Thursday, February 23, 2012
Daily Devotional - February 23rd
"No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," says the Lord. "For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
In February 1978, Steven Kubacki was cross-country skiing on the ice of Lake Michigan. He stopped for a moment, pausing to enjoy the winter solitude. As he stood there, he realized it was colder than he thought. Turning around, he started back, but came to realize he was lost. Wandering on the ice, he grew numb and very tired. The next thing he remembered was waking up in a field warmed by the touch of the springtime sun. The clothing he wore, the items in the backpack beside him, were all unfamiliar. It was 14 months later and he had no recollection of what had transpired during the intervening time. He lost more than a year of his life to total amnesia.
Jeremiah promised that God would one day have this same forgetfulness toward Israel's sin. While they would have to experience the consequences of their sin, the prophet indicated that something in the future would remove the guilt of sin forever. A day was coming when sin would be remembered no more.
When Christ died on the cross, this promise became a reality. With His last breath, Jesus proclaimed, "It is finished" (John 19:30). In the New Testament era, merchants would use these same words to indicate that a bill had been paid. The Father is able to put behind Him forever our sins because Jesus, His Son, paid the penalty for those sins. The Father was released to forget because Jesus paid the price.
If you are struggling with guilt over your sins, confess them and put them under the blood of Christ. Ask God to forgive you and, having done that, do what the Father does--forget them. Move on with your life and leave your sins in the past.
God forgets your confessed sins; so should you...Have a great day. Thank God and thank you.
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