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Rising and Falling

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"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." - 1John 1:8-10

Being a Christian doesn't mean you are perfect or that you will be perfect in this life. What it does mean is that you are in a never-ending battle with sin and the flesh. Pastor Vance often says, "Holiness isn't the absence of sin, it's the presence of a struggle." But if we say that we have no sin in us, we make God a liar. However, if we acknowledge our sin to Him, he graciously and righteously forgives us and cleanses us of even the things we don't know about! Proverbs 27:16 tells us, "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again". In Christ, though we may stumble and we won't stay down. Because of God's grace and the work of His Son on the cross, we can embrace His forgiveness for our shortcomings and rise again.

Prayer:

Have you acknowledged your sin to God and embraced His forgiveness for your shortcomings?

A Life of Repentance

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"I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord'; and you forgave the guilt of my sin." - Psalm 32:5

The Christian life is a life of continual repentance because we find ourselves often "missing the mark" and failing to follow God without blemish. Sometimes we may come to a point of utter frustration and anger over our failures. It can begin to feel hopeless for the believer who is in a season of struggle, but we shouldn't lose heart. The way we combat sin is not to hide it or even to be ashamed of it, but to confess it to God and ask Him to do what only He can do: extend to us His grace! And remember that no matter how you stumble, that grace enables grace to live holy lives before Him and experience the moment-by-moment victory He alone can bring.

Prayer:

Do you regularly confess your sin to God?

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