“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Isaiah 43:25 (NASB) “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
It should be freedom for us just to read this verse from Isaiah. How is it that we have not grasped this side of God’s salvation equation, His side of it?
The Father has said over and over, “I forgive you,” and yet sometimes we rehearse our failures over and over again. We believe in forgiveness, we want forgiveness, but we recall our mistakes over and over again and it is often because of unresolved conflicts, because the person or persons we hurt have not returned to us in the grace that comes from God. Oh sure we would be so thankful to recover from this loss, but what about God? How does He feel about our cycle of regret?
As we ask God again and again, confessing our sin over and over, believing somehow it will have a positive affect on those others, we need to know it is not positive with God! We are wearying God!
Isaiah 43:24B (NASB)
24 “… Rather you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.”
Yes any repetition of sin wearies God but can we grasp that our rehearsing of already forgiven sin, sin we are no longer committing is especially wearying to God? We might as well still be doing it!
The first portion of that verse Isaiah 43:24A says, “You have bought Me not sweet cane with money, Nor have you filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices; …” These things God once required, Jesus has already brought to Him. Jesus is our sacrifice. So let’s consider the second portion of 43:24 and our responsibility.
Awaken to His blessing! We have confessed our sin. He has already forgiven us “for My own sake.” Get this! He REALLY does want to spend eternity with you and I. Amazing I know! We need to get this.
He says, in Isaiah 43:26 (NASB) “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right.”
“OUR case?” Wow, our case Lord? I am the one with the problem Lord, not You.
Loved ones our case is His case! Praise God! Yes He is our advocate but not like one that walks away after the verdict. He is invested in us and within us! Furthermore, He may agree that we are right but sometimes being right is not righteous. Righteousness must always be our goal and it is always His goal for us. Taking the blame ourselves in order to make peace IS Christ.
A few weeks ago “for My own sake,” finally registered with me. I am loved beyond God’s knowledge of me. (Ephesians 3: 17-19 NASB)and if I am rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, that knowledge about me will not keep me from being filled up to all the fullness of God? YES, all the fullness of God. Also, it is, “for My own sake!”
I also realized, my reviewing of my own failures (already forgiven) was wearying God! I did not miss-interpret the verse. I received what the Spirit of God was applying to me personally. That is what counts loved ones. It legitimately set me free. We know He is trying to move us along toward eternity.
Now that I have explained my take on these verses, read them again for yourself. Is He speaking to you?
Isaiah 43:24-26 (NASB)
24 “… Rather you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.” (Things He has already dealt with and forgotten.)
25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. (So why remind Him over and over and weary Him by doing so?)
26 “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right. (If you must, so we can finish this)
Let this be the day, Resurrection Day 2017, that you crucify those past sins permanently! Do not weary God any longer. Free means free! Praise Him always and maybe then He can work on those you offended more easily! Reconciliation is the heart of God. Reconciling you to Himself is a very personal matter to Him.
Start there, He is saying, “For My own sake!”
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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