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God Chooses to Forget

 

 

GOD CHOOSES TO FORGET

By Carolyn Dale Newell

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”

Isaiah 43:25 NKJV

Are you ever plagued with guilt from flashbacks of your life before salvation? Perhaps recent failures have left you crying out like David for the joy of your salvation to be restored (Ps. 51:12).

Guilt can be beneficial when it makes us aware of our need for a Savior, but it is often the weapon of Satan used to plant doubt in a Christian. “You are not good enough.”

“Who do you think you are, serving God?” “You’ll never make it. You keep messing up.”

Sound familiar? While Satan’s memory of our sin is as clear as crystal, God has forgotten all of it. Not the same forgetfulness as when we go shopping and come home without the loaf of bread. God has a perfect memory, but He chooses to forget. He no longer brings our sins to mind.

The judge sits ready to declare, “Guilty!” then Jesus Christ approaches the bench.

He has paid the penalty for your sin, and as the gavel strikes, the judge bellows, “Not guilty.”

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit Romans 8:1

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Child of God, do you realize the east and west never meet? No matter where you travel, the east and west are always as far apart as possible, a never-ending circle. There is a North Pole and a South Pole, but God didn’t say north and south. He said east and west. You will never arrive at East or West, and that’s how far removed your sins are when God forgives.

We serve a merciful, forgiving God who loves us. He has forgiven, and He has forgotten.

Precious Father, thank You for forgiving and choosing to forget so much. Help me live a life pleasing to You. Protect me from Satan’s darts. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Isaiah 43.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Allow guilt to bring praise to your lips for God’s great mercy and forgiveness, but don’t let Satan taunt you with it. There may be well-meaning people without a good knowledge of Scripture who may tell you that you’ve committed the unforgivable sin. This guilt has even brought some Christians to the point of suicide. Tell them God has made the decision to forget every sin. Remind yourself daily that God no longer remembers.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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DEMONS AND MARTYRS

DEMONS AND MARTYRS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come… and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:1, 12-13 NKJV

In the span of five weeks, we have witnessed horrific tragedies. Pure evil exploded with the Las Vegas massacre, the NYC terrorist in a rental truck, and now, a church massacre in a tiny Texas town. If a church is no longer sacred, what is?

I could not wrap my head around the first report which said the congregation was shot while praying. I know what the Bible says, but how does God allow His children to be slayed during prayer?

I consulted my pastor, and he explained how these slaughtered Christians were special. Like Stephen, they became martyrs. I know, this type of thinking is difficult. We think of multiple funerals and lives taken from children, but they were transported directly into the throne room of God.

Our humanness cannot comprehend the beauty of a Christian’s martyrdom. We see the grief and a life cut short. We need to get our minds focused on Jesus. Joining Jesus in heaven is the most beautiful moment we will experience. If loved ones could speak to us that may be what they would say.

Later, reports explained the shooting began outside, not necessarily during prayer.

Evil has been present since the Garden of Eden. Cain killed Abel. In Noah’s day, wickedness resulted in a worldwide flood. Moses was born when all Hebrew male children were slaughtered. That heinous act repeated itself when Jesus Christ was born. God allowed Jesus to suffer greatly. His own sinless Son tortured and crucified to save sinful man.

I recall a time when morals were high and crime rates low. From 1900 to 1959 there were a total of 24 mass shootings.

In the early 1960’s The Supreme Court ruled in favor of killing innocent babies, and they decided school prayer was unconstitutional. In 1980, the Ten Commandments were removed from schools. In 1985, all nativity displays in government buildings were deemed unconstitutional.

Since God has been kicked out of schools, the number of mass shootings have climbed to 148 (from 1960-2017). These statistics are from http://www.heraldnet.com/news/the-history-of-mass-shootings-in-the-u-s/

Despite 24/7 news, I really believe there was a time when America was good. The facts speak for themselves. Everyone asks where is God? The USA asked God to leave.

Jesus warned us about the beginning of sorrows (Matt. 24:6-14). There is an eerie resemblance to today’s events in these Scriptures.

Satan, the evil one, has been at work since the beginning. We live among demon possessed people. Many do not want to believe there are demonically controlled people living in 2017 in our nation. Demons are not a thing of the past, nor are they confined to third world countries. What makes a person terrifyingly evil? Demons.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Tim. 4:1NKJV

What do we do? We proceed cautiously, trusting God. We make plans for safety everywhere we go. We protect others like the heroes outside the Texas First Baptist Church. God used the two men not in church. Amazing!

Senseless makes sense to God. Trust Him.

Lord, we cannot understand the violence we see. We know we don’t need to understand it all. We just need to trust you. Help us do that. Shelter us from the demonic acts of our enemy. Deliver us from the evil one. In Jesus’ name, Amen

DIG DEEPER

Read Matthew 24:6-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

We must realize we will never understand why evil happens. Pray for the protection of your family and church, daily. Study spiritual warfare. Continue to share the love of Jesus.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.