Friday, August 23, 2013

I've Sinned, What Now?


I’ve Sinned, What Now?

Psalm 51:1-4
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

When David was confronted with his sin and realized that his sin was against God, he prayed a prayer of repentance taking full responsibility for what he had done. David became conscious of the fact that he was fully accountable for his behavior and could not blame someone else for the things that had gone wrong in his life. There has been a philosophy going around in our modern culture that people should not be held responsible for their misbehavior because they are just mentally sick, not they have sinned.

When you assume full responsibility for your sin, you find that you are now in a position to receive God’s mercy and power. Victory over sin and Satan is a possibility for the Christian that believes God has already provided a way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13).  If you are struggling in your sin and truly believe that you can’t do what you should, then you need help from the people of God. You need someone to hold you up in your weakness, to help you walk a straight path, to comfort you, to love you, strengthen you and pray for you.

Some Christians have often conceded to the enemy by assuming that some sins cannot be forgiven or you are too far gone to be helped. Such unbelief breeds disobedience and despair. We as Christians need to remember that the teaching of the New Testament is all things are possible with God to him who believes (Luke 1:37). If we know the truth, the truth will make us free (John 8:32). Paul wrote that God will give you the resources to cope and fight all temptation. A faithful God does not expect you to do what you cannot; He supplies the needed strength. Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Paul, in essence was saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Read Isaiah 40:29-31.

Before you can take steps toward positive change, you need to first believe that God is good because if you don’t, you become spiritually paralyzed in your Christian growth. Satan will urge you to focus on one issue, one sin, or unwanted restriction in your life. He will try to convince you that God’s way is not best for you and he can offer you something better. If you doubt God’s goodness, you will not only resist change but you will also fear change when it comes. When you doubt God’s goodness, you hold on to your sin tightly and become afraid that God will rob you of your desires, your pleasures, or your happiness. John 10:10 ~The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Unresolved guilt causes feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness and a nagging feeling that “you have blown it.” The guilty person feels since their past cannot be reclaimed, there is little use in trying to live right again.  A person who feels impure will struggle with trusting God and needs to know that God’s will is that they be free from all forms of guilt. God is a merciful and loving God and is never taken by surprise. He offers you freedom from that guilt and from a nagging conscience. As much as possible, try to heal all personal relationships. The severest guilt feelings usually attack when you have wronged others. It is easier to accept your own hurt than that of your family or friends.

Thought: Believe that God is good and has your best interests in mind. Find examples in the Bible where God worked in the lives of other people for their good and His glory. Take full responsibility for your sin and don’t blame others for your situation or your sin. Realize deliverance is possible to those who believe, Luke 1:37 ~  For with God nothing shall be impossible.

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