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I’m Sorry

SIH STSTA ICONDo you know one of the hardest phrases to say in the English language consists of only 7 letters which make up only two words?  That phrase is “I’m sorry”.

When we say “I’m sorry” we are admitting to ourselves, and to others, that we have erred.  Whether on purpose, or accidentally; we messed up.  We wish we could take it back; but we can’t.  All we can do is come and speak that dreaded phrase, “I’m sorry”, and hope that undeserved forgiveness is granted to us.

The Bible goes into great detail about the need for sorrow when we sin against the Lord and others around us. Let’s see what the Bible teaches us about sorrow, and especially sorrow for our sins against God.

THE SCRIPTURE:

Ps 51:1-19

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions… Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.  

 

THE STUDY:

Throughout the Bible, our sin, and the need for sorrow before God cannot be overemphasized… the picture of a sorrowful heart is found in Psalm 51:.  Here, the many aspects of sorrow are described by King David, who after having an illicit relationship with Bathsheba, comes to a realization of his Lord’s view of his sin.

Here are basic principles about sin, sorrow and forgiveness we can find in this Psalm….

Principles About Sin

Our sin is revealed to us by the Lord – Nathan the prophet had come in unto David and revealed David’s sin to him. –  

Heading – To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Vs 6 – and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Sin causes a hindered relation with God.  

Vs 10 –  and renew a right spirit within me.

Vs 11 – Cast me not away from thy presence

Sin causes spiritual weakness and loss of communication between God and man

Vs 11 – and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Sin brings guilt upon the offender and the deserving of punishment, both temporal and eternal.

Vs 14 – Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation:

Principles About Sorrow

True sorrow results in a change in our desires.  Our heart now has desries to to be free from the sin that was committed and a desire to follow the Lord. This change in our desires is called “repentance” 

Vs 2 – Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

True sorrow results in a willingness to admit the sin and accepting the blame. True sorrow doesn’t seek to justify or excuse its actions, but readily accepts responsibility and acknowledges that wrongs have been done.

Vs 3 – For I acknowledge my transgressions:

Vs 4 – that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.

Vs 5 – Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 True sorrow causes the sin to be a plague, never allowing rest until the sin is dealt with.  It is likened to the breaking of bones, hindering every aspect of one’s life. –

Vs 3 – and my sin [is] ever before me.

Vs 8 – [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.

True sorrow for sin recognizes that not only man, but Almighty, Holy God has been offended

Vs 4 – Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight:

Vs 6 – Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:

True sorrow works shame in the heart.

Vs 9 – Hide thy face from my sins,

True sorrow results in a recognition of the filth of sin and the need for cleansing

Vs 10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God;

Godly sorrow is an absolute necessity for forgiveness

Vs 17 – The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

True sorrow is concerned with sins affects on others

Vs 18 – Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Vs 19 – Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Principles About Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an act of mercy.

Vs 1 – Have mercy upon me, O God,

Forgiveness is an act of love.

Vs 1 – according to thy lovingkindness:

God’s love, mercy and forgiveness is unlimited.  There is no sin so great God cannot forgive.  There is no sin that God cannot cleanse. 

Vs 1 –  according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Vs 7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Vs 9 – and blot out all mine iniquities.

Knowledge of being forgiven by God restores joy, and gladness to the heart that has been broken, knowing the sin has been released.

Vs 8 – Make me to hear joy and gladness;

Vs 12 – Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;

Divine forgiveness is accompanied by a restoration of fellowship and the enabling of the Holy Spirit to begin service to the Lord again.

Vs 12 – and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.

Vs 13 – [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Vs 14 – [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

Vs 15 – O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Divine forgiveness is not based upon any good works of “retribution”.  True forgiveness is granted based upon God’s gracious intervention in our lives.

Vs 16 – For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

When we recognize the wickedness of our sin and the completeness of the Lord’s forgiveness, our hearts should be melted and our appreciation overflowing.  Should we not serve Him with all our hearts and lives when we consider all He has done for us?

Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

For those who have yet to be saved…

As fallen mankind, our greatest need is to recognize the heinousness of our sin and the grief we have brought upon our Lord and Savior.  This knowledge, through God’s intervention, should lead us to godly repentance.  Godly repentance is a combination of: a sincere, heartfelt sorrow for our sin; a desire to forsake that sin; a turning to Christ in helplessness, seeking His salvation; and a submission to the desires of Christ for our life.

If you desire more information about salvation be sure to visit my web page entitled “How To Have A Relationship With God”.   Also, please feel free to email me with any questions or comments you may have.  Also I would encourage you to seek out a Bible believing church and talk to the pastor/counselor in that church for more information about sin, sorrow, and forgiveness.

