Posts tagged ‘sin’

February 26, 2010

Perfect?

Jesus said, He that is perfect, let him cast the first stone.  He that has not committed a sin.  He that is righteous alone and can stand on all of his life’s actions and say “I’m perfect, I’ve never sinned”

No one in the history of man can say that, except one man, that is Jesus Himself.  Outside of that man, everyone is guilty of sin in one form or fashion.  We have all had evil thoughts about what we wanted to do to someone, which happens to be a sin as well, to lying, cheating and cussing.  These are all sins.  Not to exclude adultery(in and outside the marriage), murder and taking God’s name in vain. 

We are ALL guilty!  In a court of law, we are guilty as charged and should pay for those sins.  Hands down, end of story.  You nor I would have one leg to stand on in a court before God Himself.  We have all indulged in our own pleasures and are guilty for them.

Thank God that we are imperfect though, because if we thought we were perfect(yeah right!) then we would have no need for Jesus.  But the fact is, we DO need Jesus.  That’s because Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins, from time past until time ends.  He paid that penalty for all of our sins on the cross, some 2000 years ago on Golgotha mountain aka Calvary.

We should be grateful everyday for our salvation and for what Jesus has done for us.  Only one man could pay that price, Jesus, because He was perfect and only a perfect ‘lamb’ could pay that price.  One without blemish and sin.  See God can’t look upon sin.  The only way He can accept us into His Kingdom is through the washing away of our sins by the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice.  That’s the only way we can enter into eternity after this life with Him.  Not because of any righteous deed that we can or could ever do.  Scripture states that our best efforts are like filthy rags in light to what Christ has done for us on the cross, by paying that price for us.  The propitiation for our sins.

Let’s be grateful everyday that we can walk blameless in the sight of God Almighty, not because of what we have done or could ever do, but because of what Jesus has done for us already.

Thank you Jesus.  We love you Jesus with all our hearts, souls, strength and mind. Amen!

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February 8, 2010

He did that

He bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah 53:12

Jesus is so good, all the time!  2000 years ago He thought about you and me and the sins and mistakes we were going to make and made and said I will pay that price.  Thank you Jesus for paying the Ultimate price for our sins.

January 11, 2010

David’s Repentant Prayer Psalm 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
       according to your unfailing love;
       according to your great compassion
       blot out my transgressions.

 2 Wash away all my iniquity
       and cleanse me from my sin.

 3 For I know my transgressions,
       and my sin is always before me.

 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
       and done what is evil in your sight,
       so that you are proved right when you speak
       and justified when you judge.

 5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
       sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

 6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;
       you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.

 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
       wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

 8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
       let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

 9 Hide your face from my sins
       and blot out all my iniquity.

 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
       and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 11 Do not cast me from your presence
       or take your Holy Spirit from me.

 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
       and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
       and sinners will turn back to you.

 14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
       the God who saves me,
       and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

 15 O Lord, open my lips,
       and my mouth will declare your praise.

 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
       you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

 17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit;
       a broken and contrite heart,
       O God, you will not despise.

 18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
       build up the walls of Jerusalem.

 19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
       whole burnt offerings to delight you;
       then bulls will be offered on your altar.

July 2, 2009

Forgiveness of Sin Prayer

Heavenly Father, I (we) pray for myself (ourselves) _____, _____, _____, and _____. I (we) ask You to forgive me (us) for all of my (our) sins, iniquities, trespasses, transgressions, sins of commission, sins of omission, unknown sins or hidden sins according to Psalms 19:12 and specifically any sins of doubt, unbelief, distrust, not abiding in You Lord Jesus and not letting Your Word abide in each of us at all times. Any strife, bitterness and anger. Forgive us for having other gods before you, making or buying images, bowing down or serving images. For taking your Name in vain, for not observing and keeping Holy the Sabbath Day, for not honoring our fathers and mothers, murder, adultry, stealing, bearing false witness, coveting our neighbor’s spouse, house, land, donkeys, or anything else that is our neighbors, for not loving you with all of our heart, strength, mind, soul, love, and obedience, for not loving our neighbor as ourselves, for not loving ourselves, for entering into unrighteous agreements, hypocrisy, intolerance, intentional sin, willful sin, unforgiveness, ungratefulness, deception, desires of this world, disbelief, disdain, disobedience, dissension, division, egoism, envy, false burdens, fantasy lust, fears, fornication, fretting, giving offense, gossip, greed, guilt, hard heartedness, heaviness, hate, haughtiness, idolatry, impatience, indifferences, intimidation, irritation, jealousy, judgmental, laboring, lasciviousness, legalism, lust, lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, lust of the mind, lying, manipulation, misbelieve, plotting, presumption, pride, provoking, railing, rebellion, resentment, restlessness, rigidity, rudeness, sexual idolatry, sexual immorality, sexual impurity, sexual perversion, selfishness, self-centeredness, self-righteousness, self-criticalness, self-analysis, self-pity, shame, slander, stiff necked, struggling, taking offense, tension, uncleanness, undermining, un-submissiveness, vanity, worry, worldly, wickedness, witchcraft, mischief, perfectionism, frustrations, addictions, dependencies, murmuring, complaining, petulance, all unrighteousness, etc, etc, etc. (Please see the “Sin List” on page 42 and ask God’s forgiveness for any other sins that may apply to you). Heavenly Father, I ask You to forgive me (us) and each person that I (we) pray for; for all my (our) sins, iniquities, trespasses, and transgressions and to cover each of our sins, transgressions, iniquities, and trespasses with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, I (we) repent for all my (our) sins. I (we) ask You to cleanse each of us of all unrighteousness according to 1 John 1:9. I (we) ask You to do this according to John 14:14 in the Name of the Lord Christ Jesus of Nazareth. Heavenly Father I receive my forgiveness now. To God be the Glory. Amen!

