Words from the Heart for Sunday August 7th, 2016
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)
There is no mercy and forgiveness for unacknowledged and unconfessed sin. Yet God promises to be faithful to His Word: if you confess, He will cleanse and forgive. Take a moment today and ask the Lord to search your heart. Is there any secret sin needing confession?
The Isle of Man is a small island (572 square kilometres) lying in the Irish Sea equidistant from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is a political oddity – a Crown dependency, it is not part of the United Kingdom. Its 90,000 islanders are British citizens, but aren’t part of the European Union. The Isle of Man has its own legislature which enacts its own legislation. The Crown remains responsible for defense and diplomatic representation, although the island has its own controls on immigration and housing. It has long been known for low taxes, both personal and corporate, although it has worked hard to shed its image as a tax haven. Which made it the perfect place for Canadian accounting firm KPMG to suggest its wealthiest clients invest their money to avoid paying taxes. The deception did not work.
Spiritual blessings in Christ begin with taking spiritual inventory and being honest with ourselves. It isn’t easy to look at our own heart because when we do, and we are honest about what we see, we are forced to deal with our sin, guilt and shame. The Bible says this in 1 John 1:8-9: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The Bible tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. All of us, without exemption. If we say we are without sin, John says, we are deceiving ourselves. And the problem with that is that it has eternal ramifications. Until we recognize our sin we will never admit our need for a Saviour. And if we fail to admit our need for a Saviour, we will never give our lives to Jesus Christ. And if we don’t give our lives to Christ, we are eternally separated from God. How much better to admit our sin right up front and then confess our sin to the Lord. When we do, immediately our sins are wiped away and we are set free. The relief is instant – He lifts the sin and replaces it with His presence. Have you experienced this? You can right now. It begins by confessing sin and putting your faith in Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.