Forget the rubbish
From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin. Psalm 130
A year ago I felt called by God to start this blog and share my journey deeper into God’s Word. And that includes the joys and discoveries as well as dealing with those parts of me that I am not happy with. I don’t write this blog for who will read it, though I am aware that people do, but I write it as a record of what is going on in my faith walk today. And sometimes that is raw and painful. But I don’t hide from that as that is my journey.
And right now I am very aware of my desperate need for forgiveness. Without forgiveness, without the death of Jesus on the cross and Him raising to new life I am not sure how I would cope. I am serious, the ability for me to receive forgiveness is incredibly important to me right now. And the beauty of forgiveness is that God forgets. They are completely washed away and I am made new again! Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?
So God forgets then surely I can forget?
Why then do I continue to beat myself up over sins of the past? Forgiveness in the greek literally means to send away, to dismiss, so it is clear that when we are forgiven our sins in the eyes of God are dismissed and sent away. My sin is like some rubbish, when I throw it in the bin it is gone, my house is clean again. Well in the same way I need to view my own sin as something that I have given to God never to return. I am free of that rubbish for good! The key challenge is that I need to realise that and work towards making sure that sin doesn’t return. In the eyes of God that rubbish is gone!!
And where is my hope? I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin.
How are you with sin? Able to let go or do you also need to learn like me to forget the rubbish and move forward. Be great to read your comment below and if you are reading this on email, you can head to the blog by clicking here: BLOG to leave your comment.
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The Portion for today is: Psalms 93-95
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