P. Douglas Small
God’s Word for Today
Read 1 John 1:9
Thoughts for Today
It is so easy for Christians to develop an ‘I’m in – he’s out’ philosophy. It is a version of them-us. We the holy and saved; they the unyielding world. Salvation for us is ‘in the bag!’ No worry. No concern. It is ‘the world’ that needs to repent. Not so in the Scripture. The issue of national revival is not on the back of the world. Rather, it only comes if “My people, called by my name repent, and turn from their wicked ways…” Judgment begins in the house of the Lord. Were God to correct the nation, He could very well start with us.
We keep waiting for the world to repent. But they have little conception about sin; it is a lost notion. And they have less understanding of the holiness of God. What must happen is that we, with a view of God’s holiness, must repent. With sincere brokenness and humility (Isaiah 6), there must come a wholesale turning from sin without reference to whether or not others join.
Sin is never to be measured by how near or far we are from the world, how alike or different we are from so-called sinners. No. Sin is measured by how near or far we are from God, how alike or different we are from Jesus.
At our new birth, God gave us blood transfusion that saved our lives. But we live in a world of sin – and its germs are as deadly as ever. We stay healthy by purifying ourselves, by recognizing the symptoms of the deadly disease called sin – and the medicine, the anti-viral treatment prescribed, is confession. Before God, the Divine Physician, we consistently name the symptoms, that is, ‘we confess our sins, and he is faithful and just to forgive us.’
It’s Time to Pray
- Sometime during this day get alone and prayerfully go through each section of the Complete Spiritual Inventory.
- Allow God to reveal any unconfessed sin. Confess, repent and claim 1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Get a map of your city. Mark places in the city where the witness of godly people is sorely needed. Pray for God to “show up!” in these places where his grace is needed, through godly people. Trace the developments in those places.
Pray for an Unreached People Group: Bairwa of India
The Bairwa are influential despite their relatively smaller population. Feeling exploited by the higher castes, they have been involved in the struggle for social rights for the poor and farmers. Pray that the Bairwa will be open to missionaries.