Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
You have been completely forgiven of all your sins. You have been fully cleansed of all your righteousness. Sin no longer has any power over your life. It will not rule and reign over you. It will not control your life. You have been completely set free to live a new life in me. You will now live your with and for me. This new is all so wonderful. Sometimes it is hard to take it all in. Sometimes it has been hard for me to fully believe and completely accept all that you have done for me. I want to talk to you about that.
Confessing your sins is important. There are two words that I want you to completely understand. The first word is conviction. When you do sin, my Holy Spirit working in you will make you uneasy about it. You will know that you have done something wrong. You will know that you have gone against my will and my ways. Your appropriate response to being convicted by my Holy Spirit is to confess your sin. Be very specific about the sin that you are confessing. Don’t ask for some form of general forgiveness of your sins. Let me know what you have done. Let me know exactly why you are asking for my forgiveness. You will receive my forgiveness. You will know that you have dealt with what you have done. You will know that you have been forgiven of your sin. Your confession and your forgiveness will be a settled matter. If however, you ask for some form of general forgiveness for you for your sin you will not know that you have dealt with what you have done. It will be harder for you to know that you are forgiven. It will be harder for you to accept and receive my forgiveness. Do understand? Yes Lord, I understand.
I also want you to understand condemnation. You have been completely forgiven of all your sins. You are no longer under any condemnation. I paid the penalty for your sin. I cleansed you of all your unrighteousness. My righteousness is now counted as your righteousness. Sometimes you might feel condemnation for sins that you have already confessed and been forgiven and cleansed of. You might wonder if you are really forgiven of all your sin and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. This condemnation does not come from me. This condemnation is meant to steal, kill and destroy life. This condemnation comes from the devil. He wants you to doubt that you have been forgiven. He wants to discourage and defeat you. He wants to drag you back into your old life of sin. Do you understand that? Yes Lord, I understand. What then will you do? When I am convicted of my sin I will confess it to you. I will ask for and receive your forgiveness and cleansing. Yes, you will. I will keep on following you and living the life that you have called me to live. Yes, you will.
Lord, I will confess all my sins to you. Thank you for forgiving and freeing me from condemnation over every one of them. Your righteousness is now my righteousness. You have broken the power of sin over my life and set me free to live my life for you. Amen
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