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Psalm 123:2 ” As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy.”

We are your servants, O Lord, and we look to You in total reliance.  In Your hands is the power and strength we lack…in Your hands is grace and mercy.  We will  keep our eyes fixed on You, Lord…for only in You can we fully put our trust.  You are our Rock and support in time of need…our confidence is in You.  Amen.

Luke 3:7-8 ” John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father.’ “

John the Baptist came preaching repentance.  His baptism was a ritual symbolizing spiritual cleansing through the forgiveness of sins to those who repented and believed the gospel, and also prepared the Jews for the coming Messiah.  But many in the crowd took offense, wanting rather to put their trust in their lineage or “pedigree” for their righteousness.  But it tells us in Galatians 3:6-7,  “Consider Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’  Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.”  We will never get to heaven on the shirt-tails of our Godly father, or on the apron-strings of our prayer warrior grandmother.  No, the only way is by putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ…and it’s only through repentance and forgiveness of our sins that we have the promise of eternal life.

Hebrews 10:26-27 ” If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

We probably all know a person who has fallen away.  Someone who consciously rejected the spiritual enlightenment they had once received…who had tasted of God’s goodness, but chose instead to abandon their faith.  And when we intentionally reject Jesus Christ, we’re essentially saying that His sacrifice on the Cross meant nothing.   For when anyone falls away, they have turned their back on God’s truth and can only then look forward to His final judgment.

I 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 world doesn’t talk about sin as such.  To them, sin is an archaic word.  They’d rather shape the idea of sin into a palatable and more tolerable commodity that people will just accept without question.   I found an interesting quote about this.  The world says, ” My right is my duty.”  The Christian says, “My duty is my right.”  The question here being –  what is your focus…putting yourself before others… or putting others before yourself?   This is where sin and truth collide…it’s where the world deceives us into thinking sin isn’t that big of a deal…but truth tells us we need to come out from under the cloud of lies and self-indulgence and repent.

Matthew 8:3 ” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

When we come to Jesus, He says to us, “Be clean!”  And at that moment we are purified from all the pollution, guilt, and shame of our sins.  For it says in Psalm 51:2, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”  Where we once were covered with the filthy stains of sin,  we are now cleansed…our nastiness replaced by pristine purity and righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For it is only through the blood of Jesus that we can become cleansed from all our transgressions…it is only through Jesus we can be saved.

Proverbs 28:13 ” He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

We all have things we’ve done that we’re not proud of.  Lapses in our character where we actually thought we could hide willful sins…but God saw everything.  And the longer we attempt to cover-up and rationalize sin, the harder it is to admit we’ve crossed the line.  David in Psalm 32:5 told the Lord, “I acknowledge my sin to You, and do not cover up my iniquity.”   The first part of David’s confession was Relent.  We need to yield to God and admit we’ve messed up.  The second part was Repent.  There needs to be true remorse and shame for our sin.  We’re sorry for what we’ve done, not just sorry we got caught.  Finally, we need to Remove the sin from our life…by whatever means it takes.  By keeping a short account with God, we won’t find ourselves outside His Will and far from His compassion.