Tag Archives: God’s forgiveness

This Sinner’s Prayer  

praying hands12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:12-14

I can’t say that David had the same things in mind that I have in mine when he wrote, sang, and delivered these lyrics to Israel’s “Worship Pastor” (what an amazing job that would’ve been!). But that’s the beauty of the Bible’s poetry. It’s more visceral than academic. Nevertheless, as I was reading this on a day when my own sinfulness was more evident and more bothersome than most days it fostered a conversation with God about my “errors, hidden faults, willful sins, and great transgressions.” Continue reading

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Greater Than Our Hearts (part 3)

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God… 1 John 3:19-22

A case study

When he wrote, “God is greater than our hearts and knows everything,” I wouldn’t doubt if he had his good friend and teammate, Peter, in mind. I know that my favorite failure-become-champion is Peter – arrogant, immature, mouthy Peter. “They-might-blow-it-but-I’m-better-than-all-of-those-guys” Peter.

You know the narrative. “I swear on a stack of Torah’s, I’m no friend of that man they call Jesus!” Fast forward to the tomb angel, “Tell his disciples and Peter that Jesus will see you in Galilee.” I don’t think he was implying that Peter was off the team, but that he probably needed a special invitation because he thought he was. “Be sure to tell Peter about the meeting. He might need a little extra encouragement to show up.” Continue reading

Greater Than Our Hearts (part 2)

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God… 1 John 3:19-22

He knows my future possibilities and how to get me there

He knows everything about how I performed in the past and why, and about the power of Jesus’ sacrifice to overcome my failures, and how he plans to convert them into a better future. The scope of his big picture vision is amazing. There’s no doubt that sin is a setback, a delay of God’s preferred vision for us. But since he’s been working with Plan B since the beginning, he who knows everything, knows how to make beautiful things out of broken pieces. Continue reading

Greater Than Our Hearts (part 1)

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God … 1 John 3:19-22

“God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything.” Are those the two most obvious statements you’ve ever heard, or what? He is better than us and knows better than we do. So far nothing new. You gotta know that John must’ve meant that he’s greater than our hearts in some specific way and knows everything about something in particular. Continue reading

Foundations 201 – THE CROSS

This summary study of a theme in the Bible called, “Justification” is intended to inform you and inspire you. Your Christian walk will never again be the same once you begin to understand how incredible it is to be “justified” by what Jesus did for you on the cross. How you perceive this truth will make your Christian life enjoyable and solid. Martin Luther said, “The mark of a standing or falling church is its perception of Justification.If you want to be a sturdy and prolific Jesus follower, this brief study should help you immensely.

Salvation from Sin’s PRESENCE (Man’s Eternal Dilemma)

Salvation from Sin’s POWER (Man’s Moral Dilemma)

Salvation from Sin’s PENALTY (Man’s Legal Dilemma)

The writer of Hebrews says, “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Christ” (Hebrews 7:25). The salvation He gives us is complete, and deals with every aspect of our sinful dilemma. It fixes our legal, moral and eternal dilemmas. He provides deliverance from sin’s penalty, sin’s power and sin’s presence. To look at it another way, God has made a “declaration” in redeeming, justifying, and adopting us to consider us righteous. He has also made a “determination” in regenerating and sanctifying us. He also has a final “destination” for us in glorification when He takes us to heaven and makes us perfect. Continue reading