A Stubborn Stained Has Been Washed Away

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As far as the East is from the West - Psalms 103 - 12

Have you ever been frustrated by a stubborn stain that just wouldn’t budge?  I’ve been especially frustrated  when it was a favorite garment of mine that I loved to wear.  Sometimes, I opted to continue wearing it with the stain,  but that stubborn-stained piece became one of those garments that was forbidden to leave the house.  You know, one of those… lounge-around-at-home-in-your-frumpy-clothes piece.  Eventually, that piece gets set aside for donation because it becomes way too  “tattered” and “stained.”

I’m so glad that God’s power to wash away sins are not on the same level as my weak skills of washing away stubborn stains.  God’s washing power cleanses away the GREATEST sins ever committed by man.

Did you know that God washed away the sins of a man who had a hand in killing and persecuting Christians?  Yes, Paul was saved by God’s grace….and Paul referred to himself as the “chief” of sinners. (I Timothy 1:15)

I also love this verse which reminds me that God doesn’t hold a grudge against me for my sins.  I may not have the ability to “forget” wronged actions against me, but God does have this awesome ability!

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Psalms 103:12

Since our Heavenly Father can forgive such terrible sins and transgressions,  does this give us the freedom to sin?  The answer would be no.  We should not take the liberty to sin.

Yes, God washes our sins away, but unfortunately there can be unpleasant scars left behind.  Continuing in sin can eventually make it difficult to be used by God.  Our Heavenly Father is a great God of second chances, but would it not be better to yield to Him before we are left with all the terrible scars from sin; being all tattered and not much left for good use?

Just as Jesus told the woman who had committed adultery, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11), we’re to do likewise.  Here’s some of the main reasons to go and sin no more…

  1.  God’s Word says, “Be ye holy”. (I Peter 1:15-17)
  2. There is a consequences for sin.  (Galatians 6:7-9)
  3.  We miss out on God’s blessings. (Psalms 1:1)
  4. We’re not to be a stumbling block to others. (I Corinthians 8:9)
  5. We’re to upkeep a good testimony so that others will see Christ through us. (Matthew 5:16)

I’d like to end today’s devotional on a positive note.  God forgives our sin — big and small!  God’s mercy is so great! His love is above all! He’s removed our sins as far as the east is from the west! He remembers our sins no more!!! (Hebrews 8:12)

Lastly, I’d like to share the first three verses to the song “There is a fountain filled with blood”.   This is certainly a popular hymn that most of us have heard hundred of times, but sometimes we don’t really ponder the words as much as we should when we sing them….

There is a fountain filled with blood

Verse 1:

There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains,
lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.

Verse 2:

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away:
Wash all my sins away,
Wash all my sins away;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

Verse 3:

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed ones of God
Be saved, to sin no more:
Be saved, to sin no more,
Be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed ones of God,
Be saved to sin no more

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Psalms 103:12

God bless you and your family,

RhondaWhiteSig

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