Renewal Reading—May 11

by mjongsma on May 11, 2013

Walk Toward the Light

Read

1 John 1:5–10

Focus

Verse 9: But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Consider

At the Bronze Altar, the debt for our sins is paid in full (Hebrews 10:18). Therefore, we no longer live under the penalty or the power of sin (Romans 8:1-2). What has not been removed, however, is the presence of sin. We still live in a world that is under the control of an enemy who stands in direct opposition to God’s plans. We still live among people who are in full rebellion against the authority of God. We live with a sinful nature that resists the truth of God (Romans 7:21-25). At the Altar, God does His part to free us from the gravitational pull of our sinful nature and surroundings. In washing our hands at the Laver, we do our part to resist that sinful pull. When we agree with God about the sin in our lives, we acknowledge our inability to automatically do the right thing. We are also agreeing that our only hope for life is in Christ Jesus. Together, the Altar and the Laver give us the power and the practical steps to live a life that is dedicated to serving and honoring God.

Reflect

What areas of sin in your life have you not fully yielded to God?

Pray

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

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