"Believing God!"

​April 23, 2021

Years and years ago I had a friend who frequently hosted Bible studies in his home here in Salem. He also had three children, the oldest at the time in her late teens. That oldest daughter would often ask me how she could know, without any doubt, she was forgiven of her sins, for she always felt her sinful nature and that she did not deserve God’s love and forgiveness.

No matter what I said to her she insisted on believing her feelings of sinfulness, she insisted on listening to her heart as her heart continually condemned her. What she failed to do was believe God while rejecting the condemnation of her heart -- a heart that truly spoke the truth, for, like all people, as young, innocent and kind as she was, she was, to the core, a sinner.

Her heart continually accused and reminded her of that fact. But again, she failed to believe God over her heart. For God has said we are forgiven, and as John said in his 1st letter to some 1st century believers in crisis, “...by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not (or cannot because of God) condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” (1 John 3:19-21).

Yes, that is all we need do -- believe God! Believe His Word! As my friend’s daughter experienced so early in life, the reality of our sinfulness is continually “crouching by the door” to condemn us for our sinful nature. But by holding firm to what God has declared concerning what He has done to sin as it pertains to us, then we can overcome the condemnation of our hearts and look forward to the Day of Redemption when our Lord and God returns (and quite soon) to both redeem us and transform us from terminal, natural beings to eternal, spiritual beings.