Heavenly Father, I (we) worship You and give You praise and glory and honor. I (we) recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I (we) renew my (our) allegiance to You and pray that Your Holy Spirit would help me (us) in my (our) time of prayer. I am (we are) thankful, Heavenly Father that You have loved me (us) from past eternity and that You sent the Lord Christ Jesus into the world to die as my (our) substitute. I am (we are) thankful that the Lord Christ Jesus came as my (our) Savior and through Him You have completely forgiven me (us) and You have assumed all responsibility for me (us). You have given me (us) the perfect righteousness of the Lord Christ Jesus. Heavenly Father, I (we) thank You that I am (we are) justified, sanctified, redeemed, delivered, and healed through the precious Blood of Your Son, the Lord Christ Jesus of Nazareth. I am (we are) thankful that my (our) sins have been cleansed through the precious Blood of Christ Jesus. Amen!

taken from: christian word ministries

April 7, 2009

dooms day?

I enjoy reading these and sharing them with y’all!

 

It’s The End! Never mind.

Go Back to What You were Doing.


Anxiety added to the chill of the winter of 999 AD as the new millennium drew near. Prophecies and superstition led to the widely held belief that the world was going to end on 1/1/1000.  As doomsday approached, the “end-time epidemic” broke out. That is when the usual course of everyday life detours into primal spiritual instincts.  Christian behavior back then is noteworthy.

Men began confessing their sins and infidelities. Churches were overflowing.
People began forgiving debts they were owed. Many inmates were freed from prison, yet some refused to leave desiring to remain and make amends for their crimes before the end. Enemies were reconciled. Stores gave away food, and many businesses refused to accept payment for their merchandise. (One might believe
that there had been a widespread outbreak of Christianity.)

Finally “the dreaded” night arrived. (Jesus was about to return!?!) On December 31st, 999 AD, a standing-room-only crowd gathered for mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but no one stood, because everyone was on their knees! When the clock struck midnight, there was silence…………….then………….

……..sounds of men and women weeping and laughing in relief. (“We didn’t die!“) Husbands embraced their wives. Friends gave each other the “kiss of peace”.
The clock kept moving. The world didn’t end.

And then…and then…life soon returned to normal. Stores stopped giving away merchandise. Prisoners that had been set free, were hunted down and thrown back in jail. People remembered their debts and demanded re-payment. Reconciled relationships were reconsidered. And the churches emptied.

This “before and after” behavior says something we already know…
Almost everyone acts righteous, when they think they are about to die“. If so, then the normal state of most people is denial & unrighteousness. They are in denial about the fact that they are only a breath away from facing the Lord, and unrighteous because they aren’t doing “what they know is right” on a regular basis.

But acting like you are in right standing with the Lord, (“righteous”) doesn’t make you righteous. Righteousness comes from faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and is shown by obedience to Him. The Christians of 999 did not obey in faith, but from fear. Why were they afraid? Because on some level, they believed judgment awaited them. Otherwise they would have been facing the possible return of the Lord and the end of the world with a sense of divine peace.

(I John 4:17, 18) By this love is perfected in us that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

The 999 AD story is a perfect example of what these two scriptures mean. When we come to know and believe the love the Father has for us, we will have perfect confidence and peace about Judgment Day. We only fear when we believe there is going to be punishment.

It is not the Lord’s will for us to base our relationship with Him on fear, doing what is right only because we fear we will be punished if we don’t. Rather, He desires that we fellowship with Him based on the knowledge of the great love He has for us, and that we do what is right (His will), because we love Him, and because those are the acts of His children, who we are!

