The Gift of GraceNina Smit
Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. ~ Isaiah 59:2
When the prophet Isaiah warned the people that their sins had separated them from God, he wasn’t talking about the sins that they had already confessed. No, he referred to those pet sins that they clung to. Israel just couldn’t remain faithful to their covenant God; time and again they worshiped heathen gods, and in the end they always came running back to God.
We have all these persistent sins in our lives which we can’t stop doing, even though we know God doesn’t approve. These sins finally separate us from God. The result is that He withdraws from us, and doesn’t listen to our prayers. Think carefully about the things that cause your relationship with God to diminish – confess them and stop doing them in His strength.
Heavenly Father, please deliver me from my pet sins which I battle to let go of. Help me to stop doing them through Your strength. Amen.