Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Letting Go of Sin (copied from Baptist Bread)

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

            Recently a little boy had his hand caught inside a jar. His parents tried every way they could think of to get his hand out of the jar. They tried liquid soap and water. They tried to pull his hand out of the jar. They tried greasing his arm, but all to no avail. Finally, they had to carefully  break the jar away from his hand only to find that the little boy had been clinging very tightly to a nickel.
            I know a lot of Christians who want to get out of all their problems, but they can't let go of the sin in their hands. They pray very vague prayers like, "God, if there's anything in my hand that shouldn't be there, I just want to confess it all right now." They never say, "Lord, I'm willing to let go of the nickel so that my hand can come out of the jar."
            "….and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:7b & 9)

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