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  1. Heather said,

    January 17, 2012 at 12:56 am

    have I ever made it through a day where I was 100% loyal, devoted, and obedient? No, I haven’t.

    I believe I can relate to your reaction to the term “faithful”. The desire to be perfect is there, the intention is to not soil Christ’s name. And yet…

    My personal struggle is with 1 John 3:9, which says that anyone born of God does not commit sin… Taken alone, in some translations, this verse looks as though he is saying that true believers just don’t sin anymore.

    At any rate, your reference to Paul’s writing as well as the full context of John’s letter are comforting, and makes sense of the need to daily put to death fleshly desires.

    • Nilinda said,

      November 26, 2014 at 3:21 am

      That’s not just the best ansrwe. It’s the bestest answer!

  2. January 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

    “My personal struggle is with 1 John 3:9, which says that anyone born of God does not commit sin… Taken alone, in some translations, this verse looks as though he is saying that true believers just don’t sin anymore.”

    Sigh………………………

    Then there is the second chapter of James. Look at this verse:

    For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10

    That can chill to the bone, but it is also leveling,because of so many verses and entire passages in both the Old and New Testament that acknowledge that God’s chosen people…Christians do sin…like these ones:

    “1Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

    2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

    3If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

    4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

    5I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

    6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

    7Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

    8And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” Psalm 130
    ——————————————————————————————-

    Psalm 32

    1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

    2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

    3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

    4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

    5I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

    6For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

    7Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

    8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

    9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

    10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

    11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
    ———————————————————————————-

    “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.” Psalm 32:10

    This verse should comfort us because David knew that mercy would compass him…because mercy would be required. Notice that David also used the word “shall”…that means he was trusting the Lord’s mercy not for his past sins alone, but also for his future sins.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

    • Heather said,

      January 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

      The Psalms offer such comfort and grounding in my life, Theresa.
      Especially the first verse of Psalm 32 🙂

      That can chill to the bone, but it is also leveling,because of so many verses and entire passages in both the Old and New Testament that acknowledge that God’s chosen people…Christians do sin…like these ones:

      James is another hard read. Sobering, for sure. That particular statement you cited is excellent confirmation that none of us keeps God’s law perfectly…and shows how much we need to remain in close fellowship with the Lord via the Holy Spirit.

      I have come to understand that although a Christian neither desires to sin nor habitually lives in willful sin, we still can trip (hence John’s reminder that we have an advocate in Christ Jesus…and the writer of Hebrews affirming Christ as our heavenly Priest). And we have Jesus’ own description of perfect forgiveness in His statement regarding “seventy times seven” and His wonderful promise that He will cast away none who come to Him.

  3. internet elias said,

    January 17, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Very good. Great post. Lots to think on. But one thing comes to mind about Paul. Meeting Christ so aglow it blinded Paul made a whamo of an impression on him :). By the purpose of God, Paul got a shortcut to some realities that not all are given opportunity to experience. God equipped Paul for the incredible mission of taking Christ to the Gentiles. Paul was given much since much would be required. And, I believe, because Paul was in full relationship with Christ, awareness of his flesh and once carnal nature was heightened. Encountering Light will show up lots of darkness. Before his conversion he had not known he was carnal. And though he remained in the body of flesh with its lusts, he always chose to serve God rather than the flesh. Thus, he was faithful due to obedience to the will of God in the things that were revealed to him.

    Not sure I said what I was trying to say :). Hope so.

    Carolyn

    • January 17, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Thank you for commenting! I believe I understand what you are saying, because I have in the past studied with believers who make the same claims. Believers can disagree when it comes to interpreting scripture, and still pray for each other and encourage each other. I do not agree with the last three sentences in your comment, but I appreciate the spirit in which they were shared. 🙂

      Blessings,
      Theresa

  4. Debbie said,

    January 17, 2012 at 4:02 am

    This is why I call you the wonderful woman of the Word. 🙂 And I love that we can love each other and be one, without agreeing about everything. love you, Theresa!
    When I think of faithful, I think of faithful to call on His name, to believe Jesus is the Son of God, faithful to believe that God is our Father and Creator. Remember, I’m simple. . . 🙂
    I am so blessed that you are doing this study with us! 🙂 Thank you! And God bless you as you suit up for Him!
    love and prayers!

    • January 17, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Deb, you are no more simple than I am. The things that you are able to glean from even the hardest passages in the Old Testament just amaze me. I have so much to learn from you. Love you.

      Theresa

  5. Linda said,

    January 20, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I’m grateful that you are “that way… preachy, teachy.” I like seeing a new perspective and I always learn when I visit.

    I don’t set a very high standard for myself in being loyal, devoted, and obedient because, after all, I am a sinner. My measuring stick is to stay in love with my Savior and pray for forgiveness when I go the wrong way. Simple but reasonable, I think. Hugs to you… : )

  6. January 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    “My measuring stick is to stay in love with my Savior and pray for forgiveness when I go the wrong way.”

    Me, too. 🙂

    Hugs,
    Theresa

  7. bendedspoon said,

    January 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I thank God for who you are Theresa — for the wonderful things He brought to me through you. I still have much to learn but for now faithful for me is:

    F-or
    A-lways
    I-‘m
    T-rusting
    H-im
    F-or
    U-nlimited
    L-ove

    🙂

    • Christian said,

      November 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

      I want to start off by thanking My Father, The Lord, for hnaivg chosen me I know that He chose me for a purpose. I also want to thank you, Susan, for sharing your knowledge and for encouraging and guiding me in my spiritual walk. I was born a Hindu and I simply went through the motions of performing the rituals’ that my mum and other family members performed, without any understanding. I experienced a restlessness and an emptiness when I was in my 30 s and started exploring my spirituality. At the age of 37, in 1997, the vacuum was filled when I asked Jesus to be my LORD.This will be my third Daniel fast the first was a few years ago almost a haze. This year’s fast was different (with the help of your site) I grew spiritually I was more disciplined and diligent but during the course of this year, my spiritual walk became erratic and my quiet time has become very infrequent. I am trying to be more disciplined and I want to get back on track and draw closer to My Father and I believe the fast will help me to get back on track. I want to be effective in the Kingdom and I want to portray Jesus as my Savior and provider to my unsaved family. I am trusting God for my family’s salvation. I am also trusting God for a breakthrough in my business which I believe He called me into, after almost 30 years of being employed in a secure corporate business. I have been in business for just over two years now and the business has been struggling. I am praying for God’s favor over my business and I am trusting that God will use me to break the financial bondage that His people are trapped in. I know that God is in control but I often struggle with relinquishing control I am praying that through this fast I will be able to relinquish control completely. I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me in my own strength, I can do nothing. I give God all the praise, glory and honor and I pray that He will always be glorified in and through me.

      • December 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        Christian,

        Thank you so much for sharing this comment. I am so glad my posts have been helpful. I am praying along with you that the Lord would grant you the desires of your heart according to His riches in glory.

        Love and Blessings,
        Theresa

  8. Michelle Prince said,

    July 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

    This is Awesome!! Boy, you are starting from scratch:):) love it so far & am eager to “dig” myself now!

    • July 10, 2012 at 3:24 am

      Michelle, be sure and share any treasures you dig up! I have a feeling there is some great stuff to be found! 🙂


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