Are you at a place in your life where you’re asking God to forgive you, but you feel like He might not? Have you ever felt like this? In this article, I want to help you understand how the devil works to keep you from living in the victory God intended.
Satan is very real, and he’s clever enough to know how to stump you up in life. If he can get you to believe that God can’t or won’t forgive you, then he has you in a position where you can’t receive that forgiveness from God.
There are countless people who will breathe their last breath believing that they were too bad, and that God couldn’t forgive them. I want you to know that there is virtually nothing that God can’t forgive you for if you are willing to humbly go to Him and ask.
Can you recall a time where you felt like God was mad at you? Maybe there was a thought that came to your mind that said, “There’s no way God will forgive me for this; I keep messing up and I think I’ve gone too far this time.”
This is exactly what Satan will have you believe. If you don’t accept the forgiveness that God is offering to you, you risk developing an inward bitterness and guilt towards yourself, and it will be near impossible to live the life God wants you to live. This isn’t necessarily a Salvation issue, although there are surely people who won’t allow themselves to receive God’s gift of Salvation because they believe they don’t deserve it.
I encourage you to let God be the Judge of who deserves Salvation and His forgiveness. Don’t let the devil dictate how you live or where you spend eternity.
In fact, if you are struggling with attacks from the devil, I encourage you to check out a book I wrote, titled; “Don’t let the devil defeat you.” The book is aimed at new and struggling Christians and works to expose the plans of Satan. It’s a useful tool for any Christian to have as it provides valuable information for kicking the devil out of your life. Also, it provides a strong biblical foundation to help you get right with God and on the right path in life.
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God forgave David for Murder
“Then David confessed to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’
Nathan replied, ‘Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.’”
This famous story of the lust of King David that turned into a story of murder also turned into a story of forgiveness. David saw a beautiful woman bathing and wanted her for himself. Her husband was away, and David seized the opportunity. After being with the woman, he was overridden with guilt and fear and had her husband killed. This behavior was straight from Satan’s textbook, how to be evil. But God saw everything.
How is it that God didn’t strike David dead for such a terrible crime? God had His favor on David and prompted him to confess and seek forgiveness for his sins. Eventually, David did confess his sin and God forgave him.
Do you feel you’ve done worse than this? Do you truly believe that God can’t forgive you for whatever it is? The point of the story is, there is forgiveness for those who humbly ask God for it and receive it from Him. David could’ve gone into a great depression and stayed drunk for the rest of his life in guilt and self-hate. But he didn’t. Instead, he accepted the forgiveness and moved on.
I did say that God’s favor was on David. Do you feel like God’s favor is on you? The reason God’s favor was on David had much to do with his faith in God, and clearly not his behavior. Your actions in life and your belief in God are two different things. It’s very possible to love God and make poor choices.
As long as you live on this earth, you are susceptible to Satan’s attacks. Because you are human, you are more than likely to sin occasionally. Fortunately for you and me, God has this thing called grace. It’s by God’s grace that there is Salvation; it’s by God’s grace that He forgives each of us when we don’t deserve it.
You are forgiven by God, but you aren’t off the hook!
If you read on in this Scripture, you’ll see that there were consequences for David’s actions.
“Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the LORD by doing this, your child will die.”
This shows that if you sin against God, even though He’ll forgive you, you’ll still be responsible and may have to suffer consequences. God will give you the wisdom to make good choices throughout life, but He will discipline you when necessary. Don’t confuse God’s discipline with anger or hate or abandonment. This is how a loving Father teaches His children.
If you are currently living with the natural consequences of past actions this is a clear sign that God loves you. He disciplines and trains up those He loves. Nothing can happen to you without God’s knowledge of it. Nobody slips anything past Him. If He allows it, there is a lesson in it. He will use it to help you grow. It’s not revenge against you. Use your situation as a learning aid and be sure to remember in the future before making more poor choices.
