Numbers 5:6-7 Make Restitution

Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.’ Numbers 5:6-7

On a daily basis people do wrong to other people. Most often the person who did the wrong never confesses to the wrong, nor makes restitution for the wrong done, unless taken to court. They try to sweep it under the rug and forget about it.

God told the Israelites that whoever does wrong to anyone must first confess the sin that they did, then make restitution with a fifth of the value added to it.

Believers are often quick to admit to God when they have done something wrong to another person. However, they very seldom admit the wrong to the person they did it to and even less likely to make restitution for the wrong done.

Usually all that is done, at most, is that the person will say he is sorry. Many will not try to repair or restore the damage done.

Making restitution shows that one is truly sorry and is trying to repair the wrong. It is an outward sign of an inward heart feeling. Doing this will give the victim a reason to forgive and strive to repair the relationship.

Before a person believes in Jesus, he is a sinner and does things against God. At the moment of repentance, God forgives him and asks for his whole heart and life, not just a fifth of the value added.

Giving restitution with a fifth of value added is a small price to pay to repair a broken relationship. It is a sign of true repentance and God’s amazing love.

There have been times or will be times when you will do something wrong to someone else. At the moment you realize that you did something wrong, first confess the wrong done. Repent before both God and man.

Then seek a way to make restitution. Do whatever it may take to restore what was damaged in the wrong done. This will be a great testimony of what God is doing in your life.

Trust God for your provision as you bless the one you wronged.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will confess before God and man wrongs you have done to others; that God will guide you in making restitution to those you have wronged; and that God will reveal His love through your restitution.

Acts 24:14 Are You Willing To Admit To Worshipping God?

However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets. Acts 24:14

Admission of doing something is often not done by many people, because it often means that they are doing something wrong. As a whole, most people do not being known as going against the flow of common society.

Instead of admitting publicly what they do, people hide it and skirt around admission. They don’t want to be seen as a crazy or bad person.

Paul was being charged in court for doing wrong. After saying he is innocent of the charges, he admits that he is a follower of the Way (that the court believed was bad) and a believer in the Law and the Prophets.

Many people are very quiet about their belief in Jesus. They know that a lot of other people are against it, or think that they are against it, so they do not want to say anything about Jesus. They will not deny Christ, but neither will they be His witness. They fear repercussions or whiplash for their belief, or it is that they do not truly follow Jesus.

True believers are not afraid to make bold, public statements that they are following Jesus. Their lives are also being lived in a way that shows that if they made that statement, it would be able to be proven as true. There is evidence that they live for God.

Admitting that one follows Jesus will often open doors to persecution and ridicule. However, at the same time, it can open other doors for others to choose to believe in and follow Jesus.

If you are a believer in Jesus, are you willing to share that information with the world?

Do not live your life as a believer in secret, but let the world know. Do not deny Jesus by a sin of omission, by being quiet when you can speak. Shine the light that has been given to you, so that everyone has a chance to know Jesus.

Trust God when you make those statements that He will take care of you, should you have to go through any persecution.

What are you willing to admit to for the world to see?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not be ashamed to tell the world about Jesus; that there will be evidence of you believing in Jesus; and that you will trust God when any persecution comes to your life.

Daniel 9:6 Confession Of Not Listening

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We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:6 

Warnings, directions and guidance are given all the time by different people and for different situations. Some of these are to guide people in doing things better or in a safer manner. Other things are given as a warning to prevent problems from occurring.

Often the guidance given is ignored. People think that they can do it themselves with no guidance, can do it better, or are above needing help. They do not see the guidance as necessary and strive to do it alone in their own way. In doing so failure is often a result.

The nation of Israel was in captivity. This captivity was long prophesied about. It was a result of sin and refusing to listen to the warnings that had been given. Daniel is now confessing for his nation that they as a people did not listen to the warnings that had been given.

God is still in the business of given warnings and direction. He strives to guide everyone in the best way to live on this earth. He does not desire to bring about judgement or punishment upon anyone, but to pour out abundant life.

Men have been used by God to warn of how people in the church are living to please self and this world. God is patient, but there will come a time of judgement upon the lands and people because of sin and the refusal to listen and obey God.

