Don’t hold on to the Babylonian garment…

Dear Saints of the Living God – Grace and Mercy to you and your family!

As we are in the middle of the lent season, ready to celebrate the death and the resurrection of our Savior, and I was thinking, let us go and meditate on the cross for the next couple of days or even for a week… there are several songs that are written about what truly happened on the cross…

This morning, I was listening to this one…

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

My heart was certainly melting away – and got me thinking, how can a song written by 200+ years ago can still pierce through the heart, have you ever felt that – somethings that happened in the past still piercing the heart?

When Paul writes to Galatians 1, (took portion of words from 3 and 4) – “our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age”.

If you read this verse couple of times, you will see how this verse is pretty loaded with content.

He gave Himself for our sins… Wow, that’s amazing – that He would die for a crime that hasn’t happened.   It is like a pre-paid card.

Let us look at Joshua 7, where it is talking about a war that Israel has lost… Under Joshua’s leadership – they were able to go to the promised land and was winning of the wars – at this particular time, they lost it.   And when Joshua enquired about this loss – the Lord says, “Israel has sinned” – and it is not like the whole Israel has sinned.   Just one man – named Achan; he disobeyed God…

Can you imagine, why would God kill 36 men, who were innocent… for the sin of one man.   God knows this – even before the war right, then He could have directly killed Achan and avoided the calamity… but no, He is making a statement.

The sins that we commit, has impact not only on us, but the people around us. Achan’s story irked my heart into thinking, God how many times, my prayers hasn’t been answered…

As the song, “At the cross, at the cross… “ sings…

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

What we do affect the people around us, as the English saying goes, nobody trips over the mountain, instead the small pebble… it is time to take a stock of the things that are going… and look for the pebble’s that we are tripping over… Often times, we don’t do things like killing someone – or robbing the bank, but instead we all have pet sins, like Achan, holding on the silly stuff like Babylonian garment…

 

Does it look like your prayers are not being answered… look for the “Babylonian garment” in your life.   Is there anything that you haven’t unpacked before the Lord… the times like these are reminders – to leave them behind the cross, we have the grace to leave the Babylonian garment… that’s what the cross is all about – grace unknown!

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Babylonian garments are not worth it.

 

May the good Lord open the balconies of heaven and hear your cry this morning as He glances your life and mine through the cross!