“LUCY! YOU GOT SOME ‘SPLAININ’ TO DO!” Ever feel like that’s how God feels toward you?
This is the second in a week long series, When It’s More Than You Can Handle: Replacing Lies with Truth. Yesterday, we looked at Lie #1: This trial is going to destroy me and I may lose my faith.
Today, we deal with
LIE #2: God must be getting back at me for some past sin.
TRUTH: God is not getting back at you; rather, He’s getting you back to Him! Yes, God hates sin, so much so that He put all of your sins and mine on Jesus, and then punished Him. The full extent of God’s wrath was extinguished on His Son. Just before Jesus died, He said, “It is finished”. God is finished dealing with the sin of those who fully trust in His Son’s work on the cross. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)
You may not feel forgiven. But God calls you and me to hold in higher esteem what He says about your confessed sin over what you say about your past sin.
“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him” (Psalm 32:2).
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
“If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, therefore You are feared” (Psalm 130:3).
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
God’s forgiveness, however, rarely removes the natural consequences of our sins. If you cross a busy street without looking both ways, chances are that you’re going to be hit by a car! Is God angry with you? No. You just experienced the consequences of not looking both ways before crossing a busy street. Don’t make the mistake of assigning God’s anger to natural consequences, because Jesus absorbed God’s anger for you, once and for all.
When the accuser reminds you of past sins and failures, remind him that:
Jesus paid it all…all to Him I owe…sin had left a crimson stain…He washed it white as snow!