Friday, September 16, 2022

DON'T CALL SIN A MISTAKE

'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 vs 9

Through out the Bible, there is no place where sin is referred to as a mistake, not even the least weighted sin. - Selah

We are in a time where people call their sin "mistake". So you hear things like "I made a mistake". Such description of sin is hazardous to the man, as it will hinder that man from receiving/experiencing the grace of God. Let's look at our opening Bible verse;

'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 vs 9 {KJV}

The word 'confess' as used in the verse is derived from the Greek word 'homologeō', and it means "to acknowledge". So the verse states,

'If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' - 1 John 1 vs 9 {KJV}

  • We are to acknowledge sins, not mistakes
  • God is faithful to forgive us our sins, not our mistakes

When you call sin a mistake, you have not acknowledged that you have sinned. According to the English dictionary, 'mistake' means, "To commit an unintentional error". So when you call sin a mistake, you are not admitting fully that have sinned; after all, you didn't intentionally do it, and it was not your fault. With such perception, you will never receive healing for your heavy heart, because God heals a heart that is burdened because of sin, not a heart burdened because of mistakes. - Think about it. When you say you sinned, you are fully admitting that you have done what is wrong. To fully admit is to acknowledge without excuses.

'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 vs 9 {KJV}

IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS

That word 'confess' as used there has two (2) similar root words in the Greek. The first which is homologeō, and the second is exomologeō. Exomologeō means to "agree fully". Saying you made a mistake doesn't show full agreement and acknowledgement of wrong done. My friend, call sin sin; be that sincere with God - it's all together for your good. - Think about it

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: THE WAY OF PEACE

Many people are stuck in pain and heaviness as a result of a sin, an error or rather an ungodly act, and they don't know how to get out from that painful place they've found themselves in. They've asked God for forgiveness, many have wept, yet the pain is still there, they are still uneasy inside them, in their hearts, in their minds. What is the way out of this? Okay.

Let's see Leviticus 26 vs 40 - 42;

'If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;
And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:
Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.' - {KING JAMES VERSION}

Waow. Please take note that there's something I want you to take note of in these Passages that we are reading, and that thing is the concept of Acknowledgement. Now let's revisit our opening Bible Passage;

'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 vs 9 {KJV}

The word "and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" as used in this passage speaks of a thorough purging (flushing out) away of our wrongs, thereby leaving us 'not guilty'. - Selah. A man is only said to be guilty when he is found with offence. But when he is without offence, he cannot be said to be guilty of offence. - Selah

Dearly beloved, the Word which the Spirit of God is sending out to you right now is that you make a sincere acknowledgement that you have done that wrong. There are two things highlighted to us in these Bible passages we have read that we must acknowledge to, they are;

  1. That we have sinned indeed {1 John 1 vs 9 - Our opening Bible Passage}
  2. We deserve the punishment of our sin (which includes the pain and heaviness that ravages our hearts - Leviticus 26 vs 41 where we read)


You see that...  When you acknowledge to these things, you open up your heart to hear the voice of Grace from the Spirit of the Lord.

'Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.' - Romans 8 vs 33 {KJV}

Not even God will hold you guilty of any offence whatsoever. Note that He made use of the word "any thing". That tells us that we have been declared 'not guilty' in Christ from every of our sins, errors, wrongs and offences whatsoever. You see, when you acknowledge that you have sinned and you deserve the corresponding effects and punishment, you give room for Grace to be your strength and your standing. So the reason God requires our acknowledgement of our sins is so that His grace can become our strength, so that we can properly behold the Saviour for help, of which for that purpose He came that all men may look to Him for Salvation, Peace, and Rest for their souls. Amen. - Selah

Therefore dearly beloved. You have clearly seen from these explanations that the promise of forgiveness, peace and healing, is for those who make a sincere and full acknowledgement that they sinned. Therefore, cease to call a sin a mistake! they are not the same things. The moment you call a sin a mistake, you defeat the very reason why you should be forgiven. When you say you made a mistake, you are actually saying that though you are human, you can do better, and if all the conditions were right, you couldn't have made that error. This is an expression of pride and human ego. But when you say you sinned, you acknowledge that indeed you are human and need God's help. It's the man that acknowledges that he needs God's help that gets it. But when you say you made a mistake, you don't actually acknowledge that you need God's help; but rather you are saying you will get it right next time. - Think deeply on these words

I ask God to grant you understanding of this truth that I have preached to you. Amen.

God's grace is with your spirit.
- Jenning U. Angel

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