With tears in her eyes, hesitating to ask, she whispered, “Will my future husband still love and forgive me?” My new friend had a fear common to women who have found freedom from sexual sin. Jesus freed her from the chains of pornography, but currently she was gripped by the chains of fear. Have you had this fear or other fears about your future spouse and marriage because of your sexual past? (more…)
Archive of ‘Grace’ category
We can’t imagine a life without sin, pain, shame, death, loss, grief, tears, etc. The list can go on and on. Our only experience with life is living in a sin cursed world. We’ve never known a life without these things, yet God promises that one day we can experience a new life if we trust in Jesus.
As the news unfolds of tragedy after tragedy, how do we believers hold on to this promise? (more…)
Last month, I lived in anxiety wondering how in the world do I know if this is the man God wants me to date? I was paralyzed with uncertainties. I had met a man who loved Jesus, but did that mean we should date? I was uncertain if God was opening a door or if our meeting in an elevator was just a random occurrence. I was certain of one thing – I wanted to follow God’s will in this decision. Let’s be honest, figuring out God’s will in who to date seems daunting. How do we really know God’s will in who to date? (more…)
My roommate caught me red handed. I had lied to her face, and now I was plagued by guilt. I apologized and she forgave me, but I still felt blah. I needed to ask God for his forgiveness, but I didn’t know what to say to him. I turned to the Bible and found this passage in Psalms. David wrote this right after Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba. Imagine how David felt in this moment. Probably way worse than I felt. I bet he felt guilty, shameful, sad, angry, frustrated, and many other emotions. Have you experienced these emotions after getting caught in a sin?
In this psalm, David pours his heart out. It is beautifully written and a perfect prayer of forgiveness. When we sin, we turn away from God. We need to ask God for forgiveness. Thank goodness we worship a God who does forgive. Once we make the decision to give God our life, God looks at us and sees Jesus. Our sins have been wiped clean, and we become white as snow.
I want you to experience this freedom. I want you to be free of guilt and shame and experience God’s forgiveness.
Pray through this passage and ask God to forgive you. Confessing sin and asking for forgiveness is not a one time action, but a daily re-occurrence. That is something I have to continually remind myself. You can use this passage as a guide.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
There are days when I doubt that God’s grace could cover my sins. How could God ever forgive me? I have disobeyed God and have rebelled against him. Is there enough grace to cover my continual rebellion?
I am just like the Israelites in Psalm 78. Over and over again the children of Israel claimed that they would follow God and put him first, but each time they would end up turning away from him. They could have put God first, but they turned back to their old comfortable ways. We do this so often. Instead of continuing to fight our battles in our sin issues with God on our side, we give up and turn back to our sin.
The Bible states that they did not keep God’s covenant, or promise, refused to keep his commandments, and forgot all the wonders that God had done in their lives. And what did God do? “He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly” (vs 15). This wasn’t enough for them.
How frequent do we say that the gifts God gives us isn’t enough? If only I had this or that, then I would be satisfied. This is us in rebellion, and the Israelites did the same thing. Yet, God showed them more grace.
They continued to sin and even tested God by demanding the food they craved (vs 17-18). God gave them water, but that wasn’t enough. Now they wanted food.
When God heard their demands, he was full of wrath, because they did not believe that he was enough for them. They desired more. What does God do? He opens the Heavens and down rains manna, a bread-like substance, for them to eat.
Now that is grace.
This is the best example of God’s grace that I have ever read. Grace in the form of flaky manna falling from the sky. God’s grace is giving us what we do not deserve.
We do not deserve anything, but God forgives us. That is God’s grace in our lives.
Throughout the rest of Psalm 78, the Israelites continue to sin, God gets angry, but then he blesses them and gives them grace. The chapter ends by beautifully saying, “with upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”
Turn to God. Let him guide your life with a hand of love. Let him lead you to safety like he did with the children of Israel. Your sins are never too big for God’s grace to cover.
God’s grace can not run out. It did not run out for the Israelites, and it will not run out for you or for me.
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