Tag: Jonathan Cahn

Excuses Can’t Be Forgiven

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

People often approach pastors with their problems, sharing their sins and how guilty they feel. And many ministers are tempted to say, “Oh, don’t feel so bad.” “God will understand.” “You couldn’t help yourself.” “You’ve been through so much.” That’s often the worst thing we can do. For Messiah died for real guilt – not because it was understandable, but because it wasn’t understandable. Not because we couldn’t help it, but because we could help it and chose to do it anyway. If we deny this, then we’re denying the cross and the price He paid. Guilt is real and sin is horrible.

We have to come to the point where we stop making excuses for sin and own up to it. Confess your sin. Let God do the redeeming. Sometimes the best thing in the world is to feel so terrible about sin that the only option you have left is to receive God’s grace and to really change. Give up your excuses. Trade them for something better – the blood, the grace, the repentance, the mercy and the power for new life.

Today’s Mission – Come clean with God today about your sins. Make an agreement that you will stop defending, stop making excuses or covering up your sins. Repent and receive His grace.

by Jonathan Cahn

The Manger And The Inn

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

It’s 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. The inn is filled with people, and probably noise, maybe even some celebrations. It would seem the center of activity, the place to be, where the action was, the focal point. Outside, away from the inn, was a poor Jewish couple, homeless, living in an animal feeding station. Nobody noticed them, nobody cared. They couldn’t have seemed less important. And yet, two thousand years later, no one puts up scenes of the inn on their lawn, no one cares about it, but lawns and displays and greeting cards and much more are filled with depictions of that poor Jewish couple and their baby in the feeding station.

You see, the world, the media, the culture focuses on things which look important, and focuses away from the things and people of God, which seem obscure and unimportant. But in the end, all the world focuses on will be forgotten. So spend your life, not in the inn of this world, but in the manger of His presence. For that which is born in the quiet obscurity of His presence, will be celebrated forever.

Today’s Mission – Spend today getting away from the crowd, the rush, the noise, the race, and go to the manger, to your private place in God’s presence. Delight in your treasure.

by Jonathan Cahn