Forgiven… By Decree of the Lord of Heaven and Earth

 

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“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him” (Zech. 3:1, NIV).

There is a whole lot to learn from this story from the book of Zechariah. Did you know that the word Satan means “accuser”? Here we have the accuser standing next to God’s servant Joshua, doing what he does best, accusing. It’s not surprising that this is the devil’s name, is it? How many times, when we know we have fallen short, do we immediately hear the accuser’s voice in our ear? How many, many times do we feel the sting of those thought darts with which he bombards us — “What a sorry Christian I am! How terrible I am!”

The enemy even crafts these thoughts to start with the pronoun “I” so we are tricked into accepting them as our own. And along with them, he astutely heaps on us a heavy, oppressive cloud of condemnation, and the sensation that we should lower our faces and slink away from God’s presence.

This is the opposite of what Daddy God wants! Let’s tune into the rest of the story, to learn more about His heart for us:

“The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’

“Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Take off his filthy clothes.’ Then he said to Joshua, ‘See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.’

“Then I said, ‘Put a clean turban on his head.’ So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.” (vv. 2-5).

This is what Jesus does for us. He completely removes the spiritual filthiness that once covered us, and gives us new, rich garments to cover our naked vulnerability. He also puts a “clean turban” on our head, which symbolizes a clean conscience.

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb. 9:14, NKJV). His blood is so powerful that it even washes our consciences clean. He makes us so clean that we can stand before the presence of God absolutely free of shame. Spotless. Without blemish. Holy.

I hear somebody wondering, “But what about the consequences? What about the pain we caused to the people that we love?” Here’s the Bible’s response to that:

“Now if anyone has caused pain… you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him” (2 Cor. 2:5-8, ESV).

Do you hear Daddy God’s heart here? Remember, Holy Spirit was the One moving Paul to write these words. They came right from the core of Him. Daddy doesn’t want you or me or anyone to be overcome with excessive sorrow over our failures. On those occasions when we stumble, His arms are immediately reaching out to comfort and restore us.

If you have sinned, and you have repented, it’s time to run into His waiting, outstretched arms. It’s time to receive His comfort. It’s time to listen to the expression of His deepest heart as He reaffirms His own love for you.

And it’s time to forgive yourself. It’s time to let your past go. After all, if the Righteous Judge of the universe has declared you forgiven, who are you to say otherwise? If He paid the ultimate price of His Son’s blood to cleanse you, who are you, dear one, to argue? Could you or I ever dare suggest that His shed blood is not enough?

Instead, give Him glory by submitting to His decision. Bow down in reverence and surrender yourself to His decree of your pardon. Receiving the power of His Holy Spirit into your being, visualize the blood of Jesus washing you clean, making you white as fresh fallen snow. Now declare in agreement with Him,

“Father, You paid the highest price that exists, the sacred, precious blood of Your Son Jesus, for my sins. It is enough. It is finished. I receive Your forgiveness and cleansing right now. I am forgiven. I am cleansed. I am made right with You. I am made holy and blameless. I align myself with Your majestic decree, and I forgive myself with the forgiveness that You now pour into my heart of hearts.”

Fall down in worship, beloved child. It is done. Never again reclaim that sin as yours. It is gone forever.

“For the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…” (Rev. 12:10b-11a, NKJV).

“You will once again have mercy on us; you will conquer our evil deeds; you will hurl our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19, NET).

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I love how Max Lucado puts it: “Live forgiven.” What does living under the decree of Daddy’s God’s eternal forgiveness look like for you?

 

38 thoughts on “Forgiven… By Decree of the Lord of Heaven and Earth

  1. To me, living forgiven is to be living gratefully. My actions, thoughts, in fact my entire countenance ought to reflect the glory of the Lord. It is living free from the accuser’s voice in my head.
    Now, do I do this continually? No, I will stumble and listen to the lies of my unworthiness. But God is faithful! These days He has me recalling the story of the prodigal son when I get to that place. Jesus said that the young man ‘came to his senses,’ which tells me he got his thoughts back in line with the Father’s.
    I love to meditate on the fact that the Father saw His son while he was a long way off. This tells me God is always on the look-out for me. And how the Father ran to His child and hugged him, before He cleaned him up! That’s our God, showering love on us undeserving types, simply because He loves us and wants us with Him.
    Blessings,
    Chuck

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    1. Wow, your thoughtful reply really blessed my heart and ministered to my spirit. And I just had Luke 15 open today! How He brings a deep, deep smile to my inner being that shines out on my face! What a beautiful Father He is! Thank you, truly, Chuck, for taking the time to share this 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing enriching scripture and your thoughts. The Lord transformed a bitter Saul, a persecutor of the faith, into Apostle Paul, whose rich words speak eloquently of Christ’s way of moving forward with newness of life.

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  3. Taking a slightly different approach to this topic…my husband and I recently realized that Satan accuses each of us to the other on Sunday mornings, of all times, as we are preparing for church! We get upset with each other for the silliest things on that particular morning, and it finally dawned on us that it was Satan or his minions distracting us and ruining our time together before we head to church. We have determined to be on our guard. Thanks for your insight and for the reminder – I need to blog about this.

