“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)
If you were to meditate on and marinate in that verse from the prophet Isaiah for a even just a few moments . . . what kind of positive impact do you think that would have in your life right now?
One of Satan’s sharpest strikes against the saints of God is to cause them to focus on their past sins rather than their present Savior . . . a Savior who has promised to forgive and forever forget. That’s right! Our God has an EVERLASTING ERASER. When God forgives, He forgets . . . over and over and over again. He doesn’t “forget” like you and I forget where we left our sunglasses or the remote control . . . only to remember again later.
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You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)
Picture yourself on a boat out on the open ocean; you inadvertently knock your keys over the side and watch them slowly disappear as they sink to the bottom of the ocean. You know that your keys are lost forever. Well, Micah’s picture of God’s everlasting eraser is far more powerful. God does not simply drop our sins overboard; rather, He hurls them into the depths of the sea, never to bring them up against us again.
It is Satan, the accuser of the brethren who continues flinging our sins in our faces to shift our focus away from God’s forgiveness and onto our failures. But this is not for you! Corrie ten Boom famously said, “God takes our sins—the past, present, and future—and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.”
Even a cursory glance through the Bible will show you just how big God’s everlasting eraser really is. Moses struck down an Egyptian, hid his body, and then fled; if he did not understand God’s everlasting eraser, he never would have answered his call to go back into Egypt as the deliverer of God’s people. Peter promised never to leave his Lord and then denied Him three times; if he did not understand God’s everlasting eraser, he never would have answered his call to preach and pastor the first century church. Paul referred to himself as the chief of sinners; if he did not understand God’s everlasting eraser, he never would have answered his call to pen more than half of the New Testament epistles.
So what about you? Do you understand this truth? Do you know deep down in your heart of hearts that God has nailed your every sin to the cross . . . and therefore has forgiven all of them? Is there anything holding you back from answering the call God has placed in your life right now? Is there a past you are living in rather than learning from?
Remember, God is for you . . . so much so, He uses His everlasting eraser each day—placing your sins as far away from His remembrance as the east is from the west—to give you a fresh start in life each day. There is simply no telling what you could do to expand the kingdom of Christ if you would begin to live in this truth from this day forward!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!