"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more
Yesterday, I walked into the bathroom to see Morgan up on a stool with the water going full blast. Then I noticed that the sink was not draining. So, I ask her if she stuffed tissue down the sink. With no one else to blame she said, "um nn..yes." Anyway, I got it out and managed to pull a toothbrush up from down the drain as well. As a side note Morgan flushed a toothbrush down the toilet and we had to buy a whole new toilet (I ought to get her to do that in the other bathroom...kidding).
I have been teaching her 1. that it is better to tell the truth and 2. when we confess and are sorry that the Lord removed our transgressions as far as the east is to the west. She is a lot like me when I get a guilty conscience. I can't stand it. So she (like me) will apologize again and again. She told her dad what she had done and I said, "Morgan stop bringing it up. You said you were sorry. You asked God for forgiveness and we are not going to do it again." She did look straight up to the ceiling and pray in the bathroom and said, "sorry God." She cracks me up.
Last night, I had a couple of things hit me like a ton of bricks. First of all, I am such a work in progress and I fight the same battle of Romans 7 when I do the things I don't want to do. Romans 6 is how I want to live. Dead to sin, alive in Christ. However, I falter everyday. As the words fell from my mouth to my child, it was like the Lord (in my spirit) saying, "Jenny, you don't believe what you are telling her." The LORD is right. I will confess things to Him over and over. I will live in condemnation at times even though Jesus died on the cross before I ever committed the sin. I am often the one who gets in the way of running in freedom. I will punish myself more than the Lord even disciplines me Rom. 12. Please go read Romans 6 and 7 when you have time.
Dig these prayers from David after the affair with Bathsheba and having her husband killed (I think this was a year later...I think).
[ For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. ] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
God the Same yesterday, today, and forever cannot resist the repentant. I could go on about this giving you examples like king Ahab (he did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than anyone before him, and provoked the LORD.):
- 1 Kings 16:30
Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him.
- 1 Kings 16:33
Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.
26 He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)
27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.
28 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 "Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son."
God took note that Ahab, wicked Ahab, humbled himself.
So, my eyes darted across the room to my bible. My bible was opened to a page where I had written about a horrible season for me personally. One day, I thought to myself why keep reminding myself of that and baring up under a load of condemnation. So, I took a pen and blotted over it. I could cry right now. As I looked at where it had been scratched over the Lord recalled this verse to me:
Isa. 43:5"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more
Picture a list of all the sins you have committed. He died to blot out those sins with the Precious Blood of the Lamb, who was slain before the foundations of the world. AMEN!!!!