Nehemiah 9:6-38 At the heart of Ezra’s prayer, there is a tremendous description of God: ‘You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love’ (Nehemiah 9:17). This is ‘our God’. ‘Our sins’ are great. The love of God is even greater. We look at ‘our sins’, […]Read More Our sins are great. The love of God is greater. Bring your sins to Jesus. Let His blood cleanse you from all sin.
Sin brings sadness. Salvation brings gladness.Read More Sadness And Gladness
Lord, we read about Israel’s sin – ‘They soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His counsel… They despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His promise… They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord… They rebelled against the Spirit of God’(Psalm 106:13,24-25,33). This is not only […]Read More A History Of Sin – And A History Of Salvation
* May God give us grace to be “right with God” without taking any glory to ourselves. All the glory belongs to Him. Every sign of spiritual growth is always His doing. It has nothing to do with our being “pretty good people.” * May God, through His Word and His Spirit, bring us each […]Read More The sin is ours. The guilt is ours. The salvation comes from God. The glory belongs to God.
Genesis 3:1-5 We have read about the beginning of creation (1:1). Now we come to the beginning of sin. In these verses, we have temptation. Note that temptation is not sin. It only becomes sin when we do what the tempter suggests (6). Temptation comes from ‘that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan’ (Revelation […]Read More Where are you? God is looking for us – to bring us back to Himself.
“men have tried to construct abstract and causal answers to this question of sin’s origin and … have violated the very limits of objectivity … Whoever reflects on the origin of cannot engage himself in a merely theoretical dispute; rather he is engaged intimately, in … the problem of sin’s guilt.” (Sin, p. 14, emphasis […]Read More Sin – That’s the Problem!
Genesis 4:6-16 In the story of Cain, we see the development of sin. Jealousy leads to anger, and anger leads to murder. In this story, we see ourselves in the ‘mirror’ of God’s Word. Here, God emphasizes our exceeding sinfulness – ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt’ (Jeremiah 17:9). Our sinfulness […]Read More “There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.”