**Following the message, I have included the schedule of services to take place at Church of the Highlands this upcoming Easter weekend. We would love to have you join us!**
…as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
There have been times that I have disciplined my son that he became quite overwhelmed with remorse for his wrongdoing. He became so distraught that it saddened me, and I responded by consoling him. Once the lesson is learned, it is my desire to see my son smile and move on.
Our Lord feels the same way when we sin. So many times we wallow in our mistakes and become so consumed with the shame that we sometimes set up shop in that deep pit of despair. When conviction of the comes upon us, it is crucial that we respond with a heart of repentance, however, our Father desires for us to learn from the sin, grow closer to Him, smile, and move on!
Satan wants to remind us of every shameful thing we have ever done. He loves for us to dwell on past failures. Don’t believe the lie that tells you God is still thinking about your past sin. My Jesus tells me that my repented sin is long forgotten. In fact, He promises that my sin has been removed as far as the east is from the west. When the Father sees me…..He sees Jesus.
He doesn’t want me to remind Him of what I did after He has cleansed me. Instead of allowing our past forgiven sin to haunt us and hold us back, we must rejoice in the joy of the Lord; He suffered a brutal death on the Cross to free us from ALL sin, shame, and guilt! Because of His ultimate sacrifice, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. (Romans 8:1)
We must also retreat from anyone who reminds us of our past mistakes. The key is to remove ourselves from anything that causes us to repeat past mistakes. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit we can claim in this process. Once we begin to strengthen and resist the temptations that taunt us, we are able to grow and reflect His nature.
He wants to release our burdens and embrace us in His arms. He wants to wipe away every tear. The best way to capture the joy of the Lord is to forgive ourselves, and then praise and worship the Father for His amazing grace and mercy. And, speaking of praise and worship, I couldn’t help but share a video and song by that better illustrates and reveals the main point of this week’s verse and message.
Check out this remarkable music video highlighting Casting Crowns’
HAVE A BLESSED EASTER IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY FORGIVING GOD OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!!