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362 – Drop the Baggage!

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LuggageGuilt and the fear of punishment are terrible players on the stages of our minds. When we feel the pangs of a guilty conscience it strikes at the very core of our being. It can lead to serious emotional and even physical illnesses. When we feel guilty, and assuming we are conscious of our mistakes, we fear God and His punishment for our wrongdoing. Many people carry around guilt for what they think are unforgiven sins of the past. That is as foolish as persons attempting to carry around tons of unneeded luggage on every trip they take. You would not carry excess baggage on a trip at today’s airline costs for baggage. Neither should you try to carry around the excess baggage of unforgiven, or what you suspect to be unforgiven, sins in your life. So, what can you do? Will God forgive you?

The answer may surprise you!

In Zephaniah 3 God gave His people some wonderful news. He said He had taken away their punishment. He has done the same thing for those of us who trust in His Son and agree with Him about our sins. But, you say, what about the sins I have committed since I trusted Christ and was saved? John wrote about those sins of Christians when he said, “On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing” (1 John 1:9 The Message). If you need forgiveness, confess your sins. God requires that we agree with Him about our sins. That is what confession means – “agreeing with God.” It is saying the same thing He says about our sins.  When we do that something wonderful results.

In Psalm 32 David, writing out of his own personal experience, makes three assertions regarding the sins we confess:

– God removes the sin from us – Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven! “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean” (Psalm 32:1 The Message). The psalmist was on to something special for a guilty heart. He said that God wipes our sins out. He was banking on what God had said He would do in Christ on the cross. He paid the debt. So, By His blood our sins have already been paid for, and God does not charge us again for those sins. Our account has been settled. The story of the Prodigal and his father comes to mind. God, our heavenly Father, is always looking for us to agree with Him about our sins so He can remove them from our record. When we agree with Him about our sins, He removes them, and we are completely forgiven.

– God hides the sin from His sight – “Whose sin is put out of sight (Ps. 32:1 NLT). God removes our sins from our record, but He also hides them from His sight. “But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do, God says” (Isa. 43:25 The Message). Once we confess our sins they are to God as if they have never been committed. He chooses not to see them any more, because they have been cleansed and purged by the blood of Christ. Since God does not see our sins, He does not remember them. God takes care of our sins by “blotting them out.” David said, “How happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean” (Psalm 32:1 The Message). God has no record, therefore, it is out of His memory. He chooses to forget, and so must we!

– God destroys the record of the sin – ‘Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt” (Ps. 32:2 NLT). Our sins do not have to be a haunting factor in our lives. God removes them from us. He hides them from His view. And, He does not even have a record of them any more. Because God deletes the sin from our record, He deletes them from His memory. This is like a criminal having a charge expunged from his record. God destroys the record of the sin and remembers it against us no more because we have accepted the cleansing blood of Christ to pay the debt for it. When God forgives us it is alright to forgive ourselves. Stay confessed up to date and enjoy the freedom of God’s forgiveness. God knows everything including how to forget. He will assist you to let the thoughts of forgiven sin go from your mind, if you will let Him.

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