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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, September 6, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[He will not push us away; He will draw us to Himself.]
The false teachers not only denied that sin breaks our fellowship with God and that they had a sinful nature, but they also denied that their conduct involved any sin at all. That was a lie that ignored one basic truth: All people are sinners by nature and by practice. At conversion all our sins are forgiven—past, present, and future. Yet even after we become Christians, we still sin and still need to confess. This kind of confession is not offered to gain God’s acceptance but to remove the barrier to fellowship that our sin has put between us and him. It is difficult, however, for many people to admit their faults and shortcomings, even to God. It takes humility and honesty to recognize our weaknesses, and most of us would rather pretend that we are strong. But we need not fear revealing our sins to God—he knows them already. He will not push us away, no matter what we’ve done. Instead, He will draw us to Himself. (NLT)
1 John 1:5-10 – This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.
If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Quoted verse: If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
“Story” – Conny Hedengren’s (Jonkoping, Sweden) story is titled “DIRTY DISHES;” here is a portion of Conny’s story:
“When a dish goes unwashed after a meal, it will likely remain in the sink overnight. . . .
“The grime left behind on dishes makes me think about the things in our lives that need cleansing. Maybe we need to pray for forgiveness or for help forgiving others; maybe immorality, injustice, or other sins are harming our relationships with others and with God.
“Much like washing dishes, the best thing for our lives is to acknowledge the grime immediately and not postpone action for the future; waiting only makes it more difficult to change. But even when we leave dirt in our lives long enough for it to stick, forgiveness is a powerful cleanser. God asks that we forgive others, and God forgives us – God cleanses us from sin through the power of Jesus’ blood.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Because God has forgiven me, I am free to forgive others.
Prayer: Forgiving God, thank you for cleansing us from our sin. Help us to show your forgiveness to others even as you help us wash the dirt from our lives and our relationships. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING TO FORGIVE
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