I read this portion of psalm 18 this morning. How amazing it is! David was far from being sinless, in fact he sinned often. Yet he is able to say honestly, ‘I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin’. What an incredible statement for him to make. You and I know that Jesus died for our sins, that we might approach the Father secure in the knowledge that our Saviour has paid every ransom. David was writing many centuries before Christ was born, yet he knew his Saviour intimately. He knew that if he confessed and came before God with a truly contrite heart he would be forgiven, and received once again into the Father’s intimacy. Extraordinary! I know that I have been forgiven, that Jesus is my righteousness, but so many times I find myself thinking, ‘Have I done enough? Does Jesus still love me? Or when I approach him in Heaven will He say, “I never knew you”‘?!
The forgiveness of the Lord is total. David again tells us, ‘He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.’ P’s 103 v 12. Jesus’ work is complete in every way. But we have an enemy who does everything he can to make us forget that. Always he is reminding us of those things we did. For myself, so often when I get memories of my failings, I am covered again with the same guilt and shame I felt when I first did them. It happens almost without my noticing. I spiral downwards so quickly, condemning myself and feeling worthless. It takes a conscious effort of will to remind myself of what Jesus did for ME when He died that terrible death. I have been set free from the curse of sin and death. I no longer have to berate myself and constantly feel guilty. Guilt for new sins is good, of course. But if we instantly take it to the cross we are instantly forgiven, just as if we never sinned. Oh, Oscar, what a wonderful thing! What a wonderful gift Our Lord gave us!
I pray today that The Lord would remind and refresh you with a new and inspired knowledge of what He did for YOU on that cross. You are free, my friend.
Romans 8, 1-4
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Amen!
So much is being thrown at you right now, so many lies spoken over you and labels attached. I don’t need to list them, you know what they are. Many of us are breaking their power daily. I simply ask you to remember who you are in Jesus:
You are saved, forgiven, justified by faith; Jesus is your righteousness. You are a child of the Father and beloved by Him; He sent His only son to be a sacrifice for you. You are free from condemnation. You can approach God with freedom and confidence. You can find grace and mercy to help you in time of need. You have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind.
These are just a very few of the things that scripture says you are in Christ. These words are the Truth. Nothing can take that away, my friend. This is who you are.
Much love and prayer.
Julia Owen, UK