We Must Acknowledge
Each of us understand in this life there are things we must come to terms with; things we certainly must accept. The word acknowledge occurs 15 times in the Bible. It has been defined by Strong's as: "To recognize or to become fully acquainted with." Let's notice what we must acknowledge.
In the Old Testament it is written: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5,6). In all areas of life, God must be acknowledged. He must be acknowledge as 1. Our Creator (Gn. 1:1), 2. Our Sustainer (Ac. 17:25), 3. Giver of physical blessings (Mt. 5:45), 4. Giver of spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3), 5. The one to whom we ultimately give account (Ro. 14:10-12). Except we acknowledge God, Heaven will never be our eternal home. Notice: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb. 11:6).
THE WORD OF GOD
To the Corinthian Christians Paul penned: "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord" (1 Cor. 14:37). In the absence of divine revelation, we would be at a loss for knowing how to be saved (Jer. 10:23). The words of the Bible are of divine origin (1 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tm. 3:16). By the word of God one can be: 1. Clean (Jo. 15:3), 2. Saved (Ja. 1:21), 3. Have life (Jo. 6:63). We are going to be judged by the word of God come the great Judgment Day (Jo. 12;48; Ro. 2:16).
By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David wrote: "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin" (Ps. 32:5). Concerning the sin which David committed with Bathsheba, he recorded: "For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me" (Ps. 51:3). All have sinned (2 Chron. 6:36; Ro. 3:23) and the doing of such will lead to death (Ro. 6:23). By the Grace of God we can be saved through faith (Eph. 2:10). Except we come to terms with the fact that we have sinned we will be lost eternally when the Lord comes again.
God has provided a way for man's salvation. He sent his Son to die on the cruel, rugged, cross of Calvary (Jo. 3:16). Man must hear (Ro. 10:17), believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Jo. 8:24), repent of sins (Ac. 17:30), confess faith in Christ as God's Son (Mt. 10:32,33), and be baptized in water for the remission of sins (Ac. 2:38). Have you obeyed God? He has been gracious in providing opportunity. Will you obey or will you delay?