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Sin, forgiveness and restoration - Isaiah 1:18-20

Isaiah 1:18-20 - The Message

Come. Sit down. Let's argue this out."
This is God's Message:
"If your sins are blood-red,
they'll be snow-white.
If they're red like crimson,
they'll be like wool.
If you'll willingly obey,
you'll feast like kings.
But if you're willful and stubborn,
you'll die like dogs."
That's right. God says so.

It’s hard to say I’m sorry when I don’t acknowledge my sins. Perhaps it’s pride that stops many of us from asking for forgiveness from those we offend or hurt. The longer we stay away or keep from making amends, the further away we get from God.
When we get away from God, we make excuses, we take further steps into the pit and then we excuse and tolerate our sins and the sins of others.
Very soon, sin isn’t sin; it’s just the way the world operates.
The sin/guilt cycle begins - we stop reading the Bible, praying or having a close relationship with the Lord.
The enemy clouds our minds and places doubt a…

No what if or but – Romans 8:25

Romans 8:25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.

I wrote these words a while back and they startled me today:
“Whatever you place in God’s hands is secure.” – Unknown author
I don’t recall who said them, but it was important enough for me to make the note to myself.
My relationship with God is vibrant, living and real. The Lord has done and/or put into motion many wonderful things for me.
But
That but.
But I struggle with waiting patiently and confidently.
I should know better.
The LORD knows my human condition.
He knows your condition, too.

My God of second chances - Exodus 34:1

Exodus 34:1Then the Lord told Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. I will write on them the same words that were on the tablets you smashed. I’ve seen God’s grace and love toward his people from Genesis to Revelation. The LORD is patient - very patient - just read the story of Moses. I’ve always been fascinated by the way God let Moses get away with breaking the first tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written. God knows our possibilities and our hearts. He encouraged Moses when the journey seemed impossible. Moses pressed into God for reassurance. He asked for help – and God responded. And, even after Moses busted up the Ten Commandments tablet, God allowed Moses to see His glory! (Exodus 33:15-23) O God, I want to see your glory! He isn’t surprised by your heart or mine. Our God is a God of second chances. Our God is a personal God. Get to know Him.