Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Separation

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." Isaiah 59:1-2 When I was teaching the youth in awana, I would use an illustration that they could understand. When we are living our lives it is important that we keep our relationship with Christ open at each moment of the day. When we are full of sin, unforgiven sin, sin that we have not asked the Lord to forgive us of, we are putting a barrier up between us and Him. If we don't keep a short account of our sins, they begin to pile up over time. We can build a wall up between us and God. If you think of us as a brick layer, and each brick is a sin, we can begin to see a picture here. With each brick we lay, we cover it up with mortar. We begin to lay those bricks and we cover them up so we do not have to see our sin. Pretty soon as each brick is layed, over our foundation we have built us a wall. A wall of sin, that we have covered up, that now separates us from God. God is still there, He was there when we layed our foundation upon Him, but now we have made it impossible for us to see Him, the wall has come between us. In order for us to restore our relationship with Christ, we must tear down those walls we have built up. We must take each brick, one at time and remove them. As we begin to tear down the wall, we can see again without something blocking our view. Once that wall is torn down, we can begin to rebuild our relationship with Christ. We don't rebuild with walls, but as He is our foundation, we can build upon that with our faith, and with walking with Him daily, keeping our eyes open to make sure nothing separates us from our walk together. So how are you doing in your walk? Does anything need tearing down? When we tear down those walls, with each brick we tear down, we grow a little more with each one we have let go of. Let go today, let go of all that is separating you from Christ. Tear down those walls we have built out of sin and let it fall to the ground and look upon it no more. Allow God to open our eyes to all He wants us to see, and open our ears to all He wants us to hear..
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