For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.1Ro 8:13-16 AV
Consider: Doesn’t the very nature of lying deny the truth? Jesus is the truth. 2Joh 14:6 AV Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus said, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father in heaven”. 3Mt 10:33 AV But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Since Jesus is the only way and if you deny him, who then is your father? 4Joh 8:44 AV Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
My Prayer: Lord, please set a guard over my lips, 5Ps 141:3 NIV Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. stop me before a lie forms on my tongue and teach me to take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. 62Co 10:5 WEB Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ Let me become more like your son every day. 7Pr 14:10 NIV The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Amen
Remember, God does not forgive us because we are worthy; he forgives us because of who he is.
God gives us what we need to lighten the load, the enemy gives us things to weigh us down. Condemnation crushs us under the weight of sin. Conviction is God simply asking if we want to agree with him so he can shoulder the burden.
My Confession: Because I love my sin, I find myself going down this road over and over, seemingly without change however, in faith, I trust that God is working.
I developed a love of my sin over time, perhaps it may take time to develop a hatred for that same sin.
Hatred for sin comes through continued agreement with God by confessing my sin every time I partake of it.
For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.8Ro 7:11-13 NIV
Revelation: That’s it! The reason I struggle is because the sin in my life is becoming utterly sinful –my love for sin is but to death by agreeing with God. Yes, I’m a sinner. No, I don’t deserve mercy. Yes, I need a savior.
My Prayers: Lord, thank you for dying on the cross in my place. Please forgive me; please give me a hatred for sin. Thank you for having mercy on me. Change my heart, my thoughts, and my ways.2Isa 55:7-13 NIV Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.” Transform me into your likeness.32Co 3:18 AV But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Lord, I have struggled so long, this seems impossible, please give me the faith to believe again, with my lips I can say, “I do believe”, but my words ring hollow; please help me overcome my unbelief.4Mr 9:23-24 AV Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
My word for today is that what may be impossible for me is not impossible for you God!5Mt 19:26 NIV Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”6Mr 10:27 NIV Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”7Lu 1:37 NIV “For nothing is impossible with God.” Please open my eyes that I can see you at work and be encouraged.82Ki 6:17 NIV And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all round Elisha.
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Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.9Heb 4:14 AV
Hold fast… Don’t give up! Jacob wouldn’t let go because he desperately needed a blessing.2Gen 32:24-29 NIV So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.3Heb 4:15 AV
Jesus has empathy and compassion for our struggles, he knows our feelings just as his own.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.4Heb 4:16 AV
Expository: Let us, without concealment (open confession), draw near to the seat of grace (the mercy seat where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us) that we may (with empty hands) lay hold of mercy (the kindness and goodwill towards the miserable and afflicted, joined with a desire to help them) and find grace (the merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues) to help in time of need.
Consider:“come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy” Whom ever needs mercy should come boldly –does that not seem the opposite of what we naturally do?5Ro 5:6-8 NIV You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.6Ro 11:32 NIV “For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.”
Further Consideration: Look at the order: we are encouraged to come boldly before we obtain mercy and find grace. If I am waiting for mercy and grace before entering into the presence of God, have I not believed a lie, a grand lie of the enemy? Who else would want to prevent me from getting what I so desperately need except the enemy of my soul? Shall I not go immediately, especially if I love my sin and can’t help myself? Where does hatred for sin come from, if not God?
If we deserved mercy, would we even need it? We are instructed to come boldly to the God of mercy because we desperately NEED His mercy and grace! Doesn’t the blood of Jesus qualify us to receive the mercy and grace of God?
If we confess our sins (agree with God), he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.71Jo 1:9 AV
We must be diligent and continue to come boldly to the throne of grace; ignoring the lies that somehow we have to be worthy, to receive mercy and grace. How bold is someone who is starving, will they not pursue food at all costs?8Mt 5:6 AV Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Mercy and grace are gifts that God desires us to receive. Confession is where the hatred of sin begins, shall we not confess our sins even if we continue to commit them over and over?9Mt 11:12 NIV From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
The enemy uses lies about us to drain our will to fight for what has been given us. If the enemy’s accusations are true we have only to apply the blood of Christ to effectively turn them into a blessing. We apply the blood of Christ through confession.10Mt 5:25 AV Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.11Lu 12:58-59 AV When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.