Psalm 38:18 Troubling Feelings

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I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18 

Driving down a highway one will see a common scene. As people are driving, many will be speeding, while others will be following the speed limit. When come up behind a policeman driving down the road, every one of the people will do two things–check their speed limit and hit the brakes. This happens regardless if they speed or not. They fear that they are doing something wrong.

While they may not be in the wrong in the moment, many are guilty of speeding on a regular basis.

Being guilty creates feeling of fear and worry in a person. They know that they have done something wrong and fear being caught. The world tries to suppress those feelings of guilt and fear, covering it with more sin and other things.

David knew that he had done some things wrong against God. He was troubled in his spirit by what he had done wrong. Instead of just covering it up and trying to hide it, he chose to confess to God what he had done wrong.

Every believer will make mistakes and sin against God. Some will be on accident, some will be on purpose, but either way it is sin against God. Most of the time, one will know when he has sinned or not.

Having unconfessed sin will put up a barrier in his relationship with God. There will be worry and fear because of it. There will be loss of sleep over the sin. It is because one knows that he had done something wrong against God.

Instead of trying to hide it in fear, the believer can tell God about it and turn from that sin. God is right there waiting to forgive every person who repents of his sin. He is not there waiting to beat the person down, but to restore with love.

You may have some things in your life in which you have made bad choices and went against God. You allowed sin to come in. As a result, you may be losing sleep and are worried about that sin.

Having the trouble over that sin is good, it is a sign that God is working on your heart to change you. Be willing to tell God about it and turn away from that sin. Allow God to forgive you and change you so that you will no longer be troubled by unconfessed sin. Know the love and forgiveness God has for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will know God’s forgiveness; that you will not try to hide sin from God; and that God will help you to turn from all sin. 

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Luke 13:3 Repent Or Perish

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I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Luke 13:3

Some people had come to Jesus and told them how some Galileans were killed by Pilate. Jesus asked them if they thought that the Galileans were worse sinners than they were because they had suffered. He then warned the people that if they do not repent, they would also perish.

People inside the church will often look at people outside the church as worse people. This often occurs when the person outside of the church suffers in a bad way. Believers will very quickly condemn the person for his actions and say he is a worse sinner than they are.

Someone who has committed several murders is considered a worse person than the person who has just told a few lies. The condemnation runs high.

This will even occur with inside the church. One believer will condemn another believer as being a worse sinner. Often certain types of people are looked down upon as worse sinners, adulterers, drug addicts, alcoholics, divorced, alternate sexual preferences, and more. The are considered worse sinners.

In God’s eyes, sin is sin. It does not matter if it is a ‘big’ sin, such as murder, rape, or some other ‘great’ sin. Or if it is just a ‘small’ sin, such as telling a lie or gossip. Every sin, regardless of its “size” is sin and separates a person from God. All Adam and Eve did was eat some fruit that was forbidden to be touched, and they were separated from God.

Was that a ‘big’ or ‘small’ sin? In the eyes of the world it was a very small thing to do with a very large consequence. In God’ eyes it was a very large problem.

Regardless of what ‘size’ the sin is, a person needs to repent of it. As a believer, you must also repent of, turn away from, all sin. Do not allow any sin in your life.

Treat every sin as though it is the worst thing that could ever possibly be done. God hates all sin and that is why He sent Jesus to die on the cross for you. He wanted to remove all of that sin. Only Jesus can remove sin.

Take time today to repent of any sin in your life. Be careful not to judge someone else as being more of a sinner than you.

I pray today that you will repent of all sin; that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will not judge others as worse than you; and that you will live your life in obedience to God.

Acts 25:7 Is There Proof

“When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them.” Acts 25:7

While being held in Caesarea, Paul was brought in before Festus for trial. Those that were accusing him were there and trying to show why they wanted Paul sentenced. They gave out many different serious charges, but none of them could be proven.

The court systems are filled to overflowing with people being accused of many things. Lawyers get paid a lot of money to prove or disprove the accusations. While many are proven guilty, there are some who are let off because there was no real proof of their guilt.

Paul had been preaching the gospel message to the people. Some were very angry with him and attempted to get him in trouble. They made up accusations hoping it would work. Yet, it did not.

If you are being serious about telling others about Jesus, the world will take a stand against you. They will attempt to show you are doing something wrong.

Currently in America, a common way to get someone is to call the action a “hate crime”. Speaking out against certain lifestyles can now at times be classified as a hate crime. If the speaking is done in anger or just to cut the person down, that accusation would be correct. If it is done in the love of Jesus, to point people to Jesus, it would be wrong.

As you go through this life, may no one ever be able to prove you guilty of any wrong doing. Let them accuse you of things because you follow Jesus. God sees it and knows the truth. Many who hear the accusations also know the truth of them.

Live your life the way Jesus did. Do not fear their accusations. Do not given reason for the accusations.

Is there proof to any accusation against you? If it is wrong doing, change. The only proof to be found should be that you love, follow, and serve Jesus and that you strive to tell everyone about Jesus.

I pray today that you will live your life as Jesus did; that no one will be able to prove you of doing wrong; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is and what He did; that you will not fear any accusations; and that many will know Jesus because of your words and actions.