Quicksand...and one more thing
How many of you wrestle with past sins? I do…the “match” doesn’t’ seem to last long, but it rears its head more often than I’d like. The enemy brings up things of the past and I feel dirty. If I think too long, I find myself knee-deep in a quicksand of shame, regret, and thoughts that I have difficulty escaping.
In Leviticus, once the offering for sin was given to the priest and dealt with on the altar, the offender was forgiven. That was the end of it! Period! Go read it for yourself. In Leviticus chapters 4,5, and 6, the Bible says, “the priest will make atonement for them and they will be forgiven.” In the New Testament, we’re told, “If I confess my sins, He is faithful to forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). That’s it!
I'm so glad we don’t have slay an ox, bull, lamb, etc. Our High Priest, Jesus Christ, went to the altar/cross and dealt with my sin. I’m forgiven. Now I walk not as one who does not have sight…I am forgiven.
One more thing…Did you know that many of the offerings in the Old Testament could be eaten by the people, but NOT the sin offering? I think that’s interesting because what we eat effects our bodies. What we eat has a taste, leaves an impression and plays a significant role on our health. In other words…it stays with us. Praise the Lord for when our sins are forgiven, they’re gone.
Confessing is freeing. The quicksand of shame has no grip. Don’t choose to go back.
Fighting together…united with Christ!