If you are about to act in sin, ask God for a way out. He will provide.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
Giving in to temptation is a product of poor choice and weakness. David could’ve turned away and turned to God for help. He could’ve left the scene without even giving a thought to lust. But instead, he remained and allowed the devil’s thoughts to manifest into action. Instead of rebuking the devil, he entertained him.
If you find that you are in a situation that is very tempting, leave the situation as fast as possible. Think about the outcome; is this something that will end badly? Is this something that will upset God?
In doing this, you can draw on God’s strength; in this manner, you won’t need to ask God to forgive you and you won’t give the devil a chance to condemn you and make you feel bad.
Jesus died for your sins
“for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.”
The whole Message of Christ is about His act of sacrifice on our behalf. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you should never feel like God can’t or won’t forgive you ever again. If you do, this is the work of Satan and you must stop listening to him.
If you believe the lies of the enemy and believe that you can’t be forgiven for your sins, then you are making Jesus’ death on the cross invalid and in vain in your life. But this [to forgive your sins] is exactly why God allowed Jesus to die on the cross. It was the way God provided for our restoration.
By dying on the cross, Jesus made the final atonement for your sins. No matter what you’ve done, you will be forgiven. There are no barriers here; no fine print. If you go to God and confess your sins, you are forgiven.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, that is; if Jesus isn’t your personal Lord and Savior, then you aren’t saved. If you aren’t saved, you don’t fall under the grace of Jesus’ work on the cross. Your debts aren’t forgiven, and you must still make atonement for your sins. Those who reject Christ will be judged by Christ on the Day of Judgment.
“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
Jesus paid the price for your sins. You’ve been washed clean by the blood of Christ. If you’ve accepted Jesus, then God sees His Son and His righteousness in you; not your sin. If you are saved and you ask forgiveness from God, you are forgiven, and God remembers it no more.
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake
and will never think of them again.”
God won’t forgive you if you don’t forgive others
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
If you feel like God can’t or won’t forgive you, be sure to search your own heart for unforgiveness. This verse clearly says that God won’t forgive those who won’t forgive.
The easiest way I know to find unforgiveness or bitterness in my heart towards someone is to say all the names of the people I know or can think of. If I say a name and get upset, there’s something there that must be dealt with. Either it’s something I did to them or something they did to me. Either way, God wants it dealt with before anything is asked of Him.
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If you ask God to show you this in your life, He will. Be patient and it will come to the surface. Opportunity to make right with whoever is required will surely come about. Seize the opportunity when it comes, even if only for your own benefit. Even if someone doesn’t deserve your forgiveness, God still tells you to forgive them and allow God to be the judge and one to take vengeance.
Knowing that you don’t have any bitterness, hate, or unforgiveness towards anyone else, and as surely as you’ve accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in your life, then there is absolutely nothing that God won’t or can’t forgive you for if you go to Him in humble submission. All that’s left is for you to accept it and move on.
Do you believe that God can’t or won’t forgive you? Search the bible to learn the character of God. Understand about the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross. This was done specifically to wipe your slate clean; to make payment for any and all wrong you’ve done. If you’ve accepted Jesus, you’re forgiven.
As soon as you confess your sins and ask forgiveness from God, He forgives, and He casts your sins and those memories far away from you. This means that when He sees you, He doesn’t see the sin; He sees the Son.
Don’t let the devil take you down. Satan will tell you all sorts of lies. It’s vitally important to study the Scriptures and learn of the character of God and His promises and truths. By doing this, you won’t fall victim to the lies of the enemy or any other false prophets and teachers.
Finally, accept God’s forgiveness and move on. Seek His Will in your life and strive to make the best choices you can based on the wisdom He gives. If you still aren’t sure, ask Him to help you understand and give it time for Him to respond. Be quick to think and slow to act when it comes to harmful behavior.
Was this article helpful? Can you think of a time that the devil made you feel like God couldn’t forgive you and how you overcame it? Do you have any methods that might be helpful to others? If so, please leave a helpful comment in the comment section below for other readers to enjoy and utilize.
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