Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 302 - Prevail

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 115
         
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In today’s writing Michael revisits one of those Old Testament stories that all Christians long to live…whipping the enemy when the odds look insurmountable.  David defeating the Philistine giant with just a sling and a stone was humanly impossible…in steps God.  Is God and His power “available” to us Christians today?  This story is an epitome of Michael’s books’ title: My Weakness for His Strength.



Day 302

To Prevail

Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand. --I Samuel 17:50

It is a wonderful story of David’s prevailing over Goliath without a sword. The power of God was revealed in David's weakness; David was weak in himself, yet strong in the Lord. “Then David said to the Philistine, 'You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted,'” I Samuel 17:45. David’s confidence in the Lord gave strength to the others, for after watching him they defeated the enemy. Weakness is never to be feared but embraced, first for our benefit and second for the encouragement of all those around us. If a believer will only acknowledge his weakness, God will act. “I am too weak to witness.” Praise the Lord! I now know that when that person does witness, it will be Christ speaking through him. “I am too weak to love.” Happy to hear that! Now it will be Christ loving through him. “I am too weak to overcome my temptation.” Great news! When we say, “I cannot,” we are only stating why we qualify for God to move in and around us. Our weakness will cause us to prevail and inspire others. I love the way God works!

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I always loved Michael’s trip reports (still have every one he sent!).  In them, over and over he gave testimony of what he wrote about in this day’s writing.  Michael saw God’s power in the lives of believing Believers all over the world who acknowledged their weakness, including so often his own testimony.

The Apostle Paul learned this (2 Corinthians 12:7-11) and lived & ministered in God’s Spirit wholly knowing it was when he was weak, then he was strong.

It is the flesh (that which is in opposition to God) that refuses to acknowledge weakness and desires to always be strong.  It is our alertness to our flesh that will see what it is that is keeping us from God’s power.

Two things inspire me greatly in Michael’s writing this day:
1. If a believer will only acknowledge his weakness, God will act.
2. Our weakness will cause us to prevail and inspire others.

May I live both of those.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 300 - There Is No God In the Past

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 114
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Michael speaks of a very interesting aspect of LIFE…TIME: past, present, and future.  And, he brings us to the point of having to acknowledge in WHAT time of our life are we living.  And his vast amount of discipling gives record of the drastic hindrance (if not, damage) that “living in the past” does to any individual.  Thank you, Michael, for drawing our attention to this!



DAY 300

There Is No God In the Past


He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” --Hebrews 4:7

Man for sure possesses the present and, in a certain measure, the future. Man does not possess the past, ever! If we choose to live in the past, we choose darkness and we exclude God, for He will not move to the past with us. Therefore, every time we venture into the past with our mind and emotions, we venture there alone. In fact, God calls us, always, to move from the past, for to dwell there is to find ourselves in a place where there is no hope. The Jews were in the world without a hope. That is, they were trusting in the things of the past--the law and the security of ritual and formula—and neglecting what God was bestowing on them in the present, which is Jesus. 

Does it not make sense that God wants to be the God of the NOW? We speak of a personal relationship with Him. How can a relationship be personal if it is not a current relationship? To move into the past is to move away from God, and it is sin. Many today are counseled to relive the past in order to mourn over it and work through it; they are even warned that if they do not, their life will remain in constant turmoil. If the past created my problems, why would I want to return and spend time there? In my office I spend up to one hour looking at the past of an individual. The only reason is to bring understanding of its impact so that the person need never go back to it. Living in the past will always thwart growth, not something enjoyable to anyone.

In the past we all had wonderful successes and terrible failures, times of great joy and unbelievable depression. Fine, but now what? Today hear His voice! God says do something today and do not live out of the past, where it is true we provoked Him, but I refuse to discuss that. I want to discuss today. Yesterday is no excuse for today! Many use it as such. “I cannot love today because of emotional hurt yesterday.” “I cannot give today because of all my rejection yesterday. I need to take.” Experience what it means to be a person walking with God daily, a present activity. Not only do we walk with Him, but He walks among us, all in the present. Leviticus 26:12, “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.” We need never allow the enemy to steal the present by moving us to the past, and the past is anything that happened before you read this article.