Believers need to be willing to confess the sins of their nation and seek God’s mercy upon all people. Everyone is part of the guilt of a nation for refusing to obey and follow God. Confession must come so that God can forgive and heal.

Regardless of what nation you live in, there are sins that your nation has committed against God. Some of those sins you may have been a part of. Others you may not have been a part of, but had allowed because you did not fully obey God in being His witness every time He opened the door for you.

Confess your sins and those of your nation and this world. Seek God’s great love and mercy for your own life and for the lives of those around you. Begin to listen to what God is saying through His word and His prophets.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you and all people; that you will obey God’s word; that you will confess all sins to God; and that you will turn from all sin to God. 

Jeremiah 14:20 Acknowledgement And Admission

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We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord, and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against you. Jeremiah 14:20 

Recognizing or realizing the truth is sometimes a difficult thing to do. Doing so may convict a person as being guilty of something wrong, and no one wants to be in the wrong. No one likes to be guilty of anything.

In order to prevent feeling guilty, people will ignore what is actually being done. They will ignore their actions as though they do not matter in any way. Or they will blame their actions upon someone else or some situation.

Jeremiah admits guilt for himself and all the people of Israel. He acknowledges their wickedness and sin against God.

Most people see themselves as basically a good person, not great, but definitely not bad or horrible. They know that they have some faults, but nothing great in their eyes.

This sounds good, until one measures them up against the standard of Jesus, who was perfect. Every person has sinned against God, in fact, most have sinned a lot against God. Sin is being wicked and evil, even in the ‘smallest’ of sins.

One of the first steps in being a believer and follower of Jesus is recognizing and acknowledging that one is a sinner–wicked in sin. Bringing this into the open with God is acknowledging the truth that He already knows.

Suppressing or hiding the truth of sin in one’s life does not change the truth of it. Repentance can only come when one recognizes and acknowledges his sin.

Once a person acknowledges the sin, he can repent of it and turn to God. In turn, God can forgive the sin and wipe it away, bringing about salvation and life.

Every believer needs to be willing to acknowledge every sin he has, so God can bring about change and forgiveness.

You may already be acknowledging many of the sins in your life. Allow God to examine you and see if there are any other sins you are missing.

How do your thoughts, actions and words line up with those of Jesus? It is easy to sin and then ignore it. Do not ignore it, but bring it before God. He knows about it already.

God is right there waiting to forgive you and help you change, if you will allow Him. Do not try to hide your sin, but admit is and move forward with God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will admit your guilt to God; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will accept God’s forgiveness in your life. 

1 Chronicles 21:8 Admission Of Doing Wrong

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Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8 

Doing something wrong or foolish does happen. People make bad choices at times in their lives. Leaders make mistakes and make bad choices. It is a common thing to occur among all people, everywhere.

When a bad choice is made, most people attempt to ignore the mistake, hoping it will just go away. They do not want to it be made known. If it is found out, often people will attempt to cover it up, excuse it or blame someone else. Very few people want to take the blame for anything they have done wrong.

However, excuses, blame or covering something up does not remove what has occurred. The action is still there and often there are consequences to the action that was done.

David had chosen to count the number of men able to fight in the nation of Israel. This was a census that God had told them to not ever take. It went against God’s commands. Immediately upon his taking that census, God sent a prophet to deal with David. David immediately admitted that he was wrong to God and begged for forgiveness and removal of the sin.

Admitting one was wrong can be difficult. No one likes to be wrong or told they are wrong. Yet, people do make wrong decisions and wrong actions. The first step in clearing up the wrong is admitting what was done. Then making amends to fix the wrong done.

While men may be fooled with excuses and blaming, God sees everything that was done. He cannot be fooled. God is not standing there ready to just strike when one makes a mistake, but is there to help bring change and forgiveness.

There will be times that you will make a choice to sin against God. You will do things that will make God angry. Instead of trying to excuse it away or blame it on someone or something else, admit the wrong. Go before God and seek His mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus came to take away your guilt and sin. His goal is to cleanse you and make you right before God, not to punish you and strike you down. Don’t hide your sin, but admit it and fall into the hands of a merciful, loving God. He is there for you.

I pray today that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that God will help you to make the right choices in life; and that you will live your life serving God.