From Pastor’s Desk: 10-4-15
Isaiah 65:17 (NIV) “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
Lamentations 3:22-23 “The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
What do these verses have in common with Isaiah 65:17? We have available to us as God’s people a fresh start every day. It is by His mercy we were sought, His grace by which we are saved through faith in His Son Jesus, born into the family of God by The Holy Spirit.
The word “Creature” used in the King James Version originally is κτίσις, or ktisis (ktis’-is), meaning, original formation (properly the act; by implication the thing, literally or figuratively): – building, creation, creature, ordinance. It lends to the concept of something, or someone created in the sense of a beginning or a “fresh” start.
When the sinner (of whom we all were before salvation) accepts as Savior the Lord Jesus Christ, the “slate” is wiped clean. God does not remember the former things, nor will He ever bring them up again to use against us.
If you are living beneath a load of guilt today, know that it is not God that is making you feel guilty, unless of course, there is a reason for that guilt, such as a sin committed. Otherwise, it is the “Accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) bringing up your past and trying to use it against you. Paul said “There is…no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1-4). God has chosen to not remember your former sins. In fact, He is the only One who can do that, isn’t He? He has cast them, as Psalm 103:12 declares, “As far as the east is from the west…”
Although not in Scripture, many use the phrase “Into the sea of forgetfulness” to depict what God does with our sins when we accept Christ Jesus as Savior. However you need to process it, if you are living a life in Christ Jesus (and all that entails), and walking in the Spirit, His mercies are available, fresh, and new, every morning.
Conviction is being convinced of wrong-doing. If you have sinned, then ask God’s forgiveness and He will extend His mercy to you and grant you His grace. But if it’s the devil just “sitting on your shoulder” trying to make you feel guilty, then do what James 4:7-10 says to do; “…humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you…”