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My grandkids and I were talking about God and sin and how to deal with it last week. I shared with them the encouraging Scripture, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." from 1 John 1:9. This Sunday, that verse came up again in church. It's definitely one of those sweet promises of God in the Bible that also makes for great memory verses for our whole Sandwich Generation family from seniors on down to the children and grandchildren, don't you think?
As I've shared before, I'm so grateful to Campus Crusade for Christ and one of their terrific little booklets that taught me about the concept of Spiritual Breathing:
If you retake the throne of your life through sin — a definite act of disobedience — breathe spiritually.
Spiritual breathing (exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure) is an exercise in faith that enables you to continue to experience God's love and forgiveness.
Exhale — confess your sin — agree with God concerning your sin and thank Him for His forgiveness of it, according to 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:1-25. Confession involves repentance – a change in attitude and action.
Inhale — surrender the control of your life to Christ, and appropriate (receive) the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith. Trust that He now directs and empowers you; according to the command of Ephesians 5:18, and the promise of 1 John 5:14, 15.
That has been a real blessing in my life and I have already started teaching the principles to my grandkids.
For more encouraging and comforting Bible verses and pictures, be sure to visit Internet Cafe Devotions. And have a blessed and Word-filled Wednesday as you go about your Sandwich Generation day of caring for elderly parents, while caring for your children or babysitting your grandchildren. 🙂
To me that is the greatest verse in the Bible. They are all good and needful but this is the one we have to follow in order to be assured of eternal life.
we love this verse in our house as well! the breathing idea is pretty cool! 🙂
I LOVE the idea of spiritual breathing…I’ve never heard of that before but you know I’m going to start implementing it into my prayer time…
Kaye, always a blessing!!
Thanks Alida! 🙂
Thanks for sharing the blessing right back Lori – coz you just blessed my heart as well 🙂