“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 NLT
If there is anything that will slow you down in your spiritual race it is the weight of shame.
A condemned heart is a weight that is too heavy to run with. It is a feeding ground for demonic voices telling you lies about who you are and how you are disqualified from continuing to run your race. Shame steals your energy and clouds your vision. So what is the answer?
Well, king David knew the answer. Let’s look at what he wrote after he sinned.
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.” Psalm 51:1-13 NLT
This passage is chock full of encouragement! And not to compare your sins to David’s, but so that you will have faith to believe the promises in this passage, David prayed this prayer after committing adultery and first-degree murder. And God forgave him. So, do not let the devil tell you that your sins are too big for the forgiveness of God!
I will only highlight a few things do keep this short.
- David did not rest his hope of forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration in his own righteousness, but in God’s mercy and unfailing love. God’s mercy and unfailing love for YOU is the foundation of your restoration.
- Because of God’s compassion on you, not His judgment, your sins will be completely blotted out and removed as if they never existed. Believe this!
- Because of your confession to God about your sins, and God’s mercy, you will be washed, purified, cleansed, and made whiter than snow. These are facts. Claim them and walk in them.
- God will restore your joy, create a clean heart in you again, and give you the wiliness to obey Him.
- Your restoration will be so profound that you will become an evangelist, drawing others who have sinned back to the Lord.
So, the devil will tell you that you have been disqualified because of your sin, but God’s grace says you are more qualified than ever because you personally know His mercy, forgiveness, and restoration, and can share that with others.
During your 30 minutes today, I encourage you to read this verse slowly, pray every part of the prayer, and believe every promise you find.
THINK ABOUT IT
- Do you think you are on “Plan B” with God because of your sin? Where do you find that in the Bible? You can’t. That is the enemy talking to you. Remember, where sin abounds, grace much more abounds!
- What can you do today to begin believing what the Bible says about God’s forgiveness in your life rather than Satan’s lies?
- What kind of a difference do you think it would make in your relationship with God, and your spiritual walk in life, if you believed that when you confess and repent of your sins, that you are giving a new heart, and your sins are completely blotted out?