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Discover the Book Mar. 19, 2011

  • 2011 Mar 19
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Pornography's Mind: Addicting Power and the Miracle of Complete Forgiveness

Today we have gathered to celebrate the greatest possession we have as fallen and sinful humans. The God of the Universe so loved us that He sent His Son to set us free, wash us and remove the eternally destructive sins we were born with by nature and have practiced by choice. John writes about this incredible gift in the opening verses of Revelation:

Revelation 1:5 (NKJV) “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed [freed, loosed] us from our sins in His own blood”

We are loved, loosedfrom our sins, and washed. That is the Gospel truth, but sometimes we don’t act like we are. As we open to Psalm 32:1-2, think with me:

In the back of your mind, have you ever wondered whether it’s even possible to be completely forgiven and cleansed of all your sins? What about truly bad ones that have been hidden from nearly everyone who knows you?

Complete forgiveness may seem impossible if you are the type others would never dream of as having any kind of struggle with sin. After all, former drug addicts have a pass, right? They were bad, got saved, and are now set. It’s the same for repentant alcoholics, sexual sinners, criminals, and so forth.

But what about a faithful church-goer, or someone reared in a godly Christian home, or just someone who has never been into anything that others would think is really bad?

What if a person like that falls headlong into sin—the kind where others are tempted to question: Was that person ever really saved?

When the Godly Land in the Ditch

Can someone who has known so much of God’s Word, and falls like that: be absolutely sure of God’s complete forgiveness? That is exactly where David was before he wrote Psalm 32!

Today, no matter how far we go as believers, no matter how many steps away from the Lord we take: it is just one step back.

The one step back, that is the pathway back to God, is: the choice to repent(a change of mind that leads to a change of behavior), and be released from the power and stain of that sin, and enjoy: The Miracle of CompleteForgiveness.

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