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How do you feel about sin?
April 5, 2009, 9:19 am
Filed under: Some food for today | Tags: , ,

How do you approach God when you feel like everything is bad? You have had the worse day. You think you’re not worthy because of sin.

Recently I read a blog of John Piper’s that said “A vague feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentence”. This sentence puts it into perspective. It raises the question do you feel bad about the thing you’ve done solely or are you truely repentant?

How can someone that feels so unworthy come to the Father time and time again? I mean I’m talking to the creator of the universe!

Feelings are great servants but terrible masters. These bad feelings are useful but they shouldn’t be the be all and end all. What I mean is that if you’re feeling like crap because of sin then if that leads to repentance then AWESOME. Bad feelings need to translate into conviction for sin. If you just have the feeling and don’t do anything with it then what’s the point.

Getting specific to God is the first thing we all need to do. How often do you pray some times and just be general on prayer points, some times you get into the nitty gritty. Of course God already knows but its for you to acknowledge to Him that matters. John Piper puts it like this “The fog of unworthiness needs to take shape into clear dark pillars of disobedience. Then you can point then and repsent and ask for forgiveness and take aim to blow them up”.

Another quote I like to use that’s related to all this is “Starve what you want to kill and feed what you want to grow”.

  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart (Matt 22:37)
  • Love your neighbour as yourself (Matt 22:39)
  • Do all things without grumbling (Phil 2:14)
  • Cast all your anxieties on Him (1Pet 5:7)
  • Only say things that give grace to others (Eph 4:29)
  • Set your mind on things above (Col 3:2)
  • Rejoice always, and again I say rejoice (Phil 4:4)
  • Give thanks in ALL circumstances (1 Thes 5:18)

I need to be more convicted of my sin, more sorry for not keeping God’s will. This makes me a broken man, angry at my sin. I want to starve the sin so that it can’t grow. Do you hate sin? Or enjoy it now and then? Read Col 3:5 “So put to death what is earthly in you”! Or if you prefer Romans then 8:13 “Put to death the deeds of the body”!

A great verse to end with talks about us coming to God in prayer. How should we do this? Well in 1 John 1:9 it reads “If we confess ours sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. How thankful do you have to be!

Thanks a million God!

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