If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and righteous to forgive
Us and our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
The Bible promises you this: when you ask God for forgiveness, He will give it. No questions asked; no explanations required. God's power to forgive , like His love is infinite. Despite your sins, God offers immediate forgiveness. And it's time to take Him up on his offer.
When it comes to forgiveness God does not play favorites, and neither should you. You should forgive all the people that have harmed you, those that have asked for it and those that have not. Complete forgiveness is God's way, and it should be your way too, anything less is not enough.
Forgiveness is actually the best revenge because it not only sets us free from the person we forgive, but it frees us to move into all that God has in store for us.
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me... You are familiar with all myways. - Psalm 139:1, 3 (NIV)
Rarely do we sin openly. When an ungodly thought or deed is committed, it is usually done in secret. We may repeat gossip or tell untruths thinking no one will know, and we may deceive our spouse about our whereabouts. Evil, when it exists, lurks in the shadows and hides in the safety of darkness. Evil does not welcome light and truth for these things expose sin for what it is. Instead, we hide our wrongdoings, thinking that if we don't talk or think about them, they will go away. Sadly, they do not, and our weaknesses find us again and again.
What makes us strong is our dependence on God. This may sound ironic since our modern society teaches that independence is power, but in spiritual matters, leaning on God rather than our own devices allows God to keep us in His merciful grasp. In other words, the best defense in our moments of weakness is to immediately call out to God for where we might be weak, God can be our strength.
It is impossible to hide the reality of our sins from God for our Heavenly Father IS truth. God sees through the darkness of sin for He IS light. We may run from God, but our sins always find us out.
Today, rather than hide from the wrongdoings of our lives, why not consider having a good heart to heart talk with your Creator? God knows our struggles, unmet needs and desires, and He seeks nothing more than to light our way to righteousness.
FACING LIFE'S STORMS
Do you ever feel as though your life is being swamped by the waves of trouble, responsibility, disappointment? If so, listen to this reading from the Bible, And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep.
This verse is found in Matthew 8:24. Jesus and his disciples were in a small boat on the Sea of Galilee, and as was not unusual for that little sea, a violent storm arose. The boat was being swamped by the waves, but Jesus was asleep. The disciples were terrified and woke Jesus up with the words, Lord, save us; we perish And he said unto them, Why are you fearful, 0 you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds, and the sea; and there was a great calm.
The contrast between the frantic fear of the disciples and the calm repose of Jesus is obvious. Why the difference? Jesus had explicit faith in the Father while the disciples thought only of their own human resources. That made the difference.
And that is also what makes the difference today. Life gets rather hectic sometimes, doesn't it? It has its storms. We are afraid. We are sometimes sure we are about to perish. The inward storms of the heart, of the family, of our business, and of life in general sometimes seem destined to overwhelm us. But what do we do when these storms arise?
If we have our anchor firmly planted in the Father, we can remain calm through it all. As the storm raged, Jesus was asleep! It is difficult to imagine his total lack of fear. When he awoke, he first rebuked the disciples for their fear, and then rebuked the wind. What we need today is that inward peace that provides calm amidst outward turmoil. And that comes only by having our feet firmly planted on the rock our salvation, Jesus Christ. Christ was resting in the Father, and we can rest in Him.
David said in Psalms 4:8, I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep; for thou, Lord, only makes me dwell in safety. And in 25:12-13, What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease. In 37:37, Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. Sin brings shame and fear. A bad conscience makes a coward. In Psalms 119:165, David said, Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them. Listen to Isaiah, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee Isaiah 26:3.
Just before Jesus returned to heaven he said, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid John 14:27. The world offers but cannot produce peace. The man with millions is still afraid of a depression. The man with a storm shelter is still afraid. But there is real inward peace and calmness to be found in unreserved trust in the Lord. Are you like Jesus who could sleep through the storms, or like the disciples who were terrified? In Romans 8:6, Paul said, To be spiritually minded is life and peace. One of the fruits of the spirit which comes into our heart and lives after we have been born again is love, joy, and peace. (Galatians 5:22). But it comes only after we have genuinely submitted our lives to God.
Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to "swallow us up." This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern. We can't move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit, like Jonah sat in the belly of that great fish, so God can have our undivided attention and speak to us. God put Jonah in a holding pattern because He needed to speak to his heart. Jonah was all alone. There were no friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read, no food to eat, no interference, and no interruptions. He had plenty of time to sit, think, meditate, and pray. When we're deep down in the midst of a difficult situation, God can talk to us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen.
A few of God's holding patterns:
1. When you are sick in your physical body and you have prayed but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern
2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.
3. When you have been praying for the salvation of a loved one and they have not been saved yet, you are in a holding pattern.
4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, you are in a holding pattern.
When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are no interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think, meditate, and pray. We cannot run from God because there are no Mountains that are high enough, valleys low enough, rooms that are dark enough, or places that are hidden enough from Him. We must remember to praise Him while we're waiting and remember three things: - The pattern has a purpose. - The pattern has a plan. - The pattern has a process. So stop struggling and start listening, praying and trusting. He'll keep you right where you are until you can clearly hear Him say, I love you.
Top 10 Resolutions for 2013
This coming year, I have decided that with God's help, I shall...
Give up complaining... focus on gratitude.
Reminds us of Psalm 91:4,
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
There is absolutely nothing to fear about tomorrow; for God is already there!
Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Whenever the month of August approaches, automatically that horrible picture came in my mind (August-2008), All those incidents dancing in front of me such as slaughtering, burning, soundings of destructions, guns, bombs, crying of the people etc. Till today some people have not came back to their respective villages and the houses have not reconstructed as well. Any way I believe all those things happened for the glory of God, I always pray that God may forgive them and make them to repent so that they will turn to God and be used for His kingdom.