1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. - 1 Peter 3:3,4

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Ever felt that nerve-racking pressure around your heart that won’t go away and keeps whispering, ‘you’ve done something wrong’ without letting up?

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, - Romans 3:23

We are not pure like God, and our human nature is, to mess up. Not just once, but again… and again; and when we finally think we have it down pat, and then we mess up again. That’s when we turn to prayer, and ask God to forgive us.

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, 
But the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. – Proverbs 28:13

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

When we are aware of sin in our lives we need to confess it to God. Don’t try to ‘conceal’ or hide it from Him, but tell Him all about it.

Confession – The acknowledgement of a crime, fault or something to ones disadvantage; open declaration of guilt, failure, debt, accusation, etc. ( from American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster).

Come before Him moaning over your sin. Don’t just be sorry in words, but be distraught! Don’t be: “God I did this, please forgive me, thanks for that!” Be honest and truthful.
If we feel guilt from a sin, we would tell God of it (confess) and then we would ask for His forgiveness. In Romans 1:9 (above) it says that He will be loyal and forgive us- then He says something amazing.

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

The sin we're struggling with- He will help us to overcome that sin, meaning almighty help not to snap back at your sister the next time exams don’t go to well. He will purify us from ALL unrighteousness, ALL sin. When we become Christians and we confess with tears to God our failings, He not only forgives us, but teaches us how to do right, and slowly, we overcome (to an extent, we're still human) the unrighteousness in us. That’s sanctification. (Big word I know- go look it up if you want to).

Heart Check
Are you truly sorry about your sin? If you don’t feel like you are, why not tell God? He has the answer for every question. Ask Him about it, ask Him to show you the sin that is in your heart. Ask Him to show you what you really look like deep down inside. Don’t worry about it, were all on a journey… we all need to learn these things!

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He moved our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103: 12

Just a quick thought… because we are under the new covenant and we no longer have to sacrifice animals to be forgiven (because Jesus did the one for all sacrifice for our sin) for those that are Christian's, Jesus made one sacrifice for every believer, so you are forgiven of your past sins, present and future sins! So, when you ask for forgiveness, know that you are forgiven, and God looks upon you and doesn’t see your faults. Jesus already made the sacrifice, you are forgiven.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law (the old covenant) but under grace (the new covenant)? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? – Romans 6:15-16

If God forgives you, should you not also forgive others?

~ Taleisha and Meggie

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