We are Forgiven!
Jeremiah 31:34 (New International Version)34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,'because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." I think the greatest gift ever given to us was the gift God gave us of his son Jesus. I believe the greatest benefit of any gift ever given us was the forgiveness of our sins and cleansing from our own wickedness. Whether I ever wanted to believe it or not, my own sin was what had brought me the most pain in my life. It wasn't necessarily what others had done to me or said to me, it was my own actions that caused my greatest pains. James 1:13-15 (New International Version)13When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. We have been witnessing the deaths of many celebrities and well known people in our culture. Some have been as a result of their own sin catching up with them. As the scripture states it's when sin becomes full grown it leads to death. I wonder how many of my friends and colleagues and acquaintances may be walking around spiritually dead because they have given over to sin and thinking they just can't conquer it? Remember ; a "sin state" is what we were before Christ entered our lives; now we can live in a "life state" knowing the price was paid and we are cleansed and forgiven. Thank the Lord today for the price he paid for us! Howard's Helpful Hint: Centered people walk in God consciousness not sin consciousness