I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)
The other day, I was thinking back on an episode in my career as a businessman. From my office, I could hear one of my coworkers yelling at one of my employees. This was not OK. So, I literally grabbed him by the collar and drug him back to my office and slammed the door. We began an epic shouting match that included some not so nice words and some horrible remarks about each other (and probably our mothers). There was one, small problem. You see, even though my office had a door, the walls only went part of the way up to the ceiling. It was a cubicle office. There was a big gap. So, the entire office not only heard the yelling, but heard every word of it. Needless-to-say, it was not my finest moment as a boss, or a human.
Do you ever just randomly think of something you’ve done in life and cringe? Or maybe you even let out a groan. It may not even be anything recent, but from years and years ago.
What’s even worse is that the thought isn’t just embarrassing, but it drenches us in buckets of guilt and shame. Perhaps it was a sexual sin. Maybe it was the way you treated someone unfairly, or chased away a good friend. Perhaps it is an addiction (either past or present). You now the moments? We call them regrets. The Bible calls them sins.
Here’s the trick, we often times remember our sins, and because of our shame wonder if God could possibly forgive us. After all, if we’re still guilty, He must be horribly disappointed.
Those thoughts, that guilt and shame, don’t come from God. Why? Because if we’ve asked with a sincere heart, He’s not only forgiven those sins, He’s forgotten them. Check out our verse today, “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” In other words, when we remember sin, God says, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Therefore, that guilt, shame, and memory of sins past has its source solely in Satan. He wants to remind us of our past sins. God wants to forget the past and look forward to the future. Satan wants to trap you in shame and guilt. Jesus has freed you from all of that.
So, when those thoughts and feelings come around, claim this truth from God. Remind Satan you’re forgiven and move forward into your glorious future hand-in-hand with Jesus.
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