Elder, David “Doc” Kenser, shares a daily devotion and reflection.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews speaks of the New Covenant God has made with mankind, a covenant written not on stone like the 10 Commandments, but one written upon the hearts and minds of God’s people.
This covenant, not written on stone, but on the heart was not just new in content, it was a complete game changer. Unlike the first covenant that had no power to take away the guilt of one’s sin, only rolling them forward, “But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins” (Heb 10:3), the covenant wiped the slate clean: “Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (vs. 17).
By the blood of Christ on the Cross, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Father completely removes sins so as to leave nothing to be remembered against us – ever. So how come we keep bringing them to mind, how come we won’t forget them? Why is it that we live with regret, allowing the guilt of sins forgotten by God to weigh our spirits down? Why do we keep remembering what God keeps forgetting?
Simple answer: We are listening to the wrong voice. Instead of listening to the voice of God, who tells us to forget about those sins of the past, laying our guilt down with the memory, we listen to Satan, the Accuser, who keeps reminding us of our sins and insisting that we still bear the guilt of failures and mistakes God’s Books no longer record.
Simple cure: Stop fixating on the blunders of the past that Satan keeps digging up and start focusing on the blessings of the future that God has uncovered: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col 3:2-4). No guilt, just glory. Jus’ Say’n.