All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Ezekiel 18:22.
When in his distress, Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and made supplication with tears, the heavenly Messenger, in order to try his faith, also reminded him of his sin, and endeavored to escape from him. But Jacob would not be turned away. He had learned that God is merciful, and he cast himself upon His mercy. He pointed back to his repentance for his sin, and pleaded for deliverance. As he reviewed his life, he was driven almost to despair; but he held fast the Angel….
Such will be the experience of God’s people in their final struggle with the powers of evil. God will test their faith, their perseverance, their confidence in His power to deliver them. Satan will endeavor to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless…. But remembering the greatness of God’s mercy, and their own sincere repentance, they will plead His promises made through Christ to helpless, repenting sinners. Their faith will not fail because their prayers are not immediately answered. They will lay hold of the strength of God, as Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and the language of their souls will be, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” … So in the time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be overwhelmed…. But while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they will have no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their sins will have been blotted out by the atoning blood of Christ, and they cannot bring them to remembrance.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 201, 202.
With God at Dawn p. 143
—-please pray for my friends who have covid 19 her husband is in the hospital with it and she is struggling at home with it, God is still in the healing business .. .M.
—-Please pray for Johanna who is in the hospital with dropping heartbeats and blood pressure and chest pain. Please pray for her mother also for comfort and peace. Rose
—-Please pray for my mom and sister. Jesus knows the situation. Jennifer
—-Please pray for two situations in my family’s life that have the potential of not ending well. Buck
When I was ten, my mother, her new husband Eddie, and I often went for a drive in the country. Sometimes, I really enjoyed these outings, but other times my step-father was not very pleasant and made things miserable. On one such occasion, I had become so pre-occupied from the miserable time I was happening, that I was not paying much attention to what I was doing. When I got out of the car, I slammed the door hard in anger and frustration. Unfortunately, my right thumb was in the way. Worse yet, it was right in the latch. Oh! How that hurt! I nearly fainted.
It hurt so much that I did not even think of opening the door. My step-father saw what had happened and yanked open the door which was stuck because of my thumb. Cars were much larger and heavier in the 1950’s, so my thumb was a real mess. He told me to go into a nearby drugstore and see if I the pharmacist could care for it. In those far-off days, pharmacists not only filled prescriptions, they also administered first aid. As I walked to the pharmacy, my legs felt wobbly and my head was spinning because of the pain. When the pharmacist saw my poor thumb, he cleaned it, put some ointment on it, bandaged it, and sent me on my way.
It took a long time for my thumb to heal, but eventually it did. When my thumbnail finally grew back in, it had a heavy line running through it. The nail on one side of the line never wanted to grow quite right, although most of my thumbnail was completely normal. Even though over sixty years have passed, that thumbnail still grows in two sections.
Just as I have a reminder of my temper display on that miserable day, so every sin leaves its scar upon us. Even though we can be forgiven for our sin, still those scars, those consequences remain. We are never quite the same again. Sin weakens us making it easier to sin the next time. How important it is, then, to flee from even the first suggestion of the enemy. James tells us, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 Peter adds, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith.” 1 Peter 5:8, 9
Let us pray as did David, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. . . . Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. . . . Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Ps 51:1-13 “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:1, 2