He cleanses us
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
I blew it again. How many times am I going to mess this thing up? Just when I think I really got a handle on things; I go and do something stupid or have a rotten attitude. I really want to honor God in all I say and do, but inevitably something comes along to knock me off track and I get caught up in some selfish behavior. The biggest dilemma of all this is now it’s too late to give God my first and best response. Or is it?
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever been disappointed in yourself and your attitudes? The fact is that none of us are perfect and because we live in this fallen world, at some time or another we are always going to blow it in some way. However, it doesn’t mean that we cannot still give God our first and best response. Let me explain what I mean. I said to God, “Heavenly Father, I know I have blown it again. I know my attitude is wrong and I repent and change my words and thoughts now to come in line with You. But now it is too late to give you my first and best response to this issue.” Then the Lord showed me that my repentant heart gives me a clean slate. I have confessed that I did wrong and then turned away from that direction of a bad attitude and selfishness and turned back in the direction of God’s way and His grace. Now I have a new chance to give God the first and best response to my circumstance because He has cleansed me from all unrighteousness. It’s a fresh start, a do-over! Glory to God! He is so wonderful and gracious!
Now my response is, “Lord, this is not the ideal situation, I had something totally different in mind for today, but I give these circumstances to you and trust that you will work them altogether for good and keep me on track for the day just as you have so many times before. You, Father, are so faithful, and I know I can trust you with everything that comes my way.” His answer . . . A resounding “Yes!” My first and best attitude and response along with trusting Him to handle my concern has given Him an entrance into the issue and now He turns it all around for good! Thank You Father!
Today I want to encourage you to give God your first and best response in everything that comes your way. When an unexpected situation comes along, turn it over immediately to your Heavenly Father and trust Him to handle it. Let Him know you trust Him and believe that it will all work out. Even when you forget and start stressing and having a bad attitude, know that you are just one step away from getting your “do over”. Simply repent, turn back to God, He will cleanse you from all that unrighteousness, and now you can give Him your first and best!!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 1:5-10