“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12)

It is vital that every day we take time to reflect on the truth.  The truth is the unfailing word of God (John 17:17).  And from the word of God we learn this important truth: God is the only Judge of our souls, and He is a just Judge  (Psalm 7:11).  This just Judge, who knows about our entire lives, has with that knowledge, coupled with what His Son Jesus did for us at the cross; declared us not guilty, and imputed to us His very own righteousness instead (Romans 3:21-28 & Romans 4). And whatever God does cannot be undone… and His purpose stands forever!  (Ecclesiastes 3:14; Isaiah 43:13 & Job 42:1).  Not only has God declared us righteous, He has forgiven us and He has forgotten about all our sins and lawlessness (Hebrews 8:12).  Daily, we should remember…remember that our Father in heaven has forgotten…forgotten all about whatever sins we have committed, and whatever sin we will ever commit (Hebrews 8:12).  God has indeed forgotten about every sin we have already committed, or ever will commit, because of Jesus’ shedding His blood to remit all of our sins, His death at the cross in our place, and His resurrection from the dead, which has justified us before God (declared us not guilty, and instead made us righteous before God)  (See, Romans 4 & 2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is good news!  It’s good news because it can be difficult, or impossible for some people, to come to God and pray when they have the guilt of their sin on their conscious.  That’s why the enemy uses guilt and condemnation more than anything else against a believer.  That foe was in the garden when he first tried this with mankind (Adam and Eve), and he is hoping that the reaction that married couple had back then to his tactic, will be the one people have now when he tries to condemn them, or make them feel guilty.  In the garden Adam and Eve messed up, and because they messed up they needed God more than ever before.   However, instead of running to God, they ran away from Him. Guilt and condemnation is what the enemy used to try and separate them from God, but because of God’s tireless and unfailing love for His children, He does for us whenever needed, what He did for both Adam and Eve; He went to them and provided atonement for their sin.  Whenever we are about to pray to God, and whenever we mess up (and all you have to do in order to ensure that messing up will occur is be human…welcome to humanity); we need to take a moment and remember that our heavenly Father has forgotten, and forgiven, all of our sins because of all that Jesus did for us at the cross, and His resurrection from the dead.  This way, when we do make a mistake, we will run to our heavenly Father and not away from Him.  And when we run to the Lord, we receive the mercy and grace we need to help us in our time of need  (Hebrews 4:16).

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin”  (Romans 4:7-8).


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