So many Christian’s are walking around still worrying about whether or not their sins have been truly forgiven and forgotten. They live with condemnation hanging over their every waking hour, hounded by thoughts of their failures. They feel as though they will never get it right. And they are right, this side of Heaven we are always going to struggle with our sin nature, some days we will get it right and other days, we will fail.
I used to be one of those people that felt as though God’s forgiveness was not as genuine as scripture says that it is. I put Christ on my level and figured if I could not forgive and forget my sin how could he? It not only made me feel ashamed all the time but dictated to some degree how I behaved. So many times when we see ourselves as flawed, with past mistakes hanging over us we figure what difference does it make if I do this particular sin or not. After all, how much worse can I feel?
When the enemy can get you focused inwardly on yourself, and keep you questioning God’s forgiveness then he has you right where he wants you. He cannot steal your salvation, but he can make you feel condemnation all the time, but most importantly it closes your spiritual ears and makes it hard to hear the Holy Spirit inside you telling you truths that you need to hear.
God’s word is very clear; if you have repented from your sin and asked Jesus to rule and reign in your heart, it is a done deal, you are his, completely forgiven, your sins immediately are forgotten, as though they never were. Scripture says this, Hebrews 8:12″For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Isaiah 43:25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Psalm 103:11-12 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
When we can grasp the truth that we are his, son’s and daughter’s of God, the King of King’s and Lord of Lord’s everything will change inside of us. When we take our eyes off of us and put them on Jesus our mind and our hearts begin to reset. And as we study his word and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth of God’s word starts to seep into the very marrow of our bones, and we are made new. We can accept the forgiveness given to us, that precious unmerited favor. We can believe that this God who formed us will never again hold our sin against us. Consequences may come, but condemnation has to flee in his presence. And we are able to forgive ourselves and move past our mistakes to walk a new way.
We need to move and breathe and have our being in him, grounded and confident in His abilities to save us, forgive us, change us and get us to Heaven. It really is all about him and what he does, we swap our filth for his righteousness. It does not get any better than that.
Stop listening to the lies of the enemy, walk in the newness of life you have been given. Look to Jesus, meditate on his word and as you do you will see that the old you is less and less.
My pastor gave us a cloth one Sunday, he wanted us to keep it as a reminder that we belonged to the Lord. That God says “you are (mine).” I have mine taped to my mirror with (mine) written in red across it. Every morning as I look at my reflection in the mirror I am reminded (who) I belong to, and that knowledge gives me the confidence to walk each day with my head held high knowing that my Father, loves me, leads me, helps me, guides me and never, ever leaves me.
I am so very thankful for God’s “Amazing Grace!”