If you study the Old Covenant, you’ll find that God’s people focused much of their attention on remembering their sins—not forgetting them. In fact, there was a set time each year, referred to as the Day of Atonement, when they would make a special sacrificial offering to God for forgiveness of their sins. Animals were killed, and the blood of those animals was offered for all the sins of the people. It was considered as atonement for the lives of the worshipers.
The problem with that, though, is that their sins were only “covered” in atonement by the blood of animals. Their sins were cleansed, but not erased. It was not until Jesus came and died for the sins of all mankind, and shed His precious Blood, that sin could be wiped out completely and not just covered up.
Hebrews 10:10, New Living Translation, says, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the Body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” Verse 12 says, “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.”
Thank God for sending Jesus, who gave His life and became our atonement—who purged our sins by His blood so that we can finally let them go and not hang on to the memory of them—ever again!
If you’ve given your life to God, then I want you to know something: God is more than enough, and there is nothing you will ever need that He cannot supply. I know that because of what the Bible says in Philippians 4:19, where Apostle Paul wrote: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The Message says it this way: “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.”
According to that verse, God’s generosity, His desire to give, has no boundaries. No limits! Jesus said in John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Unlike man, God is not a respecter of persons. He has no favorites, and He is always willing to treat everyone who loves Him and obeys His Word the same. If you are His son or daughter, and are connected to Him, then you are a joint-heir with Jesus in everything He has—you share in all His riches! That means you never should worry, fret or be concerned over anything. You are always provided for and taken care of!
What’s on your worry list for this week?
My hope is that your answer to that question would be “I don’t have a worry list, because I never worry!” But unfortunately, there are those who have things on their minds that they’re concerned about and will spend much of the week feeling anxious and fretting over.
But the truth is, we never have to worry. We can put our faith and trust in the true and living God, knowing He will always take care of anything that concerns us. In fact, that’s what the Bible says in Psalm 138:8. David prayed and said, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” The English Standard Bible says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.” We know that God’s purpose and plan for each of us, according to 3 John 2, is that we live prosperous and healthy lives.
In Philippians 4:6-7, Apostle Paul says: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Some Bibles translate that word careful as anxious, which means “full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune.” God doesn’t want you anxious about anything, not when He has promised that His peace is present to keep you. So, go ahead and plan your week. Only, leave off the worries. God has already taken care of them for you!
Here’s some bad news, and some good news: If you’re a believer then you can expect that challenges or tough times, in some form or another, are headed your way. The good news, though, is that you can be assured you won’t have to go it alone, and that you will make it through in victory.
You can be assured of your victory because of what Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:18-20, New International Version. He told them: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. ‘If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” And in John 16:33, Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
As a child of God, you can expect that persecution, temptations, challenges, tests and trials are likely to show up at any time. But because Christ Jesus has overcome the world for you, you don’t have to. Just look the devil straight in the eye and, like Jesus did, tell him, “It is written!” Start facing your problems and challenges the way Jesus did—with the Word of God. That’s the only way you can ever defeat the enemy and live in the victory He has already given you.
In 1 Peter 4:12-13, New Living Translation, the Bible says, “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”
If you’ve ever read that verse, then perhaps you know it was put there to encourage you to not become worried or frustrated when you face challenges. It’s an assurance that God will be see to it that everything will come out just fine for your good.
The problem is, not many people want to hear that kind of talk when they’re facing what seemingly is an insurmountable problem. They are more content to ask, “Lord, why me?” or declare, “I can’t take this anymore!”
Well, here’s a couple of things you should remember: First, you are not alone. God has promised to never fail or abandon you. And second, you’re certainly not dealing with anything that God doesn’t already know about and cannot and will not be able to handle. The Bible says in Hebrews 4:15, The Message, “We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin.”
There is absolutely nothing you can or ever will face that Jesus has not already encountered, and obtained victory over—for you. And because you are a son or daughter of the Most High God, you are guaranteed victory through Christ Jesus.
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