1 John 1:9 - Confession Brings Forgiveness and Cleansing.
1 John 1:9 " Confession Brings Forgiveness and Cleansing.
1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
John, the "beloved" disciple seems to have as much to say about
sin and obedience as he does about love. John assumes sin as fact.
We must understand that sin exists in us like a law, as Romans
tells us. It is the inborn desire of pride, to turn to our own ways
and means, and do our own will as opposed to God's. When we came to
Christ we were forgiven the sin that separated us from our God. But we
still have the capacity to sin. We mustn't make this verse a magic
formula. The word "confess" means to agree with God that what we've done
is wrong. Pray that prayer, and you'll find a degree of relief.
But if you stop there, you are in danger of never changing the habit
that enabled that particular sin to hold you. When you confess your
sin, ask God to help you replace the pattern that led to it with a
wholesome and righteous pattern or habit. That is repentance. Without
true repentance, we'll be forever going back to 1 John l:9. Change
the habit, with God's power. [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
When you were born again, God forgave all of your sins and
your salvation was secured. However, because you will keep sinning
(you're human), sin that isn't dealt with can drive a wedge between you
Some people are so guilt-ridden over sins from their past
that they feel the need to confess the same sins over and over.
Others are fearful that if they don't name each individual sin, they
might forget one and not receive forgiveness. Neither approach is
correct. Instead, you need to come to God on a daily basis, pray, and ask
God to show you any areas of sin that you need to confess (unless
you already know!). Then tell God you're sorry and ask him to
forgive you. When we confess, he assures us of forgiveness and
cleansing! With your sin forgiven and out of the picture, your conscience
is clear and you are free to enjoy fellowship with Christ. [The One
Year Bible for New Believers re John 1:9]
A good daily routine to consider is to keep an open channel
of communication between you and God by confessing your
shortcomings. This is called "keeping short accounts with God."
When we veer off course, if we bring our situation to God
right away, we come back in alignment with him. He purifies us,
miraculously removing all our impurities through his power. It's a freeing,
gracious way to live. We don't need to be perfect; we just need to be
able to keep an open heart before him. We don't pretend to be
something we're not, but instead bring who we are to God every day - the
best and the worst of us, knowing that he will cleanse us.
God says, "Seek me and live" (Amos 5:4). We can seek him with
our requests, our thanksgiving, and with our mistakes. We can seek
him in all things, because he is faithful, just, and merciful.
Keep short accounts with God and you'll find that your
communication with him is always open. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional]
A friend of mine used to shingle houses for a living. Any
time the shingles were straight and looked good on the house, the
phrase he would use was, "We nailed it!"
That's always what we want when we start out, but we don't
all make it on the first try. Sometimes we mess up, go down the
wrong path, become isolated, return to unhealthy relationships, or
relapse. Then that old voice starts telling us that we can never go back.
God no longer wants us.
That's a lie! But what else would we expect from the enemy of
our souls? He is a liar!
God loves us, and he always wants us to come back to him, no
matter what poor choices we've made. No matter how long we've been
away. Every moment is a chance to start again. We don't have to have
it all figured out. We don't have to belabor our mistakes. God
simply says to repent, which means to turn around and go in the
opposite direction. When our backs are to our sin, we will always be
facing God. He is eager to forgive us and give us a brand new start -
another chance to nail it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always welcoming me back,
giving me a second chance and a third and a fourth - and a fifth. I can
see that you will never give up until I nail it! In Jesus' name,
Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker re
When we moved to our new home in Colorado, we had to have the
water tested. This house had not been lived in for quite a while, so
we wanted to make sure the well water was safe. The test results
told us that the water was safe to drink, but we would have to watch
the iron and manganese levels.
Unless water has extremely high concentrations of these
minerals, they are not hazardous to one's health. But they can be a real
nuisance because they stain everything orange or black. Upon further
investigation, we found out that with the proper filter, both these minerals
could be eliminated. So we installed the filter, and immediately our
water was pure. It took some work to get rid of the stains, but in
time they began to fade.
This reminded me that when we turn our lives over to Christ,
forgiveness is immediate and complete, just as the filter immediately
purified our water. But it will take some work to get rid of those stains
that sin has left in our lives. The good news is that God is there to
help us as we work to clean up our lives and relationships. He will
help us break the silence and give up the secrets. And he will wash
us white as snow.
Father God, thank you for purifying my heart and helping me
get rid of the stains that sin has left on my life and
relationships. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by
John & Johnny Baker]
In the garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve disobeyed God and
committed the first sin, their response was to hide from God. Of course
they couldn't, but they tried. There have been times in my life when
I have tried to hide my sins and mistakes from God and others. I
have to say, it's exhausting.
Many of us have a picture of God as someone who wants to
punish us for our mistakes, so we hide from him. We act like children
who are afraid of being spanked. But the fact is, we have a God who
wants to forgive our sins. There may be consequences associated with
our actions, but we don't have to carry around the shame and fear of
Instead, we can confess what we have done, the mistakes we've
made, the bad choices we have made, the sins that separate us from
God. When we seek him, he promises that we will find him. When we ask
to be forgiven, he forgives us. It's as simple as that. Any time we
are ready to freely surrender our sins, he is ready to love us,
forgive us, and show us a better way. [Celebrate Recovery Daily
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker re Psa. 32:3-5]
Trust Me in all your thoughts. I know that some thoughts are
unconscious or semiconscious, and I do not hold you responsible for those.
But you can direct conscious thoughts much more than you may
realize. Practice thinking in certain ways - trusting Me. thanking Me -
and those thoughts become more natural. Reject negative or sinful
thoughts as soon as you become aware of them. Don't try to hide them from
Me; confess them and leave them with Me. Go on your way
lightheartedly. This method of controlling your thoughts will keep your mind in
My Presence and your feet on the path of Peace. (Psa. 20:7; 1 Jo.
1:9; Luke 1:79) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young]
Through Jesus Christ, God's saving power is linked with his
creative power - the power that created and sustains the universe is the
very power that removes our sin and makes us into new creations. What
a mistake to think that God is unable to forgive us. No sin is too
big for the Ruler of the universe to handle. He can and will forgive
us when we come to him through his Son. Look to Jesus Christ, your
Creator and Savior, to forgive your sins, give you a new life, and show
you how to live by his example and teachings. [One Year NLT SB re
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