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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

GOD's Forgiveness Frees Us to Obey


“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” (Psalm 32:1 King James Version). That word blessed is translated from the Hebrew as a state of bliss, the happiness that comes from being in a relationship with GOD. Bliss is defined as complete happiness, paradise, or heaven.

What a wonderful thing it is to be in relationship with the LORD while being forgiven, knowing that GOD isn’t holding anything against us, knowing that the horrible thing we just did has been forgiven by our heavenly Father as we confessed it to HIM (1 John 1:9)! How outstanding it is to walk through the world knowing that GOD is on our side! It truly gives us a glimpse of what heaven must be like, which is why the definition of bliss called being in that state paradise.

The commentary of my Hebrew-Greek Key Word study bible said that it is this state of blissfulness that enables us to carry out the “practical righteousness” of Psalm 1.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2 KJV).

Verse one says that the person who doesn’t walk or take advice from the ungodly, who doesn’t stand and agree with sinners who disobey and go against GOD, and who doesn’t hang out with hateful individuals who dislike a bunch of people and talk about them; the verse says that this individual maintains that state of bliss, that they are in paradise while still having their feet on the earth. This person is blessed. They’re happy.

Because I’ve been forgiven as Psalm 32 says, of all my wrongdoing, I’m elated! And because I’m in this joyful state, I have no desire to be around people who would bring me down, ruin my spiritual high, and try to get me to throw my lot in with them and be miserable doing things GOD doesn’t approve of.

The bible calls this state of bliss being blessed. We’re blessed because GOD doesn’t hold grudges against us. We’re blessed because HE picks us up when we fall, dusts us off, hugs us, puts a robe around us to cover up our shame and dirt, a ring on our finger, sandals on our feet, cooks a meal for us and has a celebration because we’ve returned to HIM and cried out for forgiveness (Luke 15:22-23). What a wonderful Father we have!

Verse two of Psalm one says that the blessed person wants to learn all they can about what their Father expects of them, so they delight in HIS law and meditate on it day and night. It’s like they're guarding their state of bliss and want to stay in it always.

That word delight is translated as taking pleasure in, or to incline towards. The blessed individual gets genuine enjoyment out of reading GOD’s word. They lean into it and gravitate toward it, which reminds me of abiding in Jesus from John 15. Abide means to hang out with, to loiter in the presence of the LORD (as my Bishop says).

Sometimes we think its hard to follow GOD’s commands. We feel like obeying GOD takes the fun out of life because we don't get to do what we want, but if we step back and examine those things that we want to do and compare them to the things that GOD wants us to do, we’ll find that doing it GOD’s way will give us everything we want and more. How so?

“4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4 KJV). If we find ourselves taking pleasure in hanging out with GOD, we’ll begin to desire the things that HE wants for us and we’ll receive them. What does GOD want for us?

“10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 KJV).

“8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV).

“11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11 KJV).

Those three verses tell us that GOD wants us to have the abundant life, that HE wants us to have more than enough in all areas of our lives so that we can take care of ourselves, our families, and others who are in need. GOD desires to bless us in every way imaginable. We only have to stay in HIS word to see the promises that HE has for us there, and simply ask that we may receive (Matthew 7:7-8).

“7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7 KJV). Hang out with GOD. Enjoy being there, in HIS presence. Meditate on HIS law day and night. Think about HIS word, read it aloud over and over, speak HIS promises over yourself, claim them all day long. If we do those things, the bible says, “3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3 KJV).

Not only will we receive what we ask for, everything we do shall prosper. We will succeed and not fail at anything we put our hands to (Deuteronomy 28:8). Life will try to knock us down, but even in the dry season, in the season of lack: we will have abundance, we will flourish, we will stand out as GOD’s anointed, and be as the blessed and protected land of Goshen while Egypt was being plagued as the object of GOD’s anger (Exodus 8:22).

GOD’s forgiveness of our wrongdoing causes us to be blessed, and this blessed state frees us from guilt, shame, and anything else that would keep us from obeying the LORD. This blessed state causes us to stay in GOD’s word and receive every promise. Let’s get it, Family! In Jesus’ name, amen (so be it, may it come to pass, it is so).

“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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