After being led in an old worship song a couple of weeks ago, I am prompted to write one more time in our Acclimatizing series. The song is a Keith Green tune written from Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me..."
As I was singing it, a little voice in me said; "Why are you singing these lyrics to me? By your faith/trust in Me, I have given you a new heart. Monique talked about this in her "car wash" post last week. In Jesus' car wash, like the car wash Monique went through, we (the car) are made clean. But there is a greater "Good News" in Jesus' car wash, His cleansing is a once and for all cleansing. (forgiveness of sin). The author of Hebrews declares this freeing truth in the passage below. (see italicized text)
Hebrews 10:10-14...For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
See the photo on the right and visualize an ocean of forgiveness with no end in sight. This is the reality we live in as followers of Jesus, who are in Christ. We have been not only cleansed, but been made new.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21...Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses (sins) against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
You will continue to acclimatize as you submit to Jesus (trust) and allow Him to renew your mind with the above truths. Dive into Jesus' prayer in John 17 and the apostle Paul's letters to the Romans (5-8), the church in Ephesus, the church in Colosse; just for starters. Ask the Holy Spirit to walk with you in mind renewal. He will be faithful. Check out this series of messages by Andrew Farley, click here. Swim in the ocean of His forgiveness today!
Vic and Monique
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