I have never heard God speak in a audible voice to me, like a booming from Heaven type voice. It’s usually more of an impression in my spirit. And then sometimes I debate whether it is really God… or indigestion. Or just something I thought up.
But there was one day I heard God speak loud and clear in my spirit. I’ve never forgotten it. It has brought freedom to me that has changed my life. I want to share it with you.
There are a lot of promises in God’s Word. I know that He always keeps His promises. And He tells us to come to Him any time. But still there have been many times when I haven’t felt worthy to come to Him. I’ve felt too guilty to pray.
Its natural human instinct, when we feel guilty to want to run and hide. My children would run and hide when they knew they disobeyed me. Adam and Eve were the first. They ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Then they ran and hid. They didn’t feel worthy to talk to God any more, they felt ashamed.
Have you ever felt unworthy to come to God? Too dirty to pray? Maybe you failed again at quitting that bad habit you promised God you’d quit. You were embarrassed to ask God –for the hundredth time– to forgive you. Guilt and shame will keep you from running to the One who loves you most. The One most willing to help you. I’ve been there.
But when I heard God speak this one statement to me, it set me free.
I had been praying one day in my bedroom – I can remember it like it was yesterday – I was pleading with God to help a family member who desperately needed transformation in their life. Thinking of the transformation of Saul in the New Testament, when God changed his name to Paul – I said “God, you remember how Saul was killing Christians – and you transformed …” God stopped me mid-sentence – as if He put his hand over my mouth – and said with an authoritatively loud voice in my spirit:
“I don’t remember that!”
In that instance revelation flooded my soul. I realized at a deeper level than ever before, the finality of Jesus’ work at the cross. The blood of Jesus was the complete and perfect sacrifice for all our sin – period. Because the sacrifice has been paid, once for all time, God chooses not to remember my sin. He doesn’t hold it against me!
I used to think that God just chose to forget our sins. I’ve heard it preached “God forgives the sinner and forgets the sin.” But forgetting something is actually an imperfection. (I forget things all the time.) God is perfect. And if He forgot, couldn’t he later remember what He forgot? That’s not very reassuring.
But that’s not what the Word says. It actually states this twice in the Bible. In both the Old and New Testament. In Hebrews 8:12, Paul recalls the New Covenant promise of God that was originally declared by God in Jeremiah 31:34.
“I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deed I will remember no more.”
God’s amazing love, grace and mercy towards us motivated Him to make this declaration as part of the New Covenant. A covenant that the Father and Jesus, His Son made together on our behalf. Sealed in Jesus’ blood at the cross.
He declared that he will never remember our sins.
This changes everything.
Because God will never go back on His word. Now we know why we can boldly come to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) and receive mercy, grace and every thing we need.
Because of God’s willingness to remember our sins no more – we can unashamedly, boldly, with confidence, claim all God’s promises for us today.
Jesus has made you and me worthy to receive it all!
We can join David in Psalm 103:2-5 and say:
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Embracing this truth will set you free – guaranteed!
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