2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Why do you think God wanted us to be new creations when we enter His royal family? Because He doesn’t want your past to be a part of you anymore! He wants you to be washed clean from all your sins and wiped clean from your past!

Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

God knew that if He didn’t forget our sins, they would forever be before Him, and it would hinder the closeness that He desires to have with us. Therefore, God Himself said that for His own sake, He chose to not only forgive your sins, but also forget them and cast them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).

Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Not only did God chose to forget your sins, but He also wants you to forget them as well. God’s Word tells us to, “…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 10:22)

Worship is one of the most intimate ways in which we commune with God. Jesus tells us that, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) The truth is, if we have repented of our sins, and believe upon the blood of Jesus to wash us clean, then we are clean from those sins, and if we approach God in worship with a dirty conscience, we won’t be approaching Him in truth. Hebrews 10:2 tells us how worshipers should have a conscience clean from sin, “…the worshipers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” God doesn’t want us hanging onto our pasts when we come to worship Him! He wants us to approach Him through worship from a conscience washed in the blood of the lamb!

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tells us, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” If you look up the word ‘labor’ in the NT Greek, it basically means to toil under a burden. What kind of people are heavy laden and labor in their souls? People who are laboring under the burden of guilt. Jesus wants you to come to Him, and shed your old heavy burden of guilt. He died so you could be released from it… won’t you make the choice to let go of it today?

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