What Past

I was reading my email and I get a devotional sent to me each day. Most days I read them and discard them. But todays stuck with me. It has been resonating in my heart and so I thought I would share it with my readers:

What Past?

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

                                                               —Isaiah 43:25

One of the old German devotional philosophers took the position that God loves to forgive big sins more than He does little sins because the bigger the sin, the more glory accrues to Him for His forgiveness. I remember the writer went on to say that not only does God forgive sins and enjoy doing it, but as soon as He has forgiven them, He forgets them and trusts the person just as if he or she had never sinned. I share his view that God not only forgives great sins as readily as little ones, but once He has forgiven them He starts anew right there and never brings up the old sins again….

When a person makes a mistake and has to be forgiven, the shadow may hang over him or her because it is hard for other people to forget. But when God forgives, He begins the new page right there, and then the devil runs up and says, “What about this person’s past?” God replies: “What past? There is no past. We started out fresh when he came to Me and I forgave him!”   

— Tozer on Christian Leadership

I am so glad for His mercies! I sure can be a big screw-up, yet, he forgives me just like that when I repent. When I get down on my knees and make known my heart.

I love you God.

 

Unconvincing Testimony

I received the following in my mail box not to long ago and I thought it was very fitting.

Unconvincing Testimony

For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

                                        —Acts 22:15

There is a large amount of ineffective Christian testimony among us today. Much of it is well-intended, I am sure—honest and sincere. We do the best we can with what we have. But our performance turns out to be something like that of the salesman promoting fountain pens. He tries to make a case for his product, but his would-be customers know he really thinks ballpoints are far more practical.

Too much of our Christian witnessing is unconvincing because we have not been convinced. We are ineffectual because we have not yet capitulated to the Lord from glory. It is like the proselyte making proselytes….

Perhaps this is happening because we are trying to plan how everything should happen. Everyone of us reads a little how-to book on witnessing. We try to do it the way we have been taught. But it is perfunctory and without any contagious element. If angels can weep, they must weep salty tears upon seeing a proselyte who has never really met the Lord making another proselyte who will also never meet the Lord.  

— Tozer on Christian Leadership