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God says you are: Forgiven

If you’re shaking your head at this idea, hear me out.  Maybe you accepted the gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of sins in the past, but guilt and shame keep bringing them back up in your face.  That’s not God reminding you of your past shortcomings, that’s Satan.  For Psalm 103:12 tells us that, “As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  God has thrown your sins into the Lake of Forgiveness and placed a ” No Fishing” sign on the bank.  The past is the past and none of us can change a moment of what has happened…let it go, accept God’s forgiveness, and move forward.  Or maybe your saying to yourself that your sins are just too bad to be forgiven…too horrific for God to pardon.  The Lord doesn’t place sin in different categories, classes, or degrees of severity.  All of us have sinned, there is no one righteous, not even one. (Psalm 14:3)  And where sin increased, God’s grace increased all the more. (Romans 5:20)   All you need to do today is accept the gift of forgiveness God is offering you.

Isaiah 53:5 ” But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for the transgressions of all people…every skin color and ethnic group.  And He willingly died for the fatal disease of mankind’s soul – sin.  When God sent Jesus to save the world, He had no particular people-group in mind, or certain color of skin He had partiality over…No, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  In God’s eye’s we all matter, and it’s only the work of Satan that diverts our attention away from unity, and deceives us about that foundational truth.   Today, lift up your head and look to Jesus…no matter who you are or where you come from, no matter the color of your skin or what you’ve done in the past… you matter to Jesus and He loves you.

Hebrews 9:27-28 ” Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”

Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross wasn’t for a particular group of people, a certain color of skin, or even dependent on a personal relationship with Him or not.  The well known phrase, “Once for all”  is repeated throughout the Bible to show that Jesus came to the earth to bear our sins and die one single time for the whole of mankind. (I Peter 3:18 & Hebrews 7:27 & Romans 6:10)  And one day He will come again, not to repeat  His past actions, for that is unnecessary, but to declare the now…for He is the Lord of the new not the old.

Jeremiah 33:8 ” I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against Me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against Me.”

God’s mercy is great.  It’s His amazing mercy that compassionately addresses our plight and wretchedness as broken human beings here on earth.  For only God can forgive and cleanse sinful man when we fall short of His standard.(Which is very often)  And it’s only God that can forgive us of our willful defiance, and disobedience directed towards Him.  But it is only through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus, that we can attain this Divine forgiveness.

Proverbs 20:9 ” Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?’ “

As King Solomon so wisely observed in Ecclesiastes 7:20, ” There isn’t a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.”  So to be naive enough to claim we are without sin is only deceiving ourselves and no one else. (I John 1:8)  It all boils down to our will vs God’s will in our life…and the decisions we make everyday to either do what He commands or exert our rebellious free will in pride and disobedience.

Job 5: 6-7 ” For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.”

We all are born with a sin nature.  You don’t need a teach a baby how to be crabby and out of sorts…they arch their little back, face beet red, as they let you know in no uncertain terms they’re unhappy!  No, thanks to Adam and Eve that sin nature has been handed down from generation to generation.  In Psalm 51:5 David laments about this sin nature when he says, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”  From the first Adam we obtained our sin nature…but the second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to redeem us from it.

Psalm 7:14 ” He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.”

Let’s get this straight…God does not tempt us.  Instead, our own evil desires do a really good job of that.  And it’s when we allow our own deceptive imaginings to fester and grow, that sin has a foothold.  You might call this day-dreaming…part pleasant reverie, part suggestive fantasy…but all of it giving rise to deception and lies in our thought life.  And whenever you allow your day-dreaming to “go there”…whatever that is for you, you’re being tempted to give in to sinful thinking. That’s when we need to stop and remember   II Corinthians 10:5, which cautions us to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.

John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Are you bound up in the burial clothes of sin?  Do addictions have you shackled to a life you hate?  Do you long to be free of the things that have kept you from moving ahead?  Then obey the command of Jesus, “Come out!”   Yes, the decision is yours to make.  You can remain wrapped up tightly in the burial clothes of sin, guilt and shame…or you can walk out of that grave you call your life today and live.

Psalm 32:1 ” Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”

The 32 Psalm is called a Penitential psalm, where the writer, David, acknowledges his willful and rebellious acts of rejecting God’s authority.  Within it David expresses his feelings of repentance and holy sorrow…asking God to forgive and remove his sin – and bless him.  It goes on to say in verse 2 of this Chapter, “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord  does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”  We will be truly blessed of God when we come taking responsibility for our actions and asking for forgiveness.

He is Risen!

You are not reading this by chance.  God has brought you to this page for a reason.  And that reason is the Resurrection.  For all of us will made a decision concerning it…all of us will respond either that we believe Christ was raised from the dead, or not.  So where do you stand today?  Do you have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus…or are you still living in worldly denial?  This Easter, realize it was only because of God’s great mercy that He offers to you the undeserved kindness of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Fix your hope on Jesus today…ask Him into your heart and be born again.