From Pastor’s Desk: 4-9-17
Ps. 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Isn’t it strange how we can (with the devil’s help) find those same sins that God has removed that far and fall right back into them again? By that I mean it is an experiential fact that most people, when they begin to fall away from God, chose to pick up where they left off with the same sin from which God delivered upon acceptance of Christ Jesus as Savior.
You’ll note “with the devil’s help” in the preceding paragraph. The devil knows from whence God has brought us. He knows that given the right (or wrong) circumstance he can effectively tempt us to fall back into the “comfort” of that sin. I mean, that’s where we used to live, isn’t it? That’s where we were “secure” in our life-style. After all, it’s been a long, hard battle getting this far in our Christian journey. Sometimes it gets so hard it’s just not worth going on.
No “food,” no “water,” constitutes a “Take me back to Egypt.” At least there we had food and water, but in this desert of trials and temptations we are sorely tested with each step, and it is really HOT our here! Never mind the miracles of provision (water from the rock, manna, sandals not wearing out, etc.) whereby God kept them. Lost from sight was the sustenance from the last miracle in light of the new obstacle.
When God removes sin from one’s life, it is vitally important that we don’t, in moments of exasperation, pick it up again. It’s gone! God doesn’t, and never will, remember it against you. The slate has been wiped clean! Don’t mar it up again!