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It is interesting to do a word study through the Strong’s Concordance and find all the verses in the NT that involve “past” or “present,” and phrases that draw upon those time frames.  It is quite apparent that God is interested in man “getting past the past” and living in the present, with a hope to the future.  Period.  The Apostle Paul is one of the most prolific preachers of “today.”

Michael gives us some outstanding principles to get into “today”:
           If we choose to live in the past, we choose darkness and exclude God, for He
will not move to the past with us.   

God calls us, always, to move from the past, for to dwell there is to find our       ourselves in a place where there is no hope.

To move into the past is to move away from God, and it is sin.  If the past 
          created my problems, why would I want to return and spend time there?

               Yesterday is no excuse for today!  Many use it as such.

               Experience what it means to be a person walking with God daily, a present
          activity.

          Not only do we walk with Him, but He walks among us, all in the present.

          We need never allow the enemy to steal the present by moving us to the past,
          and the past is anything that happened before you read this article.

Now…which do you choose?  Walking with God…or, with your past?  I thought so…


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 262 - The Command Never Resented

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 113
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Michael has been the best at drawing our attention to the error of our ways at always giving credence to that crazy “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  How much will it take for God to get our attention and our acknowledgement that we do not need to go there?!?

Isn’t it remarkable that the command NOT to eat from that tree has NEVER been resented?!?  Why is that?  And, then WHY do we go and start eating from it?!? 

Well, Michael gives us some outstanding thoughts on how to deal with this…


DAY 262

The Command Never Resented

 But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. --Genesis 2:17

The command not to eat from the tree of good and evil has never been resented. We are not to eat from the tree. If we do, we will split in two and be bound to circumstances. If it is good to win a million dollars, it must also be true that it is bad not to win the million. Once I make a judgment about what is good or bad, I hang myself with consequences. Jesus said, “There is none good but God.” If we refuse to recognize what is good and evil and only see God, we will not be bound to circumstances. Do we really know what is good or evil? We say, "Have a good morning!” Do we know what a good morning would be? We assume that we do, and after all, we do not like saying, “Have an evil morning.” But if this is the morning that someone gets so depressed that he cannot stand it any longer, cries out to God, and gives his life to Jesus, is that a bad morning? We must just see God.

In India the story is told of a man whose only son broke his leg and could not help in the fields. Everyone said, “That is bad.” The father responded, “It may be good or it may be bad; only God knows.” The next day the army took all of the young men in the village to fight a battle in which they were all killed, but the man’s son was left behind because of the broken leg. The people responded, “That was good that your son broke his leg.” The man again responded, “It may be good or it may be bad; only God knows.” The story continues on for some time through various twists and turns, but it makes the clear point that we know nothing of the purpose of a natural occurrence at its beginning. The end of the natural is often the supernatural action of God.

The “good” or the “bad” happens not in order to signal God’s pleasure or displeasure; rather, all that takes place in the natural is God’s working the supernatural into believers. We must be silent until we see the end. We do not immediately jump to conclusions when we see failure in a family, a relationship, health, or finances. It may be God’s working in the natural. This is not a contradiction to what is taught in Psalms and Deuteronomy, for we do know that obedience brings a blessing and disobedience a curse. When we are abiding, we often have that sense of how the forces in the world are actually nudging us along, and, as I have stated in the past, I feel certain that, generally speaking, believers have fewer flat tires. However, the Book of Job clears up any misconception that horrific occurrences in the life of a good man indicate that the man is evil. Nor do the failures of others close to us point toward life’s judging them. It can mean that God is working through the evil for all of our good. Job’s friends made a wrong assumption. The greater includes the lesser: If one submits to God, he will automatically resist the devil. God created the being that eventually became Satan and therefore is the greater, and He will use the lesser for all of His purposes. In faith we can stop making judgments and just see Him. The wonder of our God is that He “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes” (Romans 8:28), and that means "good" according to His definition

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Don’t you just love God’s promises…something that tells us of His character and one more thing we can trust Him for!  He causes ALL things…  Not most, not just the ones we can “accept,” not just the “good” things…

And how unfathomable is it that “all that takes place in the natural is God’s working the supernatural into believers”?  Unfathomable.  Deep.  Heavy.  Awesome!

