A Different Mother’s Day??? Repost of Bible Ballistics: Vol. 15 No. 10


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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 15 No. 10 A Different Mother’s Day???                                            A Repost from May of 2020

I want to share just a brief thought or two today; as most of you know my only daughter was murdered last December, causing this to be a unique Mother’s Day this year.  I simply want to share a few things that have gotten me through this time, and hopefully to encourage other mothers (or anyone) who have unique issues they are dealing with.  The main thing I want to say is the same thing I have said since tragedy struck our lives, ‘God is still God! God is still good! And I still trust HIM!’  I say this only because it is true, and like Paul I can say it because I have confidence in my Lord—the One who saves and keeps me every day!  Without fear, shame or doubt I know I can rely upon HIM!

Be not thou therefore ashamed

of the testimony of our Lord,

nor of me his prisoner:

but be thou partaker

of the afflictions of the gospel

according to the power of God;

9 Who hath saved us,

and called us

with an holy calling,

not according to our works,

but according to his own purpose

and grace,

which was given us in Christ Jesus

before the world began,

10 But is now made manifest

by the appearing of our Saviour

Jesus Christ,

who hath abolished death,

and hath brought life

and immortality to light

through the gospel:

11 Whereunto I am appointed

a preacher,

and an apostle,

and a teacher of the Gentiles.

12 For the which cause I also suffer these things:

nevertheless I am not ashamed:

for I know

whom I have believed,

and am persuaded

that he is able

to keep that

which I have committed

unto him

against that day.”  2 Timothy 1:8-12

It is true because “I know whom I have believed”—and HE is my everything!  And while your issues may be different than mine, God knows where you are, and HE will meet you where you are –for HE knows what you feel!

Seeing then that we have a great high priest,

that is passed into the heavens,

Jesus the Son of God,

let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest

which cannot be touched

with the feeling of our infirmities;

but was in all points tempted

like as we are,

yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly

unto the throne of grace,

that we may obtain mercy,

and find grace

to help

in time of need.”   Hebrews 4:14-16

One of the things that has helped me, is to remember that while I feel sorrow, grief and pain in my loss, God is working His will, His purposes, and His glory all around me.  And after all HE has done, is doing and will do for me, how can I do less than trust myself to HIS care.  He has never failed me!  Never!  And one of the passages that is my “go to” for encouragement I’ll share with you, because often times we experience the evil of the world, and we must trust to our God to take care of things that are out of our control.  I forgive, not because I necessarily want to, but because I am forgiven, and I can trust to God’s love, care and justice to accomplish righteousness and justice in HIS own time.

Fret not thyself

because of evildoers,

neither be thou envious

against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,

and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD,

and do good;

so shalt thou dwell in the land,

and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD;

and he shall give thee

the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD;

trust also in him;

and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness

as the light,

and thy judgment

as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD,

and wait patiently for him:

fret not thyself

because of him

who prospereth in his way,

because of the man

who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger,

and forsake wrath:

fret not thyself

in any wise

to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off:

but those that wait upon the LORD,

they shall inherit the earth.”  Psalm 37:1-9

I know that God has walked with me on the good days, and on the difficult days.  He has heard my cries, seen my tears, and comforted my uneasy frustrations—and HE WILL meet you where you are, if you will but turn to HIM.  If you will walk through this Psalm and practice the instructions in it!

Trust—Delight—Commit—Rest—Fret Not—Cease from Anger!

While these are simple sounding instructions, they are not easy, especially when we are hurting.  But when we practice them day by day and watch our faithful God act faithfully, we learn to rely on His character—His love—His perfect ways—and know that HE will meet our every need.

And besides all this Jesus is our faithful intercessor!  I have a close circle of friends whom I know I can depend on for earnest, diligent prayer; and while I take great comfort and confidence in these dear ones and their care for me, there is One greater than them or me who is ever praying for me!

But this man,

because he continueth ever,

hath an unchangeable priesthood.

