Receiving Forgiveness – Myles Munroe

February 10
To receive forgiveness, we don’t bring animal sacrifices as the Israelites did, but our sins must still be atoned for by blood. The principles of the Old Testament still apply in the New Testament, which reveals their significance. For example, “the [Old Testament] law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). The difference in the New Testament is that the sacrifice was fulfilled once and for all in Christ, the Lamb of God. “He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself” (Hebrews 7:27).
First John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” When you are cleansed with the blood of Jesus, nothing separates you from God. You can have genuine fellowship with Him and with other believers, which brings the power of agreement in prayer.
God is serious about holiness and obedience. We can’t live in sin and unbelief if we want our prayers answered. If you struggle with a particular sin, surrender it to God, ask Him to purify you (see 1 John 1:9), and seek the counsel of mature believers so this sin will not block your relationship with God. Take your sins to His throne of grace, where He waits to forgive you. “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness” (Daniel 9:9 NKJV). “In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
Prayer:
Father, thank You that You are a God of mercy and forgiveness. May I never take for granted the reality that my sins are covered by Jesus’ redeeming blood. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Forgiveness of our sins brings power in prayer.
Reading: Leviticus 8–10; Matthew 25:31–46
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional