Bad Connection

Leviticus 12:7
“Then he shall offer it before the Lord, and make atonement for her. And she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who has borne a male or a female.”

IMG_1493After conception a woman was considered unclean and her access to the congregation was limited. In order to be restored into fellowship, she had to wait out a period of uncleanness, then bring the appropriate offering. When this was accomplished, her fellowship was restored. Since we live under a new covenant these requirements no longer apply. For us, fellowship is not broken by giving birth, nor is it restored by offering turtle doves or pigeons. That does not mean we cannot do things that will effect our relationship with God, nor does it mean there is a waiting period for a believer who stumbles.

Isaiah 59 states,
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

John explains what a believer must do when they have committed sin;

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.”

Confession is the way back to fellowship, and speaks of agreement. We are confessing when we stop making excuses, blaming others, or justifying our actions;  instead we simply admit what we have done is wrong.

The mechanics of it look something like this. All sin is forgiven the moment we trust in Christ; His work on the cross covers all sin, past, present, and future. When we sin we do not undo the cross. Sin does not revert a believer back to his/her condition prior to receiving Christ.  Instead, sin simply breaks intimacy with God. Like a cell phone connection with only one bar, sin will make it difficult for us to enjoy the benefits of relationship with Christ; His voice seems to go quiet, his presence distant, and we no longer enjoy the quiet assurance of His peace and grace. Confession of sin is designed to restore our intimacy with God.

If your walk with the Lord seems to have grown cold, perhaps it is time to examine the way you live in light of the Word of God. Have you allowed things to creep back into your life that do not belong? If so, just confess and allow Him to wash you clean and revive your heart

Pastor Jim

 

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