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The Blessing of Being Forgiven - Part 3 (3 of 4)
INTRODUCTION: Many people truly view God as either a distant, indifferent creator or as a harsh judge. Both views are distorted. God in His Son is the loving Father who welcomes us home. He cleanses us with the blood of Jesus. He restores us to Himself. It has been estimated that over 80% of all illness today me be spiritual in origin, psychosomatic. If we will come to Christ, be freed from guilt and restored to the Father, we can be healed. The depression will be lifted, the emotional pain will be gone, and our spirits and bodies will be renewed because the heavy hand of God’s now has become the light hand of His yes. As John put it, 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In verse 6, the words “for this cause” say it all. In light of verses 1-2 we have seen “The Delight of Forgiveness”, in verses 3-5 we have seen “The Decline of Failing To Be Forgiven” and now we will look at “The Description of Being Forgiven.”
I. THE DESCRIPTION OF BEING FORGIVEN 6-7
God’s desire is not only to forgive our sin; He wants us to live with a sense of cleansing and wholeness.
David’s vivid experience of forgiveness through expressive repentance and confession leads him to urge others to do what he did and receive what he received.
“everyone” - broadens his prayer to include us in the “teaching psalm.”
“For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You.”
In the Disciples Prayer (Lord’s Prayer)
Matthew 6:13 “And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
In the High Priestly Prayer
John 17:15 “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”
Prayer is to ...
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