If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
Upon the completion of the nursing program, I had yet another major hurdle to jump and that was to take the NCLEX RN licensure exam. Without successfully passing the exam, all of my educational achievements were meaningless; if I failed to pass, I would only possess theoretical knowledge without the ability to practice nursing. There were many changes that I was required to make; giving 100% dedication to my studies, and placing all social activities on hold, but the sacrifice was well worth it, going through the struggle as a student enabled me to graduate with honors and enjoy a 40-year nursing career, prior to retiring.
Do you remember when you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Even with living a sinful lifestyle, you found out that there was a God who would readily accept you, and He would forgive you of all of your sins if you only asked Him. Were you excited when you realized the Plan of Salvation offered forgiveness and a new life through Christ if you simply believed, and prayed a prayer of confession and repentance? As a new Believer, the peace that came from knowing that you were forgiven provided the fortitude to keep moving forward in your spiritual walk with God.
Yes, as Believers, we are forgiven! Even so, it takes more than just knowing that we are forgiven, we must live our lives as one who is forgiven. Redemption mandated that Divinity become humanity; Redemption required the death of Jesus; Redemption of humanity caused unjust cruelty against Christ, the Son of God who endured rejection, suffering and the shedding of His blood in order for humanity to be forgiven.
Living as if we are forgiven requires giving up our desires, the submission of our will to God through humility and obedience, diligent prayer, and consistent studying of the Word of God. Our character must reflect the Fruit of the Spirit, and we must love our neighbor-that includes everyone as ourselves. There is another crucial aspect of living as if you are forgiven: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV
It takes our everything to serve the Lord! We cannot hold onto worldly pleasures and live a Holy life.
God loves those who He created in His image, and would never ask anything of us that His grace and mercies would not make possible for us to achieve. It is only by the power of God that we are able to live as if we are forgiven.
Divine Intervention plus Human Effort equals a Victorious Outcome
Although studying the Word of God, provides us with a spiritual knowledge base of who God is and what He requires; it is not enough, we must live every moment of our lives as David prayed: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Bible Reading: Psalm 19
Prayer for today: Dear God, You have given us everything that we need to live our lives holy and acceptable unto you. We ask you to forgive us for taking your grace and mercies for granted. We confess that we have allowed ourselves to be swayed by the pleasures of this world and have forgotten that you sacrificed your life in order for us to be saved from our sins. We ask you to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019