The Forgiveness of God

Jan. 28, 2018

LifeWay Moments


— Communion Sunday —

• The more a relationship is healthy, the less you would want to do anything to hurt the other person. For example, a spouse wouldn’t say that everything is perfect and happy in their relationship, and then decide to leave or have an affair.

• Picture a cardboard cutout. Get a vision that when God Jehovah looks at you, there is a cutout of Jesus in front of you. When God sees you, He doesn’t see you, He sees Jesus and what He did for you. This is how we can come boldly to the throne of grace where we may obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need. If we go on our merits, we can never go boldly.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

— Romans 5:8 NLT

• If Christ died for us while we were still sinners, this really eradicates the thought that He doesn’t love us now.

• If we know that God still loved us while we were sinners and died for us, how much more does He love us when we come into relationship with Him?

• He said He would freely give us all things that pertain to godliness. All things. God is not withholding anything from you. As long as it is in the scripture and is your destiny, He wants to get it to you.

• Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your might as unto the Lord and know that your labor is not in vain. And as we take those steps, we will step right into the destiny He has for us.

So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.  But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.

— John 6:53-54 NLT

At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.

— John 6:66 NLT

• An interesting point that this scripture references some of Jesus’ disciples turned and walked away is John 6-6-6.

• There will be one day the Antichrist. However, if we are not for Christ, we are anti. This scripture references the AntiChrist in a sense because they walked away from the teachings of Christ.

• When it comes to the Word, we don’t have a choice whether we get offended or not, we need to lay that offence down. Jesus said offence will come; just don’t take it.

 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

— John 6:67 NLT

• The only thing we brought to Jesus was our messed up life, full of sin. That’s all we had to offer. What did He give us in return? The church years ago taught He gave us condemnation, guilt and shame, but He took all of that. He actually gave us eternal life, and He gave us His righteousness.

• When we pray, we should say, “Lord I receive what you have for me based on what You did, not what I did.” You always point back to the cross.

• During communion when we eat the bread, we are remembering Jesus’ body and what happened to it on the cross.

• Jesus was beaten for our transgressions and iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, He was made an open shame in front of everybody and hung naked on a cross. Why did he do that? So that we would never have to have shame again when we receive what Christ has done for us.

• We won’t walk in shame or guilt if we stay in the Word. We keep renewing our mind. Our mind is bent towards guilt and shame, but we have to remind ourselves what He said about us. Whatever God thinks about us us is key, not what we think. What does God think about us? Whatever He sees in Jesus is what He sees in us.

• God wants us healed, He wants us prosperous, He wants us to have more than enough. Why? Because He loves us. Because He died for us. We just have to receive it.

• When we take communion, receive everything God has for us. Not just forgiveness of sins, but also that your body walks in divine health. If you pray for healing, believe you receive, But also, make a decision to walk in divine health because the life of Christ lives in you.

• The blood sacrifices of the Old Testament would cover over sins momentarily, but what Jesus did was once and for all.

• Legalism is a lie because it is based on what you do, not what He did. Good living is not legalism. You will work out of your salvation, not for it.

 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

 — Luke 22:14-20  NLT

• When you see the Kingdom already in place, your life will change. You will catch yourself not begging God to do something for you, you will receive all that He has done.

• The target is to walk in divine health, but if we are not walking in it, that is why we have grace. The grace that forgave your sins is the same grace that will pick you up when you don’t believe that divine health is already yours.

— Closing prayers —

“Father, today, I give you all my sins. And I receive Your forgiveness, Your righteousness. And I acknowledge the Body of Christ and what it did for me. In Jesus’ name.”

“Father, we thank you for this bread. But most importantly, Lord, we thank you for what Jesus did. Jesus, we thank you for what you did in Your Body to heal us, to set us free in every physical realm through Your Body. We receive that now. I walk in divine health, true prosperity, true freedom from fear. I have no shame and no condemnation, because I recognize what Christ did for me. I don’t have to beg for it, I receive it now, in Jesus’ name.”

“Father, we thank You for forgiveness of sins. We thank You for this (the blood that You shed). And we remember You. Thank You, Jesus.”  

Life Lesson:

When God looks at you, He doesn’t see your sins; He sees His Son. That’s the forgiveness of God.

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