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written by Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Can you imagine a Christian couple actually praying about living together before marriage? Can you fathom a young woman, who professes Christ, even bothering to pray about whether she should marry an unbeliever? Can you grasp a Christian businessman having to pray about whether he should tell the truth in a transaction? When the word of God is so clear, praying to discern God’s will becomes a convenient excuse—or even a prolonged filibuster—to avoid doing what the Scripture commands.

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A desktop from our aunt in California and an Asus laptop from uncle in Taiwan in 2004… fastforward to 2015, a top of the line Asus laptop from aunt in Taiwan and Macbook from aunt in California (dad surprised me today!) God has been so gracious to my family! (Today we have more laptops than family members :P) Wait till I take a picture of the cars…

Thank you aunt Wu and 小阿姨! And thank You God.

This is exciting for me because I grew up loving computers to the point of idolizing them. Today God has brought me to know and love Him and leave my computer obsession behind… and now today I have more than I could have dreamed of.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

 

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Psalm 13

A song from a while back, just remembered it today. It is a good to be at peace with God, to see His love for me in all things.

“We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all… there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Isaiah 53:6, Romans 8:1

“Unashamed”

I’m in that place once again,

where I hide from my shame,

I’m in that place once again,

where I hide from my shame.

But You still call my name,

But You still love me the same,

cause my sins You forgave,

on that cross my price You paid

I’m in that place once again,

in Your arms unashamed,

I’m in that place once again,

in Your arms unashamed.”

Just listened to a sermon by John MacArthur called “The Believer’s Confession of Sin”.

http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-353/the-believers-confession-of-sin

Also, here is an article on the topic “If We Confess Our Sins” by Pastor John:

http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/grace-to-you/read/articles/if-we-confess-our-sins-9344.html

A distinguishing point he makes is between judicial forgiveness and parental forgiveness. One is permanent and can never be taken away, the other is one Christians are to be constantly examining themselves before God as their Father, whom we hurt when we sin:

But the question remains: Why are you supposed to seek God’s forgiveness if He has already justified you? If justification takes care of sin past, present, and future, so there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1), why pray for forgiveness? Aren’t you praying for something that is already yours?

The answer is that divine forgiveness has two aspects. One is the judicial forgiveness God grants as Judge. It’s the forgiveness God purchased for you by Christ’s atonement for your sin. That kind of forgiveness frees you from any threat of eternal condemnation. It is the forgiveness of justification. Such pardon is immediately complete — you’ll never need to seek it again.

The other is a parental forgiveness God grants as your Father. He is grieved when His children sin. The forgiveness of justification takes care of judicial guilt, but it does not nullify His fatherly displeasure over your sin. He chastens those whom He loves, for their good (Heb. 12:5-11).

Confessing sin is a daily part of the Christian life!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

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