Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Peter Yoon of Kairos Christian Church in San Diego, was originally posted on May 27, 2014.
Devotional Thoughts for This Morning
“Dealing with Our Sins”
Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
Sadly, when it comes to making choices, some choose disobedience over obedience. Perhaps it is more difficult to obey, or we know all too well that we will be forgiven with just a prayer away. But do we really want to choose sin over holiness? Throughout the Bible, we see that obedience to God’s Word leads to a blessed life. Psalm 1 compares the life of a blessed person to a wicked person: While one stands as a prosperous tree bearing fruit, the other is depicted as chaff that is blown by the wind. The recipients of the letter to Jude also resorted to twisting the idea of God’s grace and licensing themselves to immorality.
The writer warns the believers that there are still severe consequences to disobedience and immorality, and the fruit that sinfulness bears is stark and destructive. In Genesis 3, we see the fall of man; then only a chapter later in Genesis 4, we see its devastating fruit: cold-blooded, vengeful murder. The slippery path towards destruction can be quick and overwhelmingly horrifying.
We, at times, fool ourselves into thinking that we can get a handle on our sins. And as long as no one else knows about them, we can hide them or manage them. At other times, we might rationalize that our sins are not really hurting anybody else. However, whether the sins are visible or invisible, there is a spiritual reality that God is grieved and displeased. Our Father desires that we become more like His Son, Jesus, in every way. While He is patient, eventually He brings discipline as a loving Father, and no discipline may seem pleasant at the time, but that unpleasantness pales in comparison to bearing the full fruit of sinfulness.
Today is the day—especially because we are living in such a turbulent moment in history— to confess your sins. If you have been holding onto them, confess them before the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, I confess my sins before You (specifically name them). I understand that my sins have kept me from being intimate with You. Please forgive me. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 60
Lunch Break Study
Read 1 John 1:5-10: This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Questions to Consider
- What is true about God’s nature in these passages?
- What is it that purifies us from all sin?
- In light of God’s faithfulness and the blood of Jesus, do you understand what it takes for you to receive God’s forgiveness rather than His discipline?
- Here, it is crucial to take note of what the author does notsay. “Darkness” is not simply equivalent to sin or wrongdoing, but it is the realm that opposes and is hostile to God. This realm is characterized by disobedience and lack of relationship to God. Thus, John exhorts Christians not to walk in darkness. Darkness is not a synonym for “indwelling sin.” Darkness and light are not realities that are within each of us. Rather, they are realities greater than and external to us. Darkness and light are two opposing forces, each making their competing claims upon us. We are challenged to decide in which circle we will choose to live, and then we endeavor to live within it. This is to live by the truth.
- Only the blood of Jesus has the power to purify our sins. Our confession yields to the work of Jesus’ blood to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Did you take time today confessing your sins before the Lord? For some reason, it seems easier to notice the sins of others than your own. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you today of your sins rather than being distracted or discouraged by the sins of others. Confess them.