Accessing God's Forgiveness. 03/03/2014 (Evening thought)

1st John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This passage of scripture brings prominently to view, the first prerequisite in accessing God's forgiveness. It states that an admission of wrong-doing is essential as a first step in the process of healing and restoration, from sins that are committed. The necessity of this first step is quite simple. If we have a problem and we do not acknowledge the fact, we would never seek the help we need to overcome.

There is a program in Florida that has been established to help compulsive gamblers kick the habit of addictive gambling, and the number to call is 1-888-Admit It. And therefore, if a person realizes that they are shackled with the problem of compulsive gambling, the very first thing they must do is to pick up the phone and make that all-important call, acknowledging that they need help with the problem. Then the system that has been established to administer the necessary help can be activated in their behalf.

The same method must also be implemented when we are fettered with sins and habits that are a nightmare to overcome. The Bible tells us that everyone of us has a problem with sin of some kind, whether it be drug addiction, a hasty temper, pornography, self-righteousness, pride, materialism, or any number of the multitude of sinful habits and propensities that exist in human nature. We all have sinned, and are in constant need of God's forgiveness, that's why the Bible reiterates this point over and over again, not to condemn anyone, but to make us aware of our dire need. Let's read:

1st John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

It is important to note that although God is concerned about the problem of sin, He is much more interested in what we do with the remedy that has been provided in Christ Jesus. Many people go through life, battling with addictions, habits, and sins that have taken deep root in their minds, and try as they might, they just can't seem to gain the victory, when help is just a prayer away. Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston could be alive today if only they had tapped into the right God-given source in their darkest hour of need.

Today, God is inviting us to "Admit It", and if we do, the promise is given that not only will He forgive, but he will also cleanse us so that we do not continue to be prisoners of our own devices. We therefore end with a text and a promise, given to all who realize their need of God's saving grace. Let's read:

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We sincerely hope and trust that today will be the beginning of the healing process for millions, and that God's promise of forgiveness and restoration would be appropriated and internalized.

"Good night" and God bless!