 

 

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January 26, 2009

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God, the salvation of everyone who believes – Romans 1:16

 

The Bible is illegal in 52 countries across the globe.  That is a hard statistic to swallow, especially when you think of the day and age we are in where the clock ticked twelve midnight less than a month ago to 2009! 

Really?  Illegal in 52 countries?  No way?  That is my reaction as well, but it’s true.  You can check it out for yourself at www.persecution.com 

I bring this up because I have a heart for missionaries and for getting the Gospel(good news) out to the entire world that is in desperate need of a Savior.  Everyone might not know they need a Savior, but we all do.  His name is Jesus and I love Him! 

The sad part for me is that I know I don’t act the way I should all the time nor am a great witness all the time for Him, but I try and that also is the reason why I need Him.  To save me from my sins when I don’t act like I always should.  Should I continue on sinning?  By no means, states the Apostle Paul.  I should never take God’s grace and forgiveness for granted and I don’t.  But, this is the human condition from the beginning of time.  We are born into sin, live a life of sin and need forgiveness for that sin and the answer is Jesus, the perfect lamb that was slaughtered for our sakes, a propitiation if you will for that sin.

Let’s pray for the missionaries that are persecuted for their faith in Christ around the world and who are fighting to get the Gospel out into these 52 countries and others like them across the globe.  Let’s pray that God will make a way, when there seems to be no way.

December 3, 2008

poem

He who is and will always be

He who was and has been

He who will be and always has

He who came and walked

He who was tempted but never sinned

He who took up our sin and infirmities

He who lives forever

His name is Jesus

King of Glory!

Praise Him forever and ever!

July 15, 2008

Jesus is Lord

It is reckoned that the earliest and simplest of the Christian creeds comprised just three words; JESUS IS LORD.

Upon the strength of this straighforward confession believers were baptized and welcomed into the Christian community.  With this phrase they were making a statement about Jesus’ identity.  Lord(Kurios in Greek) was the word which the scholars used for God’s divine name(Yahweh) when they translated the Old Testament into Greek.

They knew LORD was a divine title, and they constantly employed it with reference to Jesus.  He was not the latest addition to the pantheon of Roman deities; He was unique in His birth, death and resurrection – and one day every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

Giving in to the pluralistic thinking that grants validity to every religion is false.  We are, if you like, stuck with the great New Testament affirmations of the uniqueness of Jesus.(Acts 4:12-Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.)

There is a myth gaining ground in our day – namely that the world religions(Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, etc) agree on the main things while disagreeing on only peripheral matters.  In fact the differences between them are profound.  The English poet Steve Turner makes this point well in his poem CREED:

“We believe that all religions are basically the same, at least the one that we read was, They all believe in love and goodness, They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation”

February 7, 2008

is all sin, sin?

I wrote this a few years ago regarding a Bible Study I had here at work.  The question was brought up about ‘is all sin, sin?”  and is there any difference in the degrees of sin.  So I wrote my thoughts down below on what I researched in The Good Word:

1 John 5:17 “All wrongdoing is sin”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

In summary, some sins seem bigger than others because their obvious consequences are much more serious.  Murder, for example, seems to us to be worse than hatred, and adultery seems worse than lust.  But this does not mean that because we do lesser sins we deserve eternal life.  All sin makes us sinners and all sin cuts us off from our Holy God.  All sin, therefore, leads to death(because it disqualifies us from living with God), regardless of how great or small it seems.  Don’t minimize “little” sins or overrate “big” sins.  They all separate us from God, but they ALL can be forgiven.

However, the consequences for sin are different according to the law of God and different places in the scriptures where we see that some sins seem to be punished more severely.

But, we have the account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 where they were struck dead when they lied to God.  The seriousness of this sin doesn’t seem to be that “bad” in fact to most of us it seems that this sin might be considered one of the “little” sins as mentioned above. And some Christians had died because they took Communion “in an unworthy manner” 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 

In Exodus 20 God gives His moral law to Moses to give to us.  This Moral Law is still in effect today.  In Exodus 21:24,25 there is more scripture of how to repay for sins committed.  The “eye for eye” rule was instituted as a guide for judges, not as a rule for personal relationships or to justify revenge.  This rule made the punishment fit the crime, thereby preventing the cruel and barbaric punishments that characterized many ancient countries.  Jesus used this principle to teach us not to retaliate (Matthew 5:38-48).  Judges, parents, teachers, and others who work with people must make wise decisions in order for discipline to be effective.  A punishment too harsh is unfair, and one too lenient is powerless to teach.  Ask God for wisdom before you judge.

In Matthew 5:44 I think Jesus states it perfectly “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” and v.39 “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

We can all agree to disagree.  But, most important above all is our faith and belief in our Lord Jesus Christ and having a personal relationship with Him.

John 3:16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whomsoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life”