HOW TO RECEIVE FORGIVENESS.

WISDOM BRINGS FREEDOM MINISTRIES by Lilliet Garrison

Unbelievers sometimes think their sins are too great for God to forgive. But the moment we’re willing to acknowledge and confess our wrongdoing, the Lord accepts us as His child, no strings attached.

Rather, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

God is in the “cleanup” business. He isn’t dependent on our presenting ourselves as clean before He’ll “take” us. That’s Satan’s lie to keep us from approaching God just as we are. God will joyfully accept all who come to Him in true repentance. And that includes the dirty, impure, prideful, or habitually deceived. Those impurities are a result of sin, and we’re all alike, sinners in need of a Savior.

Incredibly, when we present ourselves to Him, He sees us, not our sin…

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JESUS GIVES US THREE key reasons why we don’t have to worry or be fearful.

Jesus understood our natural tendency to become worried so He taught us the proper way to respond to it. In Matthew 6:25-34, He reveals to us why we don’t need to worry. He assures us that if He cares for the least of His creation—the birds of the air and the flowers of the field—He will surely care for us as we are more important to Him than these

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)

The King James Version uses “thought” to translate the Greek, but the context makes it clear that Jesus was discussing anxious thought or worry.

In New Testament times, the word “worry”meant having a fretful devotion to something. More than a mild concern, worry refers to a compelling anxiety, a concern that overwhelms us and disrupts our lives.

When we learn to trust Jesus to meet our daily needs, we conquer the pattern of worrying. When we learn to stop worrying about the basics of life, such as food, clothing, and shelter, we’ll conquer the other fears that we face.

where did the tendency to worry originate?

Humans come into this world with basic needs. If those needs are met appropriately, people will grow and thrive as their Creator intended. Man’s Creator is God, and God had a plan from the beginning to meet people’s needs.

God made humanity for His own good pleasure—to enjoy relationship with him. God also made men and women “in need.” This need was intentional, for God wanted people to have a need, or desire for Him, as He did for them.

People need each other—that’s what relationship is. God couldn’t have a personal relationship with the people He created, if they had no need of relationship with Him in return.

God is infinitely creative and diverse, and in that diversity He sought the give and take that relationship with people requires. What does that mean for God? He created us with the capacity to think, reason, create, contemplate, and work as He does. We have the ability to express emotion and to love Him in return for loving us first. This is the heart of relationship.

People need God the way a newborn needs its mother. If a newborn’s needs are not met, it will fail to thrive and may even die.

Although adults have the capability to care for themselves within limits, they don’t have the ability to produce without God first providing the raw materials. We can grow our own food, but we can’t create the seed. God made the first seed and it’s through His creative hand that we are able to produce food from these seeds.

We weren’t around when God made the sun, water, and soil that provides for the plant’s nourishment. So even in the smallest of details, God did His part first, by supplying what we would need to sustain life. This is the most fundamental way in which God meets people’s need.

God provided the elements needed to make our clothing, the seedlings for trees to grow that provide us with shelter and fire for warmth. We don’t have the ability to make the raw materials needed for our very survival, although we have the ability to take what God has supplied and use it for our good.

Many people are ungrateful to God because they don’t consider how He meets our most basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Human life is short and our life is more than getting our basic needs met. We must ask ourselves how we came into existence and for what reason. God reveals Himself in our everyday lives as we contemplate our being.

When our minds and hearts are closed to God, we don’t grasp the concept of a personal God who delights in having an intimate relationship with us. We worry because we subconsciously know that we don’t have the ability to create everything we need to sustain life, and this makes us feel vulnerable and helpless. Our neediness causes us to worry and be anxious.

When we believe we won’t get our physical and emotional needs met, we worry. If worry continues long enough, it turns into anxiety and panic attacks. Eventually emotional disturbances such as depression, addictions, strongholds, and ultimately psychosis may emerge.

This is why Jesus taught so frequently on the topic of worry and why He continually stressed “fear not.” God has gifted us with our very own internal awareness of Him–(through our conscience and through His creation). He tells us not to worry about our basic human needs because for Him—they’re the “givens.” It should be a “given” that fathers take care of their children. (I know that not all earthly fathers properly take care for their offspring, but that was not God’s original intent for people. This disorder came as a result of being separated from the Father and because people choose to go against His “perfect” will for their lives.)

