April 5, 2020
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I…FORGIVE their sin.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
Last night, as I rested my head on my pillow, I heard questions rise in my spirit. “Do you remember the first mistake you ever made? Do you remember the first time you sinned? Do you remember the first sin your kids committed?” My answer to every question was no. The Lord said in Isaiah 43:25: “I, [even] I, [am] he that blots out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Blot out is the Hebrew word machah which means to stroke or rub over, to wipe away, destroy, erase. I am so glad my God has a BIG BOTTLE OF WITE-OUT! I always thought WITE-OUT was called WHITE-OUT. Just now, I learned that little bottle that white-washes mistakes is called Wite-out. Did you know that? I discovered that “wite” means blame, reproach. And, Reproach means shame, disgrace, charge with fault.
The Lords forgiveness means:
Believe it! God is not a liar. He says he does not even remember them! It was Jesus that wite washed us and whited washed us! No words can express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for His Word and for His, son Jesus who paid for all our sins with his blood.
I have missed the mark. You have missed the mark. Our spouses have missed the mark (although they believe they are perfect). Our kids have missed the mark. Our parents have missed the mark. Our friends and enemies have missed the mark. Who do we think we are to keep track and remember our most recent sins when God said they are blotted out and that he forgets them? Who are we to keep record of others most recent offenses when God said he has erased them and that “HE WILL NOT REMEMBER THEM?”
The Holy Spirit answered my question with Acts 3:19. He broke it down like this for me:
REPENT (change your mind for the better, think differently). NOW! BE CONVERTED (turn around, return to God) THAT YOUR SINS (where you missed the mark, where you made a MIS-take, where you wandered off the path, and where you just did wrong.) may be BLOTTED OUT (anointed, washed in every part, white-washed, wiped away, obliterated, erased- “whiteout”) SO THAT TIMES OF REFRESHING (revival, catching and recovering your breath,) SHALL COME FROM THE PRESENCE (face) OF THE LORD. (Acts 3:19)
In case you need more encouragement, this thought is repeated again in Hebrews 8:12, “For I will be merciful and gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more”. The LORD says it yet again in Jeremiah 31: 34, “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Need one more encouragement? Psalms 103:11-12: “For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
I enCOURAGE you to embrace the Lord’s BIG BOTTLE OF WITE-OUT! You easily forget the first sins. Forget the sins of yourself and others. Forgive! God did. Who do we think we are?