The Heart of God to Forgive – First15 – January 27

The Heart of God to Forgive

Weekly Overview:

This week we’ll spend time stirring up our affections for God through the renewing of our minds. Your mind is the gateway to your affections. What you think is worthy of your affections is what will receive them. So, as we grow in our understanding of God’s overwhelming goodness we will naturally give him our hearts. May you be stirred by the unconditional love of your heavenly Father this week as his perfect nature is revealed to you in greater, more transformative ways.

Scripture:“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Devotional:

As much as God hates sin because of its destructive effects on us and others, he hates even more that something could come between our relationship with him. Because he desired a relationship with us, God sent his Son to pay the price for our restoration. And it’s because of his continued love for us that he forgives us the very moment we repent of our sin. There’s no price to pay. There’s no time we have to spend outside of his perfect love. Jesus paid the price for every sin you and I will ever commit.

Think for a moment about your normal routine after you sin. What process do you usually go through before you feel restored to God? How long do you wait to repent? How much time do you usually let pass before you feel you can open your heart to God and enjoy him? It’s true that the consequences of sin can linger even after we ask forgiveness, but an obstacle in our relationship with God is not one of them. Jesus paid the highest price, his own life, so that nothing could ever come between us and God again. The Bible says in Romans 8:33-39,

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword… For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The depth of God’s unconditional love for you drives him to forgive you. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” After you confess your sin to him, he chooses to remember it no more. If you feel reminded of a transgression, it is not the voice of the Spirit. You have an enemy who lies constantly to form barriers between you and God. Because the enemy can no longer keep you from heaven, he will work tirelessly to wreck your relationship with God here on the earth. The moment you confess your sin to God is the moment there is nothing between you. Allow nothing to hinder your relationship with your heavenly Father. Renew your mind to the truth of what God says about your sin. God’s heart is to forgive you now and forever. His heart is to lead you into perfect relationship with him every day, all day. Say yes to God’s leading today, and rid yourself of the condemnation of past sins he has already forgotten.

Guided Prayer:

1. Let the peace of God which surpasses all understanding fill your room right now. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

2.Now ask God to reveal any sin in your life, and take some time for confession. Again remember that God’s heart is not to condemn, but to heal. Write down your confession if it helps you focus or remember.

“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:10-14

3.Receive his forgiveness for your sin. An incredibly important part of confession is receiving  forgiveness. Choose not to punish yourself any longer. Choose not to veil your heart before God because of shame. Align your heart with the truth that he chooses not to remember your sin after you confess.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Restoration with God so often hinges upon our choices. Will you choose to condemn yourself? Will you choose to listen to the voice of your enemy who reminds you of past transgressions? Or will you choose to trust God at his word and receive total restoration with the Father? The choice you make will profoundly impact your quality of life. You were made for unhindered relationship with God. Anything that gets in the way of you and him needs to be removed as quickly as possible. Receive his forgiveness today. Whenever you are reminded of past sin, align your heart with God’s word through the renewing of your mind. Live in restored relationship with your heavenly Father today.

Extended Reading: Romans 8

Heartlight

Today’s Verse: Ephesians 6:12-13

Saturday, January 27, 2020

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

How often do you forget that we are in a spiritual war? Our enemy is deceptively cunning — take away the immediacy of a threat and the danger appears gone. But he’s there, always. But rather than try to guess his plans and counter all of his moves, Paul reminds us to simply take up the tools God has given us and stand up to the evil one.

My Prayer…

Lord of Hosts, my Great Deliverer, protect me from the evil one by your great power. Give me a sense of urgency as I face Satan and his schemes on a daily basis, but also give me confidence that Jesus has already defeated my foe. Help me to stand against this foe and show myself faithful to you. Through Jesus my Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

Illustration of Ephesians 6:12-13 — Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Unsinkable YouVersion Devotional

What is Your Source of Strength?
By Rob Nieminen 
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”—Acts 1:8 (ESV)

Have you ever felt like a failure as a Christian? Perhaps you’ve been struggling with a particular sin for years, you aren’t able to summon the courage to share your faith with a coworker, or you just can’t seem to trust God with your finances. Whatever it is, believe me, I can relate to the feeling of blowing it again and again. 

One day; however, a lightbulb went off as I was reading a book titled, The God I Never Knew. In it, author and pastor Robert Morris explained the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and he posed a simple, yet profound question. He said (and I’m paraphrasing), “If you’ve failed at living the Christian life, in whose strength have you been trying to do it?”

At that moment, I realized my power source was insufficient for the task of holy living. I was trying to live the Christian life in my own strength, even though I knew that in John 15:5 Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing. And in today’s passage of Scripture, Jesus instructs His disciples to go to Jerusalem and to wait for the Holy Spirit’s power to be given to them before going out into the world to share the gospel. In other words, we can’t be effective witnesses for Christ without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. 

After coming to this realization, I felt two things: relief and hunger. You see, when we stop depending on ourselves to do what God has asked us to do, there’s tremendous freedom in it. But it does require that we become hungry enough to seek His presence and to wait on Him to fill us. So, as I set aside time to fast and pray regularly, I asked God to fill me with His Holy Spirit—and that’s exactly what He did.

I have a long way to go in my journey toward sanctification, but when I stumble now, I know three things to be true: 1. I’ve probably defaulted back to my own strength in whatever area I’m wrestling with; 2. God’s grace is sufficient for me; and 3. His power is made perfect in my weakness.

Christian, if you are down on yourself for some repeated failure or sin today, take heart! Not only does Jesus love you and forgive you, He wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit so you can experience lasting freedom and joy. Just ask Him!

DIG: Why did Jesus tell His disciples to go to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit to give them power? What do you think would have happened if they had attempted to preach the gospel without it?

DISCOVER: Are there areas of the Christian life you repeatedly struggle with? If so, ask yourself honestly in whose strength you have been working. 

DO: Spend time in prayer and fasting (if you are able) and ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately; keep asking, seeking, and knocking and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:8; Luke 11:10). 

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