“as far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Praise God that He does not treat us the way in which we deserve or the way in which we treat other people who have wronged us. Instead, He shows us compassion, grace and His abundant love. He treats us in a way that is the example of how we should treat others who have wronged us.
Jesus taught that when we are sinned against, forgiveness is limitless. He paid the ultimate price for our forgiveness by giving His life so we have no grounds for withholding forgiveness from someone else. He says that we must forgive those who sin against us if we want God to forgive us. That is powerful.
Forgiveness can be a difficult thing when we hold on to past hurts too tightly. We become obsessed with the feelings of rejection and deception, and they begin to eat away at our soul causing bitterness. It leads us to a place without joy, and the Holy Spirit is grieved.
Once we realize the importance of forgiveness and its significance in our fellowship with God, we are able to break free from those chains of bondage and experience a more abundant life in Christ.
“Father God, I ask that today you teach me the importance of forgiving as You forgive. I pray that I not hold on to the things that others have used to hurt me so as not to grieve You or shadow the sacrifice Your Son paid for my forgiveness. I thank you for the limitless forgiveness that you offer me daily and for loving me enough to wipe it away and not bring it to mind again. Thank for your abundance of love, grace and mercy. Amen”
Written by Nicole
What is sin? According to the original translations of the bible, it means, “to miss the mark”. This means we miss the standard that was set by Jesus and the perfection that is God. We are all sinful and are easily tempted because of our sinful nature. Christians are ruthless for trying to compare sins. We tend to think that murder and adultery are major sins and those of lying, gossiping, cursing, idolatry and envy are of less value. None of us is good and does good all the time. We all are sinners and have fallen into some sort of temptation and sin.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Temptation comes from our own sinful desires and draws us away from God. It does not come from God because He cannot be tempted by evil and He does not tempt anyone. (James 1:13) Jesus too was tempted and is able to sympathize with our struggles and weaknesses. He was tempted in many ways and was able to overcome them all. God is faithful and will not let us be tempted more then we can bear and He will always provide us a way out. We decide whether we will walk away or fall deeper into sin.
Until there is repentance and the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us, we are covered in sin. We try to put a price on sin saying that one is worse than the other but to God, they all cost Him the sacrifice of His Son. Because of this, we cannot compare ourselves to others and we must resist the temptation to act as if we are righteous.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.”
1 John 1:8-10
In our own strength, we cannot escape our own mistakes nor be righteous. We have to recognize our weaknesses so that we will be able to rely on the sacrifice that Jesus was for each of us. It is then, in His strength that we can walk away from sin. Our sin can only distance us from God and so He wants us to recognize the sin and repent of it so that our relationship with Him can be restored.
Spiritual warfare is a real thing and it involves all believers.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Satan will attack from every direction and he knows our very strongholds. Strongholds are what hold us in bondage because we begin to think a certain way based on a distorted idea of our circumstances. We remain imprisoned by these things as long as we believe the lies presented to us. Satan is always trying to attack our minds with doubts and fears, discontent and irritation. He develops a well laid out scheme that takes time to cultivate. His attacks are persistent and he is relentless in his cause to send us into a downward spiral that leads us stumbling in our walk. His plan is so laid out that sometimes we do not see it coming until it is too late and we are already caught up in the middle of it all. We are going to be constantly under attack when we choose to live for the Lord and place Him on the throne of our life. Satan cannot physically harm us but he is constantly at work trying and wanting to see us fail. We were bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ and no weapon fashioned against us will stand when we put our faith and trust in Him.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Christ’s death on the cross was the ultimate defeat over Satan and his attack to claim our souls.
“And having disarmed the powers of authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
We now make the choice to accept Satan’s invitation to dwell upon our past or our weaknesses. This is what he hopes for and encourages us to do. We must stand firm in the word of God and hold to the truth He sets before us, that we have been forgiven.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…”
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, we have His strength and can overcome the cleverness and deceit of Satan and his attacks. We must remember that sin does not come from bad genes and Satan definitely does not make us do it. We choose to act on the things that surround us or lies that are put into our minds. Satan does not ever force our hand; those decisions are made entirely on our own. This occurs when we are focused on ourselves and away from the Lord. We cannot live a God centered life when we are on the throne. So be encouraged, when you put on the Armor of God and place Him on the throne, stand firm in His promise of protection and love against the battle that wages on daily when you choose Him above all else and trust His word.
Ephesians 6:12, II Corinthians 10:4-5, Colossians 2:15, Ephesians 1:7, Psalms 103:12