Forgiven to Move Forward
Richard and Lindsay Roberts
I praise God today for miracles. Every time I hear about a miracle from God, I say to myself, “God intends for that person to move forward!” God is the God of a second chance. He is the God of “try again.” He is the God who forgives us when we repent and helps us to pick ourselves up, dust off, and go forward.
The first step to beginning again is to be forgiven for the sins of the past, to have the slate of our lives wiped clean by God. The great prophet Isaiah gave us these words from the Lord: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). When we repent of our sins and God forgives us, we are made just that clean in our inner man.
Many times the things that happen to us aren’t our fault. The lie of the devil always comes, however, to whisper in our ears, “You did something to deserve this.” We often feel guilty even though we shouldn’t. At other times, part of the problem – or even all of the problem – is our fault. We have sinned.
Forgiveness takes care of both situations! When we ask God to forgive us, He freely forgives everything that causes guilt in us, whether we were at fault or not. He forgives completely and totally. I mean, He wipes out that stain! The past is made new.
Is there an area in your life that is keeping you from trying again? Is there a situation that is a stumbling block to your moving forward? Ask God to forgive you today. Will you pray this prayer aloud with me?
Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask You to forgive me of all my sins and mistakes – all those things that I have done, remove all of the guilt. I ask You to forgive me and make me as white as snow on the inside. Wash me clean of all guilt. Help me to face my future with the full assurance that my past is totally forgiven by You. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.