The Joy Of A Forgiven Heart

12th May

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!”

Psalm 32:1-2

Every human has a desire and longing to be loved. Many try to satisfy that longing with drugs, drinking, womanising, and the like. Yet there is no greater joy than knowing you have been forgiven and accepted by your Creator; knowing that you have a purpose, a destiny and that God has a plan for your personally.

In 1678, John Bunyan released one of the most famous pieces of English Christian literature, the Pilgrim Progress. In his book, we follow the story of a man name Christian, who makes his perilous journey to Celestial city (Heaven). However, he carries on his back a huge bag like burden, which represent his sins. His is finally relieved of his burdens when he reaches the ‘place of deliverance’, a representation of calvary’s cross. Although this story may be mostly allegorical, the truth remains that we are all on a journey. In life’s journey we may face dangers and temptations, yet the most liberating and life giving stage of our journey is when Jesus Christ sets us free from our sins. It truly is like a burden being lifted from our backs.

In today’s psalm, David also speaks of this joy, freedom and liberty that await a forgiven soul. Sin can so easily hold us down and feel like a huge weight on our lives. Yet when we are set free by the power of Jesus’ love, those chains are broken and we can walk upright in the power of His might and in the purpose and plan He has ordained for our life.

What joy awaits a forgiven soul, and those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt!!

Power In The Spirit

30th April

Weekend Edition

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.””

Romans 8:15

Friends, brothers and sisters. We are no longer slaves to fear. We are longer slaves to sin. We are set free, we have been un-shackled, and we have been equipped to walk in that freedom, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to fully live as God’s own children. Yes, we are adopted into His Kingdom, our filthy rags have been taken off, we are baptised and cleansed in water and through the Spirit, and are clothed with God’s own righteousness. We call the creator of the world, Abba, Father. Dad! That is who you are. That is who all who call upon the name of the Lord are viewed by God Himself. Anything contrary to that is a lie. We are God’s precious children, heirs to His Kingdom and inheritors of His blessings.

We no longer have to give into to fear. We longer have to fear who we are in Christ. We longer have to fear our past. Jesus paid it all. That fear is washed away. We can take full confidence in who we are in Him. We are HIS! Be blessed and enjoy living in the freedom, blessings and identity of who you are in Christ. Live in the freedom of the Spirit and enjoy God’s inheritance.

No Longer Slaves To Sin

14th January

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.

Romans 6:6-8

The book of Romans contains such wonderful good news about Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and His victory over the power of sin and death. It encourages us to know who we are in Christ and how we can know our identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God. It also highlights the extent of Jesus’ love for us and the power of that love, to change us from sinners and enemies of God to children of God, sharing in the inheritance of all God has for us, both here on this earth and in Heavenly places.

Today’s verse highlights the simplicity of the gospel and the power of what Jesus did on the cross. As Jesus hung on the cross to die to pay for our wrong-doings, all of humanities sins were placed on His shoulders, from the beginning of time to the end of time. Everything we have ever done and will ever do was nailed to Jesus at the cross. As Jesus died on the cross, so did the power of sin over our lives. And when He rose victorious on the third day, Jesus defeated the enemy, and made a way that we can boldly approach the throne of God, without the label of sinner over us. We now can come as children approaching their Father.

Moreover, because of Jesus’ victory, we too can share in that inheritance and walk in victory in our lives too. We are no longer slaves to sin because Jesus defeated the power of sin’s hold in our lives. We are free from the power of sin. All we need to do is walk in the victory of Christ. We are no longer dead in our sins but alive in Christ Jesus.