“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.
This a message from God to the citizens of Clarksdale. There is a reason when people fail to prosper and violence and trouble are rampant. This town has gone down so badly. The Blues are the only thing growing in this town, while crime has a strong grip.
Why, you ask? In one word – sin.
The word of God gives us warning in Hebrews 3:12-13: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God: but exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardended through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Sin clouds our judgement. The only way to see clearly is to focus on Christ. By living a life of faith and virtue each day, we gain strength that gets us through difficult times. Titus 3:8 tells us to be careful to maintain good works. We must not be caught up in the sins of the fless and expect deliverance from outside problems. I Corinthians 5:9 tells us not to keep company with immoral people and ICorinthians 6:9 tells us tha the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Good character is like good soup – it is homemade. We must give our young people a role model by setting a good example being trustworthy, honest, caring, responsible and respectful.
Hebrews 13 admonishes us to let brotherly love continue. Marriage is honorable and the bed is undefiled, but whoremongers, God will judge. We have to be carful in that our behavior affects and harms family members and others around you.
Although our task seem huge to get this city in Divine Order, breaking the pbolems into smaller pieces makes them less intense and more approachable. Take time to be holy; speak to the Lord often; abide in His ways and feed on His words.
Prayer does not need proof, it needs practice.
Whatever we aspire to do, the Lord has a plan to accomplish that. God’s timeless message of hope is waiting to be received.
Deacon John Brown,