Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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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). 




            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? 

Donnie Oliver