I remember we had blackboards in school. Our teacher would write on them, and then clear the slate with an eraser. That is what we need to do in order to be still before the Lord.
Every artist begins a new creation with a clean canvas. We are created in the image of God who can’t be defined in human terms. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are new creations.
2 Corinthians 5:16 says that we are not to regard others according to the flesh. Verse 17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Salvation cleared the slate. 2 Peter 1:9 says that we often forget that we were cleansed of our old sins. Micah 7:19 says, “…You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
In Isaiah 38:17, Hezekiah said, “…You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast my sins behind Your back.” Does that remind you of David’s words in Psalm 40:2-3?
He said, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
The above verses attest to the truth that we have been set free from the slave block of sin. Why then do we have inner conflicts within our hearts, and relational conflicts?
James 4:1 says, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” Verse 3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
Have you ever considered that you might be working from an already filled canvas? That is what happens when we bring our past into our present. Our past is passed. It is impossible to go back in time. The only way we can do it is through our thoughts.
No wonder it is hard to be still before the Lord. We have waring factors hidden in our heart. The Lord is our King. He wants to be the Ruler over our heart. Yet when something else rules, it pushes Him out of the center.
Exodus 20:3 says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” True, we don’t have physical idols set up that we bow down to. What about heart idols that usurp His place? What do they look like? We will look into that tomorrow.