Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 25: The east, the west, and our sin

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He
removed our transgressions from us.”

   John Tauler (A.D. 1290-1361), a German evangelist, was greatly
respected in his day as a deeply spiritual leader who interfaced
a devoted spiritual life with preaching and ministry. Because of
great success in ministry, Tauler often struggled with self conceit
and arrogance. When he was 50, Nicholas of Basel confronted him
and challenged him to forgo his sin and to return to Christ. Tauler
subsequently stopped preaching for two years and spent that
time in prayer and the study of God’s Word. Tauler emerged from
that time of self-examination a changed man. His preaching was
different; it was aflame with the power of God resulting in many
conversions to Christ.

   Our sin is a serious matter before God. He is holy and must
punish sin. Yet, forgiveness and cleansing is also a serious issue with
Him. So much so that He sent His son Jesus to pay the penalty for
sin. The good part – we can put the past behind us with God. His
forgiveness is final, and even the guilt of our sin is taken away (see
Psalm 32:5). The verse of the day reminds us of that very thing –
our sin will never be seen again. Tauler experienced cleansing and
personal revival that resulted in a fruitful ministry because his sin
was cast away. Can you say the same thing?

Prayer Points
   • Pray for Jesus to search your heart revealing any spiritual pride
and conceit
   • Ask the Lord to forgive your sin and take away any lingering guilt
you have not surrendered

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