Sunday, November 4, 2012

Washed Clean for the Sabbath

...though now for a little while..you have been grieved by various trials...” 1 Peter 1:6

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Have you ever found yourself reliving certain mistakes of your past – those trials that God allowed you to endure but by now should have been shuffled off into the past? For some reason, thoughts of how I used to mull over things like my short comings, things I had said out of turn, or jumbled relationship situations and then with thoughts that I could reason these things to death and somehow give them better outcomes somehow filled my mind this morning. The fact of the matter though is that the circular thinking I used to have a pattern for in my past regarding my downfalls only made things worse instead of better.

As I was thinking about my past mullings, my pastor read from Hebrews 10. Here are the verses that really stood out to me in relation to what I had been thinking about:


And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,' then He adds, 'Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.' Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:11-22


I know I haven't written about the Sabbath lately, but the truth of this verse combined with my thoughts made me realize that Jesus has made Sabbath rest at the ready for all who are willing to accept His sacrifice and the personal forgiveness that goes along with the blood He shed on the cross. What Jesus did to seal a permanent covenant to cover all the sins of man by hanging and dying on the cross allows a person to be free of the past entanglements they have had with sin and any need to continue to mull over them. In reality, allowing your mind to rest, to be free from the weights and chains that sin and thoughts of past sins have you shackled and drug down with, is the only way to really experience Sabbath rest. This is the place where you find peace of mind that does not make sense. 

But beware, our world would go on telling you the lie that you need to continue to hold on to your guilt and shame and be punished for what you have done. Yet, God says, “No! You are not guilty. My Son has paid for all your sins and you are permitted to come into my rest if you believe on Him and the power of the cross on which He died.”


So, on this Sabbath I must ask you. Are you allowing yourself to put down in front of God and walk away from all those past mistakes you have made.?   Or, are you harboring these things inside of you, mulling them over, and punishing yourself over and over again about things you really should be handing over to Jesus instead? The choice is yours. The peace is a promise. Your rest this Sabbath is dependent upon you taking God for His word and allowing Him to wash you clean for good.

...the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

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