Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin. – Romans 4:8

As we make our way through this life, a great deal of information follows us: birth records, academic information, medical history, driving record, work history, tax information, credit history, and so on. If all that information were good, no one would mind having it recorded. It’s the negative information we have a problem with. We would prefer to keep it hidden or, better yet, have it erased. But have you ever tried to have a piece of negative information deleted from your records? Even if it’s erroneous, getting it removed can be extremely difficult. It can follow you around, accusing you, for the rest of your life.

With that in mind, look again at what Jesus did to clear the record of your sin. Had he chosen not to die on the cross, your failures would have followed you around for eternity, and your sin would have separated you from God forever. Instead, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, all record of your sin has been wiped clean. You can now stand holy and blameless before the Lord as though you had never sinned. It’s that fresh start that ultimately makes it possible for you to take your life back!

Ask Yourself
Do you typically give much thought to the magnitude of what Jesus did for you on the cross? Why or why not?

In what ways can a new appreciation of your clean record with God help you move toward health and recovery?

Ask God
Dear Jesus, you have cleared all record of my sins and have given me a new start, and that is something I never wish to take for granted. Keep me mindful of how blessed I truly am.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.