“I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” This marvelous verse is found in TWO places in the Bible.
Jeremiah 31:34 is the first. It is an Old Testament prophesy of a new covenant coming that will replace the old covenant formed on the basis of Law, “Obey and prosper; disobey and be punished.”
The second place is Hebrews 8:12. The shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross has established the NEW covenant.
Salvation is now by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, NOT by the works of the Law, through which NO ONE will be justified before God.
Simply put, our relationship with God is not based on our behavior. It is based on what Jesus Christ has done ON OUR BEHALF.
Our role in this? Entrust ourselves to Jesus Christ and follow him. We get to live trusting Jesus with EVERYTHING.
Do you wonder how an omniscient God can forget our sins? He can CHOOSE to do so.
Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ? Have you confessed your sins, one by one to him? Are you repentant? Have you asked forgiveness from others as appropriate?
Then based on the Word of God, and in the name of Jesus Christ, God forgives you!
Here is what you need to do when the remembrance of past sin comes back to mind to torment you.
Claim the promise of God mentioned above. “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Memorize it. Stand on it. Write it on your bathroom mirror!
Out loud, say to yourself (and the devil),
“I am a much-loved child of God! My God has forgiven ALL my sins. He has chosen to FORGET my sins. I stand on the word of his promise! So, get away from me devil! I bind you, your lies, your condemnation and I COMMAND you to leave me right NOW. In the name of Jesus Christ!”
The following joke makes a point.
A man went to see the doctor. “Doctor, it is the strangest thing. I keep thinking I am a MOTH!”
The doctor shook his head and said, “Sir, I’m sorry, but I am a general practioner. I’m afraid you need to see a psychiatrist.”
The man nodded and said, “Yeah. You are probably right. But I was driving by and saw the light on.”
Poor guy THOUGHT he was a moth. But he was not. He was a human being.
Our own psychological make-up, perceptions based on our past experience, together with the infiltration of demonic suggestion, can make us THINK we are unforgiven, even though God forgave us long ago.
In those times of torment, we must DOUBT our doubts and BELIEVE our beliefs.
Ask those you trust to pray for you. Cry out to God for help. He will deliver you from the torment. And take authority over yourself. Declare who you are!
You are a much-loved Child of God, fully acceptable to him, completely forgiven, washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, never to be forsaken, belonging to Jesus forever!