MISC – 27 Feb. 2013

How to Avoid a Major Mess

The plan for keeping anything clean is the plan for keeping a life clean – don’t let a mess get started. When you mess up, clean it up fast. There’s not one of us who doesn’t have things we wish we hadn’t done or things we wish we had done.

Matthew 5:4; “4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

 We’ve got things that make us feel dirty, ashamed, guilty, or unworthy. It all comes under the heading of what God calls sin.

Romans 3:23-24; “23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

The problem is that too often when we mess up, we give up, so we just keep giving in to more and more spiritual mistakes. So the darkness grows. The garbage starts piling up. But God has given us His spiritual recovery plan in clear, simple terms from the Word of God.

1 John tells us this:

1 John 1:8-9; “8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

That is immediate and heartfelt confession. That’s the way to keep a mess from accumulating. That’s what God has made it possible for you to do so you can begin to break that cycle of defeat and discouragement.

As soon as you’ve done what you know is wrong, don’t run from God; run to God. Confess it to Him immediately. And what does it mean to confess your sin? It’s much more than just feeling guilty or even feeling sorry for what you did. The original word in the Bible means to “say the same thing.” In other words, you confess your sin when you say the same thing about it that God does. You see it for how ugly and wrong it is; something so bad it took the death of God’s Son to pay for it: immediate confession, immediate forgiveness and immediate cleansing. A spiritual shower as soon as you get dirty. As the Bible says:

Lamentations 3:23-24; “23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

Imagine a clean start each new day. Don’t carry yesterday’s garbage into today.

How can a holy God forgive this junk that He hates? Soon after the “confess and be clean” verse, God says:

1 John 2:1-2; 1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world”

Being forgiven by God is a matter of taking what Jesus did on the cross and making it personal for you. It’s standing at the cross and saying, “Jesus, You died for what I did. I have no other hope of being forgiven, so I’m Yours.”

Maybe you’ve carried the guilt and the shame of things you’ve done for a long time. The good news is that you can go to sleep tonight knowing that you are clean from all of that for the first time in your life, if you’ll just invite the Savior who died for all that junk to become your personal Savior from your personal sin.

Acts 2:21; 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

You don’t have to carry all the sin and the mistakes on your back one more day. You can lay it down at the cross of Jesus and leave it there, and walk away forgiven.

Colossians 2:13-14; 13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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