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The Forgiveness Of God Makes Us Clean

Did you know that without the forgiveness of God, then you are liable to pay for your sins come death? This is true, for a life of willful sin will keep people out of God’s kingdom, which is pure. Now, in Job 25, we do learn that everything is impure in God’s eyes. This is unless the blood of Jesus has covered them and they are now clean. People do come to Christ and are washed by His blood, but many of them soon fall back into sin and are unclean again. That is where repentance comes into play, though many people deny its importance. However, God loves a humble heart, a person that is sorry about what they have done and wants to get right with Him. People that do not repent are full of pride and need to be knocked down a little by God Himself, in order for Him to truly do a work in their lives. It is in our humility that we cry out to God for mercy. This is when we feel sorry for our sins and then turn from them and unto God for forgiveness. And unless a person does this, they will remain in their sins and be counted with the unbelievers come death. Paul said, 2“repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.” (Acts 3:19,20) This leads us to the type of person who will repent of their sins. These people are humble and acknowledge that they have sinned against God. Therefore, they do all they can to get right with Him. Just as what was spoken of in Job 25, which we will get to next.

It is when we realize that we are unclean in God’s sight, is when a person of faith comes to God and is sorry for all they have done. Therefore, their desire to repent and be made clean once and for all is now in full force. Job 25 reads, 1“then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?” (Job 25) Although this is Bildad counseling Job wrongfully about sinning against God, which he wasn’t, what was said here still applies to anyone that is currently in sin. Everyone is filthy in God’s eyes unless they are walking in His statutes like Job was. It is through the blood of Jesus that our sins are washed away and we are made clean. However, when sin creeps into our lives, we are like worms, as Bildad said. Why worms? It is because worms are always found in dirt and mud, which is very unclean to us. Now, liken this to your own life. Without Jesus’s forgiveness, you are just like everyone else and are very filthy in God’s sight. However, if you have repented of your sins, by laying them down at the feet of the cross, then God has heard your prayers, and you are forgiven also. Turning from your sins and unto God instead is what every person must do to be saved and go to heaven someday.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will understand the need to get right with You even after baptism. That they will know the importance of repentance and not just live their own life of sin. I am afraid that too many people who say they are believers are really on the road to destruction and hell when they die because of their unwillingness to repent. Too many people are caught up in very wicked things of this world like pornography, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drinking to get drunk, idolatry, lust, covetousness, and the sin of unforgiveness and more. Truly, the devil has a stronghold upon people of this age and they don’t even realize it. His clutches are driven in so deep that He has caused people to be blinded to their sins, that they are now justified in their own sight. But how can this be, God? Don’t people realize that their bodies are Your temples and that You are a holy and just God? That no unclean person can enter Your kingdom above? We cannot be made clean on our own, but only be washed by Your blood, Jesus. I know that You are my Redeemer and Lord of my life. I can only be made clean by what You did for me on the cross. Therefore, I submit myself to You daily in repentance, that I may be washed from any sins that I have committed. I accept that some things I did were very wrong and I am very sorry. It is my hope that I will not continue to willfully sin, but if I fall into sin, that I will come running to You for forgiveness. Only You can give me clean hands and a pure heart. So please continue to do a work in me and guide me on Your path of righteousness. I wish to go to heaven someday but know that only You can lead me there, God. I love You. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

Job 25
1Job 25 (KJV)
1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
Acts 3
2Acts 3 (KJV)
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

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