If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Shalom! May the peace of God be with you!
Peace. Peace of God. Peace with God.
The Word says that once we confess our sins, acknowledging that we did wrong and wanting to never do wrong again, the Lord is faithful and just to not only forgive us but also to purify us of our sins. This is grace in its fullness.
Grace is not only the forgiveness of sin. It is also the power to go and sin no more. For when Christ dealt with the adulterous woman. Not only did He forgive her by canceling the debt of her sin, her due punishment under the law, He told her to go and sin no more (John 8:1-11).
In telling her to go and sin no more, it was not by her power that she was to fulfill His Word, command and law. It was by His. Grace is power. That is why it is by grace that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). That is also why the grace of God was sufficient for Paul to overcome his thorn and for all of us to overcome ours (2 Corinthians 12:1-10).
Yet, there are times when the enemy comes into our minds and our hearts to make us believe a lie. He comes to make us believe that God did not really forgive us. He speaks in ways such as: “You did so wrong, how could God have possibly forgiven you? You keep falling again and again, God is already tired of you. Etc.”
The truth is that there is no sin too great to forgive. Christ died to forgive all sins (Titus 2:14). The truth is that though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again (Proverbs 24:16). God knows what we are made of. We are made of dust (Psalm 103:14). We are made of flesh. We are feeble within our own selves. God knows that we will fall. But in Christ, we rise again.
We are not to stay on the ground and give in to sin. No, we are to fight and rise again. Therefore, God waits for us to do two things. First, to acknowledge that we sinned. Second, to tap into His grace.
If we could save ourselves, Christ would not need to come and die to free us from the bondage of sin. That is just it! Christ died. Tap into the grace.
The more we tap into His grace, the more He will empower us. Therefore, He will move us on a continuum in which we overcome one sin after another. It is this cycle of first, He convicts; second, we confess and tap into His grace; third, He forgives and purify, which is the same as to empower; fourth, we have victory; fifth, He convicts of another sin ….
Yet, the walk with Christ is not only about commission. It is also about omission. It is not only about what we ought not to do. It is also about what we ought to do (James 4:17).
Therefore, the more we tap into the Holy Spirit, the more He will fill us up. The more we allow Him to cultivate us from the inside to out, the more we will bear His fruit from the inside to out. The more we will contain and manifest His love, peace, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness, patience, self-control, faithfulness and more (Galatians 5).
The truth is that God is at work. God is at work in forgiving us and in molding us. We already confessed, but the devil is enraged and speaks lies to imprison us. We are already forgiven and free, but he is enraged and speaks lies to judge and condemn us. Well, I must say this: Do not allow the devil to shame you.
God Himself shall never permit it. Our Savior, who died and whose blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins, stands against the devil’s shame and rebukes the devil’s shame. Then, right there before the devil’s eyes, Christ purifies us, giving us power over sin, and glorifies us. Amen.
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.
4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”
So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.
I know that there are moments when it is as if waves are crashing over you ready to drag you down into the depths of oceans, but let me tell you, God is here with you. Much more than you know, God is here with you. He will break the oceans and cause you to walk on dry land. Your feet will not be wet.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
Blessings! Let us get right to it!
1 Corinthians 11:31
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
Last week, I spoke on how we should speak the truth to others because it is the truth that sets them free. By this, I am speaking of exhortation. I am speaking of seeing a person walking down on a path of death and destruction and calling them to the path of life and glory.
As we do this though, as we speak the truth, there are 3 things to watch out for. First, we should be spiritual. Second, we should be gentle. Third, we should be prudent as to not fall into the same sin.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Extending on the first clause of being spiritual, it speaks two things. First, those who have the light can see into the darkness. Those who have the Holy Spirit, can see into depravity. - The more an individual is filled with the Holy Spirit, the more their eyes are open. - Second, it is the Holy Spirit who is to call you to approach a person, not your flesh, your emotions.
Lastly, exhortation is not judgment. We are called to exhort. We are not called to judge. We are called to tell people to turn to the light away from the darkness. We are not called to punish (shame and hurt through word or action), for they are already suffering within their darkness.
Now, finally, speak truth to yourself. In 1 Corinthians 11:31, when it speaks of judgement, it is speaking of the judgment of God. It speaks of the sufferings that we endure because of our sins.
But the thing about God is that He is slow to anger (Psalm 86:15). His mercy endures forever but His wrath is but for a moment (Psalm 30:5). When we sin, God gives us a very long period of mercy in which He exhorts us and waits for us to repent. He will send people again and again to speak the same message of repentance. It is during this moment that we are to judge ourselves. It is in this moment that we are to receive the message that God sent for us and to acknowledge our sins and to repent of our sins. We are to go and sin no more. Amen.
But, if we refuse the mercy of God, we will receive His wrath. If we refuse to judge ourselves, God will judge us. In the end, it is better for us to judge ourselves after God’s exhortation than to be judged by Him.
So, then, let us speak truth to ourselves and acknowledge that that we are wrong, setting ourselves free.
I myself, have had to do this. This morning I had a blessed experience with God in which I went to prayer to acknowledge something that I did that did not please God. I said sorry. And guess what? I did not feel ashamed. I felt blessed and full of joy to have received greater knowledge and greater deliverance in the Lord.
Then, after that prayer, a sister in Christ came before me about another matter. The Holy Spirit was using her to exhort me on this matter. I again acknowledged my sin. I did not feel ashamed before my sister. Again, I felt blessed and full of joy to have received greater knowledge and greater deliverance in the Lord.
Now, I would like to touch on the matter because I believe that we all should learn from one another’s mistakes. Truly, a mistake does not have to be yours to learn from it.
I heard this word: “Jesus knew that he could have fallen under the weakness of the flesh.” I heard this word, and I rebuked it. I rebuked it saying: “Yes, Jesus experienced the weakness of the flesh but there is no way that He could have ever fallen under the weakness of the flesh for while He was 100% human, living within the flesh, He was 100% God, having power over the flesh.”
For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
1 Peter 2:22
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
22 “Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
Yes, Jesus experienced temptation. No, He was never susceptible to temptation. The possibility never and will never exist. Christ gave us an example of how not to sin. He never could have sinned Himself. Therefore, we are doubly blessed. We are blessed to have a Savior who understands what we go through when it comes to fighting temptations. We are also blessed because we have a Savior who is All-Powerful and gives us power over temptation.
I do not know about you, but I would never seek strength from a weak person. Even if I sought it from a weak person, I would not find it. I do not serve a weak God. I serve an All-Powerful God.
After my statement of rebuking, there was a continual reiteration of words so that it turned into an argument. I was wrong to partake in that argument. For, though God wills for me to rebuke lies and false doctrines, He also wills that I do not impose the Truth and the Gospel. Yes, God wills that we go and preach the gospel, but we are not to impose the gospel. We cannot force people to receive the Truth. We cannot force people to receive Christ.
If a person speaks wrong or does wrong, we are to rebuke and exhort. After that though, if they continue with their wrong, we are to leave them be.
“Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a household, greet it. 13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu