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Friday, July 26, 2013

When Down is Up ... Insights

Before reading these insights, I encourage you to do the study "When Down is Up."  

Sometimes when my grandchildren are caught red-handed doing something wrong, their immediate reaction is self-defense. It would make their lives and their punishment easier if they just owned up to their sins. And my grandchildren are just like most of us. Self-defense is a universal problem.

We defend our sins even when we have no defense, and once we get into self-defense mode we begin believing our excuses and become deceived. 

What do the passages below tell us about sorrow for sin?

Isaiah 66:2: When our hearts are right with God, we realize our sinfulness more easily and regret it more fully. Far from being bad for our "self-image," it is good for us to realize our weakness and our need for our Savior. 

Warren Wiersbe says: "Isaiah’s message has been, 'Be comforted by the Lord!' ... But God cannot comfort rebels! If we are sinning against God and comfortable about it, something is radically wrong. That false comfort will lead to false confidence, and that will lead to the chastening hand of God."(1)

Psalm 51:16-17: Coming to God in genuine repentance honors God. It is fitting to agree with His truth and admit our disobedience. 

1 John 1:8-10: When we overlook or excuse our sins, we become self-deceived and reject God's Word. Like Satan in the Garden, we call God a liar. 

You might like reading "Innocent," a devotion I wrote about the time we lived on Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and my encounters with all of the "innocent" men at the military prison.

(1) Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). Be Comforted. “Be” Commentary Series (163). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books. 
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