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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For January 10, 2020
The Hour Of Darkness

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 22:48-54 KJV
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.

The hour of darkness is the time when night comes to the day. There is no light at that moment. It is the hour when crime is committed because of a single betrayal. For the story of the cross it begins with the first kiss of betrayal. What is betrayal but the moment one choose to go through with sin. It is the hour that one choose to cause harm to another. It is the hour one put into action sin. For Judas it was a kiss to betray Jesus. For Peter, the hour of darkness came when he did not wait on Jesus to answer, he just cut off the soldiers ear. (John 18:10 another gospel to the account of the story). The hour of darkness is the moment sin comes from conscious mind to the action. It more then just a thought it is plot a plan fulfilled.

In the story of Cain when he kills his brother, God warns him not to sin, but he then turns allows his feelings to dictate his actions and he kills his brother(Genesis 4). What is your hour of darkness that you decided to sin? It does not have to be as severe as killing, or even theft. When did you know sin in secret or non secret would happen. Sin done in secret is the same as sin in public.

Now note as Peter sinned, Jesus touch the ear and healed the soldier. Now if a miracle happened before would you not stop those around you and say I not only lost my ear but this man healed me. Yet there is no recognition to the healing at this moment or ever mentioned. Yet Jesus covered the sin of Peter. Have you ever made a mistake and instead of being corrected it was covered up by someone. Will Peter sin was covered by Jesus before he even complete the work on the cross. The transfiguration where Moses and Elijah appears to Jesus and a couple of disciples was before the cross. David said in Psalms 32:2 KJV "Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquities and whose spirit is no guile." When did the forgiveness of sin begin. That is a hard question to answer because the first known sin of Adam and Eve was when they chose to disobey God. Cain disobedience came with direct disobedience to God's Holy Spirit.

The sin that gets one outcasted from God is the sin against the Holy Spirit. The sin against God is the sin of obeying devil. What is the sin of disobedience is more then just casual mistake, but direct disobedience to God's word with it right in front of you. God corrects all sorts of sin, he even covers sin, but the sin that takes you further then you want to go is that sin when God speaks to your heart and you do it anyway. The warning give and you leap into sin. Is the sin where you leap a death sin. For Judas, the betrayal came with a small warning from Christ, that someone was about to betray him, and the devil enter Judas and he went to get the priesthood and got the guards to betray Christ. The moment of betrayal began but not completed tell the kiss on Jesus right check. Then after Christ died Judas sought repentance from the priest, but found no mercy or forgiveness and he killed himself and one Gospels said he fell into a field and died. It matter not how death occurred, but the fact Judas could find no forgiveness in his heart for his action, neither of himself or of God it was enough to betray himself by his own hand.

Are you dealing with sin, that causes your heart pain, consider confessing it to Jesus today. Judas knew not how to come to God without an intercessor for he went to the priest to return and repent(Matthew 27). He knew not the grace of God, for his action were foreordained to refuse the money.(Jeremiah 6:30) Judas greed came when he had gone and accept the condition of the money that would be exchanged for the capture of Jesus(Luke 22:4-5). How much was Jesus betrayed for but thirty pieces of silver(Mark 26:16). Who did Judas return and repent to the very people that wanted him to betray Jesus. The priest sin even being marked as well. Can sinners forgive sinners. Perhaps, but if in sin can you make restitution to God for sin of another, not if their sin has not been forgiven. Why because God only hears the hearts of repented man. The priest had not repent nor would they. Something about sin each individual must come to God to repent. It not just enough to believe, but repentance must come. Isaiah 59:1-2 KJV "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Basically even if your sins are so great, God still hears you, but without a contrite heart, or a heart of true repentance, God will not forgive you if there is no remorse for sin. You can shed tears outwardly but God is going to weight the heart. God can hear even with the gulf between you, Jesus will bridge the gap. In Romans 10:9-10 it says "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

When is remorse in Roman's 10 taking place. No sign of remorse, yet remorse comes at the realization of the reality of God and his power to condemn and save. Let us believe first so remorse comes for our sin. Because if we believe can we still not confess. Ask Satan. He believes and trembles but does not turn to God, but lives in fear of God, but repents not. Repent to turn away from sin. Do we allow the reality of God in our hearts to change our action, change who we are because God promised all believers if we confess our sins he is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(I John 1:9). The devil never confesses his faults. His attitude is there is I did nothing wrong. And with that comes judgment of God. Many non believers are facing eternal judgment for not believing and not confessing sin to God. If you can believe, you have the ability to confess sin to God and become his children and the promise is eternal life. John 3:16.

Judas, I decided mind either wander, or he outright ignored Jesus on the days he taught these very things. God's word always stood in the gap for sinners. It never changed from Old to New Testament in the Bible. The sacrfice was paid through the death on the cross by the blood of Jesus.

Where are you this hour. Are you willing to allow Jesus to be the sacrifice for your sin? Are you willing to confess your sin to God because you believe in Him and His son? Are you willing to receive salvation today?

Pray with me if you want to receive Jesus as Lord of your life. Dear Heavenly Father I believe you are God and your son's name is Jesus. I confess I am sinner in need of salvation. I receive your free gift of salvation through your son, through the price he paid on the cross for my sins. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins. In Jesus precious name, I pray Amen.

If you prayed this prayer you are now saved. With salvation you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who seals you and marks you til the day of Christ return. For with salvation our inheritance is eternal life.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Ephesian 1:13-14 KJV
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.


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