I received this email from a colleague and dear brother of Christ, which greatly touched my heart. I was then inspired by Spirit within my inner most being for the prayer that followed. Be blessed as you read and consider His wonders and mercy.
Let's travel back in time, to a point where David is composing Psalms 103. Psalms 103:11-12 tells us "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." what I find so interesting about this passage is that David says God removes our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west, not as far as the north is from the south, but as far as the eat is from the west. Thousands of years before man had any knowledge of a spherical globe or the existence of a North and South Poles, David chose to use the phrase "as far as the east is from the west."
Now fast forward to the present day, a time where the exact position of the poles is known. Let's put it this way, if you start going north, you will reach a point on the earth where you begin to go south, however, if you begin to travel east, you will continue to travel east, never reaching a point where you begin traveling west. This is because of the existence of the North and South Pole. As far as the north is from the south is a quantifiable distance roughly equal to the diameter of the earth, but think about it, David didn't say as far as the north is from the south, he said as far as the east is from the west… A distance that is completely unquantifiable, we will never be able to see, or even imagine how far God removes our sin from us!
This is absolutely amazing, further proof that every word written in the Bible was directly inspired by God himself! Thousands of years before the creation of the scientific method, or anything resembling what we would consider modern science, God was already directing the hands of the Bible's authors to reveal to us the wonders of His love and mercy. –Derrik Filippo, Atlanta, GA
Dear Father in Heaven,
Bless you Lord for your great compassion and mercy!
In the beginning, when sin entered the world through the disobedience of one man -- Adam. Sin and the propensity of evil carried over unto every offspring and generation that followed. Yet, by Your great compassion and love for this fallen world, You have given us a provision by which we could be reconciled with You; a provision that we neither earned nor deserved.
Heavenly Father, within the purity and holiness of your presence, NO man or woman could ever stand before You justified. No list of good works reflecting our own goodness could ever earn our way into Your presence. For You have said that “our righteousness is but a filthy rag in Your eyes”, therefore “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. It is ONLY by Your grace and mercy do we find favor and are made righteous by the sacrifice of Your Son on Calvary’s Cross. It was Your Son who was the unblemished “Lamb of God” who took away the sins of ALL mankind to those who believe in Him.
Therefore it is by FAITH we are saved, and apart from which we cannot please God.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous. --Romans 5:19 (Emphasis mine)
For those who repent and cry out to You for forgiveness and with a sincere heart, You will make Yourself known. To that person, You will cleanse their lost soul by the sacrificial blood of Christ, by which they will become a new creature – Born Again.
To that person, Jesus will remove their sins, casting them as far as East is to West – remembering them no more. To that person, they will be clothed in Your righteousness, by which that great chasm of separation from God has been filled by Jesus unto fellowship. To that person, Your Holy Spirit will reside within their heart. And, to that person, You will turn their darkness unto light for the world to see as You set them on the narrow path, bearing fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Thank You Father for transforming our life from the Inside-Out as You continue to mold us into the likeness of your Son, Jesus! Be Glorified! Be Honored! Be Praised!
In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
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