DO WE BELIEVE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS?
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I have been reading in 1 John this week and thought back to a few months ago. I had a friend named Pat who had attended the Bible Study I taught several years ago faithfully. She enjoyed the classes, even had the group meet in her home for a while. She had lived a troubled life, but was a pleasant person to be with. She lived alone and had gone out to eat with me several times and I had taken her and her sisters to several services at camp meeting. In spite of all of this, she had never really been able to be settled in her spiritual life.
Several months ago her sister called me one evening and said that Pat had been admitted to the hospital with pancreatic cancer. She said that the doctor said that she had 6 months to one year to live. She was in a lot of pain. We went the next morning to the hospital to visit her. Her sister and some of her family were with her. After we had visited a while her family asked to be excused to get something to eat. Her sister stayed with us.
While they were gone we were discussing her spiritual condition with her. Pat said that she had confessed all the sins that she knew of and still didn't think she was saved. My husband mentioned 1 John 1:9 and quoted it to her. We knew that the devil was trying to rob her of the victory. When we asked if she wanted us to pray for her, she said yes.
After I prayed, she said that she had a warm feeling come over her. I told her to write down the date and time we prayed on a piece of paper and every time the devil came accusing her again that she should point to that paper and tell him he was a liar.
She came home from the hospital and within about a week she died. Her sister said that they found that piece of paper with her after she died.
The devil does not want us to claim salvation even though Jesus said that all we need to do is repent and believe on Him. The devil is a liar and will do whatever he can to keep us out of heaven. I am quite sure that the Lord led us to tell her to put the date and time on a piece of paper to show the devil every time he tried to steal the joy of her salvation.
I firmly believe that Pat is in heaven now praising God because she was able to believe what the Bible said in 1 John 1:9.
That scripture was not only for Pat, it is for everyone who is willing to confess their sins to God, repent (which means to be sorry for the sins of the past and change our actions) and then believe that God is faithful to forgive us of our sins.
God is faithful to every promise He has given. It is our job to believe that!
My card for the week using the Word Art Wednesday verse is:
Have a blessed week and remember "Fear not tomorrow...God is already there."