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August 24 – A Sinner Must Not Pretend But Repent

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God promised to forgive and restore the people of Israel to their homeland after the enemies have gained an upper hand over them. (Israelites sinned against God; therefore, he allowed the enemies to teach them some hard lessons.) Meanwhile, despite the punishment that the people suffered, God asked them not to attempt an escape with an excuse of looking for a greener pasture in Egypt. God promised to prosper the people in their land if they obey his instruction. Jeremiah prophesied (on behalf of God), “‘If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you. Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’ “But if you say, ‘We will not dwell in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the Lord your God, saying, ‘No, but we will go to the land of Egypt where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor be hungry for bread, and there we will dwell’— Then hear now the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah! Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you wholly set your faces to enter Egypt, and go to dwell there, then it shall be that the sword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die” (Jeremiah 42:10-16).

 

Lesson:

God requires his children to accept correction whenever he corrects them. He expects any of his children who have committed a sin to exercise genuine repentance. That is, any child of God who has stumbled into sin must not pretend but repent. Our God is gracious and he is ever willing to forgive and restore every backslide-Christian.

 

Any child of God who is truly sorry for his or her sin and repents will obtain God’s mercy. The person will be restored to the joy of his or her salvation. The person will also be blessed by God.

 

Children of God must understand that we are not allowed to rejoice in sin and expect God’s grace to abide by us. God will be interested to go the extra mile with us if we can comply with his standard of holiness. Therefore, it is important that every child of God steer clear of sin and serve God in holiness.

 

Prayer:

Dear God, please give me the ability to comply with your laws. Also, give me the grace to stay humble by exercising genuine repentance whenever I transgress. Please direct my steps so that I can faithfully walk before you in every day of my life. Let the reward of my obedience to your laws be enriching in this earth and in heaven also. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.

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James Taiwo
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