You Are History In The Making

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For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:

“‘Look, you scoffers,
be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’” — Acts 13:36-41

So this section is the meat of Paul's message. What Paul is doing is taking Old Testament history — their history — and one of its principal heroes and kings — David — and he is using his life, his psalms, and a promise that God made to make the driving point of his message. And the message is pretty simple. God promised David that his life would be rescued from the grave by God's Holy One, who would not see corruption (Psalm 16:10). And that through this Holy One comes the complete and total forgiveness of sin that frees them forever from the Law of Moses. And this is important because the sacrificial system did not remove sin. It only covered their sin. But given the perfect sacrifice of Jesus's life, sin would now be removed, and they had rights, both Greek and Jew, to be again children of God. There was no need for the Temple, for sacrifice, or the priestly system any longer. By faith in the risen Savior, sin is removed, and mankind has the opportunity for eternal life and a relationship with God.

And then, Paul closes off with an Old Testament reference saying some will find this "too good to be true."

I believe what happens right here in this short section is exactly what makes the gospel hard to believe. First, if we have been doing life without Jesus, we have constructed our own history and philosophy about life. Second, then one day, we are confronted with a new history. A history that God has been writing that challenges us to reconsider everything we've known. A history about God and his work on earth for us culminating in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Third, if we can accept this history and truth about our sin and God's son, then we discover that a relationship with God is something that's too good to be true. God invites us into an eternal relationship with him if we accept the truth about our sin and his Son and by faith believing he was raised from the dead. And some people find all this a little hard to believe.

But some do. They choose to walk away from their history to be included in a new history. One God has written for you.

And this is what I love about God's story. In it, I can leave my history behind. And with it, all the mistakes, sins, compulsions, and issues in my past. It can all be left behind for a new story that God writes on the hearts of men that believe in him. And I bet there are some men out there today who want to leave their past behind. And I want you to know. You can right now. By faith in Jesus, you can walk away from your old story to be included in a new story. A story of forgiveness from your sin.

If you are looking for forgiveness today, I will pray for you. Just let me know your need in the comments below, and I will pray for you today immediately.

ASK THIS: What do you need forgiveness for? (Share it in the comments below)

DO THIS: Receive prayer and forgiveness — accept it.

PRAY THIS: God, forgive me. I want to be a part of your story. Write a new story on my heart today.

PLAY THIS: Forgiven — Sanctus Real.

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52 thoughts on “You Are History In The Making

  1. Keith Thompson says:

    Hi Vince thank you for this devotion today. Please pray for me to leave my past behind and pick up Gods future for me to be the man he made me to be

  2. Eric says:

    Vince, thank you for your message today and every day. Please pray that I will become a stronger and better christian for my family.

  3. Cory Baron says:

    I need forgiveness for my past anger, selfishness and judgmental attitude. I also need it when it starts to rear it’s ugly head still today. I pray my heart will soften and God will replace the negativity with positivity.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Cory,
      I am praying for you today. God release my brother from a human spirit of judgmentalism, replace this with a Spirit of love, freedom, joy, and generosity for others. Amen 🔥🔥🔥

  4. Frank jones says:

    I need forgiveness for the way ive been livin lately, bitter roots, lust. I just want to walk with jesus and feel like im constantly failing and grieving his heart. I dont want to do that anymore!

    • Vince Miller says:

      God uproot the bitterness and lust in Frank’s heart and desires today. Replace this with fresh soil, and new thoughts and desires that overwhelm him with freedom in you! God, sustain him with a freshly cleansed mind, one that will be repulsed by thoughts of bitterness and lust. Remove this from him in Jesus’s name.

  5. Jesse Skytland says:

    I need forgiveness for my past because of my actions, I’ll take responsibility for them. I’m trying to make it a fresh start today.

    • Vince Miller says:

      God forgives you. I forgive you. Now it is time to accept that forgiveness no matter how it resurrects itself. You are a new man resurrected by Christ. Your past will no longer be resurrected. It was buried and is decaying in the earth. You walk as a new man today. Realize it. Believe it. Accept it! You are loved!

  6. Lance says:

    Pray for me. I’m healing from COVID, which almost took me ‘home’. Jesus, saved my life and I know he has a purpose for me. Pray that I find that purpose & use it to make a difference.

