Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Oh to be Forgiven

Oh to be Forgiven 

Your sins are forgiven you. 

Lord God, You will forgive my iniquity, and my sin You will remember no more. Who can forgive sins but You alone? You are He who blots out my transgressions for Your own sake; and You will not remember my sins. I am blessed, for my transgression is forgiven, and my sin is covered. I am blessed, for You do not impute my iniquity. Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity? You in Christ forgave me. The blood of Jesus Christ Your Son cleanses me from all sin. If I say that I have no sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. As far as the east is from the west, so far have You removed my transgressions from me. Sin shall not have dominion over me, for I am not under law but under grace. Having been set free from sin, I became a slave of righteousness. 

Pardoned, forgiven, cleansed, set free from sin, and loved by You— Lord God, I am richly blessed! 

MARK 2:5; JEREMIAH 31:34; MARK 2:7; ISAIAH 43:25; PSALM 32:1–2; MICAH 7:18; EPHESIANS 4:32; 1 JOHN 1:7–9; PSALM 103:12; ROMANS 6:14, 18
- Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God (Praying the Scriptures)

There's much relief in the power of forgiveness.  It tears down walls, it destroys strongholds that we can easily build between ourselves and others as well as between us and God. 

The unbelievers in this world live in Spiritual darkness and have no understanding of the things of God unless they come across someone living in the light of Christ Jesus. 

Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB "But a natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."

People living in darkness cannot see the truth of God in Christ.  It's also possible for believers to live so much in the world that they forget the freedom in Christ that they have. 

They wonder why this or that isn't going right, why depression constantly follows them. 

Truth is God’s never moved. 

Read the story of the Prodigal Son. The Father sits outside the house constantly looking at the horizon for any sign of a returning wayward son or daughter. 

The Jews of Jesus's day were far removed from practicing forgiveness. Even in light of the results of seeing the profound life changes happening right before their eyes they didn't get it. All it did was enrage them towards the desires of Satan to crucify Jesus. 

Some of the hardest times in my Spiritual journey have been when I took the real and true step towards God in asking for forgiveness. I can remember those moments after a few services that sobs wracked me. The Spirit was doing a major work in my life.  As the Bible said, so it was, I took 1 step back towards God and there He was, eager to forgive and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. 

We don't have to live at a distance from God.  

We who are in Christ have the immediate ability to come into the Holy of Holies to the Throne of God to ask to be forgiven.

Those who haven't been saved yet who do not yet know the power of forgiveness as the Spirit isn't in them yet...you are but a request away, no farther. Salvation starts with acknowledging your need for a Savior. Jesus promises to cast your sins as far as the east is from the west. Remembering them no more. 

We think on our offenses to a Holy God as being insurmountable. That they are too big and too bad to be removed.  When Jesus was on the cross all sin of all mankind was heaped upon Him.  All the worst sinful atrocities at every point in human history past, present and future. 
Including everything you think is too horrible to mention.  

Oh my Friend, my Dear Reader, believers and unbelievers, one and all: forgiveness is right before you and I.  

You need wait no longer.  You need not worry about consequences, in this world there indeed might be some, but in Christ you won't be alone in them. Before Salvation you would have been alone in them, but never afterwards.

Go to your knees in faith, asking Jesus to forgive you. Forget about going to Earthly so-called priests. Jesus ripped open the Temple curtain. There's nothing to be in the way any longer. 

Experience the freedom in Christ Jesus that you have been missing.  

You can trust Jesus with saving you, you certainly can trust Him with forgiving you after you do come to Christ. We all still sin in this life, until the Rapture or He calls us home we indeed will sin.  We can choose to return to God. Unbelievers can choose to come to Christ for salvation. The resurrection power brought choice. 

Your burdens of life to much to bear? Jesus is still the answer. 
Your heart weighed down? Jesus is still the answer. 
You feel dirty and unlovable? Jesus said with open arms "I am still your answer".
You struggling to make sense of life? Jesus is still the answer. 

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