Category Archives: Forgiveness

It’s Already Written

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

If you buy a DVD and decide not to watch it, it does not change how the movie begins or ends.

It is already written and produced. Ignorance will not alter the ending either.

Same goes for the Bible. We are simply going through the motions of a story already written. Jesus has won. Satan is defeated. King Jesus forever.

In the meantime, we have the choice to either honour or dishonour God. To choose to live for God or condemn ourselves by our choices. We first condemn ourselves by rejecting God through sin and ignoring the Holy Spirit’s attempt to draw us to repentance and back to God.

God is good.

I repeat, God is GOOD. He is faithful even when we are faithless. This is His nature and He cannot deny who He is (2 Timothy 2:13). That means no matter what you’ve done or failed to do, if you return to God with your whole heart, He is ready, willing and able to not only take you back but to help you clean the mess you’ve made. Because, let’s be honest, sin is messy. It messes with our mind, our heart, our spirit, our relationships, our life!

Things eventually fall out of place (and apart) when they are not in line with the Will and desire of God.

So don’t ignore that feeling that tells you something is not right. Spend time with God and in His Word so you can discern what is and is not of God. Ask Him to reveal the truth to you.

Returning to God means He can restore. Often, God needs to tear down everything you’ve built up so He can make way for the grand plans He has for your life (which are way better then where you were going with it anyway!). So be patient, after you have suffered a little while, God will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast (1 Peter 5:10).

God is faithful and He will help you work through every struggle. So, when you fall short of God’s glory, dust yourself off and keep trying.  The Kingdom of Heaven is near so work with God to prepare yourself. If we are not with God, we are against Him. The Battle against Evil has already been won. Our job is make sure we are on the winning side because the ending that was written from the beginning will come to pass and for the Children of God, the end is just the beginning.

You are called to be a child of the Most High God. Give the Lord some praise!

Washed White

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Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Imagine a beautiful white dress.

Now imagine the dress was burnt whilst ironing, then you spilled coffee and now it’s covered in stains. While walking outside you tripped over and fell face first into mud. Why is there mud? That’s not the point. The point is your beautiful dress is now a partial dress and not so beautiful.

The White Dress is our pure state. The way God originally designed us. Without stain or blemish. Perfection. But when sin comes into our life it is one stain after the other. One shortfall after another. One disappointment after another.

Is it possible to get the dress back to how it was? You know with some heavy duty bleach and a great washing machine. As a human, there’s no way. But through Christ, you better believe it is done.

Jesus Christ paid that heavy price to have your sins washed white. That dress is not only made clean BUT made new. Made perfect, redesigned, made whole, beautified and with a new purpose. It’s not just an everyday dress now, NO. Now it’s special. It’s for a special purpose and set aside by God FOR God.

Jesus bore our sins on the cross He carried. He carried our shame, hurt, pain, disappointments, failures, loneliness, sickness and all our suffering. He absorbed it within Himself so we could be free of it. He said “Let me take it, I can carry it. Give it to me and go. You are free. The price has been paid”.  The way we honour the price that was paid is by offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. By giving our lives to Him and choosing to live for Him, for the honour and glory of Him who is above everything. Who is the beginning and the end. The Alpha and Omega.

He is jealous for you, yes. But He offers us everything while we offer very little. I mean really, what do we bring to the table? God says “Just bring you. However you are packaged, whatever you’ve done, just bring you. I will heal you, fill you and give you joy”.

We must be in awe of a God with a love so vast, so boundless, so deep (it’s unheard of!) so beautiful that He would sacrifice everything just so we can be His and share in His kingdom as His children. So He can bless us and love us. So we can have life and have it more abundantly.

You have a heavenly Father who does not abandon or forsake you. Who wants you so much that He is always with you, waiting for you to acknowledge and welcome Him.

Just say Amen and praise the LORD who is GOOD and pure and just.

Amen.

A Step towards Life

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The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible (Dwight L. Moody)

To have a relationship with God, we must first make the choice. Next, we stick to it and commit. We must then fight the urge to be distracted. To keep scrolling on facebook or Instagram. To keep watching episode after episode of that TV show. We must discipline our flesh because the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. And God’s strength is perfected in our weakness so ask Him for what you lack.

Sin separates us from God. We must reject evil and turn away from sin.

God’s love is unfailing so we rest knowing if we confess our sins, God is FAITHFUL and JUST and will forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness and once God forgives us, He does not remember our sins. When we confess, we need to strive to be Christ like. We need to live for Him. Continue trying to be better.

Satan will use fear of judgement, shame and embarrassment to keep us from confessing our sins to God because once that darkness is brought into the light it can no longer hide. It has no power because you are no longer separated from God. Cling to God in every trial.  You are facing an enemy who wants nothing more than to deceive, destroy and bring death.

You are not too broken, unclean, unworthy or unwanted in God’s eyes. He wants you. All of you. He can make you NEW. He will cleanse you of your sins and heal all your wounds. If you’ve gone off the path God wants for you, you are not beyond saving. Just turn right back around and let Him restore you and in turn bring all the blessings He has for your life. If you think you have ruined God’s plans for your life just relax, you are not that powerful. God’s got this. He’s got you.

The smallest step towards God will be the biggest step in your life. Get to know Him by reading His Word and spending time with Him. Just keep pushing on the path to Him.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, give me a heart that endures. Give me a mind that is focused and a spirit that hungers and thirsts for you. I want to know you. Holy Spirit teach me.  In Jesus name, Amen

Deep Waters

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“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters” (Psalm 18)

Have you ever found yourself in deep waters? In a situation where you felt trapped with no clear way of escape? I have. I took a few wrong turns and found myself chained up by the enemy. I was tormented with negative and crippling thoughts, overwhelming emotion and a one-way ticket to the fiery lake all because I was living in sin. But in my distress, I called to the Lord. I cried for help and He heard me.

God reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep water. He rescued me from my disasters because He delighted in me. Though I was still a sinner, He rescued me. Though I was unworthy, He showed me His mercy and unfailing love.

God looked at my sins, my brokenness and the mess I made and said “Give it all to me. The price has been paid, you are free”.

When you are truly sorry for your sins, you will be BROKEN. Broken by your sins. Broken by the fact that the one you sinned against is the innocent sinless Christ and broken that even though you deserve death and punishment, God says “NO. Let me have it. I will take your sins and make you NEW”. I was a sheep going astray but I returned to my Shepard and overseer of my soul.

So if you are in deep waters then go to your Father in Heaven who walks on water. No situation is too hard for Him. No mistake is too big for Him.

He’s got this, He’s got you and He will make a way! Praise the Lord.

PRAYER

Lord please break off every connection I have ever had to the enemy and to anything that was not of you. Send your Holy Spirit to break me. To break my heart for everything that breaks yours. I know I won’t always understand but I trust you and I choose you Lord.  In Jesus name, Amen.