In the Old Testament, God said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). And to emphasize its importance under the new covenant, He repeats the same verse in the book of Hebrews. You’re not being holy and humble by doing penance or by continuing to remember what God has forgotten! God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But when we want to bring again before the Lord that fault that has already been confessed, God says to us, “What are you talking about? There’s no record of that here in heaven. No, you confessed that. I see you through the blood of Jesus. I see you perfect through My Son.” That’s the gospel message! Let’s rejoice in that truth today!
In Psalm 34 David gives an invitation:Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him– Psalm 34:8 David had been through the most trying times. He was hunted by Saul, at one time his friends plotted to stone him, his sons betrayed him and he had to live like an outcast even though God promised he’d be king one day. In and through all this David had a taste of His God. He knew His God was gracious, trustworthy, just, true and faithful. He had made God His refuge, and even once, God did not fail him. Have you put your trust in this God with your life, with your future. Do it today, you’ll know He’s good.
Asaph wrote eleven Psalms. Yet Asaph confessed,“Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart” “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped” (Psalm 73:1-2). Why? Because he saw the wicked around him prospering,Like some of us wonder why blessings are heaped on people who live duplicitous lives? Perhaps you’ve seen an ungodly coworker rewarded instead of you or a wicked neighbor acquire material things while you struggled to make ends meet.It can be very easy for suffering Christians to slide into doubt. They may think, “I’ve been living right but all my diligence have been in vain. In spite of all I do, I still suffer.”That is when you need to guard your heart. Don’t let your faith or your confidence be shaken. God is still on the throne. God will help you. Asaph saw that he had almost slipped but he held on to proclaim, “I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works” (73:28). And you can do the same!
‘Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.’
There is something different about people who are trusting the Lord. As we trust in Him, something about the way we look changes. There is peace and joy instead of despair and hopelessness. That’s because we don’t look at our circumstances, but look to Him in every situation.
PRAYER: Lord, I lift up my eyes, above the troubles that are around me, and I look to You. You are my hope, You are my salvation and You are the One Who comes and lifts up my head. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, to receive mercy, and find grace to help us in time of need. HEBREWS 4:14-16 The God of the universe invites us to His presence. We are called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ! That means we can share everything with Him. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 says, God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.God cares about you and nothing that concerns you is unimportant to Him. He wants you to come to Him trusting that He will hear you and answer you and help you in time of need. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and talk to Him always.
If you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:15 Jesus the Son of God, looked at those who had tortured Him…nailed Him to the cross, said: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23: 34).Forgiveness does not mean approving of what someone did. It does not mean pretending that evil never took place. It doesn’t mean making excuses for other people’s bad behavior. It doesn’t deny the pain or change the past, but it does break the cycle of bitterness. Forgiveness allows you to let go and move on. Forgiveness is a necessary part of what it means to be a Christian. And we must forgive as God has forgiven us—freely, completely, graciously, totally. The miracle we have received is a miracle we pass on to others.
Most of us think of David as the shepherd boy who slew Goliath. We also remember the dark side of his life, the great sin he committed with Bathsheba. What we don’t realize is that David was very much a human being like us. He made many blunders just like we do and suffered loses that words cannot describe and was under great emotional strain. “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”(1 Samuel 30:6) This is one of the most wonderful statements ever made. There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in dark places, like David, the situation looks hopeless. What should we do? Be discouraged? Give up? If we are children of God, we will encourage ourselves in the Lord. Sometimes the Lord puts us in such a spot so we will turn to Him. He wants to make Himself real to us. Turn to Him and be encouraged. He will strengthen you and help you.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”