Satan wants you to think he is in control. He is a deceiver and would like to discourage anyone that serves God. He brings up all our past failures and tries to deceive you into believing a lie. He doesn’t want you to be happy and at peace but fearful and afraid. He will tell you that God will not forgive you or that God doesn’t love you. He will try to make you an emotional wreck if you let him. He will have others condemn you and remind you that you too have sinned. I am reminded of the woman that was found in adultery. If it wasn’t for the grace of Jesus, she would have been stoned to death by her peers.
God reminded me this morning that his mercy is everlasting (Psalm 100:5). He is in control and he made us; we are his people (Psalm 100:3). He forgives us of all our iniquities and he is a merciful God (Psalm 103). He is slow to anger and plenteous in mercy (Psalm 103:8). His mercy is so vast that it extends beyond anything we can imagine. He cast our sins as far as the east is from the west. If you fear the Lord, he pitieth us, which means he has compassion on us when we are in sorrow (Psalm 103:13). We are God’s children and there is nothing he won’t forgive us for, if we would only ask him to.
God’s forgiveness takes its rightful place among the greatest themes of the Bible. When we speak of God forgiving the sin of man, we realize that forgiveness is one of the highest, most noble graces that can be exercised this side of heaven. The importance of a proper understanding of forgiveness cannot be over-emphasized. First of all, let us remember that apart from God’s gracious forgiveness, we too would be unable to stand before Him on the last judgment day. Since we are forgiven by God, we are no longer the servants of sin, but now the servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we trust in Christ, we find that we are justified (declared innocent) of all the sins that we have committed. No longer do we have to labor under our sin debt, nor do we need to be concerned about our future. (Rom 5:1-2) We can know that Christ, as the indwelling spirit, is with us helping us in this life and securing our future with Him. (Col 1:27, John 14:16-17, 1 Cor 1:20-22, Eph 1:13-14)
Jude 1:21-Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Hebrews 7:23-28-And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
John 8: 3-11-And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.