8 Important Things to Understand and Remember about God’s Forgiveness

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” –Psalm 139:23-24, ESV

God is the Author of the human spirit. God’s forgiveness has a weighty gravity to it because He knows the “number of hairs on our heads;” He “formed us in the womb.” There’s no escaping our humanity, our frailty, and our sin. We were created to lean on God through His Son, Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross granted us God’s forgiveness, bringing us into fellowship with our Father. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit pricks every believer with conviction to confess and repent sin. Our Father, because of the perfect sacrifice Christ made in our honor, is faithful to forgive us. The Apostle Peter wrote, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18, ESV). God’s forgiveness gives us life, to the full (John 10:10).

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What it Really Means to Be “Saved By Grace Through Faith” (and How to Live it!)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Coincidental meetings and strings of connection illuminate God’s sovereign movement to fulfill His good purpose for our lives. He is active in our everyday lives, personally connected to the unique language of our hearts and minds, and surrounding us in creation as we walk throughout our days.“By grace you have been saved by faith” expresses God’s omnipotent plan for our lives, purposed to bring glory to His name through Christ Jesus. 

Grace is all-inclusive and free for all. Faith is activated by the one who knit us together in the womb and has chosen us as His own. “Faith is the act of our soul that turns away from our own insufficiency to the free and all-sufficient resources of God,” John Piper wrote. “Whatever goodness faith sees, it sees as the fruit of grace.” 

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The Questions (#jammed daily devo, day 317)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 317: Thankful for the ability to ask.

When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” John 13:27

317

How must Jesus have felt, even though He knew what Judas was about to do, when the
time came for him to betray Him. The hurt that we can all relate to after a trusted friends betrays us …lies to us …plays with our hearts as if we’re not as important as God says we are …and then acts like it’s our fault. Hurt can be a bitter seed that becomes dangerously toxic when it grows.

Jesus was never at risk of falling victim to the devil’s bitter roots. But we are. Sometimes, there is no way to see it coming. Other times, He will guides us around. Eventually, we all travel through a mess of hurt. It’s life’s inevitable fall. There is a real evil out there after our souls. Today’s verse says that “Satan entered into him.” That’s terrifying! But think of how easy it is to doubt …question …wonder …ask …

When life is unfair. When people die. When we’re sick. When we lose our jobs. When we lose our friends. When we lose our minds.

But the devil has no chance to gain the ground of our heart when we believe in Jesus Christ, Our Savior. He can harass us and make a mess of our lives, but he cannot get in. When we accept Jesus we are sealed with the Spirit from that moment on. God defends us.

How can we see the devil’s schemes? We ask.

God will remind us of His truth, and we will be able to discern true intentions from manipulative ones. Our God wants us to ask, seek, knock, wonder, and come to Him for help.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather,  Praise You for welcoming our questions, and thank You for strengthening our faith as You answer. Help us to see evil for what it is, and separate ourselves from it as You have called us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Measuring,

Megs

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The Questions (#jammed daily devo, day 317)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 317: Thankful for the ability to ask.

When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” John 13:27

317

How must Jesus have felt, even though He knew what Judas was about to do, when the
time came for him to betray Him. The hurt that we can all relate to after a trusted friends betrays us …lies to us …plays with our hearts as if we’re not as important as God says we are …and then acts like it’s our fault. Hurt can be a bitter seed that becomes dangerously toxic when it grows.

Jesus was never at risk of falling victim to the devil’s bitter roots. But we are. Sometimes, there is no way to see it coming. Other times, He will guides us around. Eventually, we all travel through a mess of hurt. It’s life’s inevitable fall. There is a real evil out there after our souls. Today’s verse says that “Satan entered into him.” That’s terrifying! But think of how easy it is to doubt …question …wonder …ask …

When life is unfair. When people die. When we’re sick. When we lose our jobs. When we lose our friends. When we lose our minds.

But the devil has no chance to gain the ground of our heart when we believe in Jesus Christ, Our Savior. He can harass us and make a mess of our lives, but he cannot get in. When we accept Jesus we are sealed with the Spirit from that moment on. God defends us.

How can we see the devil’s schemes? We ask.

God will remind us of His truth, and we will be able to discern true intentions from manipulative ones. Our God wants us to ask, seek, knock, wonder, and come to Him for help.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather,  Praise You for welcoming our questions, and thank You for strengthening our faith as You answer. Help us to see evil for what it is, and separate ourselves from it as You have called us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Measuring,

Megs

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