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Somebodys Watching
6/14/2013

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1John 1:8-10 (NKJV)

I recently heard a news report claiming the government has ordained the collecting of data through the daily phone calls and emails of millions of Americans.   The government spokesperson have already made a public statement, claiming this information gathering is being done legally, in an effort to keep each of us safe from terrorism.  Nonetheless, it still haunts many people who realize they are truly being watched and their conversations are being monitored.  Suffice to say that plenty of wood has been thrown in the fire pits of conspiracy theorists, and the flames are being fanned.

For some people, these actions anger them because they view this secret monitoring as a violation of their civil rights.  And yet for others, knowing the government has been watching their actions has sent shock waves of fear throughout their bodies because their actions are illegal.  The irony being these same people fear the government, but they don’t seem to care that God has been watching them, or that He is aware of every thing they have done in their entire lifetime. 

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Heb. 4:13 (NKJV)

Thankfully we know God is merciful, and He will forgive and cleanse us of our wrongdoings when we repent and confess our sin before Him (1John 1:9).  God can forgive us and yet still judge us righteously because of what Jesus has done upon the cross of Calvary.  His death provided atonement for those who have placed their faith in Him alone for their salvation, and have chose to follow Him. 

The truth is, as Christian believers we really shouldn’t have to fear what people see or hear us talking about as long as our speech and actions are God-honoring (cf Eph. 4:29; Col. 3:23).

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to 1John 1:9, what can we learn about confessing our sin before God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is it your heart to make sure your words and actions are honoring to God?

APPLICATION: Let’s seek to take every thought captive, and choose to make God-honoring choices.  Let’s choose to acknowledge that there is someone more powerful than any government who is monitoring every word and action of ours. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, Thank You for Your mercy, grace and love upon our lives.  Guide us in our actions and words Father.  Convict our hearts when we say or do anything apart from Your perfect will.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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