“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them: and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Let us 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. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. For He that is faithful that promised.” Heb. 10:16, 17, 22, 23
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Mommy!” I scream as my tiny feet hop off the hot concrete and head towards the front door. It was a hot July day, but that made no difference to me when I got dressed that morning.
Never mind the fact that my plans were to play outside, I wanted to feel like a princess. So, of course, that entailed dressing like one. I donned my Easter best in spite of the scorching 102 degree weather. Petticoat and all!
“What?!” I see the panicked expression on my mother’s face as she appears in the door. My bloodcurdling scream must have been pretty dramatic.
“My dress! I dropped a piece of dirt on my dress when I was picking flowers.” I pointed down to the spot where the dirt had once been, a clump of limp dandelions dangling loosely in my other hand.
From the look on her face, I could see that she was holding back a laugh. “Honey, there is nothing there anymore. I know what you are thinking—and no, you do not need to change your outfit.”
Before there was Beyonce’ and her fifteen wardrobe changes; there was Princess Julia, famous on Balboa street for her wardrobe rotation.
I argued with her for a bit, and she presented an article of clothing that was a bit more weather-friendly and a lot less fashionable. I chose to tough the conditions and hunker down to look pretty.
As I went back to collecting my bouquet, I could not shake the feeling that I was still dirty, no matter what my mom could see. I knew that dirt had soiled my clothes.
In Heb. 10:16-23 we are comforted with the reminder that no matter what sins we have committed, when we come to Jesus Christ for salvation, God remembers them no more. We are washed clean. This is hard to grasp, when your memory defies the truth of God’s word and His mercy. We remember our past and others remind us of it. But despite it all, God promises He will not condemn us for what He has already forgiven. That sure makes me want to put my favorite heels on, and my best foot forward for Him!
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I admit I am a bit of a perfectionist. This tendency stops me from enjoying the freedom that Christ died to give me. He not only died to give me freedom from eternal damnation, but freedom from condemnation.
I want to be perfect and that is impossible. Sometimes I am reminded of my past, and I feel ashamed and unable to accomplish all the new dreams you have planted deep in my heart.
Lord, I pray that you will heal my heart and use my memory to propel me into a deeper love for your salvation, not as a path to feel worse about myself.
In Jesus’ precious name, keep planting the new seeds of hope and help me to continue to water them with the wisdom of your word, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan