Luke 13:4-5 Repent Or Perish

Or those eighteen who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Luke 13:4-5

It is easy for people to point fingers at others and say they are more guilty. People like to see others pay for their crimes or things that they have done wrong, while thinking that they are much better.

Comparing what one person has done with what one’s own self has done happens all the time. It helps people feel a false sense of better about themselves.

Jesus tells of how some people had died when a tower crashed on them. Some people felt that those people were more guilty of sins than they were. Jesus said everyone is the same and without repentance, all will perish.

When natural disasters occur and people suffer or die, many in the church will quickly say that they had it coming due to sin. Often fingers are pointed out to their sins, and not looking at what they have done themselves that deserves punishment.

People are quick to overlook or forget about their own personal sins, when looking at the sins of others. They like to see judgement upon others.

One thing that every person must understand is that regardless of what one has done, if one does not repent, he will die in sins and be condemned for eternity. Repentance is a being sorrow for sin committed and turning away from those sins.

God is willing and ready to forgive, but one must repent. Instead of just pointing fingers at the sins in others and thinking that one is better, the believer must realize that he is just as guilty of sins and repent.

You are no more or no less guilty than the most vile sinner that the world has ever produced. As soon as you have sinned once, you are just as guilty as the person who sins continually and rejects God completely.

Disasters will occur to everyone, regardless of how much they sin or don’t sin. The only difference for a believer is if he has repented of sin.

Instead of pointing judgement against others, look at yourself and see if you have repented of your own sins. Be the example you think the world should be when serving God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all your sins; that you tell others of the need to repent and believe in Jesus; that God will show you your own guilt before Him; and that you will live your life for God.

Amos 2:6 Guilty Of Sins

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This is what the Lord says: For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. Amos 2:6 

The majority of people feel as though they are a good person, not really guilty of anything bad. They often see themselves as a good person because they are comparing themselves to other people and the standards of this world. In doing so, they do not see that what they are doing is very often wrong and bringing judgement upon themselves.

Amos is telling the different countries what judgements God is bringing against them. He is foretelling God’s punishment because of sins. For Israel, they were guilty of selling the innocent for money.

While the majority of the world will say that it is bad to sell a person for money, it is a commonly done and accepted practice. One of the greatest and most accepted practices of this is found in abortion. Although not direct selling, people are getting rid of children in order to have a better career, more money, or more freedom.

It is also common for one person to step on and push down another person just to make more money. Slander against innocent people occurs on a regular basis to make oneself look better, to get the promotion for better pay.

According to the world, these and many other practices are acceptable. However, these actions do not show love, nor are they in line with God’s will. At the time it may look as though people are getting away with their sins, but God is watching. It is only a matter of time before He brings judgement upon them.

Every believer must examine his actions and see if they are guilty of sins or not. Some things may appear to be innocent, yet are against God.

Motivation is what can cause a lot of things that you do to be either good or bad. Some things are sin no matter what the motivation is. However, there are many other things that you may do that can be done for the wrong reasons, causing them to be sin.

If what you are doing is hurting others in order to bring you profit or promotion, then it is wrong, regardless of how innocent it is otherwise. As a believer, you are to live a life of love and encouragement, not control and destruction.

Are you selling yourself out to sin or to God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God in every area of your life; that you will repent to God of all sins; that you will be motivated by God’s love to love all others; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin. 

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. 

Isaiah 1:18 Settle The Matter

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“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 

People and businesses go through settlements on a regular basis. Someone gets injured or offended and threatens to bring another to court in a lawsuit. Often the injuring party wants to come up with some type of settlement agreement, rather than fight it out in a costly court fight.

The one who did the injury will then pay some sort of set agreed price to pay for the injury done. Once it is paid, the matter is settled and no longer is there a fight being done.

In today’s passage God is talking to Israel. He wants to settle the matter of their sinning before Him. He wants to cleanse all of the wrongs done and give them a clean slate.

Not everyone likes to settle a matter. They want to hold on to the wrong done and dwell upon it, remembering it.

This can happen often with some believers. They have sinned against God and refuse to allow themselves to forgiven themselves or even to allow God to forgive them. All they see is their overwhelming guilt of doing wrong.

God is right there waiting to forgive and clean the slate. Yes, the person is full of sin and guilty as red blood, but God wants to settle the matter of the sin against Him. He is there taking the first step to settling the matter, but offering forgiveness.

Jesus paid the price of sin when He died upon the cross. This made it possible for God to forgive those who believe of their sins and make their lives white as snow.

You, along with me and everyone else have made choices to sin against God. It is time to settle the matter with God. Go to Him and seek His forgiveness.

God loves you and is waiting for you to come to Him to settle the matter. Do not hold on to your past sins, but give them up at the cross and be made white as snow. Allow God to begin a new thing in your life.

God has initiated the settlement, be willing to accept it. All you lose is the guiltiness of sin, what you gain is a clean life.

Are you settling the matter today?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will give up your guilt to God; that you will allow God to make you white as snow; and that you will trust His settling of the matter in your life. 

Psalm 69:5 God Already Knows

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You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5 

Doing something wrong is not uncommon for people. People do things wrong on a regular basis. They break the laws of the land or community all the time.

Sometimes these are major infractions, while often they are minor ones, but either way it is doing something that should not be done. After breaking one of the laws, however, many people are concerned about getting caught by someone.

People driving down the road will often be speeding over the speed limit some. Sometimes quite a bit, other times just a little. When they suddenly see a cop, nearly everyone will hit the brakes and slow down, hoping they don’t get stopped. This even occurs for many who were not speeding.

David had sinned against God and knew it. He knew that God knew what he had done. His guilt was clear to him and to God.

When a person breaks the law of the land it is possible that no one on this earth knows anything about it. They can often get away free from punishment or judgement.

Since people cannot see God directly, they often think that God does not see them doing something wrong. They think they are in the free and clear, because no person saw them.

However, God is everywhere and sees every sin. Not only the physical open sins that people could see, but the sins of the heart and mind.

In the hearts and minds of people, many will hate or commit a sin of thoughts, rather than physically doing anything. They feel as though God cannot see it, but He does. They may be free before man, but they are guilty before God.

The only way to get free of the guilt is to confess it before God and turn from the sin.

God sees you every action that you do. He also knows your every thought and motive. There will be times you will sin against Him both physically and mentally.

Do not try to hide it from God, He already knows what you did. Go to Jesus and repent of that sin. Release it unto Him to be forgiven. God is waiting and ready to forgive every sin you have done, for whatever reason you had done it.

Allow Him to forgive you, rather than hide it and stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know God sees all; that you will repent of all sin against God; and that you will seek to live for God.