Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Deliverance (Part 25)
Deliver me from all my transgressions; Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
Psalm 39:8 (NKJV)
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
Psalm 51:14 (NKJV)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
James 5:16 (NASB)
If deliverance becomes a tree of righteousness, if our faith becomes its energetic root system, then repentance invites the necessary Son-light.
If repentance is a changing of the heart and mind, if repentance is a turning away from evil, then exposure and confession of sin precedes it.*
'Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send the Messiah, Who has been appointed for you--even Jesus' (Acts 3:19-20).
Dear brethren in Christ: Secrets are the devil's business. He deals in guilt, shame and the covered things of darkness. King David tried to hide his sins, even by murder. But if God is our true Judge, what's the point of hiding?
'There is no creature hidden from His Sight, but all things are naked and open to the Eyes of Him to Whom we must give account' (Hebrews 4:13).
Consider repentance like airing dirty laundry. It needs to be out in the open to become clean: to invite a time of refreshing by the Lord's Hand. Otherwise, a smelly odor can't help but remain. David repented from dastardly deeds and was saved.
As a plant turns its branches to face the sun, likewise, we must turn our lives to face the Son. Because in repentance comes deliverance.
To Be Continued...
* Biblical definition of repentance: http://www.biblelearn.com/r_frame.htm (Choose the word to see an excellent description of its etymology and its place in the life of a Christian.)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.