January 17-23, 2021 – Milton Dalida
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
As a child growing up I wanted to watch children’s tv shows or movies. But, my parents wanted to watch something else. They prevented me from watching what I wanted to watch. Fast forward to today, there are now tv shows and movies on demand! Wow, what a change! Now everyone and anyone can watch whatever they want on demand on their own viewing devices.
Even though I’m now an adult, I’m still a child of God. Satan tries so hard to prevent us from going to our heavenly Father. Thankfully, God is an all powerful and loving God (Mattew 19:26; Psalm 147:5) We can come to Him as we are (Matthew 11:28-30) and spend time with G.O.D. (God On Demand).
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The beautiful thing about having a loving relationship with God is that we can talk directly to Him, repent, and ask for forgiveness. We don’t have to go through an earthly man, a “vicar of Christ”, to confess our sins and be forgiven. There’s no superficial government protocol. Only Jesus has the authority on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6)
Bottom line, He is “faithful and just”. There’s no corruption whatsoever. No earthly court system can rival the fairness of God. Jesus is our Advocate in heaven. (1 John 2:1-2) What a perfect lawyer to represent a sinful person like me!
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Do you feel unworthy of God’s forgiveness? In fact, we don’t deserve forgiveness in our sinful nature. But, because of God’s mercy and love for us He forgives us if we ask for it. In fact, King David was a “man after God’s own heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14). And even though he committed a great sin and deserved punishment, King David humbled himself and prayed for forgiveness. God had restored him to become one of the greatest kings in history.
When you feel the need to talk to someone about what you’re going through, remember, Jesus is always there to listen. All you have to do is pick up that spiritual remote control and pray to Jesus anytime. He’s available on demand!