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Thought for the Week: Isaiah 54:4-6

by admin on May 13, 2012 in Faith, Purity, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“‘Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—the LORD Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—a wife who married young, only to be rejected,’ says your God” (Isaiah 54:4-6).

Some of us desperately need to hear that God redeems and restores.  In preparing for your wedding and learning the pure design of God’s covenant in marriage, are you challenged by an impure past?  Maybe sexual sin that was made in rebellion or sexual baggage that was carried in ignorance?  Maybe someone else’s sexual sin that claimed your identity and changed the way you felt about yourself, about relationships, about God?  Maybe an ingrained teaching about how bad and unholy sex is?

God redeems.

The passage above is talking about God’s people who “cheated on God” and yet whom were received again by God and brought into a new covenant.  Their (our) shame and disgrace were forgotten because God reclaimed His people.  The same applies to us individually.  When we allow Christ into our hearts, He pays the penalty for our sins and washes us pure as snow in the eyes of the Father.  It is by the very fact that our Maker is our husband that our worth and identity are redeemed, not by any power we have to undo our past.

God can make your marriage bed and your heart pure, no matter what your sexual past is.  Let Him in, so He can melt your disgrace and reestablish your identity in your own eyes as His beloved.  He already sees you as such.

Lord, sometimes I wonder how I can even approach the Holy of Holies, the One Who is perfect and undefiled.  Yet that is the very reason I need to come to You. I am unclean.  I confess my sexual sins.  I confess my self-condemnation.  I confess my fears of abandonment, abuse, and betrayal.  I confess my anger at the consequences I’ve borne over the years.  And I confess the lies that creep in and tell me You won’t love me and You can’t purify me.  You do!  You are!  Lord, it is by Your strength and not mine that You bring forgiveness and healing into my life.  Let Your redemptive nature shine through my life and my marriage.  Praise be to God!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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