Friday, April 08, 2016

Pardoned & Accepted

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Our God is unto us a God
who saves, who sets us free;
and he who is the Lord—our Lord—
escape from death gives he.
 —Psalm 68:20 (tune: Marlow CM)
He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
—Micah 7:19
The work of faith is to make application—not only to see that sin may be pardoned and how, but that our sins are or shall be pardoned for Christ's sake. There are degrees in this application:
  1. Sometimes God's children apply promises in the humbling way and creep in at the backdoor of a promise (see 1 Tim. 1:15). There I can put in for a share; I am sure I am sinner enough, if Christ came to save sinners. They put their mouths in the dust, yet look up, because there is hope 
  2. And sometimes they express their confidence for the future: though they are not persuaded of their good estate at present, yet they hope they shall at length be pardoned and accepted (see Mic. 7:19). 
  3. At other times they express their confidence of pardon as an act past (see Ps. 32:5). To say so is an act of experience of a sinner now justified by faith. And though all self-condemned sinners cannot thus apply their pardon nor  lay hold upon this benefit and apply it to themselves, yet they should endeavor it.
 —Thomas Manton
Meet me where I am, O God, and make your promise of forgiveness known to me in the best way I can understand it. Help me to grow from humility to confidence to knowledge; in Jesus' Name...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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