  7. Chuck says:

    Vince, please pray for me that even though I have moved on from my past it is causing me present day consequences. Please help me to stay patient in God that he did forgives my past and will help me through this season to continue on developing in to a faithful Christian. Thank you.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Chuck,
      Yes, there are still consequences for human sin. BUT, and that’s a big BUT — the spiritual consequences were greater, more severe, and God removed those for you. Just consider this today…

      While you still feel the effect of your sin in your human state, God rescued not only you but all mankind from the spiritual consequences of all people in all time. Now that’s love. And he loves you and me both that much.

      So live in his love, grace, and mercy today. And while others will resurrect your past. God will not. He removed it far from you. So far, you will never know it again. And he sees you through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Dwell on this today! You might be hated by the world who lives in the past, but you are loved by a God who loves you now and into eternity.

  8. Ben says:

    God is calling me into ministry at the age of 49, but I am still praying the Psalms for Him to “search” and “cleanse” my heart. As a divorced man and single, I wrestle w lust and integrity. Because of these weaknesses, I hear the call but don’t feel worthy. Please pray that my God would prepare my heart, equip my spirit, and that I would walk in obedience with Him.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Ben, too many men hear the voice of self-disqualification! If you are called by God you are qualified for ministry.

      listen to this post. It may inspire you to act today.

      • Ben says:

        Thank you, brother. A year and a half ago, I answered the bell and started a ministry/study for men. We’ve been going strong since then, but that Call from the Lord is not complete and I know He is preparing more, including preparing for study in a ministry/theology program soon! But, I really appreciate the encouragement–If we are called to act, then just act. In Godly action, God teaches trains and provides direction. I will most certainly ACT in faith because He is most certainly faithful and always on time.

  9. Trent says:

    Psalm 103:12 “As far as the East is from the West” He will separate us from it. Thank you Lord! Now if I can just keep myself from going and picking it back up. Lay it as His feet and LEAVE IT BEHIND!

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  10. Jason says:

    Thank you Lord for your faithful servant Vince! I am a sinner and need you my King. Jesus I believe that you will wash away my sins and I will live with you for all eternity in Heaven. Thank you Jesus! You are worthy!

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  11. mark says:

    Thanks Vince in advance for your prayers and your daily messages of faith. God is good – amazingly good, because in my sin, HE was always there protecting me, and loving me through my selfish choices. I know that I am forgiven – but the struggle is real and the guilt and shame do creep in at times. My story is a new one though – that old man is gone and those sinful choices no longer exist! Amen!

  12. Alexander Riddle says:

    I’m struggling with a church situation and how to encourage my wife. We felt called to another church but missing some friends over there is difficult for the both of us. Ultimately, we have decided to attend one church 3 Sundays a month and our previous church 1 Sunday a month

    • Vince Miller says:

      Alex,
      So many men struggle with the same thing. I thank God that you are finding a way to continue going and not just bailing on it. Praying now that God will give alignment and joy and friendships where God calls you!

    • Vince Miller says:

      Lee, in Christ your past is wiped out. You are totally forgiven. By believing in Him, you have new life. Your old life is buried not to be resurrected by your thoughts, regrets, and shame. This is only of the enemy. You, the new man, begin today. And you must fight off this former life of sin, not longer living as you once did, but living every second in this new man. You are a son of the highest God.

  13. Tim S. says:

    Please pray for the me that I can believe what God says about me not what my thoughts say about me. And that can be able to here that holy spirit and obey Him

    • Ben says:

      Please pray for me. I feel like I’ve lived my life my way, my choices and though not a bad life but maybe not the life God had for me. Disappointment, setbacks have left me in dispair, yet I rise and keep trying.

      Pray that the rest of my life I’ll know that my actions and decisions are truly Gods desires for my life.

  14. Jeffrey says:

    Please pray for me. As hard as I try to leave my past sins behind they keep creeping up in my thoughts. I know God has forgiven me- I have to forgive myself.. I Love God- he is so amazing!!!

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    • Trent says:

      I pray that God would work in your life, that His presence would be felt, His guidance seen, His love recognized, and His good work in you, that He promised to finish, would shine like a bright light in the darkness as a beacon to signal others of His awesome power and love.

  15. Stan Stephenson says:

    Thank you for your faithful message of the Gospel. I love reading the truth of Gods word you bring forth every morning. May our God bless you.

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