STEP SIX: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me.
2023 | Morning Harmony #147
The Bible teaches that separation from God is a consequence of sin and disobedience. Sin creates a barrier between us and God, disrupting the intimate relationship that He originally intended for us.
– Here are some verses highlighting what causes separation from God in our lives.
- Isaiah 59:2 (NIV): “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”This verse highlights how sin creates a separation between us and God, causing Him to turn His face away.
- Romans 6:23 (NIV): “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin leads to spiritual death, further illustrating the separation from God caused by our disobedience.
- Ephesians 2:12 (NIV): “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” Before accepting Christ, we are described as being separate from Christ, without God and without hope.
- Colossians 1:21 (NIV): “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” This verse emphasises the alienation and enmity that existed between humanity and God due to sinful behavior.
The Bible also reveals God’s redemptive plan to reconcile humanity back to Himself:
- John 3:16 (NIV): “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice to reconcile humanity to Himself, offering eternal life to those who believe in Him.
- 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV): “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” Through Christ, God offers reconciliation and forgiveness, not counting our sins against us.
- Romans 8:38-39 (NIV): “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Through faith in Jesus, believers are assured that nothing can separate them from the love of God.
In summary, the Bible acknowledges that sin creates a separation between us and God, it also presents the good news of reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him, we can be restored to a close and intimate relationship with God, never to be separated from His love.
Step six says “I am ready to let God Help.” To turn my will over to His care, because I know He cares and I can trust Him completely. Are you ready.