The most important message that I can share with you today is found in Oswald Chambers' devotional, "My Utmost For His Highest".
The Forgiveness Of God
In whom we have…the forgiveness of sins. — Ephesians 1:7
Beware of the pleasant view of the Fatherhood of God – God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That sentiment has no place whatever in the New Testament. The only ground on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ; to put forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive sin and reinstate us in His favour is through the Cross of Christ, and in no other way. Forgiveness, which is so easy for us to accept, cost the agony of Calvary. It is possible to take the forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and our sanctification with the simplicity of faith, and to forget at what enormous cost to God it was all made ours.
Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace; it cost God the Cross of Jesus Christ before He could forgive sin and remain a holy God. Never accept a view of the Fatherhood of God if it blots out the Atonement. The revelation of God is that He cannot forgive; He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God by the Atonement. God’s forgiveness is only natural in the super-natural domain.
AMEN! The LOVE of God is MASSIVE, ETERNAL, ALL-ENCOMPASSING, but it ONLY comes to US through the cross of JESUS! THAT was the only legal way that we could be brought back to the place that Adam had with God in the Garden, and then beyond that place because, though Adam and Eve walked WITH GOd, WE have GOD INSIDE! AMEN! What a glorious way to bring us back. If you ever are tempted to think that God no longer cares about you, REMEMBER that HE sent His ONLY Son to that cross to die OUR death so that WE don't have to! NO GREATER LOVE! HALLELUJAH! Here is Hillsong with "Shout To The LORD":
Shalom in Him!