Freedom From Sin

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Forgiven and Free 


The Accuser says, “Feel guilty and condemned for all the things the Most High has had to do for you.” Deliberately refuse to listen to him. Because the more you listen, the more he’ll say. — Beth Moore


No matter what you’ve heard in your past, we want to make sure you hear the truth in your present and future. There’s no sin you can commit that can’t be forgiven by our good God. Nothing. 


The deep, dark secret you’ve committed? Forgivable.

The person you betrayed? Forgivable.

The hateful words you’ve spoken? Forgivable. 


There may be something coming to mind that makes you hate yourself. We all have those moments. Just simply confess it, receive forgiveness, and live free. It really is that simple. In fact, it’s as easy as this prayer:


Heavenly Father, I know that ________________ was wrong. Please forgive me for my sin. Help me turn from my sin and walk in the freedom you offer me.


Many of us have a hard time forgiving ourselves. It could be that people in our lives continue to remind us because they haven’t forgiven us. And there’s nothing we can do when someone won’t forgive us for hurting them. We can only do what we can do and pray that their hearts will soften. 


We also can’t forget that our spiritual enemy comes at us with darts that are simply doubts. He whispers, “Did God really forgive you?” And with that question, doubts and concerns fill your mind because the last thing he wants is for you to feel forgiven and free. But you are forgiven and free. 


God has forgiven you for your past sins, and He’ll forgive you for your future sins. Stand on it. Jesus has gone before you. His death covered all sins and that means all of yours—all of everyone’s sins. His sacrificial act on the cross settled this issue. As a Christ follower, you have forgiveness of sins, abundant life on earth, and eternal life in heaven because of what Jesus did on the cross for you. He is your Advocate. Claim God’s truth in 1 John 1:9—if you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. 


All really does mean all.


Reflect



  • Do you tend to beat yourself up over your past sins? What is it that keeps you from accepting God’s forgiveness?

  • Write down one thing that you have asked God to forgive you for but you keep holding onto it. Today, walk in freedom. Trust God’s Word that says He has removed your sins “as far as the east is from the west.”