A couple of things really grabbed my attention…first, if we eat from that crazy tree, “we will split in two and be bound to circumstances.”  How many people do we know suffer from despondency and depression just from being “bound to circumstances,” those disgusting (repulsive, sickening, stomach-churning) circumstances?  Second, Michael tells me that “I hang myself with circumstances.”  What kind of deal is that!?!  How CRAZY can I be?!?  Third, I can “refuse to recognize what is good and evil and only see God,” and “not be bound to circumstances…I must just see God.”  Fourth, “the end of the natural is often the supernatural action of God.”  Fifth, it is as easy as being “silent until we see the end.”  Sixth, “in faith I can stop making judgments and just see Him (God).”

Do you and I THINK we can do as Michael tells us?  The Bible tells us we can…Philippians 4:13.  Let’s try it!

Wait a minute...why is this command NEVER resented?  Flesh is energized by any command "not to"! 


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Day 257 - The Battle of Romans 7

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 112
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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There is so much truth in this day’s writing.  It will be difficult to say one thing is more important than another…or, that one thing is more often dealt with than another. One issue surfaces very quickly: the problem addressed doesn’t play favorites…it will enslave an unbelieving believer as quickly as it will an unbeliever.

But, read on and find some observations by Michael that lead to deliverance from this dilemma, and or bondage…



DAY 257

The Battle of Romans 7

For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law. --Romans 3:28 

What does this passage mean to you? Many are beating themselves up over their sin, so much so that I assume they live under the Law. It is obvious that they believe they are justified by behavior. Abraham understood the secret: without faith, the Law cannot be birthed. Without first believing in God, Abraham would never have received the commands of God. I would not listen to any of the commands of the Hindu gods simply because I do not believe they exist. Law without faith gives birth to sin. For example, if I believe in the love of God, knowing full well that all He tells me is for my good, I will easily and readily keep the command to bless those who curse me. It is simple. However, if I do not believe in the love of God, I will read the command to bless those who curse, realize that I do not do that, never believe that it is for my good, and find a way around the command, saying, “I do not have to love them! Why should I? They have gone too far.” The Law that was to bless me (if birthed in faith, in the love of God) now becomes the thing by which I am condemned; the Law, without faith, will always give birth to sin. It is easy to see how Abraham was walking in the greater way of faith; even without the Law he was justified. Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness. Sweeter words were never spoken.

I determined long ago to spend my time in the love of God and not in the Law. As I have discovered the love of God, the command has been found to be easy. In fact, I refuse to listen to the Law unless it is in the context of faith in Him and His love. The Law is good if birthed in faith, and moving deeply into the faith of Jesus brings a higher life than living in the Law, for faith in Jesus will lead to an expression of exactly Jesus. Amazing! Without the Law, sin is dead (Romans 7:8). Sin counts on man’s boastful pride that leads to attempting to keep the Law without faith. This accounts for why there is so much immorality in legalistic churches, where the emphasis is on performance, and little or nothing is said of faith.

A dating couple comes to the office stating they have been sleeping together and are under great condemnation. Is the solution to have them stop? If they stop because of the command without believing in the Love of God that gave the command, they will continue to struggle and “slip up.” If they see the Love of God in the command and believe in Him who gives the command, the struggle will cease. If a child is told that by working he will obtain a bicycle, and the child believes the parent, the work will be a great joy. But what if the child does not believe the parent? Will the work be done grudgingly or with joy? If the child were never given the promise, he would not be working grudgingly, which is sin. In the end, that child would be better off had he never heard the promise.

