Fundamentals Of Finding God’s Plan Part 15

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 8:12

Saul lived under the Old Covenant. Mercy was not available as a result of his unwillingness to repent and his sin cost his family their position as rulers over Israel. 

We live in a new covenant that was ratified with the blood of Jesus. God’s mercy is extended to us based on our position in Christ. As a result, He is unable to remember our sins because they have been washed by the blood of Jesus.

9 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

We can all recite a multitude of times we’ve missed God’s plan and sinned. Jesus’ death on the cross was a singular occurrence and as a result, provides forgiveness for our sin before it is even committed! This is why John tells us to “confess our sins” instead of telling us to ask for forgiveness.

Satan would love to have us believe we can fall out of favor with God. There are Christians whom he has convinced of this but if these turn back to God they will find Him waiting with outstretched arms.

There was a specific situation in my past that caused me to believe I had disqualified myself from ever being able to minister again. When I took the time to spend time alone with God, He showed me that this was a deception of Satan focused on causing me to walk away from ministry.

I had been reciting my sin to God and even provided Him a list of reasons why I could never serve Him again. When I stopped and finally got quiet, He showed me that He had no memory of the things that I was telling Him and showed me the verse in Hebrews 8:12.

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 8:12

God’s mercy amazes me. He sealed our covenant with the blood of Jesus. Every sin that any person has committed is committing, or will commit was forgiven by His death on the cross!

Our approach to our father will always be through the blood of Jesus. His acceptance of us is based on Jesus’ redemptive work and will never be based on our obedience or disobedience. This is why we will always find mercy at the throne.

Saul did not have access to the mercy of God as we do today. He lived under the Law before Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. I still believe though that he would have found mercy had he admitted his mistake and asked forgiveness.

It does not matter how old we are or how far we may have drifted away from the plan of God. His mercy will always be extended if we turn to Him. We will not necessarily be able to regain the lost years and may never fulfill His plan “A”. His plan “B” will be far more rewarding than any plan we could come up with!

Church history is filled with accounts of great men and women of God who did not necessarily start when they should have. I’ve read that Smith Wigglesworth was in his mid-forties when he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Kenneth E. Hagin shared that he did not enter his first phase of the ministry God had called him to until after pastoring for twelve years.

Satan will attack us with thoughts focused on our unworthiness to be used by God. We may have made decisions in the past that would make this so but God’s mercy is always available.

Paul stood as a witness when Stephen was stoned. He had Christians beaten and imprisoned. This did not stop Jesus from extending mercy on the Damascus road! His ministry touched nations and he ended up writing nearly two-thirds of the New Testament!

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Paul had a checkered past that included some horrible atrocities committed in the name of religion. He still was able to “forget those things” that was in his past and “press toward the mark” which is the plan of God.

I believe that this is another key that will unlock the plan of God. We cannot continually ask “what if” and fulfill the plan of God. Each of us must take Paul’s words to heart and press forward into the plan God has ordained for us to walk in!

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Our past was eliminated when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It now only exists in our memories. The Holy Spirit will help us to follow Paul’s example to press into the plan of God if we will train ourselves to listen to Him.

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