(Sub-Title: “It’s a Process, and You Must Be an Active Participant”)
I John 1:9 is a simply profound verse, as is the Word of God—profoundness rooted in simplicity. That is, we either accept it or not. When we consider this particular verse, we observe the issuance of a prophetic promise that requires participation in a process:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (KJV)
We see the same arrangement in 2 Corinthians 5:17, a prophetic promise that requires participation in a process:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (KJV)
Notice in each verse the guarantee (promise) of that which is to come or has come (prophetic). In I John 1:9, we are given the guarantee that God IS faithful and just (fair) to forgive our sins and to cleanse us. So, prophetically, through a simple declaration, we know that God will do these things IF we confess our sins AND allow for the forgiveness and cleansing processes to occur.
The same is true for 2 Corinthians 5:17. IF we allow ourselves to go through the process of being (existing) in Christ, we are guaranteed through prophetic utterance newness, the passing away of old things, and ALL things becoming new.
We must always stop to think about the trials, tests, obstacles, etc. God has already brought us through. Realize that He will get you though the processes required for your victory and for His ultimate GLORY! Plus, you must also realize that what you go through is not just your experience; it’s for others as well. I know this may seem odd to say; yet, it’s true. Others will believe in God’s power (or not) based on what you go through and how you go through it. Will you fight to remain faithful to believe in Him no matter what it feels or looks like? Will you persevere even when others fall by the way side? Will you keep praying and fasting even when it appears at the moment that nothing is working in your favor. Will you ask God to reveal your flaws and petition Him to help you overcome these flaws? Will you ask Him to strengthen you to forgive your offenders and even to forgive yourself? Can you thank Him for what you don’t have? Will you obey His command to go places with people you never envisioned as relevant in your life? Will you TRUST God to get you through your processes and to take you from one level of faith to another?
His Word guarantees that He will fulfill His promises, but we must be willing to give back to Him the very thing He gave us—our lives. If you give Him your life (mind, body, soul, spirit, and will), He will rebuild you, making you clean and healthy for His use. As you go deeper into your process, you will become more-and-more comfortable allowing Him to lead, heal, cleanse, speak to, and LOVE you as no one else can.
Trust me on this, for I, too, am going through the process. Yes, there’s initial fear, but once you get over the fear of not knowing (in other words having to TRULY use faith), trusting God gets easier and easier.
But YOU have got to go through YOUR process.
In the name of Yeshua (Jesus), Amen!