07 Dec 2017

Renew Your Mind

by Terry Leaman

Start by reading…Hebrews 10Psalm 107Proverbs 7

Hebrews 10:17 (NKJV) says:

“…Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

I love the idea that God used His will not to remember what we did any longer. We talk a lot about God’s will for us, and some Christians endlessly debate it, but here He wilfully chooses to forget our sins.

By definition, sin is rebellion against God.  It’s our resistance to Him; our pushing Him away; our rejection of our Creator. It’s such an awful act of mankind to deny God’s heart toward us and say, “We don’t want you.”  I think of the atheist’s attitude, which often takes a hard stance against the One who loves them.

Yet God pushes past all that and determines not to remember what they did or said, so there are no hard feelings on His part to keep us out of His thinking. He loves us, end of story, and on the cross He displayed it. Jesus said: “Father forgive them,” and even made an excuse for us: “They don’t know what they are doing” (see Luke 23:34).

If God forgets our sins, we should also forget them! He doesn’t want us living that way any more. We need to forget the whole feeling of what we once were. It’s old hat now. It’s wrong living, and we have been given a new life.

If you’re hanging on to your old ways, give yourself a break. Forget your old lifestyle and habits. God has forgotten them. Enjoy the freedom of living without them. Renew your mind! You won’t lose any of your good memories, only the bad ones.

Pause and reflect: The blood of Jesus cleanses us from our old ways. 

“Father, we thank you for forgetting our sin. Help us live in the light of who we are now, as new creatures. Amen.” 

Terry Leaman
Terry Leaman

Terry attended Bible College in 1971 and has served Jesus faithfully for more than forty years. He is a missionary pastor to Uganda and a trustee of Ezra UK. Alongside his wife, Helen, Terry lives a life marked by faith. He has a real passion for seeing people inspired to live out their God-given calling.

Your thoughts & prayers

  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    Thank you for guiding our thoughts today Terry. In the last couple of days Tony and I have been chatting about the amazing fact that God WILLFULLY CHOOSES to remember our sins no more when we come to Jesus for cleansing. I find that amazing – and here you have highlighted it – that God who knows ALL things, who made ALL things, who made us, should ‘willfully choose’ to remember our sins no more. Remarkable. The devil will try repeatedly to bring us low, reminding us of who we were, or the things we once did that grieved God. But once we grasp hold of the wonderful truth that God ‘remembers them no more’, we are able to sock the devil in the eye and remind him of his future!!!

    We certainly serve an amazing God, and we have so much to be thankful for. Today’s Psalms hold the following words within them:-

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.
    Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
    Tell others he has redeemed you…….”

  • Annie Brown

    I’m way behind reading this, but it is so worth reading, thank you Terry. Everything with God is about choice, but not just us making the choice. Really it should be so obvious, Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father do, and so should we. God deliberately chooses, and we are meant to do as He does. Thank you so much Terry, thank you.