DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
1 John 1:7 : But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
We are thankful for the Blood of Jesus that washes white as snow. The Blood has the same power it had 2000 years ago to forgive us of our sins. When we confess our sins, we have a faithful and just God who will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Sin disconnects us from the will of God for our lives. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. The world’s ways contradict to the high moral standard God has set out for us to follow to receive eternal life.
God showed us the magnitude of His love by sending His only begotten Son (John 3:16) to die for our sins that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven. Salvation is a free gift that each one should receive today. Now is the time to turn our back on sin, which leads to death, for tomorrow is promised to no one. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. God wants us to confess and repent of our sins so we can walk from darkness into the marvelous light.
Jesus was condemned when He stayed at Zacchaeus’ house, a chief tax collector and a very wealthy man. The people muttered and said, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” Yes, Zacchaeus acknowledged his sinful state and asked for forgiveness. He declared in Luke Chapter 19, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus also told the Pharisees that it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick and He added, “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Bible says we are to have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires or the pleasures of the world, for we will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If we truly abide in Christ, sin nature should not be a part of us. The Lord said, come now, let us reason together, though our sins are like scarlet, He will make them as white as snow.
Sin carries many consequences. Jesus told the parable of The Lost Son who received his share of his father’s estate then set off for a distant country where he squandered his wealth in wild living. Eventually, he became broke and found himself in a dilemma when the country was faced with a severe famine. He became so poor that he longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. At last, he came to his senses, he returned home and humbly asked his Father’s forgiveness.
Thanks be to God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. If we can only come to the awakening that we have messed up, we have missed the mark and are ready for a change, then Jesus will help us. Jesus is waiting with opened arms to forgive us with love and compassion. As it was with the lost son, Jesus is waiting to make us new again, to put the best robe on us, to put a ring on our finger and sandals on our feet for we were once dead and are now alive, alive in Christ Jesus. Would you give Him that opportunity today?
God promises to bless the righteous and to surround us with His favor as with a shield. He is our strength in time of trouble, and will not allow the righteous to hunger. The Psalmist David tells us in Psalm 37:25-26, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lendeth and his seed is blessed.”
Righteousness entails walking by the Spirit so as not to gratify the things of the flesh which are in conflict to God’s principles for our daily living. If we belong to Christ Jesus, our flesh should be crucified with its passions and desires. And as we live by the Spirit, let us produce fruit in keeping with the Spirit. For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Abel, Noah, Daniel and Job were all righteousness men. They lived in obedience to God and God honored and blessed them.
The time for concealing our sin is over. Confession is good for the soul. King David committed adultery and murdered Uriah the Hittite, but he sought the Lord for forgiveness. In Psalm 51, David cried out, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness, according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.” With such humility, David was forgiven and he was said to be a man after God’s own heart.
No longer must we know the truth and fail to do what is right. God had overlooked ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. God has given us His only beloved Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. I encourage us to repent and be converted that our sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. As we humble ourselves and confess our sins to God like David, Zacchaeus and the Lost Son did, God promises to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness so we can walk in His marvelous light.