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Passing The Proper Torch
2/18/2016

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

Have you ever seen the passing of the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games?  Each person will run a certain distance with a torch originating from a fire in Greece, and they will carry it to an Olympic Cauldron at the designated site of the games. When I think about this process, it kind of makes me think of how Satan attempts to get us to pass on his torch of sin. 

It’s like this—Satan will tempt a person to sin against God, and it will almost invariably affect another person, by causing them to be hurt or offended. It is at precisely this moment where Satan stokes the burning embers of this person’s sin and lights up another type of torch—his torch.  He then reaches out in an attempt to hand off this burning torch of resentment, unforgiveness, anger, and bitterness, as he says, “Here, take this, it is yours to carry now…hold it high for everyone to see, so they may know how you were wronged…”

When I think about all the torches I have personally carried throughout my life, I am so thankful for God’s abundant mercy and grace upon my life. It never ceases to amaze me how much He has forgiven me of, and how much unmerited favor He chooses to pour out upon my life because of His love, my profession of faith in Jesus, and my willingness to repent.  I think all of us, as believers, know that we are richly blessed by God’s continued mercy and grace, but we don’t always pass this mercy and grace along to others, and before you know it, we are all carrying Satan’s torch, and we are in need of a repentant heart.

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NKJV)

Repentance is simply a byproduct of an attitude of a broken heart before God—one resulting in a complete change of our sinful actions.  It is not a heart saddened because it got caught, or held accountable for sin, but one saddened because of our offense toward God—after all, it is God whom we ultimately are sinning against.  Another cool thing about repentance is it doesn’t take long to do—it just takes our willingness to turn from our sinful act, and to earnestly seek to do God’s will.

The next time you find yourself hurt, offended, or angry because of another person’s actions, think about what type of torch you want to carry—will it be a torch of sin, or one of mercy and grace?

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about confessing our sin, and repenting of them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to pass on the torch of God’s mercy and grace to others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time to think before you choose to accept the torch of sin from others.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace and mercy upon my life.  Help me to see the enemy’s temptation to pass on his torches to others.  Help me to pass on Your torch of mercy and grace to others.

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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