Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 24, 2011

Repentance

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:26 am
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Heb 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

We seem to love using the word, “but.”  We like to find reasons for our disobedience or sinful behavior.  Mankind has looked for excuses ever since Adam and Eve in the Garden.  We don’t like to call sin, sin.  We rather say we messed up because so and so or circumstances.  In 1 John 1:9, God tells us we need to confess our sins.  This is not for God’s benefit but for our own.  When we confess sin as sin we are taking responsibility for our actions or thoughts and we are actually looking at what we have done, said or not done or not said.  When we do confess them we are forgiven and cleansed.  If you’re like me, sometimes you find yourself on a treadmill of repetition.  That also puts us on a treadmill of guilt.  When we do confess we must be sure we acknowledge God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves.  Then we need to incorporate the power of God’s Holy Spirit, asking to be strengthened and not repeat the same sin.  Sometimes we will but we must not wallow in guilt.  Guilt means we don’t really believe in God’s forgiveness.  When we see sin as God sees it our willingness for true repentance will become stronger and our desire to be upright will also be stronger.  Sin is sin.  It separates us from fellowship with God.  Let us be quick to confess and quick to repent and move on in fellowship and obedience with God.

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November 17, 2010

Spiritual Breathing

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you —unless, of course, you fail the test?

 

When is the last time you examined yourself?  We are in the habit of examining others.  We judge their actions and their motives.  Scriptures says to examine ourselves.  This is something I try to do every night as I lay in bed.  I ask God to reveal to me my sins of commission and omission.  I fall short every day.  I open my mind and heart to acknowledge my lack, confess it as sin, ask forgiveness, accept forgiveness, forgive myself and ask the Holy Spirit to enable me to correct my acts or lack of action.  I call this spiritual breathing.  We exhale our sins and inhale God’s forgiveness.  Just as we cannot hold our breath for long, we should not hold our confessions for long.  Join me in developing the habit of spiritual breathing.

 

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