Wednesday, September 17, 2014

it's a great feeling

There is power in applied truth.  Much like a tool that is left on the shelf and never used for the purpose it was credited for, we have powerful truth about us that needs to be used.  God created us with purpose, and that purpose is less about and more about the Savior.

I meet people almost every day that struggle with applying the truth of God to their lives.  They have barriers of one kind or another that need to be removed.  I have had to deal with some of those barriers as well.

The Bible is the place to start because it is God’s word and God’s love letter to us.  Simple facts about our identity and reality will change how we respond to life and to the confidence we will live with each day. 

Here is a passage packed with truth:

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.  My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.  I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”  And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

FORGIVEN --- forgiveness is one of the most incredible things in the world.  I read an article earlier this week about relationships that thrive.  One of the main points of strong relationships is that both parties know how to give and receive forgiveness.  The same is true with our connection to God.  He has forgiven our sin because He knows that our freedom from the weight of sin makes a huge difference.  Have you accepted the full forgiveness of God?  Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive or offer forgiveness to?

CLEARED OF GUILT --- the feeling of getting clean is pretty amazing.  This doesn’t always happen with soap and water.  Something being cleared of guilt is the thing that lifts a huge weight off of our lives.  Maybe you deal, like many people do, with self-condemnation.  This is where you know about God’s forgiveness and have interacted with it, but it seems impossible to allow your conscious to be cleared.  Apply the truth of a guilt free life by believing what God says.  Or maybe you have an issue with giving up a certain sin.  Not until you give it up will you be cleared of the guilt.

REFUSED TO CONFESS --- sin will stick about and the consequences of sin will stick around as long as you allow it to.  Satan wants to pervert and twist our thinking that our issues are too small to really matter or that we are not worthy of God’s forgiveness.  Yet there are others who simply enjoy the wrong they are involved in too much to let it go.  By staying in sin, by refusing to confess and leave our bad habits, we forfeit the blessings of God.  It is our choice to choose positive or negative consequences.  When we refuse to confess our sin, we miss the best things God has for us.

CONFESS MY REBELLION…MY GUILT IS GONE --- this is the light bulb coming on over our head.  This is when we finally put out the trash or realize that we have found the best things of life.  God is offering second chances to any one who will walk His direction and leave the old stuff behind.

It’s a great feeling to apply the truth of forgiveness to our lives.  God is willing to forgive.  God is ready to lift us up.  God wants to embrace you and I and help us see the best possible days and blessings.  And all that keeps that from happening is to let the forgiveness of God fill us from head to toe and throughout life.  God really is good.

Acts 13:38  NLT
Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.

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