Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15
Key Verses: Psalm 51:3–4
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
Saul deliberately disobeyed God, and even worse, he knowingly lied about it to the prophet Samuel. It was then that Samuel had to deliver the dreaded message that God had rejected Saul as king.
Was Saul sorry? Yes, but he never did accept full blame for his actions. You can hear the attempt at justification in his response: “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them” (1 Sam. 15:24 niv).
Now look at the words of King David, whom God appointed to be ruler after Saul. David had sinned grievously as well, but he said this: “I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned” (Ps. 51:3–4 niv).
Can you tell the difference between these two confessions? Saul did not really repent because he refused to acknowledge the sin as his own. But David knew better. He fully acknowledged his sin, and he asked God for forgiveness.
That is the kind of repentance God wants from you. He knows your heart and your weaknesses, and He wants you to admit them. The Lord wants you to experience the relief and peace of being forgiven through Christ.
Master, I know my transgressions. My sin is always before me. Against You, and You only, have I sinned. I repent. Thank You for the blood of Jesus that cleanses my sin.
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Scripture reading: John 5:24–38
Key verse: Galatians 5:1
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Oswald Chambers wrote,
A spiritually minded man or woman will never come to you with the demand, “Believe this and that,” but with the demand that you square your life with the standards of Jesus.
We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One whom the Bible reveals (John 5:39–40). We are called to present liberty of conscience, not liberty of view. If we are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty—the liberty of realizing the dominance of Jesus Christ.
Always keep your life measured by the standards of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. There is only one liberty, the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.
Don’t get impatient, remember how God dealt with you with patience and with gentleness; but never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it.
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” not “make converts to your opinions.”
Dear Lord, help me make disciples to Your Word rather than converts to my opinions. Set me free through Your Word and then empower me to share that freedom with others.