Our needs make up what we call our “human givens.” God meets our needs, or our givens, when we acknowledge Him and the place He desires to have in our life. He becomes our Heavenly Father and meets our most basic needs when we ask His Son, Jesus, to come into our heart and change us.

God’s Word tells us that our basic need of food, clothing, and shelter are so fundamental, in fact, that if we would get to know our Heavenly Father we wouldn’t spend any time worrying about these things. In other words, this concept is so elementary to the Christian faith, that there’s no need to worry about them.

When people understand, and then choose to believe that their Heavenly Father will take good care of them, they won’t become insecure, anxious, depressed, or inclined towards escapism through addiction. God is a good God who loves His children unconditionally and He delights in caring for them. Beyond basic needs though, God wants us to know that He created us for so much more. He created us for spiritual intimacy, companionship, and for significance.

 

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LET GO OF YOUR PAST AND START NEW

Anything worth having requires something of you.

As was the case with many Bible characters, a God encounter is mandatory to the establishment of a new and better life. Merely wishing for a new future won’t make it happen.

Ruth understood that her future success depended on her ability to let go of her past. She had to deliberately turn and depart from it―going with Naomi in disregard of her mother-in-law’s selfless plea that she return to her own people.

Ruth desired a new future, a good future. She most likely sensed that Naomi, for all the older woman’s emptiness, had something that she didn’t. Even in mourning, Naomi was able to reveal to Ruth, that God had done something in her life―and Ruth wanted what Naomi had.

When Ruth confronted Naomi with “your God shall be my God,” she revealed her willingness to turn her back on her past to secure a better future. She understood that this would be found through her continuing relationship with Naomi.

Are you willing to turn from your past? Turn from a life of emptiness, to follow Jesus — who can give you a good future, one full of promise?

Ruth eventually married Boaz. Boaz was good, gentle, and loving. He redeemed Ruth. Jesus is good, gentle, and loving, and He waits to redeem you back to the Father. Will you respond to His free gift to you? Will you become part of the Family of God by letting go of your past and accepting Jesus?

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BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION OR “TRANSFORMATION?”

How to gain Christian character as Ruth did. 
If you’re a new believer, understand that your old patterns of behavior and thinking will gradually cease to fit. As the Holy Spirit reveals new realities to you, you’ll discern a detachment with your past. If you’re sensitive to the Spirit’s mentoring, you’ll begin to identify ungodly traits that will hinder your spiritual growth and keep you from achieving what God has planned for you.
Be sure to implement everything the Spirit reveals to you about your new life. Determine to be obedient to His internal leading. Little by little, with His guidance, you’ll become strong enough to leave your past behind.
  • “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
The fear of doing anything untried and unknown may have hampered you in the past. But now, as the Lord reveals new information to your heart and mind, you can safely let go of your old ways. He’ll teach you to trust Him in your new life.
Spend the bulk of your energy pursuing this new life of yours. Become obsessive about it, pursuing Jesus with your whole heart. Become passionate about Christian character and where it will take you.
Before coming to know Christ as Savior, many of us were passionate about the things of this world. Determine today to exchange those interests and attractions for the better things of God.

Be careful not to mix elements of your old life with the new. If you don’t pull away from earlier loyalties―by the renewing of your mind by the Word of God―you may be lured back into your old lifestyle despite your good intentions.

A measure of understanding, wisdom, and knowledge of God must be firmly rooted in us before we can clearly see that our former life was one of emptiness.

Keep your past—past tense. Instead, set your sights on the good future God has planned for you.

  • “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (James 1:2)
Embrace your new life in Christ. This may mean having to let go of familiar, but unhealthy friendships. It may mean abstaining totally from your old routines and hangouts. Eventually, you’ll have no desire to return to the things you’ve left behind.
Many of us find fulfillment by engaging in activities with people who share similar interests. A new life demands new thinking, new people, and new interests. We won’t succeed in the new, while holding on to aspects of our former life. At best this is an attempt at behavior modification or psychology, and it comes from self, not from the Holy Spirit changing us from within.
We can’t be successful in any venture by merely refraining from doing something. Lasting change will come only when we’ve been renewed from within. Outward change is never sufficient. It isn’t lasting, because it’s modification not transformation. Christ is the only One who’s in the transforming business!
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