Do you ever struggle with remembering God remembers our sins no more? I know that I do. I remember some of the horrible things I’ve done, sometimes I wonder why that is. Why do I keep remembering those things? Why do they keep me wondering if God really forgives me? OR worse… makes me wonder about my faith and if it can be real. WHY, why do we do this?
Mr. Hamilton suggests that it’s a matter of trust.
Do we truly believe that God forgets our sin, that he removes our transgressions from us? That he indeed washes us whiter than snow, cleaning us all up! It’s an amazingly sweet, and simple, and basic truth.
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
See…it’s right there. God tells us that we are, as believers, washed, sanctified and justified. Do we believe it? It’s a hard one to grasp… I KNOW THIS. I fight myself everyday to remember WHOSE I am and why I should trust that he has my back.
Being reassured that Jesus intercedes for me with God. Asking God to be mindful of me, protecting me from the evil one. Who do you think puts those thoughts in my head that I’m not good enough, or that God doesn’t really forgive sin, or that I somehow need to find a way to make up for the wrongs I did. It isn’t God.
So the question comes… can I trust God’s spoken word? Can I believe what he tells me over and over and over again? He loves me, he forgives me, his Son paid the penalty for MY sin, for YOUR sin… it’s covered, we’re washed, sanctified AND justified.
Satan has no hold on me, or you or anyone who believes in the Lord. Not one single hold.
Believe it. Oh… reader, if you love the Lord, believe it. Jesus is our high priest and intercessor. He died and rose again so that our pasts: our sins, our failures, and our dirtiness can’t be held against us.
I liked this quote: “Satan will always want you to ‘look in’ to yourself; God wants you always to ‘look out and up’ to Christ.” (p111, the faith shaped life)
Let’s look up to Christ. Let us see him more and ourselves less. We so need to remember whose we are.