Have you ever been in despair over sins of the past?
Although scripture tells us that God remembers them no more, we tend to think back on past sins and failures. When we do this, it opens us up to attacks from the devil. We may feel hopeless, disheartened, discouraged, desperate, and distressed. I am sure the the devil loves for us to anguish unnecessarily.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound Romans 5:20
Why do we anguish over past sin?
Perhaps we can not fully comprehend God's great love, or perhaps we have little faith.
As far as myself, I feel like there are times the devil tries to make me feel insignificant or inconsequential. Why would God even want to forgive and have a relationship with me. At times, we may even feel unworthy because of our sin. I know that I have looked back and thought, "How could I have done that?" However, God's love is immeasurable.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:12
God's work is perfect. When He forgives, sins are forgiven, removed, cast away, and not called to his mind anymore. However, our works are so imperfect, we are not fully capable of realizing God's ability. We doubt if we were "really" forgiven. We may ponder if we prayed hard enough, or if we asked in the correct way . We may wonder if God heard us. Satan loves to tell us that we weren't really forgiven. When we have these thoughts, we need to change our thinking!
Thinking and worrying over past sin is Satan's cunning way of stealing our joy. We need to turn our thought to what is "true", not believing lies of the devil.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
We need to ask God to forgive us for not fully trusting Him.
I like Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
God is a 100% God. He does a complete work!
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
With so many attacks from Satan in this sinful world, it can be easy, at times, to loose faith and have doubt. We gain strength, faith, and trust from God's word. Time and time again, we read how God forgives us. His hand is continuously stretched out to us! Nothing can separate us from His love!
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19
If our earthly parents love us then we probably wouldn't need to ask them over and over to forgive us, so how much more is God willing and able to forgive us our every sin. He has a perfect love that even the most loving parent can't possess. His forgiveness is from that perfect love.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:20
So many issues we place on the alter before God. We give them to God, yet we pick them back up again. Oh how imperfect and human we are! We ask for forgiveness, but mindlessly tote the baggage of our sin. We ask for healing, but we panic with doubt and fears. I am so guilty of that one myself!
We ask for provisions, but we jump ahead of God's timing. Does the Bible tell us to pray and worry? No! It tells us to pray and believe.
Is it impossible for us to trust God completely? We can say that we trust God. It is so easy to say those words, but they are just that, words.
Faith without works is dead! James 2:26
Our work is to believe and do what scripture tells us to do.
My prayer is this:
Thank You for my life, loving me, forgiving me, and all Your daily blessings. Take from me any unbelief. Have mercy and help me. Increase my faith. Lord, I want to trust You completely. Help me to have a perfect peace that comes from trusting in You. Lord, when I doubt, increase my faith. When I am scared, comfort me. When I struggle to place all my faith in You, strengthen me. I want to place You above all my doubts and fears. Fill me with your Spirit. Teach me Your ways, Lord. Guard my mind from attacks of the enemy. Help me to be open tho the blessings You desire to give me. Help me to accept, in faith, all the promises You have given me. Help me each day to live expecting blessings from every situation that arises.
Help me to praise you in all times. Let me know, even without seeing, that You are working out all things for my good. Lord, give me the joy of seeing Your wonderfulness each day. I delight in You!
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,Philippians 3:13