A lot of us, myself included, feel that we need feelings, some say
affirmation or warmth, happiness to have FAITH in our walk with
God. But feelings and confidence are the by product of our Faith.
Let me explain…
I believe the Lord wants us to see what happens when we take the
Bible seriously.
A pastor friend of mine, Larry Kreider says it this way…
“Imagine a train running down a track. We could say that the
engine that pulls the train is the Word of God, the next car is our
faith, and the last car, the caboose, is our feelings. When we place
our faith in the Word of God, our feelings will always follow, just like
the caboose does. Let’s purpose in our hearts to live by the truth,
the Word of God.”
In Hebrews 4:12 in the The Passion Translation it tells us this..
“For we have the living Word of God, (the Bible) which is full
of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. (In some translations, a
two edged sword) It will even penetrate to the very core of our
being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It
interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of
our hearts.”
Hebrews 4:12 TPT
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I would claim that both the Bible and The Holy Spirit are what give
us discernment.
When we let our feelings rule our beliefs we miss out on the truth
written in the Word of God.
In John 10:10 Jesus says this…
“A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal,
slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything
in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until
you overflow!”
John 10:10 TPT
Has d-evil lied to you? Told you that your not worth of God’s love
and His forgiveness? This Usually comes at us after we sin.
Are you unsure in the area of forgiveness?
If your like most of us, you sin, then confess it, and then later you
commit the same sin again; then you feel guilty and the process
starts all over again. Making us feel unworthy of love and feeling
down about ourselves, even like a failure. That’s the way d–evil
works agains us
So how do you get off this merry-go-round?
First let me say that the fact that you feel guilty is a positive sign. It
verifies that you are a believer in Jesus Christ. For if you were not
a believer, why would you care about your sins in the first place.
Because the Truth of the Bible rings true in your feelings of guilt.
There needs to be a change.
Romans 8:1 says:
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1NASB
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When you believed the gospel of your salvation your sins were
forgiven both past, present, and future.
So if that is true, why do we have to confess them? Does that
mean if I die with unconfessed sin that I will lose my
salvation? Absolutely not! We are eternally secure in Christ
(Romans 8:38-39).
“So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the
universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m
convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles,
fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing
in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his
love. There is no power above us or beneath us—no power
that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us
from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us
through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!”
Romans 8:38-39 TPT
Thats the reason 1 John 1:9 tells us to confess our sins; it’s
because of fellowship and not our salvation.
The Apostle John tell us this in 1 John 1:5-9..“This is the
message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is
light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if
we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in
spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we
are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have
fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are
only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we
confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
1 John 1:5-9 NLT
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Notice that this is about having fellowship. Verse 6 says that if we
claim to have fellowship with God and yet walk in darkness
(commit sin), we are not practicing the truth. Then in verse 7 it says
however if we walk in the light as God Himself is in the Light, we
then have fellowship.
A prerequisite for fellowship with God therefore is our daily
confession of any known sin (1 John 1:9). Let’s look at that
“But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them,
he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to
forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 TPT
It’s the Holy Spirit who now works our conscience to reveal our
Actually we should confess our sins the moment we commit one,
because we do not want sin to take control over us (Romans 6:12;
Galatians 5:17).
“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful
Romans 6:12 NLT
“The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite
of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that
are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two
forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free
to carry out your good intentions.”
Galatians 5:17 NLT
But to truly grow spiritually, we must read and meditate of the Word
of God every day. We need to immerse ourselves, in worship,
listening to music, reading, listening and in study of the Bible, even
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hanging out with believers that are like minded; going to church
In this way, our minds become renewed.
To meditate simply means to “roll something around over and over
again in our minds.”
When I understood this, after I gave my life to Christ, I was in a
Bible Study Group (Navigator’s 2/7) we would take two verses on
small cards with us all week, then pull out the card to memorize
and think about at different times throughout the day each week,
then come together and quote them to each other by memory.
Partnering and accountability was the commitment. I
memorized many verses this way. As we fill our minds with the
Word of God and fellowship, we will start to think like God thinks.
As far as our sins go. God is always ready to hear our
confessions, and whatever other cares we might have in our
Hebrews 4:16 says:
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of
grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in
time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NASB
Whenever we commit a sin, we should always confess it
immediately for the purpose of having our fellowship restored to
Over and over again as necessary.
By the way committing a sin, this has nothing to do with our
salvation, we are sinful by nature, that was settled when we
believed the gospel it’s known as the(Good News). Jesus died on
the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins. God wants us to
know His Love and His Will for us.
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Paul wrote it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4…
“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the
Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then,
and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves
you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless,
of course, you believed something that was never true in the
first place. I passed on to you what was most important and
what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins,
just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised
from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NLT
God desires that we have an ongoing relationship of unbroken
fellowship. 1 John 1:9 is an exhortation to continuous fellowship
with Him. God desires that we have an ongoing relationship of
unbroken fellowship with Him. God is always ready to forgive us of
our sins, whenever we confess them.
Having faith in the truth of God’s Word(s) comes way ahead of our
feelings. It comes first. As we meditated on it, live it out daily, pray
and confess our sins; then we live our lives better, in the way God
has designed us to live!
Victoriously and in love for one another and as a light in the world
Like Christ intended.
Remember, His will and His Word are one. The Word – truth is the
engine, as we believe it and place it in our lives is Faith – the first
car. Then comes feeling – the caboose. They are the map for us to
understand and guide us in our lives.

Author: C.O.R.T. Editor

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