Wednesday, May 25, 2011
When God Erases The Past
There are certain memories that we cherish and hope to never let go. Then there are memories of past mistakes or sins that we find ourselves begging God to erase our memory from those events. No Christian is sinless. We all fall short of the glory of God as the Word of God says. When we look at the Bible we see real people with real problems and real sins that are recorded. The Bible records life as it is! I believe they are there as warning singns for us today in 2011. We have the blessing to learn from past mistakes of others because God wants His best for our lives. All we have to do is look at the stories of the Bible where great men of the faith fell and the aftermath. But God says in His Word in 1John 1:9, "If we confess our sin, He is faithful to and just to forgive us our sins." Do you know what that means? It means that you have been let off God's hook. When God forgives He chooses to forget. There are so many Christians who never get past their failures in life and they end up becoming a prisoner to their past. The very reason why Christ came to this earth was to set people free from their past, which I call "B.C." (Before Christ)! Christ came to exchange our old life for a new one found in Him, which is "A.D." (After Christ). It is like God is standing at the dry eraser board with all your sins listed and the moment you repent and place your faith in Christ, God takes the eraser and wiipes away your sins. God uses our weaknesses to teach us that we need His grace and power in our lives. God uses people's failures for His glory as He turns their failure into success. As we trust Christ in times of weakness He will begin to stregthen our will to do the right thing. There are Christians who feel they have crossed the line with God and therefore they are no use in His kingdom. God still uses people who mess up and gives them a brand new start. Look at Peter in the Bible who denied Christ. Peter probably thought it was all over for Him. He went back to his ordinary life of fishing until Christ met him along the seashore and reinstated him back into service. The Heavenly Father is looking at your heart today. If you have a heart that longs for Him then He says, "There is hope for you!" I will never forget what Jim Cymbala once said, "God is attracted to weaknesses. He can't resist those who honestly and humbly admit how desperately they need Him." So, the question is not have you messed up. The question today is "Do you desperately need Him to come into your life and give you a brands new start?" He is there waiting by your personal dry eraser board as you tell Him how much you need Him today!