The problem is simple: the Law was given to men of faith, and men of unbelief have attempted to keep it--which they cannot do, for Law is birthed in faith—and the result is sin and condemnation. In this light Romans 7 becomes quite clear; the battle described is not the battle of the old man against the new man, or a battle that exists before conversion or after conversion. It is describing an absolute battle between faith and Law, a battle that includes the unbeliever (going to hell) and the unbelieving believer (going to heaven). At any time, either the unbeliever or the unbelieving believer can perceive in his mind the Law of God and want to keep it, for he knows that it is good. Yet because of lack of belief in God, the person is divided, his entire being cannot keep the Law, and the end result is sin and condemnation. Do not think that the way out is recommitment, harder work, rededication, vows, knowledge, or strength; the way out is faith in Jesus. “So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy” (Romans 9:16). The Gentiles have pursued the promise by faith and gotten it, but the Jews sought by Law and lost it. “For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:10).

Where do you begin in your struggle? Stop fighting the Law and start confessing Jesus with your mouth each day. Before you go to sleep, do not let your thoughts end at the Law you have not kept. Instead, let your thoughts end at Jesus, in whom you believe. This brings us to the final hiccup! Security only comes in faith, regardless of whether you are a Calvinist or an Armenian. These two camps become one under the Law, because to attempt to find security in works will only bring about insecurity. Read Romans 7 and think of it differently; Paul is talking about living in the Law and how impossible it is to live so. The Law reveals what you did not know was sin, and then it does not give you the power to obey. After the knowledge, you find yourself doing the very thing you do not want to do. This passage applies to all that live by the Law.


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I love Michael’s first words…”many are beating themselves up over their sin, so much so that I assume they live under the Law.  It is obvious that they believe they are justified by behavior.”  Wow!  I see the same in those who want to say, “I thought (Bubba) got saved, but he hasn’t quit drinking (or, smoking, cussing, cheating, etc.).”  Really?!?!?!?!?  Then Michael’s next observation says it all: “It is obvious that they believe they are justified by behavior.”  What else could we ascertain???

But, Michael gives us several things to take away from all this:
1.  (Michael tells us one of his focuses)  “I determined long ago to spend my time in
     the love of God and not the Law.”
2.  Faith in Jesus will lead to an expression of exactly Jesus.
3.  If they see the Love of God in the command and believe in Him who gives the
     command, the struggle will cease.
4.  Romans 7 is not about a battle of the old man against the new man, but between
     faith and Law.
5.  Stop fighting the Law and start confessing Jesus with your mouth each day.
6.  Sadly, all those trying to keep the Law have not come to grips with the truth that
     no matter what the Law reveals as sin…it does not give you the power to obey.
7.  Only Jesus gives that power through faith in Him to keep the Law through us.

So, Michael gives us adequate scriptural and practical insight to leave any focus on  the Law and keep our eyes on Jesus and the love of God.  Everything else is a walk of unbelief.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 260 - The Call Followed By A Roadblock

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 111
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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In this day’s writing, Michael shares one of the most important lessons for anyone about trusting God for His supply (His bringing something to pass, etc.).  God has promised to meet our needs.  Can we wait on Him to fulfill His promise?



DAY 260 

The Call Followed By A Roadblock


For this reason I have often been hindered from coming to you. --Romans 15:22

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power. –II Thessalonians 1:11

God will often give the believer a call to accomplish something and then close every door to make the fulfillment impossible. Why? Because with the call comes a provision. The same One who gives the call must also accomplish it. However, the flesh of man will take the call and not the provision, choosing to look for fulfillment in self-power, and if completion is possible, sink into glory, kingdoms, pride, strength, and righteousness. The call and the provision are one; the problem is that we do not see them as one. Therefore, immediately after the call, all attempts to fulfill it must fail. We need not look far for an example. Joseph, after the call to be the leader of his family, actually thought it a turn of bad luck to end up in a pit. Then it was good luck to be taken out of the pit, followed by bad luck to fall in with men who sold him into slavery. Then more good luck came and made him head of a house before another turn of bad luck arose when he ended up in prison. In the end, though, he saw it was God who brought Him out. It was all God. The call and the provision were one. He completed the call with the provision and took no glory. This is to be the end result of a perfect call of God.

