Summary: God is not interested in your past, He doesnt remember it..the moment you take Him in your heart, your past is forgiven, At that moment..we are given a clean slate, "That's a Big Deal" That right there my friends..is Shouting Material!!
Get Up Off That Couch..and Start Living!
Romans 8:31-39 MSG.
31-39. So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us?
And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us who was raised to life for us! is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
Sometimes, things happen and we get beaten down by what happens to us in life, and no it may not be a fair deal when it happens
Did you know that the accuser NEVER plays fair?
he will use anything he can to steal from you,
to destroy you and those around you..
and yes eventually kill you, all to keep you from your destiny!
Illus. There is a story about a young man who went out on a cool autumn night, he dressed himself appropriately and took off for a long walk,
While walking he heard a rustle at his feet, and looking down, he saw a snake and was startled. But before he could move, the snake spoke.
"I am about to die," said the snake. "It is too cold for me up here and I am freezing. There is no food and I am starving. Put me under your shirt and take me down to the valley."
"No," said the youth. "I am forewarned. I know your kind. You are a rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you will bite, and your bite will kill me."
"Not so," said the snake. "I will treat you differently. If you do this for me, you will be special. I will not harm you." The youth resisted awhile, but this was a very persuasive snake with beautiful markings.
At last the youth tucked it under his shirt and carried it down to the valley. There he laid it gently on the grass, when suddenly the snake coiled, rattled, and leapt, biting him on the leg.
"But you promised..." cried the youth. "You knew what I was when you picked me up." said the snake as it slithered away."
The accuser is constantly reinventing his tactics, his strategies, pulling out all the stops, he never plays fair!
Sometimes we might think it may be our heredity, the family we came from, or the lack of family we came from,
We may have caused it, or had no control over it happening at all?
Whatever may be the case, we need to recognize it for what it is..a trick of the enemy, but always know withs Gods help it can be overcome...
unless..we give it credence and allow it to weasel its way in-between our relationship we have with The Lord.
If you think I'm kidding, I'm not...there are a lot depressed people in this world and the sad thing is..a lot of them are Christians!
If were not careful, anything can become a focal and dwelling point with us and one thing we dont need to be is distracted or looking behind..
We need to look towards the future, our best days are ahead of us, not behind us!
We need to learn to let go of the past and never revisit it again.
Amen?, thats what God does, when you become a Christian!
Jesus cannot forgive us anymore than we have been forgiven, free means exactly what it says! Free!
TBS. "He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!"
Aren't you glad it does?
God is not interested in your past, He doesnt remember it..the moment you take Him in your heart, your past is forgotten never to be remembered.
At that moment..we are given a clean slate, "That's a Big Deal"
That right there my friends..is Shouting Material..Praise The Lord!
And still the accuser says..do you know what they did?
God says No! I'm sorry I don't recall..I seem to have forgotten!
Are you sure were talking about one of my Children?
But then, in a stately confident voice..He says, "I Don't recall what they've done, but I do know what their capable of doing, when they speak my sons name Jesus and believe in faith, that I Do will what My Word says I will Do!