Don't Dig Up The Dead Bird!
There was a young boy who had a pet bird that he loved very much.
One day the bird died. The boy was brokenhearted. His father and mother decided that instead of allowing their son to be so downcast, they would make something memorable of the occasion.
They said, "Let's have a funeral." Calling all the neighbor children together, they dug a little hole in the ground, put the bird in a box, and buried it, with a ceremony. Instead of being downcast, the boy was excited.
But the next day, he went out and dug up the bird to see how it was getting along. His father, however, insisted that he bury it. So he did.
A few days later, the boy went out and dug up the bird again. This happened several times, and each time the father would reprimand him. Finally, the father became angry and said, "Now look, son, you just have to leave that bird in the ground, and don't ever dig it up again."
The message of that story is that like the little boy digging up the dead bird, we have a tendency to keep digging up our old sins. We may confess our sins, then accept God's forgiveness and have peace according to His glorious promise in 1 John 1:9. But then we think about them again and say, "Lord, do you remember when I confessed that? Well, I want to confess it again." Again and again, we may confess the same thing over and over again, like the little boy digging up that bird.
Do not let your old, confessed sins hang around like that old dead bird, with its stench. That allows Satan to use the stench of it to try to condemn you of something that has already been washed away with the precious blood of Christ.
This is God's wonderful promise to you: "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, NASB).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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