I’ve been writting a new article for my Biker Preachers Article in the Thunder Roads Michigan magazine… I felt that I just didn’t have encough space in the article to really get all my thoughts out so I decided to put ih here in my blog, as well.
Unless you’re a brand-new rider… we’ve all heard of T.C.L.O.C.K.s right? If ya don’t know what that is, it is the basic safety inspection method which helps us to make sure our bikes are in good, safe working condition. TCLOCK stands for (T) tires & wheels (C) controls levers (L) lights & battery, (O) oil levels, (C) chassis, (K) kickstand. I do a very thorough TCLOCKs inspection in the spring of each year which is when I change all my oils and identify any issues that need to be addressed.
1 Corinthians 11:31 says “If we were properly evaluating ourselves, we would not be judged,” Ya see, we should also take a good look at our own spiritual condition as well… or as I like to say “take a checkup from the neck up”! Hopefully more than just once a year.
Lamentations 3:40 tells us “Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord.”
In our self-assessment, we must be honest with ourselves and with God who knows ALL. The first question we need to ask ourselves is this…
- Am I right with God? How is my relationship with Jesus?
- Secondly, is there any unresolved sin in my life?
- Thirdly, is there any unforgiveness in my heart? Am I angry with someone or do I need to repent/apologize to anyone for my actions and words that I did or said?
If you don’t know Jesus yet… you don’t know Peace. The peace, joy, happiness that you’re truly looking for are only found in Jesus – the rest is a fake con-job to keep you away from Jesus. If you need Jesus – please pray with me. “God, I know that you are real. Thank you for being in the wind with me even before I ask. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus that died and rose again for me. Please, forgive me of my sins, for I truly repent and turn to You. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior, that we might ride together daily. I dedicate myself and my bike to serving You. Thank you for saving me Lord! Thank you, for I am now in “Your” wind. In Jesus name, Amen.
As we continue with our spiritual TCLOCK inspection;
Forgiveness is a crucial step that many forget about! Jesus said in Matthew 6:15 “…If you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.” So many keep themselves in a prison cell of anger, self-righteousness, loneliness, and frustration and so many keep themselves in a place of being broke, busted and discussed. When we forgive (that’s to release people from their wrong doings that they did to you) God forgives us of our sins!!
Yet, the biggest person we need to forgive is… OURSELVES. Sometimes we just need to look at ourselves in the mirror and say “I forgive you, in Jesus name”! We all know what we have done in the past… we all know the problems and issues that we have gotten ourselves into. Forgive yourself and forgive others who have offended you, hurt you, stolen from you, ect. Let it go!!
Also, ask the Lord if there is any sins in your life that He is actively working on. Ask Him to show you what they [sins] are and to help you to truly repent and be forgiven. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Listen, when we repent God forgives! Which means that he washes you clean and forgets about your sins… throwing them as far as the east is from the west. Never to be used against you again.
God is SOOOO freakin’ good and His love and mercy endure forever!!