Romans 14:23b tells us that "whatever is not from faith is sin".  So anything that we do without faith is sin.  In our soulish realm, we do this all the time, and this places everybody in the same category.

Everyday I say, "Lord, I thank You that I'm washed clean by the Blood of Jesus."  Sin is taken care of ... I don't have to think about it, I don't have to dwell on it.  Yes, I make mistakes, but Jesus takes care of it.

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.

This Scripture says that those who confess their sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us of those sins.  He isn't concerned about it.

Religion plays on our sin nature which is still there, but has lost its power in us.  

BUT ... and this is very important!  We have to ask for forgiveness.  If we do not ask, we won't have it.

James 4:2b says that we do not have because we do not ask.  So if we ask Him for forgiveness, we are forgiven.

God is not the One Who brings it back and reminds us of it ... the devil does this.  He comes and reminds us of all the mistakes (sins) we have made.

Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler 



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