I receive daily devotionals from the late David Wilkerson. He was one of the most God-fearing Pastors I've ever known. He was a current day Jeremiah, a fearless man who preached the truth no matter the cost. I have relied heavily on his teachings, his words have spoke to my heart many a time. However, I do not take any man's word as gospel, as I always, ALWAYS refer to the Bible, as all Believers should! That keeps us from idolizing man and guards us from false teaching.
You can click HERE to view the devotion that I think speaks to our current day dilemma which puts an emphasis on the "experience" and "signs and wonders" that are not generated by the Holy Spirit and are not indicative of true repentance.
A true turning to God will bring about a brokenness and a contrition over our sad sinful state! Christ's holiness becomes more and more apparent when we truly repent of our sins. It is just part of salvation. Repentance is a turning away from sin and turning to God and His righteousness which is not our own. We can never earn His righteousness -- the Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags - Is 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." KJV
As regards forgiveness, the Bible gives us an illustration in Luke 7:47 "Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little." KJV This was a woman who was a prostitute and who at one time had heard Jesus speak and had received His forgiveness and therefore wanted to show Him how much she loved Him for doing so. All of this took place at the home of a Pharisee who had invited Jesus to dinner and she was there kneeling on the ground, washing Jesus' feet with her tears; tears of repentance and tears of joy. She continued in her loving acts by drying His feet with her hair and then anointing His feet with oil. This was no ordinary woman; she understood what and how much she was forgiven. She understood the love of Jesus and in return she demonstrated her love in the only way she knew how. That is why the Bible says he who has been forgiven much loves much. We can never pay back to God the love which He has shown us. We are forever indebted to Him for His sacrifice on the cross.
I've been forgiven much. How about you? Do you know how great a sacrifice it was for Him to die on the cross and shed His blood for you?
In His service,