1 John 1:8

Thoughts from Amanda Cook

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"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
1 John 1:8

Behind the Scenes
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“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

OUCH! ALL have sinned. Everyone. In totality. Not a one hasn’t (except The One).

There it is. Period. The End. Mic Drop. Exit stage left.

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Are you getting my point here? If you’ve gotten this far, good on you. I’m not trying to be trite. We live in a fallen world because of original sin, and we are not the exception. There is no mincing of words in the above two scriptures. ALL, meaning you, meaning me, have sinned.

Make it Real (1)
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Okay, so we all sin. We know that. We live in a fallen world, and nobody is perfect. But I think the real problem here is the deception about it. We deceive ourselves about our sin. We either ignore the reality of our sin and rationalize it away, OR we blow it up into something that just isn’t real. Either way, we are looking and focusing on ourselves. We’re making it all about us.

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And isn’t that right where the enemy wants us? Looking in at ourselves instead of up at our God? Yup, because if we are focused on self, then we are not glorifying God. If we are looking inward, we are not testifying to God’s Grace and Mercy. If we dramatize all that WE are going through, we certainly aren’t bringing anyone else to the Kingdom of God. We cannot do Kingdom work when we are inwardly focused.

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But here’s the really cool thing about all of that. We aren’t stuck in this vicious cycle of focusing on self and missing out on where God is calling us to partner with Him in His work. Because see, when we accept Jesus, we get a very real indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Did you catch that? You are a temple for the Holy Spirit – who is a person of the Holy Trinity.

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We have a Helper that gives that nudge, that conviction, that name to pray for, that uncomfortable urging to do something for Him. We have a tension that is not imaginary but from our Living and Loving God in the form of the Holy Spirit. Andy Stanley, author and preacher, has a saying, “Pay attention to the tension.” And I love this because it reminds me that I am not on my own. If I am feeling a “tension” perhaps I need to stop and pay “attention”. Perhaps God through the Holy Spirit is trying to get my attention off of myself and onto Him.

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Here’s a question: Where have you been feeling a tension? Where are you deceiving yourself that all is well? Or that your sin has doomed you forever? Turn your eyes from yourself and look upward. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

End in prayer (1)
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Dear God,
Thank You that we can turn to You. That You sent a Helper for us that guides us and leads us every day. Help us to pay attention to the tension. We love you Lord!
Amen

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“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

1 John 1:8 

Behind the Scenes

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 

OUCH!  

ALL have sinned. Everyone. In totality. Not a one hasn’t (except The One).  

There it is. Period. The End. Mic Drop. Exit stage left.  

Are you getting my point here? If you’ve gotten this far, good on you. I’m not trying to be trite. We live in a fallen world because of original sin, and we are not the exception. There is no mincing of words in the above two scriptures. ALL, meaning you, meaning me, have sinned.  

Make it Real

Okay, so we all sin. We know that. We live in a fallen world, and nobody is perfect. But I think the real problem here is the deception about it. We deceive ourselves about our sin. We either ignore the reality of our sin and rationalize it away, OR we blow it up into something that just isn’t real. Either way, we are looking and focusing on ourselves. We’re making it all about us.   

And isn’t that right where the enemy wants us? Looking in at ourselves instead of up at our God? Yup, because if we are focused on self, then we are not glorifying God. If we are looking inward, we are not testifying to God’s Grace and Mercy. If we dramatize all that WE are going through, we certainly aren’t bringing anyone else to the Kingdom of God. We cannot do Kingdom work when we are inwardly focused.  

But here’s the really cool thing about all of that. We aren’t stuck in this vicious cycle of focusing on self and missing out on where God is calling us to partner with Him in His work. Because see, when we accept Jesus, we get a very real indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Did you catch that? You are a temple for the Holy Spirit – who is a person of the Holy Trinity.  

We have a Helper that gives that nudge, that conviction, that name to pray for, that uncomfortable urging to do something for Him. We have a tension that is not imaginary but from our Living and Loving God in the form of the Holy Spirit. Andy Stanley, author and preacher, has a saying, “Pay attention to the tension.” And I love this because it reminds me that I am not on my own. If I am feeling a “tension” perhaps I need to stop and pay “attention”.  Perhaps God through the Holy Spirit is trying to get my attention off of myself and onto Him. 

Here’s a question: Where have you been feeling a tension? Where are you deceiving yourself that all is well? Or that your sin has doomed you forever? Turn your eyes from yourself and look upward. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 

Colleen McGeorge

Colleen McGeorge

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Dear God,

Thank You that we can turn to You. That You sent a Helper for us that guides us and leads us every day. Help us to pay attention to the tension. We love you Lord!

Amen  

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