Nehemiah 8:11 Be Still, don’t grieve

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The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.” Nehemiah 8:11 

Looking back and seeing that one has made a major mistake is disheartening. It can cause the person to grieve or regret the mistake he has made. At that point many people stay there and continue to regret it.

People often fall into depression and cannot get past the mistake that they had made. They do not know how to move on from the mistake. Some will turn to drugs, alcohol, violence or something else to help them forget the mistake. To many people there is no longer any hope or restoration.

Ezra had the people gather to hear the book of the Law being read. They were striving to focus their lives back on God. As he read the Law to the people, they realized how much they had sinned against God. They began to weep and grieve over what they had done wrong.

The Levites told them to be still and not grieve, because it was a holy day. God had restored them. They had just finished building the walls of Jerusalem, so God was no longer upset with them. What was past, was past.

It is common for believers to look back on their past and see the sins that they have done. Many end up staying there and grieve. They go into depression because they realize how badly they had let God down.

As this happens, they are forgetting one thing…that Jesus has forgiven them of all past sins. They are a new person in Jesus. They are now a righteous, holy child of God because of what Jesus has done. They no longer need to be in fear or regret, but need to celebrate what Jesus has done.

There will be days when you begin to remember the things you have done wrong. It may be triggered as you read the bible, hear a sermon, or someone says something. If you have already repented of it, then it is gone.

Instead of living in anxiety and fear of what you did in the past, be calm, be at peace and know that Jesus has forgiven you. Rejoice in what He has done in you. Then pass that on to others. Let others know that they can enjoy the same peace and forgiveness of sins.

Don’t live in the past, but in what Jesus has done for you and in you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will know the peace Jesus offers; that you will rejoice in what God has done in and for you; and that you will share with others what God can do for them.

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Ezra 9:6 Admission Of Guilt

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and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to life up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” Ezra 9:6 

Seeing things that are wrong in other people is an easy thing to do. No matter who a person looks at, he can usually find something wrong. People are very quick to point out wrongs in another person.

Yet, they often forget that they, also, have faults in their own lives. Often the faults of others are a result in how they were trained or not trained on how to do something. Leaders have to take responsibility on how their followers act or react.

Ezra was noticing how the people were starting to live in sin again. They were breaking some of God’s commands. When he found out about it, he immediately began to humble himself and pray to God. He confessed the sins of all the people, including himself in the confession.

While it is easy to judge another person for sin, it is another thing to include oneself in that guilt of sin. Every believer is to be a leader in this world. They are to lead and guide others to Christ Jesus and to live for God, following His commands.

Jesus led and guided the disciples, then told them they must also do the same and make more disciples. Believers today must do the same. When one sees others messing up and living in sin, he can include himself in the confession, instead of just pointing fingers. Every person has sinned.

It could be that a person is living in a sin, because a believer did not tell him about Jesus and God’s commands. This includes the believer in the sin.

Just as Jesus took on the sins of the world, Ezra had taken on the sins of the people. You can also take on the sins of others and repent of the sins to God. Strive to lead people back to God and seek God’s mercy on every one around you.

Instead of judging and destroying people, seek to build them up in Christ Jesus. No one is without sin, so all need to confess their sins to God. Include yourself in that process and the world will see your love for them, rather than just judgement.

Then believe that Jesus can and has forgiven you and others. Rest in His grace and don’t stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will guide others towards God’s mercy; that you will confess any sins to God; and that God will change you and those around you. 

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. 

2 Samuel 12:13 Admission Of Sin

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Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13 

People make mistakes and do things wrong all the time. When they make a mistake, the majority of people do not want to admit to the mistake. They try to excuse it away or blame it on someone else. It is common to hear people blame other co-workers or their parents for a mistake that only they, themselves, have made.

Others will try to cover up the mistake and lie about every having made it. They do not want anyone to know the bad choice that they had made. Very seldom do people actually admit to making the mistake and try to make it right.

David had made the choice of sleeping with a married woman, then he had her husband killed to cover it up. Even though the world really did not know the truth, God did. God had seen the entire situation from beginning to end.

God sent Nathan, a prophet, to talk to David about this mistake. When he pointed out the mistake to David, David had admitted to it. In the admission he knew he sinned against God. He no longer tried to cover it up.