25 Wherefore he is able also

to save them to the uttermost

that come unto God by him,

seeing he ever liveth

to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:24-25

Oh, you have no way to know the comfort, strength and assurance that I take from this truth!  You can trust HIM!  And I’ll have to say that my love and appreciation for Him has increased above measure, not diminished, through these recent months.  You see, we all make choices!  We can choose to allow the enemy to distract, depress and discourage us to the point of dejection—or we can stand fast in the truth that we have a Savior who not only prays for us now, but HE also gave HIS life’s blood for me!  And I can only tell you that going through my daughter’s blood soaked clothing (when we got them back from the police) not only brought the reality of her death ‘up close and personal’ but even more importantly planted a truth in my heart that I pray I will never forget;  Her life was stolen from her by evil, but Jesus Christ my Lord shed HIS blood for mewillingly, lovingly, purposely—for without it you and I would have no hope of salvation and eternal life with God!!!  That truth is ever cemented in my heart and mind and without being gory, I praise God that I see John 3:16 in a new light!  May I never forget!

For God so loved the world,

that he gave

his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him

should not perish,

but have everlasting life.”   John 3:16

GOD gave HIS SON for meFor you!  Won’t you trust in the blood that Jesus shed for your salvation, deliverance, and redemption—that you might have “everlasting life”!  And if you already know Him, and are facing difficult circumstances, sorrow, grief, pain, confusion, turmoil or any other problem, won’t you “fix your eyes” on Jesus right now.  Rehearse Psalm 37, and these other verses and let God apply the soothing “Balm of Gilead” to your heart and soul!  Resist the devil and REST in the ONE who cares for YOU!

Humble yourselves therefore

under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt you

in due time:

7 Casting all your care

upon him;

for he careth for you.

8 Be sober,

be vigilant;

because your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion,

walketh about,

seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast

in the faith,

knowing that the same afflictions

are accomplished in your brethren

that are in the world.”  1 Peter 5:6-9

In closing I pray that you will find comfort, hope and encouragement in God’s Word tonight.

The thief cometh not,

but for to steal,

and to kill,

and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd:

the good shepherd giveth his life

for the sheep.”   John 10:10-11

He gave HIS BLOOD for me!  For YOU!  Amen and Amen!!!

P.S. I needed this reminder again as much as anyone.  Blessings on your Mother’s Day!

What Are YOU Hungry For??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #90


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What Are YOU Hungry For??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #90

I was raised in a family that loves to eat–it’s kind of the family joke that it’s in our “genes”, and that’s why we often don’t fit into our “jeans” (and my sister or I don’t’ even wear jeans!!ha ha)!  But the point is we like good food; and probably you do too, but my question isn’t really about cuisine–but something else!

Blessed are they

which do hunger

and thirst

after righteousness:

for they shall be filled.”   Matthew 5:6

 We talked recently about the “be-attitudes”, and this is one of them–our attitude, our appetites, and our affinities are to be ‘grounded’ in Jesus!  Scripture is replete with instructions about setting our “attitudes” IN, ON, WITH, FOR, AND THROUGH Jesus, His Word, and HIS ways!

If ye then be risen with Christ,

seek those things which are above,

where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection

on things above,

not on things on the earth

…14 And above all these things

put on charity,

which is the bond of perfectness.

15 And let the peace of God

rule in your hearts,

to the which also ye are called in one body;

and be ye thankful.”   Colossians 3:1-2, 14-15

We are called to “seek those things which are above”–as Jesus said, “hunger and thirst after righteousness”! We are to have our appetites set on the spiritually healthy things–Jesus!  Are you letting the junk food of the world ruin your appetite!  Just as we don’t let our children fill up on ice cream or candy just before we have a nutritious meal prepared, we are to guard our hearts and minds to keep our attitudes, our appetites, and our affinities set on Jesus!

Paul’s prayer for the Colossians is a great place to set our sights, for ourselves as well as to pray for our loved ones!

