But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8
Revealing something that is wrong often takes some bravery and strength. In today’s society there have been some whistle-blowers who have done that with different businesses and government officials. When it occurs, the whistle-blower often gets ridiculed and ostracized by many others. Their life is often in danger.
No one likes to be shown that they are wrong and will often retaliate in anger, rather than hear and change. It is humiliating to be proven wrong.
Micah stated that he was filled with God Spirit and power to be able to talk about what sins Israel had been doing. He was filled with justice to stand for God’s standard of living.
When sin is pointed out in a person, many people immediately tell the others that they should not judge the person. They take offense to the truth about their lives.
As this occurs, many believers are quiet about sin in the lives of others. They do not want to offend anyone or make them mad. They allow others to live in sin, even those who claim to believe in God.
This is not showing God’s love, nor His character. God reveals sin so that it can be dealt with. Without knowing that a person has sin in his life, he has no reason to believe in and follow Jesus. All that Jesus did becomes worthless to him. It is only because of sin that anyone needs Jesus.
Believers must be willing to reveal sin in others. However, this must be done not only boldly, but also in love and compassion with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done with the purpose of restoring a person, not to tear them down and destroy them.
As a believer you must be willing to hear others when they point out sins in your life. Be willing to change and live more for God in every area of your life.
And as you are open to criticism in your own life, be open to the Spirit’s leading to reveal what is wrong in the lives of others. Share it with a loving and caring heart, striving to restore a person. Be careful not to crush or destroy others as you point them to God and His ways of living.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will pass the forgiveness of Jesus on to others; that God will reveal areas of your life that need to change; and that you will have God’s love and Spirit in leading others to Him.
Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may off the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2
Admission of being wrong is a very difficult thing for many people to do. Often they fear that they will be cast out, condemned, or rejected if they admit that they did something wrong. However, more often, people feel as if they were not wrong.
People do not like to admit that they were wrong, because it means they have a fault and are not perfect. It reveals something bad inside of them. Their ‘good’ appearance is no longer any good.
Hosea tells the people to take some words with them and return to God. They are to request forgiveness and reception back into His household.
While many believers are willing to confess their sins to God, there are some that have allowed themselves to slip into sin to the point that they feel they cannot confess any more. Their guilt is so heavy upon their hearts that they cannot forgive themselves, nor see that God will forgive them.
But God is a loving and compassionate God who is ready and willing to forgive. God was so willing to forgive a person of his sins that He was willing to send His one and only Son, Jesus to die upon the cross to make it possible. Jesus went willingly to the cross so that He could forgive every person of their sins.
No matter how far a believer has fallen away from God and into sin, he can always return as long as he has breath to ask for forgiveness. God will immediately accept him back into His household. All it takes is for the fallen person to ask.
You may have fallen away from serving God. You may have allowed sin to overcome you and pull you away from God.
It is not over. God is waiting for you to return. He is not waiting for you to return so that He can strike you, but so that He can forgive you and build you back up into the person you were created to be.
Take the time to admit to God your sins and seek His forgiveness. Even if you have not walked away from God, you can confess any sins you have done. God is waiting for you to continue to make you more like Jesus everyday.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear His condemnation; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will confess everything to God; and that you will know God’s acceptance of you.
You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 20:44
When a crime is committed by a person, people want the person to pay for it. They want punishment to be brought upon the person.
Generally most people want the punishment to fit the crime. The more serious the crime, the greater the punishment. No one wants a person who stole a piece of candy to get a death sentence. At the same time, many want the person who murdered a person in cold-blood to get the death sentence.
Ezekiel tells that people that God is telling them that He will not deal with them as their evil ways dictate. God works in a different way and will have mercy upon them.
Most people do not really see how sinful sin is. They do not see how bad every sin is regardless of how great or how little it is. Many think that little sins can be overlooked and forgotten. Yet, with God all sin is sin. And all sin is punishable by death for eternity.
No one can say that they have never sinned, so everyone can have, and does, the judgement of death upon their heads. Yet, God in His great love and mercy, chose not to destroy them. He is willing to forgive and move forward.
God does this for His namesake, not because of something the people did. It shows His true character of true love and mercy.
Every believer has been forgiven and, yet, sins again, hopefully unintentionally. At that point he deserves death…again. Yet God still has mercy and forgives…again. God does not want to kill, but to make alive.
As a believer, you have already seen some of the mercy and love of God. There will be times when you will make a mistake and fall into a sin. Do not give up trying to live for God. Go back to Him for His love, mercy and forgiveness.
God is not out to destroy or condemn you. He is right there waiting to love and forgive you. Give God the chance to forgive you. Then strive to live for Him, being led by His Holy Spirit. God will work with you as you allow Him too. God is a God of love and mercy.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will live for God; and that you will know God’s love and mercy for you and others.
See, Lord, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death. Lamentation 1:20
Stress and inner turmoil are very common feelings for people all over the world. People are striving to have more, do more, experience more than is possible, which, in turn, causes more stress and inner struggling.
The majority of the world feel as if they know what is best for themselves. Yet, as they fight to get what they feel is best, they feel more empty inside and as if they have not gained anything or enough yet.
After the fall and destruction of Israel, Jeremiah was weeping over the loss. He struggled in his heart for the rebellion that he had done and Israel as a nation had done against God. He knew the level of sin that had occurred.
While the world struggles enough with inner stress and turmoil, the believer who walks in sin struggles even more. The believer knows the right that he should be doing, but does not do and God is pulling at his heart.
As the world struggles with things, they do not really know the truth as to what they should be doing, the believer knows the truth. God’s Holy Spirit is reaching down to bring the believer back into a right relationship with Him. Where there is sin, there is no real peace.
The believer walking in a sinful habit may not go into physical exile, as the Israelites did, but he will feel a distancing from God in his heart. His heart and mind will know that he is doing wrong, removing all peace.
All that needs to occur is for the believer to turn away from the sin in repentance and turn back to God. God is ready to forgiven and forget, restoring His peace.
Examine your heart and determine if your heart is disturbed and in turmoil. Are you going through an inner stress that should not be there? Is the cause of it some sin that you are holding on to and refusing to give up?
Be willing to turn away from all sin and obey God. Do not allow yourself to be like the Israelites who were rebellious and God had to put them into exile. Repent and know the love and peace of God in your life today. God is willing to restore the joy of your salvation.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin; that you will not rebel against God; and that you will know God’s peace in your heart and life.