Seriously, Who’s your Daddy?

“Vision of Ezekiel” by Rafael Sanzio de Urbino

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. 1

Consider: Doesn’t the very nature of lying deny the truth?  Jesus is the truth. 2 Jesus said, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father in heaven”. 3 Since Jesus is the only way and if you deny him, who then is your father? 4

My Prayer: Lord, please set a guard over my lips, 5 stop me before a lie forms on my tongue and teach me to take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. 6 Let me become more like your son every day. 7 Amen

Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace – 3

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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.8

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.2  Transform me into your likeness.3

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.4

My word for today is that what may be impossible for me is not impossible for you God!5  6  7  Please open my eyes that I can see you at work and be encouraged.8

 

Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace – 2

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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.
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Hold fast… Don’t give up!  Jacob wouldn’t let go because he desperately needed a blessing.2

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.3

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.4

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?5  6

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.7

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?8  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?9

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.10  11

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