5.17.2011

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Confession
"That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Many people confess things on their deathbed.  Things that are kept deep in the recesses of their mind and heart, and hidden away from view.  At the end of this life there is an innate need to confess to another human being the nature of wrongs committed, things left undone or unspoken.  We all know that death is certain, and yet we hold on to wrongdoing until the bitter end.  Maybe we think that if we don't get "caught" in this life, or if our error is not exposed that it will somehow escape the all seeing eye of God?  King Solomon wrote "For the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good." (Proverbs 15:3).   "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:13).  Beloved, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and the Word of God promises that our sin will find us out, but take heart, sin and death have been conquered once and for all  through the precious blood of Christ!
Jesus taught us to keep short accounts with God and man.  James, the half brother of Jesus writes in his letter to the churches "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed." (James 5:16)  This is time tested wisdom from one who lived and walked with the Master.  God requires us to acknowledge and confess our wrongdoing to Him, and with that confession, along with repentance, comes the blessed assurance of salvation!  Praise the Lord for His unending grace and mercy!   Voltaire, the most influential atheistic writer of his day in Europe, said on his deathbed "I am abandoned by God and man and I shall go to hell."  It did not have to be so for Voltaire.  He chose to reject the gift of God, and we all have that same choice.  How about you?
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord"  Will you choose Him today?
Prayer for the day "Lord have mercy on me a sinner"
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