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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 about God in our minds.

We’ll agree with the status quo – it’s OK to have sex before marriage, we approve of marriages between same-sex couples, and we no longer prevent our children from seeing violent, murderous movies – the list goes on and on.

The evil one’s hold can also be subtle, very subtle – as we dip our toes into the mud. Soon enough, we are taking full-blown mud baths and enjoying them.

Face it - sin can be delectable, irresistible and irreplaceable – and it doesn’t matter if you are priest, pastor, good person, grandmother or devoted follower.

We turn a blind eye to our fallen world and then wonder whatever happened to the things we know are right?

Many feel guilty, so they go deeper into the mud because it’s too painful to get out. Many yearn for restoration, but don’t know what to do to get God back.

Whatever is going on in your life – especially if you recognize any of these scenarios in your life – stop. Sin poisons your soul and your future. Restore your relationship with God before you face a crisis.

You take the first step.

God is waiting for you.

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