From The Pastor’s Heart – October 17, 2018
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Have you ever dyed a piece of cloth or stained a piece of wood? Once you’ve done that it’s impossible to undye it. So how does the Lord make sins go from scarlet to white? Sins are sins and they are already done. They’re part of the past and the past is finished right?
Even so, the scriptures are filled with the promise that God will wipe away our sins as though they never happened. The only way for this to happen is to change the past which seems impossible to us. The good news is that God is not constrained by time. Jesus’ first miracle was changing water into wine. But wine has to be aged to become wine and the wine in that miracle had no past to be aged. In a sense the wine was given a new past. If God can give a past where there was no past, then He can remove a past where there was one.
It’s a bit like undying the cloth. The only way for it to happen is if the past is changed. That is what God does for us when He forgives us. It’s not that everything is the same and we are forgiven in spite of it. He changes our past and in doing so He changes reality. It’s as if it never happened in the first place.
Through salvation, the impossible becomes possible, the guilty become innocent, our sins are removed and we become beloved children of God. If you are walking around under the weight of your past sin, you don’t have too. Whether it is sin from years past or minutes past, He will forgive you and change your past. Praise the Lord, that’s great news!
On another note, please be in prayer for the Men’s Encounter going on this weekend. Pray with me for a powerful encounter with the Lord for those in attendance. Pray for freedom, deliverance and lives that are changed. I will be a part of the encounter and I will miss being with you on Sunday. Phil Basinger will be bringing the word from Romans 13.
Have a blessed week!