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February 29, 2020
In Isaiah 43:18-19 it says: “Remember yet not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; not it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” God wants us to forget the past failures and the past victories. If we live only in the past we can never live for today and have little expectation for good in the future. Many people are bound up by their past lives which were full of sin. The Apostle Paul struggled with this too. He said in Romans 7:22-25: “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
It is said that there was a time that a punishment for murder was to strap the dead corpse to the person that committed the crime. As it rotted the person carrying it would become infected and die. It was called a “dead weight.” The Apostle Paul felt as if that load was on his back continually because of the heinous crimes he did against Christians which resulted in many deaths. He was continually tormented by this, and therefore called attention to it by calling it “this body of death.”
Many Christians carry the dead weight of their past sins when we are told they are all, yes all, placed on Jesus Christ. In fact Jesus talks about giving Him our burdens. If you want true freedom from your past sins, you have to totally give them to God. Then they are no longer yours to carry!
When we repent, Isaiah 44:22 says “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” To blot out means that the thing is no longer there. It has been wiped clean from the record! Justified by faith in Jesus Christ! Justification can simply be put “just – as – if – I – never did it!
If you are bound to a dead weight, don’t you think it is time to let it go? Don’t let Satan condemn you for sins that have been repented of. If you haven’t repented, then now is a good time to do it! There should be no “dead weight” in a Christian’s life when they give it to Jesus!