Two Important Promises
What Do I Do if I Sin?
You have received a new life. However, you are not perfect and at times you may sin and fail God as a Christian. God knows our weaknesses. He still loves us and wants us to run to Him at these times, not run away from Him. When you sin, you do not lose your relationship with God - you are still His child. However, your fellowship with God is broken, which hinders your prayers and blocks the flow of Gods blessings to you. But God has provided a way for you to put things right. He promises: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
As soon as you ask for His forgiveness, He will forgive you and restore your fellowship with Him. He has promised to do this. If you fail, dont give up. Confess the sin, receive forgiveness and carry on. Remember, Gods life and nature is in you to enable you to overcome and live as you should, and you can also call upon Gods help and strength at any time.
What About When Bad Things Happen?
The Christian life is not all a bed of roses. God does not promise that we will not face troubles and difficulties. Apart from the fact that we bring things on ourselves, we also live in a messed-up world. When bad things happen, it does not mean God has forgotten you. He promises: God will work all things together for good for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). In the middle of troubles, keep loving and trusting God, believing that He will turn them all for your good.
This presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was written by Derek Walker, Pastor of the Oxford Bible Church, England.