by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)
This means you!
The trouble with this type of unhappy Christian is that he does not really believe the Scriptures. You say: "My trouble is that terrible sin which I have committed." Let me tell you in the Name of God that that is not your trouble. Your trouble is unbelief. You do not believe the Word of God. I am referring to the First Epistle of John and the first chapter where we read this: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." That is a categorical statement.... There is no limit to it.... Whatever your sin—it is as wide as that—it does not matter what it is, it does not matter what it was, "if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So if you do not believe that word, and if you go on dwelling on your sin, I say that you are not accepting the Word of God, you are not taking God at His word, you do not believe what He tells you and that is your real sin.... "What God hath cleansed, that call thou not common" (Acts 10:15).... That is precisely what I would say at this moment to anybody who may have been held in depression by the devil for
a number of years over some particular sin.... I do not care what it is... "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" and all unrighteousness. Believe the Word of God, my friend.... Believe God's Word. Do not ask Him for a message of forgiveness. He has given it to you. Your prayer may well be an expression of unbelief at that point. Believe Him and His Word.
Spiritual Depression, pp. 72-3
“Text reproduced from ‘A First Book of Daily Readings’ by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, published by Epworth Press 1970 & 1977 © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. Used with permission.”
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