Why is it so hard for us to let go of the sins of our past when God has forgiven and forgotten them? Why is it so hard for us to repent, I mean truly repent and accept His grace and mercy? I know we hear all the time about how the devil is at work in our lives and that we are born into a sin nature; but we have a get out of jail free card through our acceptance of Jesus as our personal savior. And not for nothing, but I don’t like giving the devil all the “credit” for all the wrong that happens to us. We must be accountable, we must accept responsibility for who we are, what we do and what we don’t do.
It makes me think that if we cannot accept God’s forgiveness of our sins, then perhaps we never truly forgive others. They say that you cannot love others unless you love yourself, so doesn’t it stand to reason that we cannot forgive others unless we forgive ourselves. I know that for myself, the logical side of me cannot understand or comprehend how someone could just hear our apology and then forgive us – logically there should be a “showing” of some sort. Then, the Jesus side of me looks at the situation with pure love and says, of course, I forgive you – how could I not? We must deepen our understanding of God, who He is, what He does and what He wants for us. I think this is why Romans 8:1 is so important to us in our daily walk, because it tells us to be governed by the Spirit and not our flesh. It’s a daily thing, one foot in front of the other.
A message from Joel Osteen
Free from Condemnation
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live and walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit” (Romans 8:1 AMP).
Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are free from condemnation! Is there something that you feel guilty about? If you have repented, the Bible says He takes your sin and throws it as far as the east is from the west. He casts your sins into the sea of forgetfulness. God actually chooses to forget your sins! That means your sins are completely removed. In fact, they aren’t even yours anymore. Don’t let the enemy dig up your past or try to make you feel guilty for something that happened a long time ago, or even yesterday. The enemy is called the “accuser of the brethren”, and he works overtime to bring you down with false accusations. Be confident that God doesn’t remember your past. You are free from condemnation through the blood of Jesus Christ. The next time the enemy brings up your past, declare that you are free from condemnation in Jesus’ Name!
A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank You for setting me free in Jesus! Thank You for forgiveness. Thank You washing me clean and making me new today. I receive your grace and mercy so that I can be a vessel used by You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.