Psalm 32:1-2 NIV
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
An epic battle surrounds every person on this planet, especially those who know the Lord. It is a war of the mind, and we fight it daily. Victory takes focus and prayer. When we trust the Lord, knowing He is faithful to us, He never lets us down. However, we sin when we don’t trust Him and begin to feel like David did when his strength had dried up.
What is something you have difficulty trusting God for in your life?
Sometimes, we choose to hold onto secret or society-approved sin. The thing we do when no one is looking or the show we justify watching because everyone else watches it. But sin is sin. And it doesn’t matter what the world thinks. Sin, including unforgiveness, is a door to the enemy.
God doesn’t view sin from bad to worst. It is all equally offensive to Him. Indicators of offenses to God come from the Holy Spirit; we need to be aware and not stifle His directing.
Are there areas of sin that need work in your life?
Is there a sin that you feel God is nudging you to stop even if your friends are participating in it?
God forgives our transgressions when we accept Jesus as our Savior. Jesus forgave those who hung Him on the cross! So, we know our sins are also forgiven. Now it’s our turn.
Jesus expects us to forgive others as He forgave us. When we harbor feelings of unforgiveness, we must give them to God. When we are unwilling to forgive, we choose to disobey. Accepting and offering forgiveness is part of regaining our peace.
What offense is God asking you to forgive?
Ephesians 4:32 reminds us, God, through Christ, has forgiven our sins toward Him. And yes, it can be hard to forgive those who have hurt us, but forgiving is for our sake, not theirs.
Father, thank You for forgiving me for things I have done to offend You. Help me have the same heart towards others and to turn from sin. I pray for a new heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Raised on a cattle ranch in Southeast Arizona, Tracey considers herself ranch-raised and Christ-saved. She has been married for over thirty years, is a mother of three, and a grandmother of four. Her journey in life has led her down many paths. She has also been a truck driver, wrangler on a guest ranch, horse trainer, graphic designer, mother to a special needs child, adoptive mom, homeschool mom, caregiver, and business owner.
She is the author of Gathering the Wayward Heart, Lessons on Faith, Trust, and Surrendering Our Best-Laid Plans. Tracey co-founded a thriving business that provides services to special needs children and their families in six locations across Southern Arizona. She gives God the glory for everything in life.