Thursday, September 17, 2020

Don't Run Away

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Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Tiffany grew up in church and was in the choir all her life until she discovered that she could sing better than most people and started to also sing in pubs and clubs. She became really popular in her town and got a record deal for an album that was full of erotic and ungodly songs. She continued on that path and kept going deeper and deeper into the world. She knew she was living in sin, but she did not have the power to stop anymore. She ran away from God's people, church, and anything that reminded her of how close she used to be with the Lord.

There are two kinds of sinners in this world. There are those who are not aware of how sinful they are because they did not have the privilege of exposure to God's righteous standards. They are those that sin without the law. Their consciences are a law unto them and if they would be sincere, they would still admit that they are sinners.

There is the other category of sinners that are very aware of how sinful they are. They have gotten to a point where they have given up trying to be good. They have resigned to their fate of condemnation. They know that God is not pleased with them because their sins are as red as crimson. Unfortunately, instead of running towards the Lord who alone can cleanse them, they run away from him in guilt and shame.

The religious mind devoid of light believes that in order to communicate with the Lord, he must first be clean and guiltless. So he tries to clean himself and fails, and so does not ever have the boldness to come before the Father. But we see from today's scripture and from the Lord's prayer that we first establish communication and fellowship with the Father before we receive sufficient grace to address the matter of our trespasses and sins. The first line of the Lord's prayer is not "forgive us our trespasses". Knowing that our sins may be as crimson, the Lord invites us to come reason with Him. His presence is the only place where our sins can be truly washed away.

If only a terribly stained sinner can understand the grace of God and come to Him knowing that God is willing to clean him, he shall be made white as snow.

Go into today remembering never to make the mistake of Adam and Eve. If you trespass, don't run away from your Heavenly Father, run towards Him. Tell Him how it hurts. Open up about your weaknesses and fears, and you will find the grace that would cleanse you and make you white as snow. You will find strength in His presence to withstand and overcome the next temptation.

Prayer: Thank you Father for accepting and forgiving me. Please help me forgive myself and receive your forgiveness. Amen.
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