This Month's Promise

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”

- (Psalm 34:17)

Read: Leviticus 16: 21,22


“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1: 9)

Leviticus 16: 21 says, “Aaron is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites - all their sins - and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. In this verse we see a beautiful foreshadowing of the truth found in I John 1:9, where the confession is followed by sending away of the goat into the wilderness. This is the picture of God forgiving or “sending away” our sins that have already been once for all “laid upon” the Lamb of God at Calvary. Jesus, the Lamb of God, came to this world to seek and to save sinners. Sin is as real as our right hand or eye and the forgiveness of sins is as real as the sin itself. Jesus came to grant forgiveness of all our sins. Forgiveness of sins is a personal experience. Think of this - God, the Great Person, comes to you and me, the little, finite, human, mortal sinners and says to us, “If you will turn to me with right attitude, I will forgive your sins.”

Dear friend, have your sins been forgiven by God? Could you lay your hand upon your heart and say, “I have the consciousness within me that God has forgiven my sins. Perhaps you have never thought of your own sins such as gossip, resentment, coveteousness, lustful thoughts as rebellion against God but that is how God views them. (Psalm 119: 4) Have you ever considered that your hasty, unkind and critical words are not just carelessness, they are acts of rebellion of shaking your fist in God’s face. Even our little sins constitute wilful rejection of the Most High God’s sovereign authority. I John 1: 9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and forgive us our sins.” If you are ever to get forgiveness for your sins, you should confess it right away. When you do so, Jesus is righteous to forgive your sins and cleanse you from every unrighteousness.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, grant me eyes to see my sins, my wickedness and my rebelliousness the way You see them, so that I might be convicted, and be humble. Let me not by my rebellion miss the oppotunity of experiencing the blessings You have in store for me. Amen.