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Delete (a Timeless Truths blog post)

 

Delete picDo you have regrets … you know, things in your past that you wish you hadn’t done? Things you wish you had never even considered doing? Are there skeletons in your closet you hope and pray no one ever finds out about? Would you like to pretend all the bad things you’ve ever done in your entire life could just be removed … could just be deleted? Well, if so, I’ve got good news for you … they can. All the sins of your past (and present) can be deleted … for good. In fact, Isaiah 43:25 (NIV) tells us, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”  Did you get that? God blots out your transgressions (your sins, all the bad things you’ve ever done in your entire life) and he actually chooses to remember them no more. How is this possible you may ask. How is it possible that God … the One who knows everything and who could choose to remember everything actually makes the choice not to? Simple … because of grace. Because He wants to show you love more than He wants to show you punishment. Because He wants to forgive you and wants you to forgive yourself. Because, according to Psalm 103: 8-14 (NIV), “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” So, today, the timeless truth to remember is that you can allow God to hit the delete button. You can go to Him in prayer, repent of all your sins (past and present), turn away from doing those sins, and turn towards God and towards His way of living as described in the Bible. You can receive His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, and His salvation. You can be “born again”… all things can become new… as if all the old things never happened… because, according to God, once you receive His salvation and become His child, you are born into a new family … God’s family… and through accepting Jesus’s sacrifice when He died on the cross to pay for your sins, God sees you as if you’ve never sinned. He sees you as holy, acceptable, righteousness, and approved by Him. Not by any good works of your own … only by faith in what Jesus has already done for you when you were his enemy. Would you like to start the new year free from your past sins? Would you like God to hit the delete button? If so, simply go to Him in prayer through faith and ask Him to. Then, as you receive all He wants you to have, you will be free! And He who the son sets free is free indeed!

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Bah Humbug (a Timeless Truths blog post)

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The stress of the holiday season leaves many overwhelmed. All the countless activities … all the countless presents to buy and people to shop for … all the countless decorations to put up (and then take down later) … all of it – every little bit of it – can leave many people throwing up their hands in despair and saying, bah humbug … I’m just not going to do this anymore! Going through all that stress just isn’t worth it! Why celebrate at all when it just seems like so much work (on top of all the work I normally do anyways)! Well, I can definitely see where you’re coming from. All the outward appearances of celebrating the holiday season can seem very overwhelming … and those outward shows of celebrating are – oftentimes – overrated. Sometimes the most enjoyable thing to do is to just keep it simple. Just keep our eyes on what’s most important. Just focus on the inward reason of celebrating the season. After all, if you don’t know why you’re celebrating, really, why celebrate? With all the sights, sounds, money spent and other distractions it may be hard to focus – to zero in on – what’s really most important … not just at Christmastime, but at any and every time – any and every day, really, of the entire year. And what, exactly, truly is most important you may ask … that, in a nutshell, is our personal relationship (or lack thereof) with Jesus. Hebrews 2:10, 14-18 (NIV) tells us, “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered … Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” So, the timeless truth for today is to consider all that Jesus has already done for you. He has already made atonement for your sins – he has already paid the price so you don’t have to. You don’t have to be “good enough” to have a personal relationship with Jesus (no one could anyway no matter how hard they tried). All you have to do is humbly accept the free gift Jesus wants you to have … the free gift of salvation that he offers to you today. Knowing that Jesus understands your suffering since he, too, suffered makes having a relationship with him a good thing – because you can know and believe that he can relate to you on a personal level … and, with that in mind, once you have that personal relationship with Jesus you can truly have a reason to celebrate … not just at Christmastime, but any time of the year. No longer will you say, bah humbug, but, rather, you can choose to say, thank-you, Jesus, for the gift you have given me … thank-you for giving me salvation … I accept your gift and ask you to be a part of my everyday life … I ask you to be my Lord and Savior … and I thank you for giving me an inward reason to celebrate … I thank you for giving me the best gift of all, I thank you for giving me a personal relationship with you – every day of the year!

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