Heb 8:12 - "FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES,
AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE."
This is probably the greatest piece of news any forgiven person has ever received. When God says, "I will not remember your sins." It doesn't get any better than that my friends.
One of my favorite preachers was a man named Don DeWelt.
I remember one of his illustrations about when he would visit his elderly mother in a nursing home. Don said, "Every time he visited her she would ask him the same thing. It was if he would pray for the Lord to forgive her of her sins?"
Don said, "At first I said, 'Yes' and would ask the Lord to forgive her." Finally, he said, "I couldn't take it any more and the next time he visited her and she asked him, he said, "No. I am not going to ask God to do something He has already done."
This is a great lesson for all of us. When God has forgiven us of our sins and we remain in Christ, the blood of Christ continually cleanses us. In other words, God doesn't remember our sins.
1 Jn 1:7 - "...if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin."
We all have sinned and fall short of God's glory, but we can have our sins forgiven by accepting the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
1 Jn 2:1-2 - And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
The word "propitiation" means "to appease." Jesus' sacrifice of Himself appeased God's holy demand from His creation. I like how the Psalmist has written it.
Ps 32:1-2- "How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,…"
Have you ever taken the time to sit and ponder how blessed you are because God has forgiven you of your sins?
If not lately, now would probably be a great time to take inventory of this tremendous blessing.
The second thing God can't do is break His promises.
God not only makes promises He keeps them.
One of my favorite promises from God is found in Psalms 34:19 - "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all."
You will notice it says the righteous are going to have many afflictions, BUT the LORD will deliver us out of them ALL.
I found that in 32 years of ministry a lot of Christians believed they weren't supposed to have any troubles. Yet, it is plain to see God's Word says the opposite.
The good news as I see it is God is going to deliver the righteous from ALL their afflictions.
What better way to build trust then to be there to help someone in their time of need.
God is there for us and that is a promise.
Think On These:
God makes a promise - Faith believes it, Hope anticipates it, Patience quietly awaits for it.
Promises are only as dependable as the individuals who make them.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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