“I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.” Jeremiah 31:34.
These words were spoke by God to the prophet Jeremiah. God is describing the new covenant He will be making with the world, a covenant that will be established with the arrival of the Messiah. Those who turn their faith to God will become His people and will enjoy a renewed relationship with Him. Furthermore, those who believe in God will have all their sins forgiven, and God goes on to say that He will forget their sins forever.
Jeremiah received these words from God roughly 600 years before the birth of Christ.
God has sent the Messiah and the offer He explained to Jeremiah so long ago is still on the table today. The only way we can receive the forgiveness of sins that God spoke of is to accept and believe in the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross, that Christ died to cleanse us of our sins. If we do this, God will forgive and forget all our sin, and we will be given a clean slate. There is no sin so terrible or heinous that God will not forgive it. Though we may have sinned greatly, He is ready and willing to take away all the guilt that we are burdened with as result of our sinful behavior. Once God Forgives us, our pasts no longer matter–that is all ancient history. All God asks in return is that we devote our lives to Him. After He has done so much for us, how could we not do that for Him?
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–keep these thoughts in your mind.” Philippians 4:8.
More often than not, sin begins in our heart or in our mind. in this world full of temptation and sinful behavior, we do not need to look far to find things that will lead us astray from God and straight into sin. The challenge for us is to focus our minds daily on God and to not allow ourselves to be swayed into following after our own desires. In other words, the more we think positive thoughts that focus on God, we will be that much more able to resist the temptations of the world–this is the true power of positive thinking. It is only by focusing our hearts and minds on God that we are able to overcome the sinful desires and temptations we are confronted with.
If you desire to be a righteous person, start by thinking righteous thoughts.
“He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.” Psalm 121:3-4.
How reassuring it is to know that God is always attentive to us! There is never a moment in time that God is not paying close attention to those who love and serve Him. God is never caught off-guard or taken by surprise, which is a wonderful to know because there are many times in life in which we are completely taken aback by the events that unfold around us. Though we may be caught by surprise by the twists and turns of our lives, God is not. He is always there by our side and is seeing us through every trial and ordeal we face. He knows every situation that we will ever experience, and He is continually preparing us for these events. We will never encounter a situation that God has not yet prepared us for. Even though we may feel completely alone at times, God is there with us. He is always ready for us to call upon Him. All we have to do have faith and trust in Him.
“You planned evil against me, but God planned it for good.” Genesis 50:20.
These words, when taken purely at face value, are beautiful and reassuring. To know that good can come out of even the darkest of circumstances is a reassurance that all who trust in God enjoy. The story behind this verse proves this fact even more.
Joseph, the person who spoke these words, was a man who endured a great deal of hardship in his life. He was beaten and sold into slavery by his brothers, accused and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and forgotten by the one person who vowed to help free him from prison. As bad as all of this must have been, Joseph remained faithful to God. When the Pharaoh of Egypt was being plagued by nightmares, Joseph was called upon because of his ability to interpret dreams. He successfully interpreted that Pharaoh’s dream was a warning of an impending famine and urged Pharaoh and the Egyptians to begin stockpiling food. Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that Joseph became second-in-command over all of Egypt.
When the famine came, Egypt was ready. There was so much stockpiled food in Egypt that people from all over the afflicted areas were able to come and get aid, and among those seeking aid were none other than Joseph’s brothers, the very same brothers who had resented him and sold him into slavery years before. When Joseph and his brothers were finally reunited, the brothers were worried that Joseph would use his power and authority to repay the harm they had done to him, but Joseph’s faith in God allowed him to forgive all their wrongdoings. Joseph understood that his brothers’ actions were all part of God’s plan. The series of events that transpired after Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery ultimately resulted in him being placed in a position to save his entire family from starving to death. Joseph’s faith allowed him to see the big picture and to see the good that was the end result.
We must have that same level of faith that Joseph had. No matter how dark and dire our circumstances may seem, we must realize that God is in control and He will bring about good. Our world is a fallen world and terrible things do occur, but our God is good. He does not allow evil to go unchecked. He will always cause good to triumph over evil. We must hold to this truth in the midst of everything we endure, even during times when we are unable to see the bright side of the picture.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.
This verse is so simple that we fail to grasp its depth. God quite simply commands us to be still, to take a step back from the hectic nature of life, and to enjoy a moment of solitude in His divine presence. How plainly beautiful this command is, and yet how challenging it is for us to follow. With our lives growing more complicated and more fast-paced with each passing day, how often to we find the opportunity to do just what God tells us to do in this verse? Instead, we continually keep ourselves busy from the time we wake up until the time we are able to go back to sleep. We choose to spend what little free time we have doing things that make us feel good and seek only to please ourselves. We do not seek to commune with the Almighty God who so desires a relationship with us that He quite simply asks us to spend time in His presence. As result of our fast-paced lifestyle, we find ourselves, more often than not, being completely burnt out and exhausted. What is the cure for this? God gives it to us in Psalm 46, we just need to follow his prescription. Make time for God. He’s got time for you.
Take the time today to find a quite spot to sit down and pray, then enjoy the physical and spiritual regeneration that you will receive from communing with God.