|Posted on May 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Today's thought for believers----Jesus bore all of our sins on the tree (1 Peter 2: 24). Therefore, all of our sins have been judged. Therefore, all of our sins, past, present, and future, have been forgiven (Colossians 2: 13). This doesn't cause me to want to sin more, but empowers me to sin less. Thank you Lord for being the sin offering for all my sins.
Some would say, "but what if I sin?" 1 John 2: 2 speaks to that. It says "if I sin I have an advocate who speaks to the Father in my defense, Jesus Christ The Righteous..." And He doesn't speak to the Father about my righteousness, but about His righteousness....and how I have believed and been forgiven and received the gift of His righteousness.
But "what if I sin? Don't I need to ask for forgiveness?" Absolutely. But not for the purpose of eternity...rather for the purpose of the here and now. You see if I sin, it impacts my heart in a lot of negative ways. So, if I sin, I ask the Lord to forgive me for my benefit because forgiveness still cleanses my heart from all unrighteousness (1John 1: 9). And if I sin against another person I confess my sin to that person, as well as, the Lord.
But the bottom line is this. The devil can no longer condemn me or judge me or make me feel guilty for weeks on end for a mistake I make. My sins have been judged, I have been forgiven, and there is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. Praise the Lord.
And again, this doesn't make me want to sin more, but it empowers me to sin less. Thank you Jesus for bearing all my sins in your body on the tree, so I could be forgiven of all my sins---past, present , and future.
|Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
You know one of the great ways to let our light shine as Christians is to forgive other people. Whether it be a family member who has hurt us, or someone at work or church, or maybe a close friend who rejected us years ago. Forgiving others is a powerful way to let our light shine. Our forgiving others has the capacity to release the power of God into our culture and into the atmosphere.
Certainly our knowing that God has forgiven us of all our sins helps us to forgive others, but we also have to forgive ourselves if we expect to be able to truly forgive others.
Today I encourage you to find your forgiveness in Jesus, then begin to forgive yourself of your mistakes, your failures, your shortcomings. Look at yourself in the mirror every day and say I am forgiven and I forgive myself.
As you do that a change begins to take place in your life, and you become empowered to forgive others and let your light shine.
|Posted on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Bible says in Matthew 1: 23 that Jesus would be called Immanuel---which means God with us. So if you want to clearly understand our heavenly Father you have to look at the life, and ministry and words of the Lord Jesus.
And Jesus said in John 12: 47 I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. Now that is a powerful statement, and remember Jesus is the express image of what God is like, not the Law or the Prophets of the Old Testament as important as they were….but Jesus is the express image of what God is like and who God is.
Now when Jesus returns there will be a time of judgment….for nonbelievers it says in Rev 20: 12 that they will be judged according to what they have done. In Rev 11: 18 it says that the nonbelievers will be judged and the saints will be rewarded. But right now God the Father and Jesus are not judging anyone.
You know it’s important that you see God correctly depending what part of history we are in right now. Today is the day of salvation. And God is not judging us. God wants to save us, heal us, restore us.
Today, don’t see the Lord as your judge. See him as your savior, your healer, your helper. Turn to him and let your light shine.