180 Basic Training # 2 – Don’t Buy this Lie – blog
In basic training, there are some things you need to know and some things you need to do. Yesterday we looked at one of the most important things you need to know and that is;
God’s Love for You is Unconditional and Eternal!
He has never stopped loving you because of your struggle with sexual sin. He knew you would struggle with it before you were born. So, with God, it is impossible for Him to have unfulfilled expectations.
The second most important thing for you to know has to do with forgiveness. This is one of our enemy’s favorite lies of all time. He gets us to believe our feelings over what the Bible clearly teaches us. Here is how it works.
When we do something bad, we learn early in life to feel bad about it. Our parents teach us early on that if we do something that they tell us not to do then there is punishment. Perhaps they showed us anger and it caused us to be afraid. I remember when I was about 7 my dad gave me an air rifle or a popgun for my birthday. One cock of the handle and you could pull the trigger and a little “pop” sound would be made.
I am in the back yard “popping” away and my dad came out of the back door. So, I thought I would give my Pop a pop. He walked over to me and said in a very stern voice; “Never point a gun at anyone.” Then he took the gun from my hands and smashed it against a metal pole and walked in the house. Leaving me scared and upset that my pop gun was destroyed, and I made my father very angry.
We learn at an early age that when we do things that are wrong, we need to repent and ask for forgiveness. We are told in the Bible by both John and James to confess our sins;
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
Here is a very important thing to realize. We are to confess our sins because then we are acknowledging that we know we have sinned. However, we do not confess our sins in order to receive forgiveness. We already have complete forgiveness for all of our sins through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. He died for every one of our sins from the past, in the present and even in the future. All are completely paid for and forgiven.
When we trust Christ as our Savior God erases all of our sins and cancels our debt once and for all time. So, when we confess our sins, we do not need to ask for the forgiveness God has already given us.
Our relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit is eternal and we have become permanent members of God’s family.
When my dad destroyed my pop gun and many other times when I did something wrong, like damaging the new car when I started driving … I did not stop being his son. That relationship is permanent. I was born into his family and am a family member for the rest of my life.
The same is true with our relationship with God. We are His children forever and even our deepest and darkest sexual sins do not change that. We never gained our salvation by what we did or did not do. So also, we cannot lose our salvation based on our actions. Our Father is the Father who always welcomes his children back if, like the prodigal son we walk away from Him and wonder if He will welcome us back.
Here is what He tells us about our sins …
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.”
“…as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14
God has forgiven you of all your sins … past, present, and future. Your relationship with Him is forever and he will never, ever let you go. So, when we fall, we need to confess it to the Lord and thank Him for the forgiveness He has already given us through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.