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The Blessing of Being Forgiven - Part 4 (4 of 4)
INTRODUCTION: We have spent the last few weeks looking at the “Delight of Being Forgiven,” “The Decline That Comes When We Fail To Be Forgiven,” “The Description of Being Forgiven,” and now today we will deal with the “Direction From The One Who Forgives.” During David’s months of disobedience and deceit, David lost his joy, but also lost his confidence and his heart undoubtedly condemned him. He knew he was out of the will of God. Once David confessed his sin to God, repented of his sins and took full responsibility for his disobedience, his confidence returned. Now the Lord begins to personally speak to him.
1 John 3:19-21 “And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.”
Love banishes self-condemnation. The love of God results in confidence about his relationship with God. Psalms 25:14-15 “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.”
V14. “secrets” – counsel or intimate personal communion.
V15. “net” – snares
Ecclesiastes 7:26 “And I find more bitter than death
The woman whose heart is snares and nets,
Whose hands are fetters.
He who pleases God shall escape from her,
But the sinner shall be trapped by her.”
“He who is good before God”
Note the Lord’s Direction to the Forgiven:
I. HE WILL GUIDE US 8
The forgiven are ready for instruction. Only those who are right with God can be taught by God.
The speaker in verse 8 is God Himself. He promises to “instruct,” “teach,” and “guide.” These words speak of wisdom, knowledge and obedience. To instruct is to give insight; teach is to instruct; guide is ...
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