Sorry this one gets personal because we are going to talk about you, I mean me, no wait you and me. Don’t worry not you and me in a weird why haven’t you called I really thought we connected kind of way. More of in a how you can mean you as in ya’ll or you as in you with the face who is reading this.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV) says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This verse is pretty personal when you understand that the our being used is a Personal / Possessive Pronoun which means it is talking about you, I mean me, no wait you and me. It might as well be saying “If I Mike confess my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive me (Mike) my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.” I could go on and add your name but with the hundreds of readers I have (that was a lie) I am sure I would miss someone.
We need to confess our specific sins. There is something very powerful in confessing our specific sins. Something about confessing that you need forgiveness for that addiction, or how you were cruel to that person, or whatever it might be. I cannot stress enough how much freedom there is in confessing that you are sorry for that specific sin. Now to not get me wrong and think that I am saying you are not forgiven for all of your sins if you do not confess them one by one. When you confess that you are a sinner and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior believing that died for you then you are forgiven and a become in that moment a child of God. That does not mean though that you have forgiven yourself. There are some sins that need specific confession, and they change over time as you mature in your walk with Jesus. But the fact that He is faithful and just (righteous) to forgive you does not change.
That brings me to my last point. God is right when He forgives you. Have you ever thought about that? When I think about the fact that God is right when He forgives me it blows me away. He is not right because I want Him to, rather He is right because He says He is. He says it here and in Romans 10:13 “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, and Acts 2:21, and so forth and so forth. God declares that He will forgive you and He is right when He does it. That is just mind blowing. The God of all the universe, the maker of things seen and unseen, the one who sees my tomorrow and my past says I will forgive you and I am just as right in forgiving you as I was in creating the earth and sending my Son to die.
You cannot argue with that, you cannot say sure but what about, or not me. You can only accept it or ignore it. Just remember though if you ignore it you are still wrong and He is still waiting to forgive you.
Just a thought,
I want to take a quick break from our reading through John to make a confession.
I am reading through Cast of Characters by Max Lucado. It is a good book and I recommend it if you are looking for something that you can pick up and put down. There are 20 something chapters but each one is on a different individual from the Bible.
Anyway, the last chapter I read was Job and to be honest I was not expecting what I read. I have read the book of Job and have often skipped over most of the dialog. I won’t lie to you, I find the dialog so difficult to read that I know I am missing most if what is being said. Usually what I do is read the first few chapters and the last few. I think one time I read the whole thing but I do not remember when.
I am going to just quote what I read.
“For six chapters Job gives his opinions on God, This time the chapters headings read “and Job continued,” “and Job continued,” “and Job continued.” He defines God, explains God, and reviews God. One gets the impression that Job knows more about God than God does…… God answers and He floods the sky with quieres, and Job cannot help but get the point: Only God defines God….”
God asks Job questions about how the stars were hung, where the Earths cornerstone is, how wide it is. All these questions were designed to get Job to understand he does not know as much as he thinks.
What am I confessing you might be asking by now? Do I feel I try to defend God, try to explain the unexplainable…. Well the simple answer is NO, that is not at all what I am confessing but now I know how you really feel. Goodness you think you know someone….
No, what I realized is I am worried about the future. I thought what I was doing was planning and trying to figure out how to pay off debt so my family can go into Missions or Bible College and to an extent that is what I was doing but to a much larger extent what I was doing was fretting and worrying about how to do it. I have been trying to come up with the way to make my dreams come to pass but in all reality I cannot make it happen. I cannot come up with ways or convince God to do something my way. He is God and He has His plans.
Two things, first from John chapter 2 (looks like I am sharing from John).
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Simply put if God’s plans and my dreams are one in the same He will tell me what to do. I may not see how it will make the end goal come to pass but He will give me direction. All I have to do is what I know He is telling me to do at this moment. That is where faith comes in. When you do not know what the step after this one is you have to have faith that the God who does know will tell you.
Second is from the book of Jeremiah.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know
Understand you and I have ideas all of the time. We may not share them with others but we have ideas of how something should or could be done, but our ideas are pretty lame compared to God’s ideas. His plans are so much bigger and better that it makes us look well human. If we call out to God and just ask, don’t tell, or deal, or plead, or beg, or whine (God does not like whining), the He will tell us things we do not know. Shouldn’t I believe that can also be about how to, or when to, or what to?
SO my confession is that I am worried and letting it get in the way of doing, and honestly sometimes I am a whiner.
On a side note I want to thank someone named Michelle who wrote about Matthew chapter 6 that seemed to plant that seed in my head.
Just a thought,