— C.S. Lewis
Three very powerful scriptures that should set you free!
1 John 1:9 (CJB) If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing.
Psalm 103:12 (NLT) He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west
Hebrews 8:12 – (HCSB) For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.
Another translation: (MSG) They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven, with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.
Wiped clean. When we mess up or get off track with God, we just need to confess that to Him (repent), and then He will get us right back on track.
My brother used to have a Hot Wheels race track. Hot Wheels were small cars about 3″ long. They would go around the track and occasionally something would happen and they would get off track and fly across the room. All my brother would do is go pick up the car, make sure there was nothing on the wheels (clean it), place it back on the track, and then the car would again whizz around the track.
My brother didn’t give anymore thought to that car coming off the track; if it happened again, he’d just pick it up and put it back on the track.
When you confess your sin is not when God found out about it. He knew about it all along (the minute you got off track). When you confess it, that’s when you get rid of it and its effects on your life.
Those verses from Psalms and Hebrews make it clear that God not only removes our sin (mess up), He will never again remember it. He wipes the slate clean so you are free to start over, fresh, IMMEDIATELY. NO matter what the sin was, NO guilt, NO condemnation, and NO bringing it back up such as, “Well, you know this isn’t the first time you messed up in this area. You just keep messing up – but I will forgive you again.”
Nope, as far as God is concerned, once you repent, He restores you and to Him it is as if you NEVER messed up. That means you are free to enjoy the freedom Jesus died on the cross for you to have. You are allowed to walk around as if you never messed up. You can walk with your head held up high and totally forget you messed up…
…because God did!