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it,

do not cease to pray for you,

and to desire

that ye might be filled

with the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom

and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord

unto all pleasing,

being fruitful

in every good work,

and increasing

in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might,

according to his glorious power,

unto all patience

and longsuffering

with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet to be partakers

of the inheritance

of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us

from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us

into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption

through his blood,

even the forgiveness

of sins:

15 Who is the image

of the invisible God,

the firstborn

of every creature:

16 For by him

were all things created,

that are in heaven,

and that are in earth,

visible and invisible,

whether they be thrones,

or dominions,

or principalities,

or powers:

all things were created by him,

and for him:

17 And he is before all things,

and by him

all things consist.   Colossians 1:9-17

I have some homework for you this week; I encourage you to take each phrase of this passage in Colossians 1, and pray it before God and ask HIM how you need to apply it to your life–today…today…today and each today before you, right where you are!  May we each grow in grace and dependence upon Christ and HIS righteousness!

For he hath made him

to be sin for us,

who knew no sin;

that we might be made

the righteousness of God

in him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21

Amen and Amen!!!

Some Light On Laundry Day??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #89


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Some Light On Laundry Day??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #89

Yes, it’s laundry day at our house–and I just thought that we might consider what else needs to be “laundered” in my life and yours!  Sometimes as we do the laundry, it’s relatively normal, and then there are those times that those little stains have become giant problems, and we have to soak, and scrub, and sometimes even wash them multiple times.  We don’t usually like to wear stained clothing.  But what are we doing with our spiritual garments?  Are we walking in spotty clothing, or filthy garments?  What does God see in our lives–is HE convicting us to “do the laundry”, or maybe some scrubbing, or soaking, or repentance!

If we confess our sins,

he is faithful

and just

to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us

from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9

The word ‘confess’ is a word that means to “agree with God” about our sin.  So often we compare ourselves to others–those who have “real issues”!  But we are called to line our lives up with The Word of God, to walk and live by God’s standard not our own, or the world’s!  Where have we been walking?  Have we been rolling in the mud of sin?  Have we gotten stained with the dirt of the world we are walking through.  Jesus had something to say about that when he was with the disciples on that last night before His death.

Jesus answered and said unto him,

What I do thou knowest not now;

but thou shalt know hereafter.

8 Peter saith unto him,

Thou shalt never wash my feet.

Jesus answered him,

If I wash thee not,

thou hast no part with me.

9 Simon Peter saith unto him,

Lord, not my feet only,

but also my hands and my head.

10 Jesus saith to him,

He that is washed

needeth not save to wash his feet,

but is clean every whit:

and ye are clean,

but not all.

11 For he knew who should betray him;

therefore said he,

Ye are not all clean.”  John 13:7-11

 When we come to Jesus in repentance of ‘my’ sin, and faith in HIS substitutionary (in our place), atoning (made right with God) sacrifice (the payment due for my sin), we are cleansed by HIS blood–the sacrifice for our sin that Jesus made at Calvary.  But we are still in the body of flesh and walking around in a world of sin, with an enemy “seeking whom he may devour” at every turn.  So, the main question is, “Am I washed in the blood of The Lamb?”; and if I am then I am to be continually washing of my feet that are on this worldly road.  But even as Jesus said of Judas Iscariot, there are many (See Matthew 7:11-29) who claim His name without His cleansing blood, and without HIS blood there is “no remission of sin”!  Paul makes it clear that SIN IS the issue.

For all have sinned,

and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin

is death;

but the gift of God

is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

The Apostle John gives us a message straight from heaven!

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me,

What are these which are arrayed in white robes?

and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him,

Sir, thou knowest.

And he said to me,

These are they

which came out of great tribulation,

and have washed their robes,

and made them white

in the blood of the Lamb.”  Revelation 7:13-14

The Apostle John had more to say about the “blood of The Lamb” and the work of the Holy Spirit in giving “new birth” to those who respond to the call of God on their hearts in repentance and faith!  And remember, Jesus IS truth (see John 15:6)!

