Pastor Charlie Ramos had asked me to share an evangelistic message at Cathedral of Faith in Lima. We’d talked about it two weeks before my trip to Peru, so it was mulling in my mind and heart. “Family Night” at Cathedral is a big outreach night, with the members encouraged to bring non-believers with them for a totally different experience.
As we were driving through Houston en route to Galveston for our annual family trip to the beach, a billboard caught my eye: ERASE MY RECORD DOT COM, a website for an attorney. Now there’s an evangelistic message just waiting to be preached.
That’s exactly what God does when we come to Him – our record gets ERASED. All our sins, mistakes, stupid stuff that we’ve done – all forgiven. Under the blood.
Not only does He forgive, He forgets. Hebrews 10:16-17 says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
He also says in Micah 7:18
Who is a God like You,
And passing over (in Spanish, “forgetting”) the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
I can tell you sins I’ve committed in my life, but if I try to remind God of it, He says, “Ummm…I don’t remember that. What are you talking about?” We must quit trying to remind God of our past!
“Yeah but, Steve, you don’t know what I’ve done.” True, but I DO know that God forgives it all, and forgets it all, whenever we confess it.
Oh, and that service at Cathedral of Faith? Fifty-eight people made first-time commitments to Christ. They got their records erased, and they didn’t have to go to any website at all.
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- On August 23, 2016
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