The Freedom of Forgiveness

Have you allowed Jesus to forgive you? I am not asking if you have asked the Lord to come into your heart. What I am asking is have you given Him everything, maybe there is some act so egregious you have not let it go, or something said that your struggle with. No matter what it is, Jesus can and will forgive you. We all need forgiveness of sin in our our lives. When Jesus gets back into the boat, He goes back to His own city, Capernaum and performs His greatest miracle so far. Matthew 9:2~And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” (ESV) Sin, what, I want to walk. Has the Lord ever met a need or done something other than what you asked? Sometimes we are simply focused on the wrong thing. 

Our greatest need is having our sins placed under the precious blood where we are forgiven. It is the greatest of all miracles. Matthew 9:4-6 ~Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said…which is easier…forgiven or…Rise and walk…he then said to the paralytic…pick up your bed…(ESV) This is the voice of His command, Christ Jesus speaks and life is forever altered. Has the Lord changed your life? Jesus Christ has the power to forgive you, to forgive us, of all our sins. This man gets a double blessing in his life, he is forgiven of all his sins and he gets up and goes home. 

The crowd is wonderstruck. When is the last time the Lord left you in a state of awe and wonder? I only need to count my blessing and I soon realize God is so amazing. Matthew 9:8~When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (ESV) Some said blasphemer, but others recognize Jesus has power and authority that can only come from God. It is not altogether different from any given Sunday. Where some say, that’s so irreverent and others say, wow, I never saw the Gospel like that before. Billy Graham used to say, “The same sun that melts butter hardens clay.” 

So, today I ask you, will you grow the seed of faith? This week we have witnessed Jesus demonstrates three miracles here in Matthew. Each time proving He is the Lord over all. Jesus can calm our storms, He cast out our demons, and most importantly, forgive all of our sins. Isaiah 55:6~Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (NIV) As you journey out into our wide and beautiful world, remember it needs men and women who will take a stand for the Lord, and He is near today. I want you to know that Jesus will meet you right where you are. So go ahead and take that step of faith, minister, pray with and for, share the love of Christ with everyone you meet.

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