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If We Confess Our Sins (Friday, October 20, 2017)

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

Introductory Thoughts

The Lord sees and knows everything, but this does not eliminate man’s responsibility to confess his sins to this all-knowing God. Confession exposes or makes known what is already open before God (Psalm 32:5; Proverbs 28:13). In order to maintain proper fellowship with God, man’s sins must be followed by a confession of those sins (Leviticus 5:5; Numbers 5:7), the sooner the better. At times, confession is a personal issue, but at other times, it is a national issue (Ezra 10:1, 11; Nehemiah 1:6; Nehemiah 9:2; Daniel 9:4, 20). Regardless, confession always precedes forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9). Failure on man’s part to confess his sins is to forfeit God’s mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God used Jephthah to deliver Israel after they confessed their sin (Judges 10:6-10, 16; Judges 11:32). Jeremiah told the people how to get right with God (Jeremiah 3:12-13). Consider other examples: Psalm 51:3-4; Isaiah 55:7; Jonah 3:8-10; Luke 15:21-24.
• (For everyone): Are there sins you have committed against the Lord that you have failed to confess? Why? Would you not rather enjoy the forgiveness, cleansing, and mercy from the Lord? What would keep you from making it right?
• When is the last time you called upon God and confessed the sins of your family and your nation?

Prayer Thoughts

• Confess any personal sins that are presently unconfessed.
• Confess the sins of your nation, and beg God’s forgiveness.

SONG: JUST AS I AM

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We Have Received the Atonement (Thursday, October 19, 2017)

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Introductory Thoughts

Sin demands atonement. This is repeatedly reiterated throughout the Old Testament with phrases such as, “I shall make an atonement for your sin” (Exodus 32:30), and “the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these” (Leviticus 5:13). Interestingly, the word atonement contains its own built-in definition. Atonement, generally speaking, puts God and man at one. When atonement is made, man is “forgiven” (Leviticus 4:20) or “cleansed” (Leviticus 14:31). Things are made right! Atonement is a frequent subject throughout the Old Testament, but in the New Testament, we are told about the finality—“we have now received the atonement” (Romans 5:11).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): In the Old Testament, blood had to be offered yearly for the people’s sins (Hebrews 9:6-7; Hebrews 10:1-4). Jesus’ blood paid for our sins (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7). He only had to die once (Hebrews 9:24-28). That is why His atonement is “the” atonement in the New Testament.
• (For everyone): How many times does the word atonement appear in the Old Testament? How many times does it appear in the New Testament? What is the significance of this truth?
• Read Leviticus 17:11. What is it “that maketh an atonement for the soul”? How was this accomplished by the death of Christ? How does Romans 5:11 prove this fact?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank the Lord for the atonement received through His Son.
• Ask God to continually show you what Christ has done for you.

SONG: ARISE, MY SOUL, ARISE

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Bearing the Sins of Many (Monday, October 16, 2017)

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible repeatedly says that the soul that sins shall bear his iniquity (Leviticus 5:1, 17). How does a man bear his iniquity? The answer is quite simple: by suffering the consequences of those sins. Thus, the scripture says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). The apostle Paul confirmed the point by stating, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). A lost man who sins has the unfortunate burden of continually bearing his own sins. Why? Because he has not trusted in Christ’s payment for sins. “Christ was . . . offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28). It is Christ “who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). Thus, man’s choice is whether to continue to bear his own sin or allow Christ to bear it for him through His death on the cross.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Through Adam’s disobedience, sin entered into the world (Romans 5:12) and every man has to bear his own sin (Numbers 15:31). However, the Lord Jesus Christ came to bear your sin (Isaiah 53:4-6, 12; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4). Will you accept Him today (Romans 10:13)?
• (For everyone): Are you going to bear your own sins, or did Christ bear them for you on the cross? Why is this so important? What happens to those who seek to bear their own iniquities?
• In what ways did Christ bear our sins in His body while on the cross? What is the significance of the phrase “that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24)?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank the Lord for bearing your sins.
• Ask God to teach you more about what He did for you.

SONG: BEHOLD! BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

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Church Day (Sunday, October 15, 2017)

Sin—found throughout the Bible, but specifically 110 times in eighty-two verses in the book of Leviticus

Variations: sin, sinful, sinned, sinner, sinners, sinnest, sinneth, sinning, sins

First usage in Leviticus: Leviticus 4:2 (sin)

Last usage in Leviticus: Leviticus 26:28 (sins)

Defined: the transgression of the law

Interesting fact: Sin has a voice and it uses that voice to testify against those who partake in sinful deeds (Isaiah 59:12; Jeremiah 14:7). The Bible says that sin first lures with temptations and lusts and hooks the sinner. Once hooked, in the court of God’s law, sin turns upon those who partake. Paul said it this way, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Romans 7:11).

Bible study tip: The Old Testament uses three primary names for God. They usually appear in the English Bible as God, Lord, and LORD. These variations are translated from varying words and carry independent meanings. For example, LORD is translated from the word Jehovah (a name also appearing in the Bible) and is often employed to depict God as the self-sufficient God. In order to be a good student of God’s word, find out what these names mean and why God would choose to use one name over the other in a particular text.