Every person makes the mistake of sinning. Not just once, but many times. Some believers will try to cover up the sin as though nothing happened, yet it did happen. All a believer needs to do is go before God and admit the sin he has done.

God is not standing there ready to beat the person down or kill him, but is ready to forgive and remove the sin. Jesus died for that very purpose, to remove sin. All one has to do is admit the sin to God and turn from that sin.

There have been times you have made the choice to sin against God. Instead of trying to ignore it or cover it up, go to God about it. Let God know that you have sinned against Him and repent of that sin.

God in His great, eternal love and mercy will forgive you. God wants you to live, not die. He wants you in His family for all eternity and not be banned to hell.

The joy God will give you in forgiving you is greater than the weight of cover-up of that sin. Turn to Him today for forgiveness.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will not cover up your sin against God; that you will admit to God when you have done wrong; and that you will know the joy of forgiveness in your life. 

Joshua 7:12 Consequences Of Sin

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That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12

Consequences to actions is one thing that many people do not think about or do not like to think about. People want to be able to do what they want to do, without any repercussion.

Often, people think that what they are doing will have no consequence, it is just a small little thing in light of much greater things. No one will notice or really care about it. Yet, every action, thought, or word has some type of consequence.

As the Israelites were going through, conquering new cities on a regular basis with no real challenge, they suddenly were beaten badly by a small city of Ai. Joshua went before God about it. He was told that there was sin in the camp of the Israelites. Someone had stolen something and hidden it. Because of that stolen item, God was not supporting the Israelites anymore. They had to clean up the camp from all sin.

Out of all the things that were destroyed in the taking of Ai, one man, Achan, had stolen a robe and some bold and silver. This little bit of theft–sin–caused God to take His had of favor and provision off of the Israelites.

Sin in a believer’s life will cause God’s favor to pull back. God does not want sin in the life of any believer. It is common for people to try to hide ‘little’ sins. People may never see the sin, but God does. Things begin to go wrong and fall apart, and the person wants to know why.

Today all a believer must do is repent, turn away from the sin and turn back to God. Jesus has already paid the price for that sin.

Do not allow any ‘small’ sins be hidden. God already sees them and knows about them.

There will be times when you will sin. Strive to keep from sinning, but if you do, immediately turn back to God and repent. God is waiting there for you to restore you. He does not want to destroy you, but to build you up. That is why God sent Jesus to pay for your sins.

Do not let sin destroy you. But let God restore you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for everything; that God will help you turn from all sin; that God will build you up in Jesus; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love. 

 

Leviticus 13:52 Defiling, Destructive Mold

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He must burn the fabric, the woven or knitted material of wool or linen, or any leather article that has been spoiled; because the defiling mold is persistent, the article must be burned. Leviticus 13:52

For most things and most types of mold, mold is something that no one wants to have. Mold can get into many different things in different ways. Most often mold is destructive. Once it is in something, that item has to be destroyed.

Some molds, such as the black mold, is not only destructive of what it is on, but also contaminates the air, causing serious sickness. Mold is alive, once it is in or on something it does not stop reproducing and spreading, destroying.

Cleanliness has to be maintained strictly in order to keep mold from infesting some item. Old food must be tossed out, places in a house/building must be cleaned regularly, and spilled water must be dried up. There is an active work to be done to keep mold from occurring and even more work to be done in order to get rid of it.

Mold is just like sin. Once sin gets into a person’s life, it begins to destroy and kill. It will continue to spread throughout the person’s life, until he is dead. It will not only spread in that one person’s life, but will also spread to others, causing death in others.

Also, just like mold, sin takes an active, persistent effort in order to get rid of it and keep it out. The blood of Jesus, which He shed upon the cross, is the only thing strong enough to wipe away the sin in a person’s life.

The passions of sin must be destroyed. The person must become dead to sin, just as the item must be destroyed when contaminated with mold.

You, along with everyone else, has been contaminated with the mold of sin in your life. Seeking the forgiveness of Jesus will get the sin removed. Once that is done, however, there is work to be done to keep the sin from re-infesting your life and soul.

You must take an active effort to keep your eyes on God and keep sin out of your life. Do not allow the ‘little’ sins in life to get a hold of you. Just as mold, it will continue to spread until it has killed you.

How much mold are you allowing in your life?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to remove the mold (sin) in your life; that you will turn away from all sin and follow God; and that your life will be productive, holy and pure for God.