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To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

Take A Look At My Wife’s Artistic/Scriptural Devotion Blog http://alivewithchristart.blogspot.com

Follow my Squidoo Instructional Lens “Presenting God’s Grace” “The Solemn Obligation To Present the Doctrines of Grace to the Lost and Saved Alike” http://www.squidoo.com/presenting-gods-grace

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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Turn, Turn, Turn – Our Ever Changing World

SIH STSTA ICONThe 1960’s group the Byrds recorded a hit song “Turn, Turn, Turn”.  This song is based on a section of Scripture found in Ecclesiates 3:1-8.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4

Basically, these verses tell us that God’s plan for mankind is constant change.  This means that events are constantly changing around us, nothing on this earth can be expected to last, nor can it be expected to possess eternal value.

The Byrds named this song “Turn, Turn, Turn” to reflect the ever changing nature of the world.  However, they did not realize that by entitling this song “Turn” they were also giving us the key to stability and eternal security in the midst of this ever changing world….

THE SCRIPTURE:

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luk 24:46-47)

THE STUDY:

Our text can be divided into 2 parts:

Part #1 – vs 46 –

This verse teaches us the basis of true peace, contentment and security in the midst of an ever changing world… the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on behalf of His people.

Thus it is written,

The basis of our security on this earth is a subject covered in great detail throughout the entire Bible.  Both Old and New Testaments are filled with prophecies, historical accounts, and personal testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ, His work while on earth, and the results of that work.

and thus it behoved

The Greek word translated “behoved” is a word that means “it was absolutely necessary”, “binding to fulfill a purpose”.  In other words, what Christ accomplished as He lived, died and arose was a work that was absolutely necessary to be performed.  He was bound to perform this work if His people were to be saved and made secure.

 

Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

This work of Christ involved, His suffering and death at the hands of the Jews, the Romans, and by implication, each one of us.   He suffered and died for the sins of His people so that they might be saved. (Matt 1:21)  We all have sinned, and therefore, by implication, are responsible for the suffering and death of Christ.

Christ’s suffering and death on the cross was an absolute necessity to pay the price for the sins of His people (Col 1:20-23, Col 2:13-15)    Then, Christ’s resurrection was the proof given to man that His sacrifice was acceptable to God to pay the price for the sins of His people. (1 Cor 15:12-18)

Together these works of Christ (His death, burial, resurrection, and their proofs, make up the gospel “good news” of Christ 1 Cor 15:1-8).

Part #2 – vs 47 –

This verse teaches us of our need to turn to Christ to receive His salvation and security.

And that repentance and remission of sins

Here, the word “repentance” comes from a Greek word defined as “to turn”, “to reverse” or “to change”.

In other words, salvation will only come to those who are willing to turn from their sin and their unbelief.

In Mark 1:14-15, Jesus Himself issues an invitation to those who see their need of forgiveness, communion and security from God.  What was His call? “Repent ye and believe the gospel”.

He was telling sinners everywhere that they were to turn:

  1. from sin to His service (they must come being willing to give up their sin and be willing to now obey Him.)
  2. from rebellion to submission (they must be willing to no longer live for themselves but now be willing to submit to His will for their lives.)
  3. from disbelief to faith in Him (they must leave their doubting and denial behind and come to acceptance of His existence, Deity and work on their behalf.)

This is the type of “turning” that the Bible prescribes for anyone who sees their sinful condition and desires forgiveness from the Lord Jesus Christ.  This “turning” works faith in our hearts as our attitudes about sin, Christ, and His Word changes we come to a point of belief in Him.

 

As Christ intervenes in our life He turns us from sin to Him and, in doing so, grants us remission for our sins.  “Remission”  means “to deliver” or “to grant freedom from”.  Much like a rescued slave is delivered from their captivity and granted their freedom, Christ does the same for the truly repentant.  (Gals 4:3-7)

 

should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

This message is so important Christ has given a command for us to take this message of “repentance and remission” to everyone on the face of the globe.   Why? Everyone has sinned and is in the need of a Savior.  (2 Tim 2:25-26, Acts 17:30)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For the Christian….

We should always have thankful hearts, realizing Christ gave us the ability and led us to repentance entirely based upon His grace….  (Jer 31:18, 2 Tim 2:25-26).  Lets serve Him today from a heart filled with appreciation for all He Hass done for us!!!

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

The call of Christ is plain “repent ye and believe the gospel”. Turn to Christ and trust Him with your sin, your life, your needs, your goals… and your eternity.   It is only through turning to Him and trusting Him that you can receive forgiveness from your sin, peace in the midst of a turbulent world, and security knowing you are headed for an eternity with Him in paradise.   (Romans 6:, 2 Cor 4:)

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To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

Take A Look At My Wife’s Artistic/Scriptural Devotion Blog http://alivewithchristart.blogspot.com

Follow my Squidoo Instructional Lens “Presenting God’s Grace” “The Solemn Obligation To Present the Doctrines of Grace to the Lost and Saved Alike” http://www.squidoo.com/presenting-gods-grace

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

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Change We Can Believe In… It’s Not Just An Election Slogan!

