Listening When He Speaks, Scripture Talk

Do you believe these statements I gleaned from my Bible this morning?

But this Man,
after He had offered one sacrifice
for sins forever,
sat down at the right hand of God.

For by one offering
He has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:12 & 14)

Do you live like you believe those Words are true?

And what about the following words?

But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us;
for after He had said before,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the LORD:
I will put My laws into their hearts,
and in their minds I will write them,”
then He adds,

Their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.”

Now where there is remission of these,
there is no longer an offering for sin.
(Hebrews 10:15-18)

Even though you know God tells only the Truth and your head may believe these Biblical utterances as well, does your heart readily follow suite too?

Do you believe that once you lay your sins at the foot of the cross, they are no longer yours to carry?

It is sorta like the poor man’s restaurant trick referred to as the Dine-n-Dash…

Come with me, let’s dine out together.

I, the poor woman, and you the other poor folks, let’s eat a feast of forgiveness, then we will dash. We will run right out the door, dragging the kids by tightly held hands, and we will even try not to trample one another en route to the parking lot.

Wait a minute! Something is different here.

When we leave this particular eatery, we don’t have to look over our shoulder in fearful expectation of the manager running after us, hollering, and demanding payment. No, quite to the contrary.

Guess what? We don’t even have to beat feet or make haste in our departure.

Actually, The Boss would prefer we stay, meal after meal.


Because His Son already paid the bill. He even tipped the waitress.

Friends, His Words are true. And they are ever-so-filling. Ya know, like the stick-to-your-ribs wholesome food that your mamma used to make to fill your always-starving teenage stomach? Yeah, like that. God wants to fill you up just like that.

Go back and re-read the scripture.

Now, do you believe those Words with your head and heart?

You should. God does not hold onto bills. He doesn’t keep I.O.U.s in a neat little stack. Once you come to His divine diner, you actually hand Him the receipt of your lifelong sin list before you sup of His meal of forgiveness. Once you eat, you are free. But God knows that these sins like to noodle their way back into your head and even your heart. So, look up. See that neon flickering sign? Yeah, His diner is open 24-hours.

See you there.

I will be the one, licking my plate clean.

* photo and food credit: me
* eating my food credit: my son

* One year ago I changed my original profile picture with from one of my dog’s heads with my toddler picture. Then the other day I replaced that with an actual grown-up mug shot of me trying to smooch my son. Likely it’ll go by the wayside soon cause I don’t really like seeing me here. It that weird? Probably another image will go up or the same toddler shot. Who cares? Who reads this anyway? Oh great, I caught myself talking to my self yet again.


5 thoughts on “Dine-n-Dash”

  1. I read your posts and I also talk to myself ( I loved that last comment of yours!).I was glad to see the picture of the you as you are now. The toddler picture left me wanting more–I wanted to see who was behind this wonderful blog as you are now. I wrote a post back in April about finally being comfortable in my 50ish skin (56 to be exact)with my lines and extra folds. ("Please don't retouch my wrinkles–it took so long to earn them"). There's wisdom and an ability to be happy that comes with age–We may think we have wisdom in our teens and twenties, but we're only kidding ourselves. As for happiness, I'm capable of being happy in places I would have viewed with horror in my teens and twenties. Faith has had a lot to do with that of course. But age too. Anyhow, I like the picture of you and your son. As for the restaurant analogy–that made so much sense to me—easy to understand even with fibro fog. Thanks.

  2. It's so simple. It's so potent — that it's there for the taking. Good post.

  3. I care … and I read … and I come back for more of these nourishing servings you dish up … and I like that photo of you and your son … sorta seems like you are outnumbered here, my friend!!! Guess you'll just have to sit and have another serving of love … from us.

  4. I clicked on the photo trying to get a larger image, twisting my head to see you straight on. silly you, I think I kinda sorta have a bit of an almost idea of what you look like 🙂

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