Saturday, May 19, 2012

Forgiveness Will Set Us Free...


When we read the Bible we learn that we are forgiven though the shed blood of Jesus Christ  So why aren't all Christians living an ecstatic happy and fulfilled life? Why aren't we sharing the great love of Jesus Christ with every person we meet while we still have the chance to? I think we don't share Jesus because we think we are not good enough to do this. I believe it's because we holding on to things from our past life.  Everyone have the past. All of us have done things that were ashamed of. Many of us have failed dreams, lost expectations and things that happened in our lives that we never intended. I think the key to a successful walk with God is knowing that we will never get it right on our own and to move on.  

The secret isn't to be perfect but to be quick to repent, quick to forgive others and even quicker to forgive ourselves.  We need to quit holding on to all of that dirt from our past life, give it all to Jesus and let the Him set us free!  Many Christians use their past mistakes as an excuse for not doing what God has called them to in their lives right now.  When we do this, we are not trusting in God. The Bible tells us that nothing is impossible for God. So whatever it is from your past that is holding you back know this, it is not too big for God to handle. I like what it says in Jeremiah 31:34, that when God forgives us He remembers our sin no more.  It isn't that our all knowing God forgets about our sin, it is just that He chooses not to remember it. What a mighty loving God we serve! 

 So the question is, if God remembers our sin no more, why are we still wallowing in it?  If we truly want to live an abundant life in Jesus Christ we need to live in the here and now and not yesterday.  I like what Paul teaches us in Philippians 3:
Pressing toward the Goal
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:12-14
Paul is telling us to take our past and give it to the Lord.  To keep our eyes on the prize.  Can you even imagine what kind of a life Paul would have lived if he had held on to his past mistakes?  He stood by and watched as Stephen was killed.  He hunted Christians down and persecuted them.  How could God begin to use Paul if he didn't repent, forgive himself, keep his eyes on the Lord and move forward?  as you read the New Testament you  never hear Paul whining about his past life.  He listens to the Holy Spirit and obeys Him.  Paul knew of the importance of letting his past go and moving forward in serving Jesus Christ.  He had a powerful walk with the Lord and I believe that is one of the reasons why. In Romans 8:1 Paul tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are IN  Christ Jesus.  That is powerful!!!  We  all have that power at our disposal.  We just need to believe it, step out in faith and use it.

So how can we have a dynamic spiritual life like Paul did?  We need to forget our past and live in the here and now.  When we do this we will be open to the Holy Spirit.  I think one of the reasons that Paul appeals to so many of us is that we can see ourselves in him.  In Romans 3:23 Paul tells us that he is no different then any one of us.  That we all make mistakes and we all need to take them to the cross of Jesus Christ and leave our sins there.  It is when we do this that each one of us will begin to live the dynamic life that i know the Lord has in store for each one of us.  

I believe with all of my heart that we are the generation that will see Jesus.  Do you realize how many people wanted to be living in the times that we are living in?  What an awesome opportunity the Lord has given to each one of us. We get to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a dying world!!!  Don't let your past hinder what God has planned for your future.  Let it go, so that each one of you can become the mighty men and women of God that He intended you to be.

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