SIH STSTA ICONIn 2008, during the presidential campaign, the slogan “Change We Can Believe In” was brought to our attention… over, and over, and over, and over again!   It was the slogan chosen for the Obama presidential campaign in an attempt to capture the desires of the electorate.   Apparently, based upon the result of the campaign, the slogan had hit a nerve with the people.

The desire for genuine change applies to many, many people, cutting across all age, gender and race barriers.  Talk to almost anyone in today’s time… they are unsatisfied, and wanting change to take place in all aspects of their lives.  The problem comes when we impatiently demand change, any change, without considering its end results.  Many times this type of change leaves us worse off than we were prior to the change.

The Lord helps us to recognize the most important, beneficial change that a person can experience in their life.  Let’s see what type of change will always lead to our benefit and satisfaction…

THE SCRIPTURE:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,…  (2Co 5:17-18)

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mar 1:14-15)

THE STUDY:

In 2 Cor 5:17-18 – we read about the greatest change a person can experience in their life… this change is brought about by God in the heart of man:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”  –  In other words, just as God created us at our conception by giving us our physical life; so too, He can also recreate us, giving us our spiritual life through the work of Christ.

“old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – This change results in a transformation in our lifestyle and way of living.  What we used to love we now hate (sin and rebellion to God) what we hated we now love (Obedience to Him based on His word).

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ” – Finally, our first text reveals the creator of this great change… it is God (“all things are of God”). It is through His will and workings in our life that we experience this wonderful change.  He changes us and brings us to Himself (“reconciles us”), through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.  When Christ died on the cross, He was paying the penalty of the sins of His Father’s people (John 17:9-13).  This payment results in the forgiveness of our sins and adoption into the family of God.

In our second text, Mark 1:14-15 teaches about our response to the Lord’s working in our heart…

“preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:” – This message of Christ was spoken to prepare mankind for His death and resurrection  and the reception of a new life in Christ.   This message was good news (“gospel”) of Christ.

“repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mar 1:14-15) –  Here, our response to His intervention is described as belief and repentance.   Remember how we said that we become a new creature when God intervenes in our life?  We said that this change brought us a change of lifestyle and way of living.

The terms “believe” and “repent” reflect this change in our life as well:

“To repent” – means to change, especially to change our minds, to think differently about things.

“To believe” – has the idea of accepting something as absolute truth and relying on it.

Why are repentance and belief necessary responses to the Lord’s workings in our life?….

To become a new creature in Christ many of our old attitudes about sin, death, the Bible, and even the Lord Himself must change and we must come to believe a new set of truths.  This is what becoming a new creature is all about… it is a life changing experience that revolutionizes the way we look at many different spiritual issues.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those of us who are saved, as “new creatures in Christ”, we should constantly review and reinforce the truths we have come to accept.  By doing this, we are constantly reminding ourselves of the true nature of this world, our Lord, His Word, and eternity to come. (Roms 12:2).

For those who have never come to a saving knowledge of Christ, it is necessary to act upon the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…  “repent ye and believe the Gospel”.

In other words.…

“Change your mind about your sin…. See your sin as harmful and an act of disobedience to the Almighty God, recognize your need to hate it and rid it from your life.”

“Change your mind about The Lord… See Him as your only hope of salvation, recognize He is the ultimate authority holder, who loves you and desires your worship.   Look to Him as your only source of spiritual life.”

“Change your mind about your eternal status before God…. See that without Him you have committed sin and the guilt of your sin remains upon you.  You deserve eternal punishment and, without Him, you cannot escape that judgment.  But, through His intervention in your life, you can escape that punishment and know that someday you will enter eternity with Him”

“Change you mind about His Word, accept the fact that His Word is true, it can be relied upon, look into its message and see the way of salvation clearly revealed to you.  Understand that His Word is a vital part of your daily walk of life and contains “His revealed will” to man in its entirety.”

And finally….

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, rely on His death on the cross to pay the entire sin debt you have built up in your life.  Realize He suffered for you so you could escape the eternal suffering of hell.  Place your entire being at His mercy and accept that you can do nothing to save yourself… all you can do is rely on Him for your soul’s salvation.”  (John 3:14-18)

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

Follow my Squidoo Instructional Lens “Presenting God’s Grace” “The Solemn Obligation To Present the Doctrines of Grace to the Lost and Saved Alike” http://www.squidoo.com/presenting-gods-grace

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”