Peace In a World of War – 8

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Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1

This is the conclusion of the messages in which we discussed the peace as prophesied and developed in the Word of God.

The Cleansing – Continued

From last week: Do not confess your sin more than once to Him. Many people confess the same sin over and over again, thereby insulting God. If you have confessed it once, then believe that He keeps His word. If we confess, He forgives.

To confess the same sin again is to tell God you do not believe He forgave you the first time. Bring your sin offering in confession and then leave the rest with the Priest. Go away with thanksgiving instead of doubt. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God,” then “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7.

Thousands of Christians are defeated, sad and powerless because they let their sins bother them instead of confessing them. Look away from your failures and look to Christ, He who died to save your life and to cleanse you. Do not grieve Him longer by doubting His word. “Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.” Confess that sin of unbelief and doubt now. Tell Him you have grieved Him by letting the sins you have confessed continue to bother you.

Here is an illustration. Two Israelites have brought an offering for a trespass, laid their hands upon the sacrifice and delivered it to the priest. One goes away happy, the other is more gloomy than before. Both are equally safe. Both are equally forgiven, but one is happy and the other is sad. Do you know the difference? One has trusted his all to the priest. Having done all that he could do, namely, confessed his sin and brought his offering, he goes away happy. The other has done the same thing, and his offering is accepted, too, but he is sad. Do you know why? He is afraid the priest may make a slip or an error in presenting the blood and his confession will not avail. That priest in the tabernacle in the wilderness might make a mistake, but listen, listen, your Priest in heaven will never make a mistake. Trust Him. Trust Him. Kneel where you are and confess your greatest sin, which perhaps is the sin of not trusting Him.

Christ is our offering for sin. When you were saved you believed His word. That was all. Christ is also our offering for sins, which we as believers commit, and He knew we would commit them. Trust Him for your cleansing just as you did for your salvation.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Adapted and modified excerpts from M. R. De Haan, The Second Coming of Jesus.
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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