Who Will We Listen To?

children whisperingWhen we claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, all our sins are forgiven. Although that is true, sometimes we allow people or situations in our lives to cause us to wonder. Cause us to doubt. Cause us to question if we truly are forgiven for our sins.

Especially the REALLY big ones we don’t want anyone to know about. When that happens, we should ask our self, who will we listen to?

Sometimes we allow Satan to step into our minds and tell us we are guilty. We allow him to tell us we will never be forgiven. We listen to the accuser’s condemnation and feel unworthy. We forget to listen to God tell us we are his Beloved. Purchased at the expense of his precious Son’s life.

All of Satan’s lies and accusations are hogwash. Pure and simple. We need to stop listening to him. We need to listen to the truth of who we are in Jesus. We are redeemed and forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters.

Jesus knows us inside and out. He knows each and every single time we sin. He knows when we truly repent.

Jesus is the only one qualified to judge us, and he tells us we are no longer condemned. Why? Because he took our guilt, our shame, our very sin upon his perfect sinless self.

God’s only son paid the debt we owed but could never repay with his precious blood on the cross of Calvary. Through Christ’s sacrifice we are forgiven. End of argument. 

If we are forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters, the Supreme Judge, then we are forgiven.

So if we find ourselves asking who will we listen to, the voice of condemnation or the voice of grace, we need to listen to the voice of grace every time. 

Can I get an Amen?

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Now, because of this, those who belong to Christ will not suffer the punishment of sin. Romans 8:1 (NLV)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Forgives Over and Over

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past quarter our Sunday School class has studied the life of King David in 2 Samuel. Anyone who has read Woven and Spun for any length of time probably realizes David’s life is one I never get tired of studying.

Why?

Through David’s life God allows us to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. That gives me comfort because I, and possibly you, have my good, my bad, and my ugly. It comforts me to know when I repent of my sin and turn back, God forgives over and over and over again. Just like he did with David.

Following our lesson a week ago, I spent the days thinking about David and the later part of his life which was anything but commendable, yet this was a man God called a man after God’s own heart.

If we look at David’s life and focus on some of the things he did that make us shake our head and ask, “How could a man after God’s own heart do that?”, and falsely believe his sins were more grievous, more sinful, more heinous than our little mistakes, errors of judgments, and short comings, we forget an important thing about God’s holiness.

 

ALL sin is against God. All sin is grievous and heinous in God’s eyes. There is no big sin. There is no little sin. Sin is sin, and God hates sin. Not the sinner. He hates the sin because that sin separates us from him.

Looking at the record of David’s life we may say, “I’ve never committed adultery or had their spouse murdered to cover up a pregnancy that resulted.” The Bible tells us anyone who looks on another with lust in their eye commits adultery in their heart.

If we have maligned another, spewed venomous words, slandered, or gossiped, we’ve left mortal wounds just as deadly as an onslaught of enemy arrows to the heart. The book of James has a lot to say about the tongue.

We might look at David’s parental skills and find them lacking compared to ours. None of our sons raped their sisters, or murdered their brothers, or overthrew the throne. But have we ever displayed less than stellar parenting skills through our humiliating words of condemnation, or comparisons? Have we lashed out in anger or refused to forgive? Proverbs tells us to train up a child in the ways of the LORD, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Then there is the issue of that census David took which brought calamity upon the nation of Israel. Was it pride? Lack of trust in God? Boredom? When we examine our lives, have we ever taken credit for something we didn’t deserve the credit for? Have we ever gone ahead of God out of fear he might not take care of things the way we know they should be taken care of? Have we grown lazy in our devotion to God? Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God and all the rest will be given to us.

Lots to think about. Lots to reflect on. Lots to be grateful for. Especially the fact God does not treat us as our sins deserve. His mercies are new every morning. He loves us with an everlasting love. He allowed his son to die a horrendous death and be separated from him so we wouldn’t have to be. And he tells us to judge not lest we be judged, and to be sure we get the plank out of our eye before we attempt to remove the speck from our brothers’.

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No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Jesus Christ. For the new spiritual principle of life “in” Christ lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death. Romans 8:1 (JB Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — No Condemnation

So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. Romans 8:1 (NCV)

There is a message I’ve heard and read, with which I disagree.

It is a story told of Judgment Day. Those who claim Jesus as their LORD and Savior stand before God, the Eternal Judge. Satan, the father of all lies, flashes every sin they’ve ever committed on a big screen for all to see. At the end of the devil’s accusations, Jesus approaches his father, and declares the debt paid in full. Satan sulks off. End of story.

Before you arm yourselves with pitchforks and torches to storm my home, let me explain why I have a problem with this heavenly scenario of a judgment for Believer’s sins. (Which is not the same as the judgment for what we’ve done for the Lord, mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:10, or the judgment of unbelievers in Matthew 25:41.)

If God has forgiven and forgotten our sins as far as the east is from the west, remembers  our iniquities no more, and doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve…as I truly believe he has: (Psalm 103:10-12, Jeremiah 31:34b)

And…

If Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross of Calvary…which I truly believe he did: (John 3:16-17, Romans 8:1-6 Hebrews 10:10)

Then why, on the most glorious day of a Believer’s existence — the day he or she is ushered into heaven, and comes face to face with our Lord, and Savior — why would God, who is love, (1John 4:7-10) allow us, for even one nanosecond, to have our guilt and shame paraded before us by a defeated foe?

It just does not make a bit of sense to my way of thinking.

So, with that said, while I disagree with those scary courtroom scenarios, I admit I am a sinner. A sinner who owed a debt I could never pay. Yet, who has a Savior who paid the debt he didn’t owe, for me, for you, so we would no longer be condemned. (Romans 5:8)
I fall on the grace, love, and compassion of Jesus Christ. The one who, at his name, every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and confess him as LORD. (Philippians 2:9-10)

Guess we’ll find out how the scene plays out, when we get to the other side.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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