Friday, November 13, 2015

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Okay, if you've always been skinny, you can just give it up. You're not going to understand what I'm about to say. Okay? But if you've ever been overweight, I think you'll understand this. Once you've been overweight, you always tend to think of yourself as overweight even when you're not any more. I used to weigh 210 pounds. That was pretty big for a guy my size, because I'm not really big. Now, thankfully, I've been able to keep a lot of it off for years. It doesn't matter, I still feel overweight. It's crazy! Others may say you're okay, and the scale might even say you're okay. But there's this voice that keeps whispering, "Overweight!"

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Forgiven Means It's Gone."

Our word for today from the Word of God, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. "Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?" Okay, that's the bad news. "Do not be deceived, neither the sexually immoral, or idolaters, or adulterers, nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, or slanderers, or swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." I'll tell you this, most of us are in there somewhere.

Now the good news, "And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." Now, I'll tell you one of the belittling lies of sin, "You're still dirty. You're still away from God. You're still unworthy. You're still guilty. There's no use. It's hopeless." And God's Word screams to those who've been forgiven by Christ, "No! That is a lie! What God says you are is what you are. And God says that is what you were, it's not what you are any more."

The verb tense makes all the difference in the world. Your guilt has been erased. He uses the word "washed." You've been given a spiritual shower if you've been to Jesus' cross; if you've dropped that sin, however dirty, however ugly, however many times repeated, or however willful. If you've dropped it at that cross and you've trusted Him to forgive it, you are clean. You are washed by God.

Then He says, "You were sanctified." That means you've been made special again. And then He says, "You have been justified." That means you've been made right with God. Of course, the Devil is going, "Hey, you're still spiritually overweight, you know. You're still carrying the weight of the past around." That voice is about what you were. It's like the voice that wrongly says, "You're still overweight" even when the weight is really gone.

The Devil wants you to give up. He wants you to go back to the old you. But Leviticus 26:13 is a wonderful promise I think applies to even us today. God says, "I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves of the Egyptians. I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high."

You are new! Why don't you live new? Don't live in that old junk believing that it still has to be you. Don't buy the lie. Because of the power of the blood of Jesus to forgive, because He shed that blood on the cross for those very sins, you are not carrying that weight - that burden - any more.

This could be your day to experience that forgiveness for yourself. Whatever you wish you hadn't done, all the sins, all the mistakes, all the hurts you've inflicted, all the pain of the past can be brought to the cross of Jesus, and He will take that burden as He did on the cross when He died for you and say, "It is now mine. You are forgiven. You are clean. You are new."

It happens when you say, "Jesus, I'm yours and I'm putting all my trust in what You did when You died for me." Please consider making this your day to do that. Go to our website. We'll help you get connected with Jesus there. It's Or you can text us at 442-244-WORD.

Remember, if Jesus has forgiven you, walk and talk confidently, because whatever your enemy may say to lie to you, that old weight, that old burden, that sin is gone!



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P.O. Box 400
Harrison, AR 72602-0400

(870) 741-3300
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