What A Clean Slate Looks Like

12:37 am Wendy van Eyck 1 Comments

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:2 (NLT)

Etch-a-sketch
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I was playing with an Etch-A-Sketch the other day. 

I was drawing funny faces and then wiping them away. Amazed at how with just one swipe the picture disappears.

Gone.

There is no trace of what was there. Just whiteness. There is only the opportunity to start again as if for the first time. 

You are literally given a clean slate. Over and over again. 

I don’t know when the last time you played with an Etch-a-sketch was, but one remarkable thing about it is that once you’ve wiped it clean there is nothing you can do to get the picture you’ve just cleared back. 

And you can do this as many times as you need to. 

Mess up a picture. Wipe it clean. 

Want to start again? Wipe it clean. 

This ordinary toy got me thinking about sin.

It got me thinking about how when God says he’s removed our sins from us he means he’s wiped them as a clean as an Etch-A-Sketch. There is no getting them back. 

Once our sins were there, blotted all over our lives, and then Jesus came and with one swipe cleaned the slate. 

Imagine all your sins, all the bad things in your life were written on an Etch-A-Sketch then imagine it was wiped clean.

They’re gone.

Gone. Just like God says your sins are.

You can never get your sins back; they are gone. And you are free. (<-- Share this on Twitter by clicking here)

You have a clean slate. And the opportunity to start over.

Do you want a clean slate? Ask God to forgive you for whatever is troubling your heart. Then believe he’s taken it as far as the East is from West.

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A version of this post was originally published on Encourage365.com

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