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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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Procrastinate (a Timeless Truths blog post)

Do you put off until tomorrow what can, and should, be done today? Do you find yourself dragging your feet whenever there is something you know you need to do that you just don’t want to do? Do you procrastinate? If so, you’re not alone. Everyone has things that they don’t like to do. Perhaps it’s cleaning the bathroom … or the garage … or the junk drawer. Whatever it may be, “tomorrow” seems to always be better. Unfortunately, “tomorrow” can drag on and on and on … until what once may have been a manageable task becomes harder than it originally needed to be. Then, hopefully, we learn our lesson, grit our teeth, get the job done, and resolve to keep up with it so it doesn’t have to be so hard the next time around. Usually, procrastination, if we’re honest, can be overcome. Usually, it just takes a change in our mindset. We can just choose to think differently. We can choose to see something from a different perspective. We can look at it from a different angle. What may have previously seemed like a chore (something undesirable) can turn into a learning experience. Then, once we’ve gained that knowledge, the same task can actually become something we now desire to do. (For example, have you ever thought of cleaning the bathroom as a good cardiovascular workout? Not only does the bathroom get cleaned, but you get in shape in the process!) It’s the same with spiritual matters. Maybe you’ve been procrastinating when it comes to your relationship with God. Maybe you have known for quite some time that you needed to “get right” with Him. Maybe you’ve known in your heart it really was time you got serious about accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation and making a commitment to living your life in a way that the Bible says is pleasing to Him. But maybe you’ve been procrastinating. Maybe you’ve been putting it off, thinking it was a “chore” that you didn’t really want to deal with right now so you’ve kept telling yourself, “tomorrow” I’ll do it … then “tomorrow” never comes. Well, if that’s the case, let me encourage you to rethink your perspective on what it means to accept Jesus’ gift of salvation and live for Him. Perhaps you have the mindset that it’s all about a bunch of rules and regulations that you can never measure up to. Some people really believe that’s true … however, in reality, according to the Bible, there could be nothing further from the truth. The truth is, accepting the gift of salvation Jesus offers is just that … accepting a GIFT. A free gift that you don’t have to earn, you don’t have to work for, you don’t have to deserve. It’s all about receiving what Jesus has already done for you … on your behalf … when He died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins. You don’t have to “do” anything other than receive it by faith. Then, out of gratitude, you can make the choice to live in a way that’s pleasing to Him (with the help of the Holy Spirit that you also receive when you receive the gift of salvation). So, the timeless truth for today is that none of us should procrastinate when it comes to receiving all that God wants us to have. Salvation, freedom from the controlling power of sin, love, joy, peace, an ever-present help in times of trouble, someone who understands you completely, the hope of heaven … all this and more can be yours once you make a decision to receive Jesus’ gift of salvation. In fact, Hebrews 3:15 (NIV) tells us, “… today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts …” So, don’t procrastinate! Today is the day of salvation! Receive Jesus’ gift today!

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