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Igniting Thoughts

October, 2011:

Asked and Answered

I must admit, I’m a big fan of those crime shows on TV. CSI? I’m there! I’m fascinated by the way the investigators follow the clues and always get the bad guy. I love lawyer shows, too – especially the old ones. Matlock, Perry Mason. Now that’s quality TV!

There’s one phrase you hear on these courtroom dramas that catches my attention, “Asked and answered.” It happens like this: One of the attorneys examining a witness will ask a question. Maybe he doesn’t like the answer he gets so he gives it another try. He rephrases, trying to trick the witness into saying something incriminating. When this happens, the other attorney always leaps to his feet and says, “Your Honor, that’s been asked and answered!”

Asked and answered…what a wonderful picture this paints of our relationship with God. When we ask Jesus to be our Savior, He forgives our sins – not just the ones in the past but the ones we haven’t even committed yet! Past and future sins are forgiven.

But we have a hard time with that, don’t we? It’s hard to imagine a love so great that all our sins are totally forgiven. So, when we come to Him, full of guilt for a sin we’ve confessed before, our Father proclaims, “Asked and answered!” Forgiveness has been sought and forgiveness has been given. No need to bring it up again. It is moved as far as the east is from the west.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12

When Satan begins to whisper that God can’t use us because of our past, God shouts, “Asked and answered!” When we ask Jesus to be our Savior, our past is swept away – we become new creations.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

When we feel crippled by fear or doubt and we question whether God is with us, our Father reminds us that all our needs have been “asked and answered” through the promises of His faithfulness and love.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

All our sins have been forgiven. Our past has been erased and we are free to serve Him. All our needs have been provided. Listen to God as He says:

Asked and Answered!!


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