Everything that's good that is in my life is straight from God as a blessing from God.
I do feel loved by God.
Not only did He do His death and resurrection for me, but He did it for every person in the whole entire world and He wants to have an amazing relationship with everyone.
By faith you can experience God's love and forgiveness and live as a spiritual person. Faith, not your own effort, pleases God.
But it isn't enough to just have faith in faith itself. On a winter day, a man can have great faith that the ice on a lake would support his weight. With great faith he can boldly walk out on thin ice-and get very wet.
You must place your faith, weak or strong, in an object worth trusting. The object of a Christian's faith is the Lord Jesus Christ and His holy, inspired Word.
Christ's death, in your place, is the basis for your forgiveness. Because of Christ's substitutionary death on the cross, your forgiveness is not merely a hope. It is a fact!
Christ paid the price for all of your sins-totally, once and for all. If you are a Christian, all of your sins-past, present, and future-have been forgiven. You cannot add anything to what Christ has already done for you. That has already taken place - the moment you confessed your sins and placed your faith in Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Hebrews 10 proclaims:
"For by that one offering He made forever perfect in the sight of God all those whom He is making holy. Now, when sins have once been forever forgiven and forgotten, there is no need to offer more sacrifices to get rid of them." (Hebrews 10:14,18, TLB)
To receive God's forgiveness, simply confess your sin and accept His forgiveness by faith. This is a process called "Spiritual Breathing."
Just as you exhale and inhale physically, so you must also breathe spiritually.
You exhale spiritually when you confess your sins. In 1 John 1:9, the Bible promises that "if you confess your sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive you and to purify you from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9, NIV)
To confess your sins means to agree with God about your sins. It is a threefold agreement.
First, you agree that your sins are wrong and grieve God. God is holy and will have nothing to do with sin.
Without acknowledging your sin, you have no hope of salvation. 1 John 1:8,10 explains that, "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives."
(1 John 1:8,10, NIV)
Second, you recognize that God has already forgiven your sins through Christ's death and the shedding of His blood on the cross.
Confession, then, is an expression of faith and an act of obedience. It results in God making real in your experience what He has already done for you through the death of His Son.
Unconfessed sin short-circuits the flow of God's power in your life.
To maintain a victorious Christian life and live as a spiritual Christian, you must keep short accounts with God. By that I mean, you confess any sin that enters your life the moment God's Holy Spirit reveals it to you.
Third, you repent. You change your attitude, which results in a change of action. Through the strength of the Holy Spirit, you turn from your sins and change your conduct. Instead of giving in to the compulsion of your worldly, fleshly nature, you now do what God wants in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through confessing your sins, you begin the process of "Spiritual Breathing" by exhaling. You change from a worldly Christian to a spiritual Christian by inhaling, appropriating the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit by faith. The only hope anyone has to overcome sin is a supernatural cleansing-the cleansing that only God can perform through His Son, the Lord Jesus, who died and shed His blood for our sins.
By faith you can simply claim as true what Jesus Christ has said and done for you. By faith you can view yourself as God views you, as His child-loved, forgiven, and cleansed. And by faith you can accept God's forgiveness and cleansing.
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