Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : When I refused to confess my sin, my whole body wasted away, while I groaned in pain all day long. Psalms 32:3
Thought of The Day : A hardened heart and unconfessed sin plunge the entire body into avoidable misery.
LISTEN : True confession frees our hearts from the load of guilt and pressure; but unconfessed sin is inimical and torturous. A criminal who has been tormented by guilt said to his fellow criminals: “I am dying! My heart is overwhelmed by guilt. I will confess my sin no matter what comes out of it; I will be better off than dying in silence. I prefer clear conscience to guilty conscience.” My dear, this is very true of us today. Unconfessed sin places unnecessary load on the mind. It destroys ability of the conscience to be sensitive and tender. It hardens the heart against God. Beloved, determine to live always with a clear conscience (1 Peter 3:16). Guilt is too much of a heavy load to be carried about in the journey of life. Guilt comes as a result of failing to do the right thing. It is to one’s harm to be aware of one’s wrong and pretends not to be aware of it. When you are guilty of an offense, you would discover that, you have lost your confidence and suddenly becomes a prisoner of conscience until you confess your wrong and obtain forgiveness. When you confess your wrong doings to God, and ask forgiveness from the one you have offended, you would receive freedom and healing for your wounded conscience. My dear, confess your offenses and be free. To confess is to admit that, you have done something wrong or illegal. When David sinned against God and humanity, he was tormented by the guilt of his sin when he refused to confess it. God punished him severely for his evil. However, when he confessed and asked for forgiveness he received mercy and emotional freedom (1 John 1:9). My dear, you can do same today! Have you done something that is troubling your heart right now? Is your conscience unsettled? Please, look for someone you can trust and share your burdens with him or her. I assure you, it will ease the pain of guilt in your heart. So, whatever wrong that is troubling your conscience, confess it to God and seek forgiveness today. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Swallow your pride and seek forgiveness when you have wronged someone.
2. Determine to confess every known sin to God and live each day to the glory of His name.
3. Do not allow the guilt of sin to waste your life, rather, be bold and courageous enough to seek forgiveness.
4. Stop carrying your guilt about, and begin to enjoy clear conscience by avoiding evil.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that God is willing to forgive if we confess our sins. Therefore, I will confess my sin and forsake them today, amen!
Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank You because You’re my God. Search my heart and cleanse my sin, in Jesus’ name, amen!
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May God bless you and open your heart to His will. Today, I command the yoke of sin to be destroyed in your life, in Jesus’ name, amen!
Reflection : Life is fragile and needs peace of mind to keep. Hence, guilt is a heavy load to be carried about in the journey of life.
Quote : “He who is comfortable with sin is prepared to lose his innocence and confidence; and will become a wilful prisoner of conscience.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know those who are led by the Spirit of God are His children? (Romans 8:14).
Today In History : November 4, 2015 – A building collapses in the Pakistani city of Lahore resulting in at least 45 deaths, and at least 100 injured.
Stunning Fact : Did you know snakes cannot blink?
Bible Quiz : Why was Caleb given an inheritance amongst the children of Israel by Joshua?
God bless you!