Today is August 1, 2018

Verse of the Day — Psalm 32:3

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Repenting from sin is good for our health—physical and spiritual.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The Old Testament Hebrew word used here for body actually means bones but is always used as a reference to the entire body. To say one’s body, or bones, are wasting away may be better translated that the body is in huge crushing pain. In the Old Testament, unconfessed sin could cause physical bodies to be wracked with pain. This theme of sin equals pain is mentioned quite often in the Psalms (31:10; 32:3; 42:10; 102:3,5).

But confession equating to good health was also taught:

I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. —Psalm 32:5

But that was in a former dispensation or time period. We live in the Church Age (post Acts 2), and dealing with sin is a bit different. James 5:16 tells us to confess to one another, not to God:

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.

And most importantly, in the Church Age, repentance is key in your spiritual growth:

Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; —Acts 3:19

Note: 1 John 1:9 is often misapplied/misinterpreted to mean Believers must confess their sins to God for their sins to be forgiven:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But if that verse means continued confession of sin equals forgiveness, then forgiveness would depend on what we do, not what Jesus did on the cross. The most likely translation of 1 John 1:9 is in the context of salvation—an initial, one-time confession that we are sinners in need of a savior.

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved —Romans 10:9

and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. —Philippians 2:11

God doesn’t need us to list our sins to Him, but rather repent, being thankful that the sin or sins have already been paid for on the cross. Otherwise, Paul would have mentioned it!

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QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass:

I was wondering what the Bible says about having a tubal ligation? Is this playing God in my life? I have had one child but now feel a desire to have another baby. Am I crazy to want to have this procedure reversed? Or is it a selfish desire to have another baby and not God’s will at all?


ANSWER:

First and foremost, if you’re a Believer, what is past, is past. It only matters what you do in the future.

. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, —Philippians 3:13

Regarding birth control, God is always 100% pro-life. He says children are a blessing from Him. We know that you will be blessed ETERNALLY each time you have another child—regardless of your circumstances.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is a reward. —Psalm 127:3

May the LORD give you increase, you and your children. —Psalm 115:14

So we can think of no reason not to take God at His Word, no reason not to have as many children as possible. God promises to provide for them, and you get the eternal blessing. That mindset, of course, flies in the face of 99.99% of all Christians today. Sadly, Satan has cunningly convinced us that having fewer children is better. He has gotten us to focus on today and this earth instead of our next life in the future—temporal instead of eternal.

We encourage you, and basically anyone, to have as many kids as reasonably possible. We believe that if you have 20 kids, you will be forever grateful. So what if having lots of kids makes you tired or have fewer toys on this earth? Today’s material assets mean zero compared to eternity.

And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. . . . For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. —Luke 12:29-31, 34

Regarding your question, “Am I playing God?” we think life and death should always be left up to God. Should you try to have more kids? We think that there is nothing more valuable in this life than to have more kids for eternity—regardless of the cost, the struggle or time invested in this life.

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