If we say that we have fellowship with him,

and walk in darkness,

we lie,

and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light,

as he is in the light,

we have fellowship one with another,

and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son

cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.”  1 John 1:6-8

But as many as received him,

to them gave he power

to become the sons of God,

even to them

that believe on his name:

13 Which were born,

not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh,

nor of the will of man,

but of God.”  John 1:12-13

In conclusion, if you have been ‘born again’ (See John 3:1-19) by the blood of the Lamb, and have washed your garments clean, you have only to walk in THE LIGHT and wash your feet–staying away from the ‘pig pen’, for we have been saved, cleansed, and kept by the One whose blood paid for our sin and gives us eternal life.

Being confident of this very thing,

that he which hath begun a good work

in you

will perform it

until the day of Jesus Christ:”  Philippians 1:6

If you haven’t been ‘born again’, I invite you to listen to the voice of Jesus calling to your heart by the power of HIS Holy Spirit.  If HE is knocking at your door, please open to HIM today, and we can walk together in light, and keep our garments clean!  Here is some food for thought–see you next time.


I stand at the door,

and knock:

if any man hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him,

and will sup with him,

and he with me.”  Revelation 3:20

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves

from all filthiness

of the flesh

and spirit,

perfecting holiness

in the fear of God.”  2 Corinthians 7:1

Draw nigh to God,

and he will draw nigh to you.

Cleanse your hands,

ye sinners;

and purify your hearts,

ye double minded.”  James 4:8

And to her was granted

that she should be arrayed in fine linen,

clean and white:

for the fine linen

is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:8

Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature:

old things are passed away;

behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God,

who hath reconciled us to himself

by Jesus Christ,

and hath given to us

 the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ,

reconciling the world unto himself,

not imputing their trespasses unto them;

and hath committed unto us

the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,

as though God did beseech you by us:

we pray you in Christ’s stead,

be ye reconciled to God.    

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us,

who knew no sin;

that we might be made the righteousness

of God in him.”  2 Corinthians 5:17-21.


Living By Faith Or Entertainment? A Word from THE WORD!!! #88


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Living By Faith Or Entertainment? A Word from THE WORD!!! #88

I’m sorry to be so long in posting, but it’s been a bit hectic at our house, and I’m glad to be back with you all.  Yet my heart is heavy for the things I see going on around us, and so many who claim the name of my Lord Jesus seem to have missed the boat, so to speak, and make no connection between claiming the name of Jesus and walking according to HIS WORD and not our own ways!  While this is a heavy burden on my heart, I hope that this message will be used by The Lord to touch hearts, open eyes, and ears to respond to the work of the precious Holy Spirit in convicting hearts and drawing people to Jesus and HIS Word “he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith”!

I will stand upon my watch,

and set me upon the tower,

and will watch to see

what he will say unto me,

and what I shall answer

when I am reproved.

2 And the LORD answered me, and said,

Write the vision,

and make it plain upon tables,

that he may run that readeth it.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time,

but at the end it shall speak,

and not lie:

though it tarry,

wait for it;

because it will surely come,

it will not tarry.

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up

is not upright in him:

but the just shall live

by his faith.

5 Yea also,

because he transgresseth by wine,

he is a proud man,

neither keepeth at home,

who enlargeth his desire as hell,

and is as death,

and cannot be satisfied,

but gathereth unto him all nations,

and heapeth unto him all people:

6 Shall not all these

take up a parable against him,

and a taunting proverb against him,

and say,

Woe to him that increaseth

that which is not his!

how long?

and to him that ladeth himself

with thick clay!”  Habakkuk 2:1-6

I hope we will hear from God and open our hearts to His call to holy living before a lost and dying world, standing in “the gap”.  May we live by our faith in JESUS, not the world, entertainment or our flesh!

And I sought for a man among them,

that should make up the hedge,

and stand in the gap

before me for the land,

that I should not destroy it:

but I found none.

