ministry
experience it is easy to be proud. The Lord of Lords and King of Kings washed His
disciples' feet, the Ruler of the Universe became a man, born in a cattle stall
and dwelt among us. The greatest One was a meek humble servant. I am reminded
of Paul's words to the Philippians
:Philippians 2:3-9 (NASB)
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty
conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than
4 do not merely look
out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Have this attitude in yourselves
which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with
God a thing to be grasped ,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the
likeness of men.
8 Being found
in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of
death, even death on a cross.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which
is above every name,
2 For we all stumble in
many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able
to bridle the whole body as well.
3 Now if we put the bits into the horses'
mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
4 Look at
the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are
still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot
5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of
great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our
members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of
our life, and is set on fire by hell.
7 for every species of beasts and birds,
of reptiles and creatures of the sea, are tamed and have been tamed by the human
8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly
9 with it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who
have been made in the likeness of God;
10 from the same mouth come both blessing
and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
11 Does a
fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
The Ten Commandments are given in two passages of the Bible,
great for application when I examine my life for sin. Exodus 20:2-17
and Deuteronomy 5:6-21
1. You shall
have no other gods before me.
God is to have
first place in my life. I have a daily devotion but I need to be more
intimate with Him.
2. No idols
Don't take God's name in vain.
I don�t take His
name in vain, but I bear His name as a Christian and must always act
like it, in a Christ like manner. Good for me to frequently ask what
would Jesus do? Profanity is not an issue but I do still need to mind
my tongue, in being cross, rude, sarcastic, or slanderous.
4. Remember the
Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and
do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the
Lord your God; you shall not do any work
I always attend
church on Sundays but have often been guilty of not taking any time
off. God has designed us to not only have a time of worship but also a
time of rest.
5. Honor your
father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that
the Lord your God is giving you.
I didn't in the
past as a teenager but do now.
6. You shall
7. You shall not
pornography were in my late teens. I don't commit the act of adultery
but I have allowed emotional attachments to other women, I have been
attracted to other women, and compared them to my wife. This is sinful
and I have repented.
8. You shall not
This was in the
past. The temptation now is to use a single software license on multiple
9. You shall
not bear false witness against your neighbor.
I don't lie
10. You shall