When you get a call, do not think that is all of it. Listen and wait for the provision. Do not try to do the thing on your own. You will only end up in a pit.

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Hooooooooo-boy!  This is a humdinger of a writing!  I believe Michael was so used to experiencing this particular aspect of life and ministry that he was thinking faster than he could write, but God gave him exactly the simple, succinct words for us to get one of God’s greatest truths so clearly and profoundly.  And in addition…one of our most needed truths to live life by.

Would to God that all of us Christians could get the truth that “the call and the provision are one.”  God’s “calls” come regularly and often, but our not wanting His provision, or perhaps waiting a bit for His provision becomes our big downfall…into that PIT.  Trust God for His supply, and live on it.  That’s one of the biggest lessons we could ever learn.  The enemy steps right in after so many “calls” and says: “If you don’t like what your God has provided, let me suggest…  If your God won’t give it to you right now, sign right here and I will…  If your God hasn’t opened that door you wanted to walk through, step right over here and walk through this one I’ve opened for you.”

Perhaps the most difficult thing for us to believe is that God would give us a call, then not give us the supply we want, or that we think ought to go with the call.  How many stories like Joseph’s does God have to give us to get us to simply walk with Him and watch how He fulfills His call on us?

How many Christians are living in a pit they have dug themselves because they tried to fulfill the call all on their own?


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 259 - The Body

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 110
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Everyone in Christianity should know about and understand the connection God makes in His Word about how He designed and built our physical body and its individual parts functioning to make our body “work,” AND how God designed and builds His Church to take the “parts” He places together to “work” as He sees fit.  Michael points out today that EVERY part is important, and often the ones we think are the “least” are ones He deems most important.  And he show us the sad end of the Church family not recognizing how important “unity in Spirit” of the Church family is.



DAY 259
           
The Body

So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. --Romans 12:5

One man said that the proof of God was the wondrous working of the thumb. Look at where it is and how it operates. God put us together physically. The more we understand the body, the more revelation we can have into THE Body.

There is the unseemly member, thus named because of the prevailing attitude from our awareness after the fall of man, though God ordained its function. We cannot talk about this unpresentable member in the physical body, but we know which one it is. Did God do right in locking up and assigning to this member the perpetuation of His ongoing creation? Are we right when we decide what is seemly and unseemly? God puts more abundant honor on the members that lacked it. One day I discover that I am the less honorable member of the Body, when I had judged that it was you!

When a young man falls in love and produces a photo, what does he show? The face, of course, not an x-ray of the kidneys. “These are the lovely kidneys of my girlfriend.” However, if the kidneys are not working, the young lady will not be presentable. What is the point? More and more I view what I do as an end result of the Lord's work through the organs, the unseen others. Many things have to come together for me to speak at any one church or meeting. Somewhere along the line I had to meet the host, or he at least needed to hear of me. He had to love the message. He had to know the people who could help him organize and set up the seminar, and all of them had some particular gift and other acquaintances that helped facilitate it all. All had to have jobs and finances that allowed us to be together at the exact time, all of us excited about our God. Someone invented the airplane, cars, e-mail, and more to get us here. I must stop for I am going mad! Do you see why I believe I am the less honorable member? The Scripture says to “grieve not the Holy Spirit.” Falling out with those on whom I am so dependent is just wrong. When we fall out with another member of the Body, for whom Jesus shed his blood, it grieves the Spirit. There is no forgiveness for unforgiveness, and every time we judge a person, we are guilty of unforgiveness. When judgment begins, where will God start? May the Church not go blindly on its way of not recognizing the Body.

