Don’t blame God – when things go wrong and
- He is not on the throne of your life
- You have not partaken of the milk and meat of the Word to strengthen and sustain your spiritual growth
- You have not armed yourself with the armour of God
- You have not listened and hearkened to the Shepherd’s voice
- You have gone out of turn and not waited for His time
- You have gone ahead ignoring warnings and signages of the Lord along the way – not with wisdom but dogged impudence
- You have been wilful and had not learnt His lessons along the way
- You have been doggedly stubborn and have had MY Way.
- You have not been humble to repent and return to the ways of the Lord.
It is a sad, but true, fact that Christians
- sometimes sin (1 John 1:5 – 2:2). Only a liar would deny that he/she never sins, and that confessing our sins to Christ is required for Christians to obtain forgiveness.
- can depart from God and be hardened by sin. “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:12).
- leave their first love (Rev. 2:4-5). Paul also warned, “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12).
Christians are God’s children, and Jesus taught us that we can go to our Father and ask His forgiveness — we can address Him as “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:8).
When Christians sin, we are required to
- repent of our sins before God will grant forgiveness (Acts 8:22). Repentance signifies a change in one’s mind or heart that brings about a change in action.
- confess our sins before we can be forgiven – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This is not a confession of faith in Christ, but confession of our sins – admitting oneself guilty of what one is accused of, resulting from an inward conviction.
- Pray in repentance and confession (Act 8:22) remembering that we have “an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1; Heb. 4:14-16).
God “will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19. Our sins will be removed “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psa. 103:12). God will blot out our sins and remember them against us no more (Psa. 51:9; cf. Acts 3:19).
Our sins are wiped out of His memory, never to brought up again! Praise the Lord! What assurance from our loving Father.
If others are involved anytime, we are commanded to forgive them, for Jesus said, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). Jesus also taught that “if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:15; Mark 11:26).
In order for reconciliation to take place we have to try and help others to forgiveness. “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Luke 17:3-4).
Remember — He has loved you with an everlasting love.
So get right with God and man, if you have done wrong and recommit yourself once again to Him being Lord of your life. Do not wait to get back into fellowship with God and man – for our disobedience and choices have consequences.
Have Thine Own Way, Lord
1. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.
2. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Search me and try me, Savior today!
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now,
as in thy presence humbly I bow.
3. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!
4. Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway.
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!
- The Model Prayer: Forgive Our Debts (anointedplace.wordpress.com)