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    1. Same! My husband is a little bit laid back (not in a destructive way). I am very much of a quick quick person. This has been one thing that has made us clash a lot especially on sundays. I went to church many sundays resentful of him for making me late until the Holy Spirit convicted me and made me see what i was losing by staying angry in church services. He does better when i stay calm and cool and that has been working although i still default to the quick quick girl sometimes lol

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    2. Wow, yes. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for bringing our attention to important battle strategies! May He bless you with extra special unity on Sunday mornings that will make the enemy regret ever having messed with it! 😀 In Jesus’ wonderful name! If you do write a post about it, let me know, I don’t want to miss it!

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  4. Amen! So wonderful to remember that we are forgiven and that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! I hang onto Romans 8:1 so frequently when the accuser tries to offer me “poison.” Thanks for putting together this excellent post!! ❤

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  5. Hello, I love the name of your site. The smile and vibe of your picture, it is welcoming.
    Nice to meet you, Jay.
    I wanted to respond about the ‘accuser’. Too many times Christian teachings include and describe the accuser, as our arch enemy, and in no way am I disagreeing with God’s word, He is the accuser, he is the father of lies, he is the serpent, but in my life experience the more I focused on him and his army of wicked spirits being the enemy, the less breakthroughs I experienced, the less victories. It wasn’t until I began realizing that my biggest most dangerous threat standing between me and God is not Satan, not demons, it is MYSELF.
    Too many times I leaned on being overwhelmed by temptation and falling victim to temptation because I could feel the demons in the room, or Satan lingering around. And when I understood him to by my enemy, it elevated him by ascribing a domineering power over me and my choices.
    But when I began to realize that my biggest enemy is the Satan within me, in short- ME. No excuses. No blaming spirits. No blaming witchcraft. No blaming nobody but me, then I became empowered over Satan, and all other forces standing in the way between me and God. As it says in James 1:13 ” A man is drawn out and enticed by how own desires.
    So it doesn’t matter if Satan, and a 100 evil spirits are in the room with me, and whether there are your choice of drugs, women, money, whatever is your fancy, whatever they present to you and decorate nicely on a plate, IT WILL NOT TEMPT YOU, IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE DESIRE INSIDE OF YOU AND IF IT’S NOT APPEALING TO YOU. So, let us first clean out our spirits, from the integrated passions and wickedness, and let us lead our flesh by our spirits, and we shall begin to see huge transformations by and in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit!
    Have a blessed day.

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    1. Wonderful insight, Jay! Thank you so very much for taking the time to share what God has been teaching you on this vital subject! I heartily agree 🙂 I was just revisiting my journal from a couple years ago yesterday, and noticed where I had written down a note from a podcast I was listening to: “What you focus on, you give room to.” It stuck out to me as important, and I underlined it. Wonderful confirmation, so, again thank you! And it’s truly a pleasure to meet you too 🙂

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      1. Thank you my sister in Christ. Your reply lifted my spirit, and made me rejoice.The manner in which you chose to reply demonstrates wisdom, it speaks about your daily communion with God, a testament to others that we are NOT against each other, we are working in harmony with each other, as servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, each of us belonging to the same glorious body of Christ, with Him as the Cornerstone.

        Many choose to be offended at a comment shared, falsely believing it was a personal attack, or a cheap shot at the ‘I know more than you do’ game, or who are you to tell me something or to teach me anything because they harbor a spirit inside of pride and intelligence that boast about how long they’ve been studying God’s word,or how many years they’ve been a Christian, thereby blinding them to the opportunity to learn anything new. This pursuit we are after is not a competition to win first place, we happily go last understanding it doesn’t matter what position in the line you enter, hallelujah !! I’ll be more than happy to let you cut in line sister, and we shall rejoice together that we are both in line at the pearly gates. What matters is that we enter in.
        So thank you again, I keep this spirit at the forefront of my mind -knowing and understanding the more convinced I am absolutely certain about a matter, life, God, demonstrates to me just how wrong I was about it. Please, feel free to speak openly with me about anything you see at all where I could be better, where I flat wrong,something I am blind to, see you don’t like.
        Lastly, isn’t it wonderful and amazing how God pieces everything together for us, “what we focus on.. We give room to” Absolutely! And by us being taught ‘over and over ‘Satan, demons, the enemy, the enemy, the enemy, ‘ we perceive the enemy on the outside, and guess what? Guess where that dirty lying rascal is hiding -on the inside- woven into our flesh. Right under our noses. Lol, maybe I should say behind our noses. The more I have focused on cleaning out my heart and soul of the wicked desires, the more God’s Almighty power has given me. Victory over my self placed yokes upon my back, my self placed shackles and now that they are dropping and breaking into pieces I aim to help all those who are willing to listen how they can to, how we can together. Praise Him name!

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  6. I try not to take it for granted. In that none of us are worthy of such love, it makes me try harder to live in a more deserving way, and seek and respond to His guidance for my work as a member of the Catholic clergy. Christ died for me, so I gotta do the best I can for Him in return.

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    1. Amen and amen my brother! I was just talking to my son today about this same truth, sharing with him how, when I get to the end of my life and I stand before Him, even though I could never adequately repay Him for all He’s done for me, at least I want to have something to show my deep, deep love and gratitude! This is my longing. Thank you, truly, for sharing 🙂

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