As far as the east is from the west,
Has he removed our transgressions from us.
There was a man who went to a certain church where he was not really appreciated. He was thought to be someone who was a little strange - a little "off" in the things he did and experienced. He told the men in his congregation, that he was having dreams each night, and in his' dreams Jesus would come and meet with him, and talk to him. This irked the men he had fellow-shipped with, and they doubted these so called "dreams" of his, and did not really take him seriously... the man's name who was having these dreams, was Frank.
It bothered one of the elders so much, that he decided to put an end to the endless stories and testimonies of this man claiming to have "dreams" from God - where Jesus actually appeared to him. This man's name was Lester. He set up a plan to expose this man, and to humiliate him. His' hope was that when he was through with this man and his' silly dreams - he would never again boast or bring up such nonsense ever again. The next time he ran into Frank, he would put an end to these foolish dreams that no one really believed anyway - and set this man back unto solid ground. Dreams, visions, miracles, signs & wonders - all are fine in there place, but today we have the complete bible now - I MEAN - WE DON'T NEED THAT KIND OF THING ANYMORE!!! Frank's private revelations were going to come to an end, and soon.
Sure enough, at midweek's service, there was Frank, the "dreamer"... and once again, he began to share how he had dreamed again, and in his' dream Jesus had come to him and talked with him. That was it. Lester, jumped to his' feet and walked slowly over to Frank, and with his face only inches away from his - began to question Frank about this latest dream of his. Finally, after being frustrated by the calm and measured answers from Frank to every question - He had had enough! Okay, Mr. spiritual - if you really are having dreams where Jesus comes to you, than next time you have a dream where you see Jesus ask Him something for me would you? With a smile on his' face, Frank just nodded in the affirmative... "What is the question?", Frank asked Lester. When you see Jesus, ask Him this: "When I asked You to forgive me of my sins last time I came to You Lord, what sins did I ask You to forgive me for?" Frank, gently nodded, and softly replied, "I will do just that Lester" That was the end of that, at least for the time being. They didn't bring up the subject of dreams again until the next time they saw each other.
A week later, they were in church again, and Lester could hardly constrain himself, he finally went over to Frank and said in a loud voice for all to hear, "Well, Mr. Dreamer - did you have another dream where Jesus came to you?" With everyone in the sanctuary, as quiet as church mice, Frank smiled and said, "Yep, sure did". Well then, Lester motioned up and down with his' hands, "Let's have it, let's hear the great one, share his' latest dream or vision, whatever... with every head now focused on Frank. Lester broke the silence with this quip, "So did you ask Jesus what I asked you to ask him?" "Did you ask Him what sins I asked Him to forgive me for, the last time I came to Him for forgiveness?" After a moment of silence, Frank slowly answered Lester, and all who were now listening intently: "Yes, Lester - I asked Jesus that. Well then, Lester now becoming indignant and impatient - demanding Frank to get on with it, "Tell me now, tell all of us Frank - what did Jesus tell you - what was His' response to my question?"
Frank looked Lester square in the eyes, and then at all those staring at him, and opened his' mouth and quietly said these words: When I asked the Lord what sins He forgave you when you last asked Him to forgive you, He shrugged His' shoulders, and told me, "I don't remember". With a few tears in some of the mens' eyes, there was not another word said that evening. There wasn't even a sermon, a song, or a prayer. God had delivered a message that to this day they have never forgotten... Now the question is, will you?
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Our past sins, that we have repented of, that we have asked God to forgive us of, are gone forever! Under this New Covenant, the blood of Jesus Christ, that was shed for the remission of our sins and iniquities, is sufficient to cleanse us completely, thoroughly, from top to bottom, from the inside - out. PRAISE GOD!
The reason Jesus came was to take care of our sin problem once and for all... I leave you the reader with my favorite scripture on the subject of sin, I pray you find deliverance and freedom in the truth it contains:
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The blood of animals could never take away our sins, or cleanse our conscience... we are privileged to live under this New Covenant - where the blood of Jesus washes away ALL OUR SINS. Take a few moments to examine yourself, and if you have anything that needs to be removed, forgiven or cleansed... Simply ask Jesus to forgive you, and HE WILL. Ask God to give you a hatred for the things He hates, and HE WILL. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to turn your eyes away from looking upon things that are evil, from listening to things that God hates. HE WILL. Remember – sins forgiven – are remembered no more!
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
I WILL SEPARATE YOU FROM YOUR SIN,
AS FAR AS THE EAST is to the WEST
* note – this story was taken from a sermon I heard in church by Pastor Kevin Harbin, it is a “modern day parable” - author unknown...
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