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Celestial Eraser
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Two months ago I moved into a brand new home. What a pleasure to migrate into something clean, fresh and unblemished. Meticulous about the tile and carpets, I arranged everything just so; every nook and cranny gleamed.  Or, so I thought.

After upgrading the bathroom fixtures, my son drew our attention to a problem area – the shower stall. For weeks I had been immersing myself under a watery deluge in my Plexiglas box, giving little thought to the build up on the glass. Occasionally, the notion occurred to me to clean, but I brushed it aside and threw a large bath towel over the top instead. It looked attractive draped over the shower door, I told myself.

Now, with the towel stripped away, an ugly residue came sharply into focus. Calcium, lime and hard water deposits along with soap scum had taken up residence on the glass. Little did I realize how deep seeded was their colony until I attempted to evict them. They claimed squatter’s rights and stubbornly refused to budge! Hours of scrubbing, spraying and cleansing did not send them packing. Their stain remains.

Have you ever felt this way about your life?  Sometimes you think you’ve got it all together. But inevitably you come face to face with that junk closet in your mind. The stuff in there is filthy - past mistakes, unkind words spoken, things you wish you never did. There’s garbage in there you would love to bag and tie and set at the curb. But the truck never comes. Their stain remains.

Select All and Delete

Did you know the Bible offers a solution? Call it a celestial eraser if you will, but God promises to Select All and Delete if we so choose. “Come now, let us argue this out,” says the Lord. “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow” (Isaiah 1:18).

God promises to clean up our act and forgive us for our past. His enhanced formula for cleansing our life is just this: Deeply desire a relationship with the Almighty. Long to turn away from wrong thoughts, words and actions.  And, ask the Lord to forgive you for the sins of your past.

God promises to do just that and more, not only forgiving but also removing from sight that which we are ashamed of. According to Micah 7:19, “You (God) will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean.” Their stain is gone.

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