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Devotional - week of March 27, 2011


REMOVING BURDENS FROM THE HEART OF GOD

   

But you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.  Isaiah 43:24 

 

In Ephesians 4:30, Paul writes, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” This statement is found in a passage where Paul is dealing with such things as lying, anger, bitterness, and stealing.”

 

When a Christian sins, he grieves because the Holy Spirit within him is grieved. The Isaiah passage teaches that our sins burden and weary our heavenly Father.

 

Just as some have refrained from sin because they knew their sin would grieve someone who loved them, we should seek not to sin and grieve God the Father, God he Son and God the Spirit.

 

When Jesus died on the cross, He did more for us than provide forgiveness of our sins. First John 3:5 declares, “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”

 

Second Corinthians 5:21 declares:

 

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

We can rejoice that Jesus has made it possible for us to have victory over sin and have in our lives the righteousness of God. We should not hesitate to have such a quality of life.

 

Our need is to understand our oneness with Christ in crucifixion, burial and resurrection. We need to know how to experience that type of life. We then need to experience that life.

 

When we do this, we know that we have found the abundant life. We also know that we have removed burdens from the heart of God.