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The Promise of Forgiveness of Sins
Promises that Transform
I John 1:9
Handling Sin in our lives!
Context: I John 1:6-10
Sin is not the problem - it is the denial of sin!
We are not made to carry sin!
Illus.- Remember the duck...
The boy was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma's back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let it fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead. The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch that day, Grandma said, "Sally let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn't you, Johnny?" And she whispered to him, "Remember the duck!" So Johnny did the dishes. Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, "I'm sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally smiled and said, "That's all taken care of. Johnny wants to do it." Again she whispered, "Remember the duck." So Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's, finally he couldn't stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he'd killed the duck. "I know, Johnny," she said, giving him a hug. "I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I just wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you." --
God can't help us if we live in denial!
God has provided and antidote treatment process for sin!
Illus. Snake Serum!
But even more than a Snake Serum it is like Chemotherapy
It takes an on going treatment until the disease is eradicated.
Let face the fact that sin is in the life of the believer!
God hates legalism because it creates self-righteousness!
Self-righteousness denies sin in my life!
Self-righteous Christians are always judging because that is their means of survival!
Illus. Of response to an altar call!
What will others think!
They are always comparing themselves to someone else instead of God's standard!
When I compare myself to God's standard then I have to deal with the fact that there is sin in my life!
Romans 3:10 declares:
10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;(NIV)
It was God that made the first move for my salvation!
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(NKJ)
We couldn't save ourselves because we can't make ourselves righteous!!
That is why salvation does not come by works but by faith!
It comes by Grace!
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.(NIV)
God is not afraid of sin and He does not want us to be in denial about it!
Sin is not the problem - ...
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