Your forgiveness is guaranteed

2020-01-31
1 John 1:9 AMPC

In spite of our best intentions and efforts, we all “fall short” of God’s requirements (Romans 3:23 NKJV). So what’s the answer? “If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts]. If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]” (1 John 1:8-9 AMPC). When it comes to God’s forgiveness, knowing is better than feeling. Here’s how God’s forgiveness works: Consciousness of sin leads to conviction of sin, and conviction of sin leads to confession of sin, and confession of sin leads to cleansing of sin, and cleansing of sin leads to confidence before God (See 1 John 3:21-22). You say, “I don’t feel worthy of God’s forgiveness.” You will never be worthy of it! God’s forgiveness is not based on your worthiness, but on Christ’s! Furthermore, God is not like your parents; He doesn’t insist you squirm and be miserable for a few days so that you will “learn your lesson” before He forgives you. That would mean you play a part in earning His forgiveness. It’s by grace, and grace alone (See Ephesians 2:8-9)! “Grace” means “undeserved favour.” So when God forgives you, honor Him by forgiving yourself and moving on.

Soul food: Isa 26-29; Matt 11:10-19; Ps 107:17-22; Prov 3:21-24

Jou vergifnis is gewaarborg


1 Johannes 1:9 NLV

Ten spyte van ons beste bedoelings en pogings, skiet ons te kort aan God se vereistes (sien Romeine 3:23). Wat is dus die antwoord? ‘As ons beweer dat ons nie sonde het nie, mislei ons onsself en leef ons nie volgens die waarheid nie. As ons egter ons sondes bely, Hy is betroubaar en regverdig om ons sondes te vergewe en ons skoon te maak van elke verkeerde optrede. As ons beweer dat ons tot nou toe nie gesondig het nie, maak ons Hom tot ‘n leuenaar. Dit beteken ook dat sy woord nie in ons lewe plek gekry het nie’ (1 Johannes 1:8-10 NLV). Wanneer dit by God se vergifnis kom, is dit beter om te weet as om te voel. God se vergifnis werk as volg: Bewustheid van sonde lei tot oortuiging van sonde. Oortuiging van sonde lei tot belydenis van sonde. Belydenis van sonde lei tot reiniging van sonde en reiniging van sonde lei tot vrymoedigheid voor God (sien 1 Johannes 3:21-22). Jy sê: ‘Ek voel nie waardig om God se vergifnis te ontvang nie.’ Jy sal nooit waardig daarvoor wees nie! God se vergifnis is nie op jou waardigheid gebaseer nie, maar op Christus s’n! God is ook nie soos jou ouers nie; Hy dring nie daarop aan om jou vir ‘n tydperk te straf sodat jy jou les kan leer voor Hy jou vergewe nie. Dit sou beteken dat jy deel daaraan gehad het om sy vergifnis te verdien. Jy ontvang dit deur genade en slegs deur genade (sien Efesiërs 2:8-9). ‘Genade’ beteken ‘onverdiende guns.’ Wanneer God jou dus vergewe, eer Hom deur jouself te vergewe en aan te beweeg.

Sielskos: Jes 26-29; Matt 11:10-19; Ps 107:17-22; Spr 3:21-24

Forgiven


1 John 1:9 NIV

At some point we’ll all make mistakes because we’re human. The Bible tells us that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23 NIV). None of us are perfect, but we don’t need to despair. When we tell God about our mistakes, and when we’re truly sorry for them, He loves to forgive us. In 1 John, we’re told: ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’ (1:9 NIV). When God forgives us, we might not feel forgiven. The enemy wants us to feel guilt and shame so that we think we’re still separated from God. If we don’t believe that we’ve truly been forgiven, we might think we’ve got to earn God’s love and acceptance again. We might think we’ve blown our opportunity to do anything for God, and just give up on the plans He has for us. So we have to believe the truth that we’re forgiven, even when it doesn’t feel like it. We might not feel worthy of God’s forgiveness, but God’s forgiveness isn’t based on our worthiness, but on Christ’s. We don’t need to earn His forgiveness. It’s by grace. Grace means ‘undeserved favour.’ So even though we don’t deserve it, He loves to give us the gift of forgiveness. When God forgives us, let’s honour Him by forgiving ourselves and moving on. Jesus said: ‘If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you’ (Matthew 6:14 NIV). We can’t accept God’s forgiveness for ourselves, but neglect to show grace and mercy to those around us. So let’s believe we’re forgiven, and let’s show grace to those who have hurt us.

Isa 26-29; Matt 11:10-19; Ps 107:17-22; Prov 3:21-24

When you worship, God feels right at home

2020-01-30
Psalm 22:3 NIV

The place where you live is your home, or “habitation.” So when you praise God, you’re saying, “Make Yourself at home, Lord.” Where does God dwell? He has many different addresses and one of them is “praise.” Just as we enjoy a deeper level of intimacy with those we share our lives with at home, praise creates a sense of intimacy between God and us. Just as words spoken in love and appreciation draw two people together, words of praise draw you closer to God. The New King James Bible says, “You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Note the word “enthroned.” The Japanese have a wonderful way of translating this. Recalling how their emperor was once carried on a throne and those around him would stop and bow down, they say, “When we worship God we create a seat, and He comes down and sits in it.” Five times in two back-to-back Scriptures we are commanded to “sing praises” to God. “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding” (Psalm 47:6-7 NKJV). When God repeats the same thing five times in two verses, it’s because He wants to be sure you get the message. You say, “But I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.” Listen to a praise CD and hum along. The psalmist wrote, “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:3-4 NKJV).

Soul food: Isa 22-25; Matt 11:1-9; Ps 107:10-16; Prov 3:19-20

Wanneer jy lofprys, voel God tuis


Psalm 22:4 NLV

Die plek waar jy woon is jou huis. Wanneer jy God dus prys, sê jy: ‘Maak U tuis, Here.’ Waar woon God? Hy het baie verskillende adresse en elkeen van hulle is ‘lofprysing.’ Net soos ons ‘n dieper intimiteit met die mense met wie ons ons lewens by die huis deel, geniet, net so skep lofprysing ‘n sin van intimiteit tussed God en ons. Net soos woorde van liefde en waardering twee mense nader aan mekaar bring, so bring woorde van lofprysing jou nader aan God. Die Japanese het ‘n wonderlike gesegde om dit te verduidelik. Net soos hulle keiser eens op ‘n tyd op ‘n troon rondgedra is en die mense sou stop en voor hom buig, sê hulle: ‘Wanneer ons God prys, skep ons ‘n sitplek en Hy kom af en sit daarop.’ Vyf keer in twee opeenvolgende teksverse word ons beveel om God te prys. ‘Prys God, prys Hom; prys ons Koning, prys Hom! Want God regeer oor die hele aarde. Sing vir Hom ‘n pryslied! (Psalm 47:6-7 NLV). Wanneer God dieselfde opdrag vyf keer in twee verse herhaal, doen Hy dit om seker te maak dat jy die boodskap kry. Jy sê: ‘Maar ek kan glad nie sing nie, ek klink soos ‘n kattekoor.’ Luister na ‘n CD van lofprysing en neurie saam. Die Psalmdigter het geskryf: ‘U troue liefde is beter as die lewe; daarom prys ek U! Ek wil U prys so lank as wat ek lewe, en in u Naam my hande ophef’ (Psalm 63:3-4 NLV).

Sielskos: Jes 22-25; Matt 11:1-9; Ps 107:10-16; Spr 3:19-20