31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation

upon them;

I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath:

their own way have I recompensed

upon their heads,

saith the Lord GOD.”  Ezekiel 22:30-31

I plead with those of us who belong to Jesus, may we examine our heart and life by God’s standard not by Hellywood’s! Is modesty a part of my life?  Is moderation?  Sobriety (not just lack of substances but an upright, sober thinking life)?  Holy in my speech (not ‘holier than thou’ talk, but a noticeable absence of profanity and vulgar references, or mean talk!)? Do I express kindness and compassion toward people who are different than me–toward all people?  Am I kind and considerate toward those who serve me (at the bank, at the café, at the dollar store, in the retail line when it’s busy, to other drivers–even at 5 O’clock)?  To people on the phone who annoy me?  To my children and/or grandchildren?  Am I compassionate and understanding of my parents/grandparents who may have limitations that annoy and try my patience?  I could go on, but you get the point.  Do I love with God’s love not the selfish lust of the world?

Jesus gives us one of the greatest examples of the difference between what “looks good to men” and “what is acceptable to God”.  Let’s spend just a bit of time considering His words; and even though it’s a lengthy passage I think it well worth our consideration.  May The Holy Spirit open our eyes to GOD’s truth, without the spin of the world!  We will have a hard time being successful sharing the Gospel with others when our lives don’t measure up to the “Good News” that we want to share.  And just before we look at the message from Jesus, a brief word (a preface, if you would) worthy of our consideration from Jeremiah.

Hath a nation changed their gods,

which are yet no gods?

but my people have changed their glory

for that which doth not profit.

12 Be astonished,

O ye heavens, at this,

and be horribly afraid,

be ye very desolate,

saith the LORD.

13 For my people have committed two evils;

they have forsaken me

the fountain of living waters,

and hewed them out cisterns,

broken cisterns,

that can hold no water.”  Jeremiah 2:11-13

Now, the words of our Lord Jesus:

Enter ye in at the strait gate:

for wide is the gate,

and broad is the way,

that leadeth to destruction,

and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate,

and narrow is the way,

which leadeth unto life,

and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets,

which come to you in sheep’s clothing,

but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.

Do men gather grapes of thorns,

or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree

bringeth forth good fruit;

but a corrupt tree

bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree

cannot bring forth evil fruit,

neither can a corrupt tree

bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit

is hewn down,

and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits

ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me,

Lord, Lord,

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that doeth the will of my Father

which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day,

Lord, Lord,

have we not prophesied in thy name?

and in thy name have cast out devils?

and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them,

I never knew you:

depart from me,

ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth

these sayings of mine,

and doeth them,

I will liken him unto a wise man,

which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended,

and the floods came,

and the winds blew,

and beat upon that house;

and it fell not:

for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth

these sayings of mine,

and doeth them not,

shall be likened unto a foolish man,

which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended,

and the floods came,

and the winds blew,

and beat upon that house;

and it fell:

and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass,

when Jesus had ended these sayings,

the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority,

and not as the scribes.”  Matthew 7:13-29

Which gate have you gone through?  What’s your house built on?  Are you looking good to the world but deficient before God.  It’s your choice, but choose wisely, there is a test.  My love and prayers are sent with this message–may God do that which pleases HIM, even as Jesus taught us to pray:

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth,

as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10

And just as a ‘P.S.’, notice that Jesus didn’t say, “I knew you, but you fell–or I knew you but forgot you–or even I knew you, but you just didn’t measure up”; what He said was “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity…”. What’s not of God, can’t please God! (see 1 Corinthians 3:11-18 for Paul’s message this subject)!

Amen and Amen!!!

Peace With The Past??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #87


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Peace With The Past???  A Word from THE WORD!!! #87

Who is a God like unto thee,

that pardoneth iniquity,

and passeth by the transgression

of the remnant of his heritage?

he retaineth not his anger for ever,

because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again,

he will have compassion upon us;

he will subdue our iniquities;

and thou wilt cast all their sins

into the depths of the sea.”  Micah 7:18-19

Paul tells us in the letter to the believers at Rome that our peace is in, from, and through Jesus’ substitutionary, atoning sacrifice; it is that which Jesus did for us!

Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access

by faith

into this grace

wherein we stand,

and rejoice

in hope

of the glory of God.”  Romans 5:1-2

We have peace with God because of what Jesus did at Calvary!  No other way–No other One– could have paid for our sin but the ‘sinless’ Son of God!  And because of that, peace with God and the forgiveness of our sin, we can have peace within ourselves, when we walk in the work that Jesus did for us, within us and will do through us when we yield ourselves to His Spirit working within us. Not, I have to say when we learn (as is so popularly touted today) to “love ourselves”!  We are to love God and rely upon HIS faithful work within us, receiving the forgiveness and cleansing that HE promised to us when we but agree with God about our need for forgiveness (yes, believers need forgiveness every day!)!  John makes that very clear talking to believers!

But if we walk in the light,

as he is in the light,

we have fellowship one with another,

and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son

cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins,

he is faithful

and just

to forgive us

our sins,

and to cleanse us

from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned,

we make him a liar,

and his word is not in us.”  1 John 1:7-10

Because we are forgiven, we can trust God with our past, present, and future; and we don’t have to writhe in the guilt and shame that Satan tries to heap upon our heads, especially for the sins that Jesus has forgiven–and that would be all of them!

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it,

do not cease to pray for you,

and to desire

that ye might be filled

with the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom

and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy

of the Lord unto all pleasing,

being fruitful

in every good work,

and increasing

in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might,

according to his glorious power,

unto all patience

and longsuffering

with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet

to be partakers

of the inheritance

of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us

from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us

into the kingdom

of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption

through his blood,

even the forgiveness of sins:”                Colossians 1:9-14

Forgiveness of SINS–God forgives our sins–when we are born again by the blood of Jesus–when we are “delivered…from the power of darkness and are “translated… into the kingdom of HIS dear Son”!  God said it–Jesus did it–and you can have it!  Paul goes on in his letter to the Roman believers to assure us of our place before God, and our freedom to stand without condemnation–not people’s, not Satan’s and NO, not even our own heart and mind!  When we know God’s truth we can stand in confidence of our state before God!

There is therefore now no condemnation

to them which are in Christ Jesus,

who walk not after the flesh,

but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

hath made me free

from the law of sin and death…

…. 37 Nay, in all these things

we are more than conquerors

through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded,

that neither death,

nor life,

nor angels,

nor principalities,

nor powers,

nor things present,

nor things to come,

39 Nor height,

nor depth,

nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us

from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”                      Romans 8:1-2 & 37-39

This new life is in Jesus and He describes it better than I could:

I am the door:

by me if any man enter in,

he shall be saved,

and shall go in and out,

and find pasture.

10 The thief cometh not,

but for to steal,

and to kill,

and to destroy:

I am come

that they might have life,

and that they might have it

more abundantly.”  John 10:9-10

 So, in conclusion, I would like to encourage you to remember that your confidence is in The One who gave HIS life for yours!  His forgiveness places your sin at the bottom of the sea, and as Corrie Ten Boom used to say, “He puts up a ‘no fishin’ sign!”  So stand fast in the evil day and don’t let Satan or people cause you to doubt the scope of the forgiveness that Jesus provided at Calvary!  If you belong to Jesus, you are forgiven and no matter the ’unforgiveness of others’, your place is secure, and you can stand fast in JESUS!

To open their eyes,

and to turn them

from darkness

to light,

and from the power of Satan

unto God,

that they may receive forgiveness

of sins,

and inheritance

among them which are sanctified

by faith that is in me.”  Acts 26:18

I write unto you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven you

for his name’s sake.”  1 John 2:12

Jesus sums it all up:

When Jesus had lifted up himself,

and saw none but the woman, he said unto her,

Woman, where are those thine accusers?

hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord.

And Jesus said unto her,

Neither do I condemn thee:

go, and sin no more.”  John 8:10-11

 I’m forgiven, how about you?  Amen and Amen!!!