As far as the East is from the West

Week 4 of the “You are God’s Masterpiece!” Bible study is here! If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece or week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself click on their titles on the right.

Here is the quote from Chapter 3:

We doubt God loves us because we have sinned and don’t think God will forgive us. But every human has sinned. Since the Adam and Eve ate the apple from the forbidden tree, there has been sin on earth. The Jews in the Old Testament had to sacrifice their animals for their sins to be forgiven. But praise God all we have to do is ask and our sins will be cast as far as the East is from the West. No matter how far we go, East will never meet West. All we have to do is confess and He will forgive us. “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us.” (1 John 1:9)”

Chapter 3 is called, “Why do we doubt?” I believe many people who are not Christians use past mistakes as an excuse not to believe in God or not to go to church. They say they are too ‘bad’ or flawed for God to accept them. Frankly, one of the best things God does is to wipe our slate clean and forgive us for all the bad stuff we do. Right? Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.” As far as I know, the east never touches the west. So we can be assured that our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. (The picture above was taken by me looking west off the Oregon Coast and I know that you cannot see the West Coast from there. So it is safe to say that my sins have been forgotten.)

Read Psalm 51. It was written by David after Nathan comes to him and tells him that God knows what he did with Bathsheba. In verses 2 and 9, he asks God to remove his guilt also. So we are not the only ones who feel guilt when we sin. But God can not only forgive our sins but take away our guilt. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ANY LONGER. YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK AND GOD WILL TAKE IT AWAY!

Another question I ask in the book is: “Do you think God is not big enough to forgive all sin?” GOD CAN FORGIVE ANY PERSON FOR ANY SIN. And He will do it. You only have to ask in FAITH. As it says in Psalm 51, He will wash you clean of all sin and guilt. This is one of God’s gifts to you. It’s rude to hand it back. So don’t try to bring the sin up again and think about it and role it around in your brain over and over. God has forgotten it and so should you. This is one of those times when you have to change your thinking and block thoughts of those sins out of your mind. (Phil. 4:8) Think on the wonderful things that God has done for you and not the negative things you have done.

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10 thoughts on “As far as the East is from the West

  1. It’s always wonderful to be reminded that God’s grace is ALWAYS larger than our sins. From the East to the West is a distance we can’t fathom. Thanks for sharing this truth, Steph.

  2. Love the picture and the metaphor that goes along with it. And glad we have a God bigger than our sins and fears and even our ambitions. Thanks for sharing on the #sundaythoughts link up!

  3. Oh, thanks for sharing the gospel and spreading the word that we’re forgiven! Love it! I’m visiting from Sunday Thoughts today. 🙂

  4. It’s an amazing thing that God forgive and washes our slate clean. Then He sets our feet on the Rock and teaches us to go His way for our good and His glory! All praises to Him!

  5. Guilt is a biggie! If we can get past that, we are doing well. Then we can experience a freedom that we only know in Christ. Thanks for stopping by my site and adding to your Linkup list.
    So…. the first picture in your post… is that the Keys in Florida? Looks familiar!

    1. Definitely have to be free of guilt to live well in Christ’s love! The pic is taken in Astoria, Or looking at the Columbia River, though I wish I could go to the Keys one day.

  6. Love the picture. Been there.

    I think the enemy works hard to make us think we can’t be forgiven or that God won’t forgive us. We need to quit listening to him and believe God and his word and accept his free gift of forgiveness. No, none of us deserve it, but he feely offers. Shouldn’t we accept.

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