The Antenna

The other day one of the guys tried to make a call on the radio. Others around him said they could not hear anything. He went through his check list and said “any better now?”. They said, “Loud and clear.” The difference? It was he attached the antenna. I thought what a great illustration of talking with God. If we are not saved how is anything coming across to God and how are we going to hear from Him. Without the Holy Spirit it just is not going to happen.

Here is a familiar verse for many. 1 John 1:9 reads If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When is the last time you paired Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting with Daniel 9:3-5 3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.?

Read those three verses again.

Stop, pray and seek the LORD as He searches. What is He showing you? Seriously, what is He showing you? If you say, “nothing” let me be blunt, your fellowship and follow-ship with and of Jesus and God the Father must be broken. God is always going to reveal sin to us if we seek Him, if we are in His Word and if we are open to listening to Him. Instead, we should be seeing sin in our life and should have things to confess and repent of. Look again at the example Daniel sets before us. Wow! That is the foundation of revival and a life of growing near to the LORD.

Should we take a moment to look at the two attributes we see of God here in this verse? I think we should. First God is faithful. What thoughts come to mind when you think faithful? Loyal? No it is different from that. Devoted? I see some of that. Trustworthy. Now we are on to something. Dependable? YES! Committed to the person and doing what is right, not right in man’s eyes but what is really right, God’s right. True? For sure. Constant? I see that too. I also think of the one that stays with another in the good times and the tough ones. And one more idea behind this word and thought is unwavering. Those are some of the things I think of when I think about God being faithful. So how am I, how are you, doing at being faithful to the LORD? The other attribute we see here is just. Dikaios is the Greek word used here. It could be translated correctly as righteous also. It has the thought behind it as in court or ruling correctly or a state of being right. Powerful to think of God in this way. Knowing He is all-knowing, all-powerful, does not miss any evidence and accurately judges the evidence. Does that make you uncomfortable? Maybe it should especially if you are trying to hide or hide something. Ya, we are exposed. God is not going to miss it. He is going to see it. He is going to call for an account. Blood has to be shed. God does not leave us there. He just shows us that we need His forgiveness. We need JESUS! Say it again WE NEED JESUS!!

Now we can move on to the second part of the verse and see God will and God does forgive. He cleanses. From sin. Not just some sin but any that we will lay before Him and confess and repent of. That is good news. I will say it again, is there a sin you need to deal with? Or better said, is there a sin that you need God to forgive and cleanse you of?

1 John 1:10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Tied to the great message of the famous verse nine is verse ten . Not so famous and not that pleasant. But you know we go verse by verse and this is next. So what does it teach? Pretty straight forward. If we say we don’t sin we are a lair. Ouch~ But added to that is “and His word is not in us.” Double ouch! Sad to say that so many live at this address. They might not say they don’t sin but many will say, “OH, it is not that bad.” That is not what God says. This sin thing is serious in God’s eyes and it should be in our eyes too.

1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Remember that John is pretty advanced in age at the time he wrote these. But he remembers that he was young when he was with Jesus and knows the importance of teaching the young ones. He does not want to see others sin. Can you say the same thing? I often will read this, “if anyone does sin, (adding) and we will and do and am…” Yes we are going to sin and we need the Father and Jesus to be our Advocate. Think about that word. IT is a person, often in court, as in an attorney, that tells another person’s story. Jesus is our mediator, our go between.

I want to take note of one other thing in this verse. See the, “the Father, Jesus Christ”. You read that correctly. There is no “and”. “And” in the Greek is “kai” which we don’t see here. It appears to me that John is calling Jesus Father. Fascinating.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
Todd

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