Please join me this morning for worship! This is such good advice and takes the burden of living off us and puts in on Jesus! What a great testimony!
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"God requires that we confess our sins and humble our hearts before Him; but at the same time we should have confidence in Him as a tender Father, who will not forsake those who put their trust in Him. Many of us walk by sight not by faith. We believe the things that are seen but do not appreciate the precious promises given us in God's Word; and yet we cannot dishonor God more decidedly than by showing that we distrust what He says and question whether the Lord is in earnest with us or is deceiving us.
God does not give us up because of our sins. We may make mistakes and grieve His Spirit, but when we repent and come to Him with contrite hearts, He will not turn us away. There are hindrances to be removed. Wrong feelings have been cherished, and there have been pride, self-sufficiency, impatience, an murmurings. All these separate us from God. Sins must be confessed; there must be a deeper work of grace in the heart." (Taken from the little book, Faith and Works p. 35).
How do we become strong in Christ? By being filled with His Spirit daily. Ask and you will receive. He is waiting to fill us when we are sincere in our asking. Don't let Satan take your peace from you, this is what he wants to do, but we don't have to let him do it. We can have a hedge around us put there by the Holy Spirit of God. Ask God to make you willing to be willing and He will answer a prayer like that. He knows our weaknesses and is more than willing to cover them with His grace and in the process take them away and make us strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9 "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'" Is that a promise worth memorizing? Yes, it is for His grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness for when we are weak, then He can make us strong to do His will and fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we can live a life of holiness in His strength, not our strength. Tomorrow for worship we will talk about that, trying to do things in our strength. Grandma Joan.