Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sin, Consequence, Redeemer

Isaiah 59:1-21

Sometimes our prayers are not answered because of unconfessed sin. It is not that God cannot hear. He hears but will not respond to a heart that is barracaded behind unconfessed sin. Unconfessed sin multiplies; especially sin that effects others. "Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;" (Heb. 12:14-15)  When we are walking in the consequences of our own unconfessed sin, experiencing the terrible consequences of a broken relationship with God, there is still an answer. "The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those in Jacob who turn from transgression. This is the Lord's declaration." (Isa. 59:20)  Jesus will deliver those He has saved, when they turn from their transgression back to Him. Consequences may remain, but forgiveness is given.