Pop Up

Published on Sep 25th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

 

A few months ago I downloaded a free protection service for my computer.  I am not sure if it is working or not because I haven’t thought about it since I downloaded it.  Apparently it is about to expire because I keep getting a notice of it’s impending expiration.  Out of nowhere this notice just pops up on my screen.  I was working on my sermon and up it pops.  I was reading email and up it pops.  I am writing this blog just waiting for it to pop up.  Now I am sure many of you are wondering why I don’t just say “Thanks” or “No Thanks” and stop procrastinating.  When you write your blog you can write about procrastinating…I am going to write about things that just “pop up” in our lives.

 

We all have things in our lives that have happened in the past that just seem to “pop up” at weird times in our lives.  You are having a conversation with your wife and out of nowhere this memory of some thing your wife did to you ten years ago pops into your mind.  You are sitting in church being moved by the Spirit of God and suddenly some past sin pops up in your mind.  Just like my downloaded software you have not thought about those things in years and yet here they come.

 

We could think about where those thoughts come from and what to do with those thoughts once they come but let’s meditate on two beautiful thoughts (which will help us know how to deal with them). The first truth we can think about today is the promise found in Psalm 103:12 – “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us”.  That whole passage is such an encouragement to all of us and I would encourage you to take time to read and meditate on it.  The problem with my computer program (which just popped up again) is that it is buried somewhere in my computer.  It still has some control over my computer.  That sin that pops up in your mind, if you have confessed and repented of it, has been covered by the blood of Christ and God promises to remove it from us.  It has been placed on Jesus, dealt with and removed from you as far as the east is from the west.  You cannot see it, you cannot grab it back…it is gone forever.  God knew we would struggle like this and that the accuser of the brethren would try to use old sins to defeat us and so he used very clear and graphic language…as far as the east is from the west and he buries them in the deepest ocean (Micah 7:19).  The thought of that sin may pop up in your mind but rest assured God has removed that sin and it’s stain from you forever.

 

Here is another truth to rejoice in today…”I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds NO MORE.”  Heb 10:17.  We may struggle to forget sins that we have been forgiven or even forget sins that we have forgiven in others so logically we think that God, who remembers all things, will remember our sins and it will somehow shape his actions and thoughts toward us.  We recognize that tendency in our own lives,  We may forgive someone for sinning against us but we often remember that sin when we interact with that person.  Even though we do not want it to, it effects the way we think or act towards them.  God promises that He will not remember our sins.  He will never use that sin against us.  He will not use that sin to define us.  He will not use that sin to withhold His blessing.  It has been removed and so he chooses not to remember it.  It is a choice made out of love, grace, and mercy. It is a choice that allows us to choose to do the same with our sin and the sin of others.

 

I have been serving at JBC for 21 years and I have been married for 27 years (to the same person I should add).  That is a long time to be with people.  Even though all of those people have been a tremendous blessing to me over the years, as I hope I have been to them, we have also sinned against each other many times.  Doesn’t it seem that those times of sin seem to outweigh the numerous blessing we have been to each other?  Why is that?  Maybe we can think about that in another blog?  If it were not for these two truths – God has removed our sins and he chooses to remember them no more – no relationship could stand under the weight of the sins committed against each other.  Part of the beauty of forgiveness is the removal of that sin from the equation.  As the Duck Commander guys say, “It gone”.  The other truth that we need to practice all the time is that we can choose, as God chooses with us, to remember those sins no more.  They may pop up in our minds from time to time but praise God that we do not have to choose to remember them.  Nuts, there is that pop up again – time to go deal with it.

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