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If We Confess Our Sins!

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

IMG_0301God’s grace is amazing as the song – Amazing Grace – records (isn’t that one of your favorite older hymns?).  One of the best promises in the Bible – IMHO (in my humble opinion) – is this one about the forgiveness of sins.  We are all sinners in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. Today’s passage speaks of God’s desire to forgive. 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Most of us have experienced deals before – like if you do something – I will do something. As children I remember getting notes passed in school – with if you like me – I will like you. As adults we learn that if we work at a certain job – the boss will pay us a certain paycheck. I’m sure we can all come up with if you I will life experiences. We have one in today’s passage when we’re told if we confess our sins – He will forgive our sins.

During the revival we will take a close look at confessing our sins – what that means. We will also look at what forgiveness looks like – being healed and made whole.

I’m a third generation pastor – my father and my grandfather were both Methodist pastors. My nephew is a fourth generation Methodist (now United Methodist) pastor. My son-in-law is a pastor as well. Our family has long stood on the Word of God – and the Word is filled with a call to confess and repent – while waiting for the promised forgiveness.

On Sunday morning – at both the 8:15 & 11:00 am service – we will begin our 2nd Annual Pre-Lenten Revival. The revival will continue on Sunday evening at 7 pm and each night through Wednesday night – Ash Wednesday – at 7 pm. We will have something special Tuesday night (a covered dish meal beginning at 5:30 pm) and Wednesday night (deposition of ashes and hand washing). This year we will conclude the revival on Sunday – February 22nd. Plan now to attend. Plan now to invite someone to worship with you. It is a great time to invite family and friends who already attend another church on Sunday mornings. Invite someone today and each day during the revival week.

All this week and next the devotional thoughts will center on the idea of revival. I can remember – from my childhood days – attending sawdust camp meetings and revivals – all over tri-state area (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia). Although there won’t be any sawdust (maybe we’ll find some) – we are praying for a great movement of the Holy Spirit on our church family and all who attend. I pray that many will come to know Jesus and many will be revived in their faith.

During our revival we will breaking down 2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. God is too big to fit into any box or category we wish to place Him. We are called to conform to His pattern rather than the world’s pattern – in today’s passage – that means to confess – to humble ourselves and come to God for forgiveness.

If we truly seek after Christ and strive to be like Him – with our whole being – minds – souls – and bodies – we will be welcomed by Christ and forgiven when we fail. We are called to love God with our all – Luke 10:27 – He answered, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 13, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. The Lord appeared to King Solomon and spoke to him (1 Chron. 7:12-22). Solomon had finished the Temple and his own palace. Now the Lord gives him a word for the future. The Lord speaks to nations and their leaders. We will make Him Lord of all or He will be to us Lord not at all. Oh, that the Lord would appear to all our national leaders and speak this same word to our nation, which has turned so far from His ways.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | February 13, 2015 | Reply


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