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Michael makes a beautiful observation that what He accomplished was the end result of the Lord’s work through so many.  And of course, the many were often unknown and unseen by so many others.  And then Michael makes notes of one of the most tragic mistakes made in the body of Christ…falling out with those on whom we are so dependent.

But it is Michael’s last 4 sentences that make such a huge impression:
“When we fall out with another member of the Body, for whom Jesus shed his blood, IT GRIEVES THE SPIRIT.” (my caps). 
     The grieving of the Spirit is one of the most unrecognized and less dealt with issues in way too many Christians’ lives.  And so often, it is because of pride in thinking one is more honorable than another member.

“There is no forgiveness for unforgiveness, and every time we judge a person, we are guilty of unforgiveness.”
     This is a shock, isn’t it?!? 

“When judgment begins, where will God start?”
     I think of this as “putting the handcuffs on God.”  In whom and when and where can God work when we have moved into unforgiveness?  We don’t see that, do we?

“May the Church not go blindly on its way of not recognizing the Body.”
     Is it because the Church does not know or understand the connection God has made between our physical body and the Body of Christ?  Is it because the Church does not care about the “unity of the Spirit” in the Body?  Whatever it is, leadership needs to embrace this, teach this, and lead the Church to be the Body God intends for it to be.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 67 - Do We Need To confess EVERY Sin?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 109
         
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Michael addresses an issue that plagues almost every Christian still to this day… the proverbial confession of “sins I am not even aware of.”  It is interesting, isn’t it, that we would perceive something to be that we are not sure if it exists, or not.
That’s what comes from being obsessed with sin.



DAY 67

Do We Need To Confess EVERY Sin?

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. --I John 1:9       

In the Old Testament times, a sacrifice was made available that would cover any unknown sin. God provided for the fact that man sinned unknowingly. God is absolute, and sin is sin. It is interesting that those who dogmatically say we must confess every sin have only confessed every sin of which they are aware, not every sin. The Apostle John was a holy man who stayed next to Jesus, was the first at the tomb, was loved by our Lord, and is referred to as the apostle of love. Yet in Revelation, in the presence of Jesus, he falls down in fear as a dead man. Ultimately, trying to confess every sin is impossible. Not everything that is true is truth; a teaching may come from Scripture and be true but not truth. How do we tell the difference between the two? Teaching that lands at our feet and tells us what we must do is not truth. Teaching that ends at the feet of Jesus and explains what He does for us is truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; few doctrines are truth. We have all witnessed how easy it is for people to become obsessed with confession and, in so doing, to neglect a focus on Christ. We have a sacrifice that is for unknown sin, Jesus. There is no hindrance between the believer and God. 

How, then, does a sin come to mind to be confessed? As I said before, we have only confessed according to our perception. Often I counsel people and see in their lives sin with which God is not yet dealing; if I were to bring up that sin that God has not yet brought up, I introduce it without power as mere judgment on my part. When God reveals sin to a person, the revelation comes with the power to be free. Confession is then a delight. God pursues His purposes with a measureless I.Q. we can think of as well over 999 trillion. His conviction will come in an orderly manner, for He knows when, where, and in what order to work. God will convict as needed, and the believer will confess and experience the freedom that was always his in Him. In the meantime, he has a sacrifice for every sin.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
 Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


How many know someone that dogmatically tells everyone that we must confess EVERY sin?  But, if they acknowledge ANY sin they have, they confess SOME and then throw in the “sins I am not even aware of” confession.  Or, perhaps, they throw in the “all the sins I have committed” confession.  That really brings them peace, doesn’t it?

Michael gives us four important things to remember in relation to sin, God’s conviction, and our confession:

        1. We have a sacrifice that is for unknown sin, Jesus.

                  2.  There is no hindrance between the believer and God.

              3. God’s conviction, if and when God deems it necessary, will come in an                       orderly manner, for He knows when, where, and what order to work.

             4.  God will convict as needed, and the believer and experience the freedom that was         always his in Him.


Well, amen.  The freedom that is a believer’s experience in Christ is what the one who is obsessed with sin truly wants anyway, isn’t it?


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