DON’T BEG GOD TO FORGIVE: Acknowledge, Confess and Take Mercy

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I am not an authority in Greek and Hebrew Bible, the usage of it here is based on a little study… I believe God has given me that opportunity to give myself a little scholarship into learning a very little portions of Greek words used in the New Testament writings! With that, I bring to you a teaching that will change your prayer life forever!

God is no longer forgiving sin! All sin has been forgiven but not all sinner have received forgiveness! Don’t panic yet, just read on!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Confession in greek word is ‘homologos’ (ὁμολογῶμεν) which means to say what has been said! It is not to say what we wish to say or to say what we did! It means to say what has already being said! Homologos is a verb, an action word and a present active subjunctive. So it is a doing word… It simply means to repeat what has already being said, it means to repeat God’s word concerning something!

Now, when confession of sins comes up the table, many begins to recount their doings back to God! Who told you God doesn’t know all those things? You can’t even finish recounting all your sins to God, no one can because they are just too many misbehaviors you may be unknowingly guilty of! What then does it mean to confess your sins? It means to say what God has already said concerning your sin! It is ‘homologos your sin’ and not ‘recount your sin’. Now, what has God said concerning my sins

I can find it everywhere from God’s word! The wages of sin is death and so I am a sinner who deserves to die! But still on the sin subject, God has given His son Jesus to pay the price and I believe! Therefore the gift of God is life! You see… Many religious people have problem with this issue of confession of sin, they are not happy with this truth because they feel it is much right to ‘beg’ God for forgiveness…. But no! We don’t beg for it… We receive it! Forgiveness is a believers right! It is everyone’s right…

We approach the throne of Grace with boldness that we might obtain mercy… Not with fear! There is something we must learn from the Psalmist, let’s go there

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5

The word confession used in Psalm is not the same with that used in 1 John. Confession in Psalm 32:5 is a hebrew word “o·v·deh” (אֹודֶ֤ה ) which means ‘to throw or to cast’.

Many thinks that confession of sin means to start recounting our sins to God or to start begging and pleading with God to have mercy on us! God is already merciful, begging Him to have mercy means you are saying He may not likely be merciful. God is already merciful, He is already gracious and He has already paid for our sins! Our sins has been paid for, therefore, we don’t need to beg for forgiveness! We just need to “Homologos” our sin, i.e repeat what God has said concerning our sins! I will show you yet another place in the Bible

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16

The term ‘boldly’ as used in the original Greek writing is “parrēsias” (παρρησίας) and it means “Freedom of Speech” it has to do with confession! It has to do with being very free to say what God has already said concerning your sins no matter how bad it is. And many people also misunderstand what the writer of Hebrew meant when he wrote “in the time of need” which is “eukairon” (εὔκαιρον) in Greek and it means “timely”. There is no separate time when we need God’s mercy than every time! And the mercy has already been given… It is now our duty to obtain it.

The Greek word used for obtain is (λάβωμεν) “Lambano or labōmen” which means “to take”. So when we come to the throne of Grace, we acknowledge (become truthful and sincere about) our weakness but we boldly say what God has already said concerning our weakness and then we comfortable take mercy! God’s mercy rightfully belongs to us, it is not something we beg for! We don’t come to the throne of Grace with pride, no we come with humility, that’s why we acknowledge our weakness.

I have told us what our confession should be all about. But let me show you a more shorter and straight to point summary of what your confession should look like

“let the weak say, I am strong.” Joel 3:10

Paul reacting to this verse in the Old Testament has this to say

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecution, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

You see, Paul is already making that confession! I will end this discussion with another powerful verse from the Psalmist

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Remember we saw earlier that when we say what God already said concerning our weakness, we timely will take mercy from the throne of Grace! Here we see is like in a neat glass, God is our refuge and strength… He is an “EVER-PRESENT” help! That is what that timely is talking about! An ever-present mercy.

What are you still waiting for? As a believer, you don’t need to keep record of your sins, you just need to keep saying what God has said concerning your sins and weaknesses! This principle applies in every area of your life! For instance, when you are sick, you just need to speak what God has said concerning your sickness! You don’t have to wait till you’re sick, just keep speaking the word!

See, God has already given mercy! It is now your duty to come boldly to the throne of Grace and take mercy! You just have to take! How? By simply saying what God has said concerning your situation! Don’t say it in doubt, when you say it, you believe it… Faith is the spiritual hand with which you take what has already been given to you in the spiritual!

God bless you! Please your neighbor needs this eye opener! Feel free to share!