Forgiven and Free
Even though I know I’m forgiven, sometimes I don’t feel forgiven.
Satan loves to bring up the past and try to get us to wallow in shame, condemnation, and self-judgment. Old mindsets try to creep back in and we find ourselves vulnerable to temptations we thought we had overcome. Sin lurks at the door – as either a temptation or as a heavy shadow from the past.
But Jesus has conquered sin! Not only has He redeemed you from the shame of sin; He has freed you from the grip of sin. I heard Pastor Robert Morris say it like this: we have been saved from the penalty of sin; we are being saved from the power of sin; and one day we will be saved from the presence of sin.
Not only was Jesus the sacrifice for our sin, He was/is our High Priest who presented the sacrifice to God and who intercedes on our behalf. The book of Hebrews describes Jesus’ priestly role in great detail, including this powerful verse:
“For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” Hebrews 9:13-14 ESV
Old Testament sacrifices only provided temporary and limited atonement, but Jesus’ sacrifice – His new covenant in His own blood – provided a complete and eternal sacrifice for us.
Sin cannot be ignored, justified, or hidden. In fact, the Holy Spirit Himself will often bring up sin from your past, but remember, His motivation is to set you free from sin, not to chain you to it.
So, if there are unresolved sin issues in your life, you can simply:
- Confess, acknowledge and admit your sin to God.
- Repent from your sin. Turn away from it. Choose a different path, and get the accountability you need to be victorious.
- Receive forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ. Refuse to let shame and condemnation hover over you like a dark cloud. Rebuke the Accuser (Satan) and reject his lies.
Today you can not only walk in forgiveness, you can walk in freedom!