1. Karen Duvall said,

    February 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Theresa, I just wanted to add one of my many favorite scriptures. 1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. I just love it that He knows us so well. We may have good intentions to never sin again but because we are human, we are fallible. When God forgives us, He forgets our sin so far as to cast them into a deep sea. Unfortunately, Satan the enemy and the father of lies, remembers each sin and continues to tempt us into committing the same sins again. He remembers our weaknesses from the past-but that IS THE PAST. God has made a way for us to be continually renewed by His Holy Spirit. 1 John 1:9 is not a loophole for us to willfully sin thinking “I’ll juist ask forgiveness later”, but a promise from our Creator. Of course He knows we are human and that Satan makes it his mission to continously pick away at our faith then if we do sin, lies to us that God could never forgive us. I just love to think on the Bible greats who sinned and were forgiven and exalted after they repented such as David, Noah, and even Moses.
    I’ll get off my soap box now.,
    Loving your Blog

    • February 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Karen. I like 1 John 1:9, too. I like to tie it in with Philippians 2:12-13: “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” The Lord is always glad when we confess our sins, and because He put His Spirit in us when we were born again, we will confess them and long to be more and more like Him. What a precious comfort it is to know that we are the Lord’s workmanship! What a wonderful “Potter” Jesus is!

    • February 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      Karen, I just have to make one more comment. You said something that really struck me, and I have been thinking about it off and on all day. Here it is:

      “Unfortunately, Satan the enemy and the father of lies, remembers each sin and continues to tempt us into committing the same sins again.”

      I have known for awhile what the Bible says about Satan, and what he does. I knew that he is always roaming seeking to devour, that he comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and that he is both a liar and “The Accuser of the Brethren”. But it hadn’t dawned on me that the reason that he accuses so well is because he keeps records of Christians’ sins. That makes a lot of sense. It’s like he waves a carrot (something sinful) in our face, and he says “Come on. Come on. Just this once, or just this last time.” Then as soon as you take him up on it He exclaims, “You did it again! I knew you would! You are pathetic and hopeless! This proves you are not a Christian!” I am so glad you pointed that out, because it has always frustrated me that he seemed to know what to tempt me with at any given time. I have in the past confused his condemnation with the conviction that The Holy Spirit does. If there is anyone out here reading this and wonders how to tell the difference, I will explain it to them in the very last paragraph of this comment . Thank you so much, Karen!

      Another reason that Satan is good at his job is because he can quote scripture, although he never “rightly divides it”, because if he were to do that we would be filled with hope instead of shame. He knows not only all of our sins that we have committed, but he also knows that we are “New Creatures” with a “Twofold Nature”. This nature consists of an “Inner Man” or “Spiritual Man” or “The Hidden Man of the Heart”, and an “Outer Man” or “The Flesh”. The “Spiritual Man” cannot sin. It can only follow the Lord. The “Flesh” can do nothing but sin. The two are opposed as described in Romans 7 and 8. Below are some scriptures where these terms are used.

      For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV

      That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; Ephesians 3:16 KJV

      I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:21-25 KJV

      But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:4

      That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6 KJV

      I am so thankful that the Lord’s ways are just the opposite. Satan may keep a record of Christians’ sins, but the Lord does not….”If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” Psalm 130:3-4 KJV, “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” Psalm32:2 KJV… So where eternity is concerned, we may be conscious of sin “in” us, but when the Lord looks “at” us our sin is not “on” us. They are all (past, present, and future sins) under His precious blood.

      Okay I mentioned above that we can confuse the voice of the Holy Spirit with the voice of Satan. The Holy Spirit has a number of jobs that He does. Two of them are to convict people of sin, and to comfort Christians. He convicts the unsaved of their sin and urges them to call on Jesus and become Christians or “get saved”. He also convicts people who are already Christians when they sin. He shows them their sins and urges them to confess and repent, and reminds them that they are loved by Jesus and that Jesus will be so glad that they called on Him again. Satan shows people there sins and tells people who have not yet been saved that they can’t be saved, and he tells Christians that they need not bother going to the Lord, because He has had it with them. He also tries to tell them that their sins prove that they are not saved and they cannot be saved; that they are without hope. But Satan is a liar.

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