Sunday, Day 281—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 282—Bearing the Sins of Many
Tuesday, Day 283—There Is No Rest
Wednesday, Day 284—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 285—We Have Received the Atonement
Friday, Day 286—If We Confess Our Sins
Saturday, Day 287—According to Our Iniquities
Day 281: Church Day
Psalm 38:18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

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Make It Right (Friday, October 13, 2017)

Leviticus 6:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

Introductory Thoughts

When a man gets right with the Lord, he should likewise look for opportunities to make things right with his fellow man. If he stole, he should look for an opportunity to restore that which he stole. If he lied, he should go back and tell the truth. If he hurt someone, he should apologize for any harm he caused. This should be the natural overflow of a man’s heart when he realizes he has done wrong. Perhaps the greatest example of this truth occurred in the life of Zacchaeus. When he met the Lord, he declared, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold” (Luke 19:8).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Samuel challenged the people to examine his life and if he had done anything wrong to them, he offered to make things right (1 Samuel 12:2-5). We should be like Samuel. Consider these other examples (2 Samuel 12:1-6; Nehemiah 5:7-12; Proverbs 6:30-31).
• (For everyone): Have you stolen? Have you lied? Have you hurt someone wrongfully? What should you do in an effort to make things right? Are you willing to do what needs to be done?
• Failure to make things right could hinder your walk and effectiveness for Christ. Are you willing to let your pride keep you from doing what is right?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to show you opportunities to make things right.
• Ask the Lord to keep your pride from hindering you.

SONG: I AM RESOLVED

 

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Some Things Cannot Be Undone (Thursday, October 12, 2017)

Numbers 14:39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

Introductory Thoughts

Sin brings consequences. Although the blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin (1 John 1:7), some things cannot merely be undone. The children of Israel were supposed to go into the land of promise, but they chose to believe the report of the ten faithless men, rejecting the faithful report of Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13:26-33; Numbers 14:1-10). It was not until the people heard the looming judgment from God that they changed their minds and determined that they would go into the land of promise. They thought they could merely change their minds and remove all the consequences of sin but soon found out that that was not their prerogative. With or without forgiveness, sin has certain consequences.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Esau despised his birthright and could not get it back (Genesis 25:29-34; Hebrews 12:16-17). Disrespectful children could not take their words back (2 Kings 2:23-24). Saul was disobedient and lost his throne and then his life (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).
• (For everyone): What are some sins in the Bible that were forgiven but still brought lasting consequences (i.e., David and Bathsheba, Moses smiting the rock)? What can you learn from these examples?
• What are some things that could happen in your life that would bring lasting consequences? Could you be forgiven for those sins? Why should this not cause you to take sin lightly?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to give you wisdom concerning the danger of sin.
• Ask the Lord to help you as you deal with the sins of your past.

SONG: NEARER, STILL NEARER

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Fools Make a Mock at Sin (Monday, October 9, 2017)

Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible says that fools make a mock at sin. To understand the import of this passage, one must biblically grasp more fully the meaning of the word mock. According to the scripture, to mock is to deceive (Judges 16:10, 13, 15; Proverbs 20:1), deride (Matthew 27:29-31), laugh at (2 Chronicles 30:10; Job 12:4; Proverbs 1:26), or make light of (Job 39:22). Additionally interesting, the word mock came into English from a word that meant to blow the nose. Men who make light of a statement or event often demonstrate their mockery by this type of nose-blowing gesture. However, sin is not to be considered a light matter and this type of attitude should never be demonstrated toward sin. God is not to be mocked (Galatians 6:7) and sin is not to be mocked.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Jeroboam caused Israel to sin (1 Kings 12:20, 26-30). Ahab took Jeroboam’s sins lightly and did worse acts than he did (1 Kings 16:30-33; Proverbs 10:23a). God was not mocked (2 Kings 17:22-23). Judah mocked God’s messengers and did not get away with it (2 Chronicles 36:14-20; Jeremiah 25:11).
  • (For everyone): Do you make a mock at sin? Do you mock when the preacher preaches against sin? Do you mock when you read of God’s warnings concerning sin? If so, what kind of person does the Bible suggest that you are?
  • According to Jude 1:18, mockers walk after their own ungodly lusts. Think of some people in scripture who fit that description.

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to give you a healthy fear of Him and a fear of sin.
  • Ask the Lord to show you the present condition of your heart.

SONG: ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOUR BLEED?

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Adding Sin to Sin (Saturday, October 6, 2017)

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Introductory Thoughts

Many people take a lax attitude toward sin. They choose to continue in sin thinking that the consequences are not mounting up. The scriptures indicate something quite different. At one point, the people of God came to the prophet Samuel in great fear because they had “added unto all [their] sins this evil, to ask . . . a king” (1 Samuel 12:19). At another time, the heads of the children of Ephraim stood up and said, “whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass” (2 Chronicles 28:13). It is imperative that men be sober minded concerning sin. Even if a man is saved, he should not continue in sin that grace may abound (Romans 6:1-2).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): John the Baptist had reproved king Herod for many evils, including the taking of his brother’s wife. Herod added to his sins by putting John into prison and having him beheaded (Luke 3:18-20; Matthew 14:10).
• (For everyone): Are you daily adding sin to sin? Are you unwilling to consider God’s disgust for your sin? Are you unaware that men will give account for the things done in their bodies (2 Corinthians 5:10)?
• How does it show a lack of wisdom when an individual decides that it is a light matter to continue to add new sins to those already present in the heart?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to give you a distaste for sin.
• Ask God to show you the nature of your own heart.

SONG: AT CALVARY

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