Daily Light – June 8, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Con’t…summary thoughts from our study…The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Learning to Listen … The Work of the Spirit ‘Inside Us’ …. Conviction of sin is to lead us to confession ‘so that’ we can experience the forgiveness that is ours in Christ Jesus.   
Additional insights about ‘Confession’
All sin is against God.  When we have the truth of God’s Word to guide us and still choose to sin, God says we are despising Him.  (See how David recognized this in Psalm 51:4).  Few of us would openly tell God that we have no use for His Word, or worse, that we despise Him.  Yet that is actually what we are doing when we sin against Him.  Perhaps if, before choosing to sin, we would say to God, “I despise You and Your Word,” we would be more enlightened about how sin grieves our heavenly Father.
Confession recognizes the full scope of sin.  Correct confession requires not only that we recognize a specific act as sinful but that we also understand that the ungodly thoughts and false beliefs that generated the ungodliness are sinful as well.  The excuses we might use to justify our sin are part of the ungodly thoughts that cause us to act in an ungodly manner.  Narrowly defining sin as only a wrong action is misleading.  We need to deal with the root of the action:  the false beliefs.
Confession involves accepting our forgiveness in Christ.  All to often, Christians construct a penance cycle that they believe they must put themselves through before they can feel forgiven.  Once convicted of a sin, they might plead with God for forgiveness and then feel depressed for a couple of days to show that they are really sorry and deserve to be forgiven.   This cycle is typical of works-righteousness.  The Lord Jesus died on the cross for our sins and has declared us justified.  God not only forgives, but He also forgets. Hebrews 10:17 says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”  We cannot earn our forgiveness by punishing ourselves.  Confession is simply an application of the forgiveness we already have.  Accepting our forgiveness allows us to move on in our fellowship with the Lord and to serve Him joyfully.  God does not put us on the shelf and declare us permanently unusable because of our sin.  Even after Peter’s denial of Christ, he experienced forgiveness and was used powerfully by God as a leader in the church.  (Con’t Monday 😊)

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