Our Sins, Gods Forgiveness

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, you have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Paul fell short of the glory of God.

What do we do with this knowledge that we are all falling short of the glory of God? We can seek forgiveness from the only one who can give it! We have been saved, because “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. ” John 3:16. God gave us a way out of what we deserved as a fallen race. We deserved death, we deserved an eternity in Hell, and we deserve all the consequences in our physical lives, because of the mistakes we have made. 

God is the ultimate judge of our souls, no matter what you have done in your physical life, you are eligible for Gods grace and mercy! You can be a murderer, liar, a thief, a homosexual, an adulterer, or even someone who is constantly jealous and envies their neighbors. What ever you have done in your life if you turn from it you can be brought into right relationship with God, but how do you do this? Well Psalms 51 is the prayer that David prayed after he was confronted about his dealings with Bathsheba (see 2 Samuel 11 if you do not know the story). And I think it shows us exactly how we should approach God with our mistakes.

Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.
Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.
Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
and You teach me wisdom deep within.
Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
Turn Your face away[a] from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.

10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast[b] spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit.[c]
13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You.

14 Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God,
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.
15 Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
16 You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
You are not pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is[d] a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

18 In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;
build[e] the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

This is the Old Testament, so we do not have to make sacrifices, because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us! One thing that I really love about this passage is that it shows us that we should not be ashamed to bring our troubles and temptations to the Lord. God knows what we have done and just seeks us to ask for His forgiveness and seek to repent from our sins, because God loves us and is willing to take the suffering onto his own shoulders!

God is great! His love moves past our sins and affects the very deepest part of our soul. May God use this passage to attach to the deepest roots inside your heart so that you to will seek Gods grace and His love!

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Warning to the Young, Reminder to the Old

Since Adam and Eve disobeyed God the first time, we have had an abundance of sin in our world. Satan uses everything from a simple song, to the leaders of our countries to influence the nations and try to overtake our world. Satan’s goals are to kill and destroy, to make sure as little people follow Jesus as possible, and to condemn us to his home (Hell) for eternity.

Now as a warning this post was brought on by the recent decision of the USA Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage in the United States, but it is so much bigger than that issue. Satan is creeping into our lives little by little because of the influence he has over the media, social media, the world’s leadership and so much more.

My warning to the younger generation is this. That we do not confuse making our faith our own, with changing the rules. God gave us the Bible which is filled with instructions on how to live a godly life. Making our faith our own is learning how to use this knowledge in everyday life, building a relationship with Jesus, and showing others that love no matter who they are or what they believe. Now I have recently seen this phrase “make your faith your own” be used in a different sense. Someone recently posted on Facebook that “What happened to making my faith my own” which implied “why can’t I be OK with gay marriage?”. Well let me tell you why gay marriage is not ok. The easiest place to look is 1 Corinthians 6:9 “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men”. There you have it plain as day that Jesus does not approve of a homosexual lifestyle (don’t worry if you read the rest of the chapter I am using it in the right context). So back to my original point, making your faith your own does not mean changing what the Bible says, so if the Bible says homosexuality is wrong, then that means that a Christian should not in any way support this lifestyle.

Just because we don’t support something does not mean that we should not love the person. God loved everyone from tax collectors who cheated their fellow Jews out of money, to the woman at the well who had, had many husbands, to children who were innocent. So therefore we to need to show love to everyone from every background.

Finally I want to remind people of the older generation, do not doubt what you have believed for so long! God has taught you so much and is still teaching you, but He does not change what He has taught you. I have seen so many of the older generations change what they believe as soon as they are hit with a new task. Remember God has strength enough for you, you just need to ask.