But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy2:18 ESV) The testimony we live out is a story of deliverance from and victory over sin. When someone receives the Lord and begins the journey of salvation their life is different in its approach and views. The immaculate rinsing of sin from the soul through a confessed heart, which is cleansed by grace through faith, is not short of being awesome. The response of the heart to forgiveness is a liberty and happiness that is like no other. The burden of sin and guilt is removed and is replaced by holiness and justification. The furtherance of hope is extended beyond the borders of a carnal mind to the everlasting faith in a Holy God. To jump back into a life of sin or “backsliding” as it is often referred to is like some one who was drowning and was pulled out of the water but decided to jump back in. Returning the place of severity and hopelessness is not the right response to God’s Everlasting Love and Mercy. His gift of Eternal Life (John 3:16-17) cost more that we could ever pay or imagine. Rebellion is a strong character trait on the flesh and is what keeps so many from receiving from the Lord. Rebellion is sin and taking God on in that area is never a good idea. God has a foundation that is sure and steadfast and the human foundation is about as strong as rice paper at its best. The mind decides that man should be in the center of all things and God is kept on the sidelines to be called on in a time of need. This type of rational is totally opposite of what God commands of us. His commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3) and they are linked directly to honesty, integrity and obedience. The facts of salvation are explained clearly in His Word and the life that He desires is also easily understood by anyone seeking His mercy and forgiveness. He, the Lord, knows those that are His for He is able to see who is standing on the foundations of the Word. He knows the heart and the very thoughts that are pondered. The sanctified person dwells in His presence and hungers to serve Him in true humility. Seeking to share His Love and compassion to a lost world. A world that is blinded by the god of this world and whose sole goal is to gain wealth and serve self. These type of foundations will break and melt in the presence of the King of kings. Separating from sin and living in His presence is the appropriate and depth of obligation that all have who has called upon the Lord. Departing from something as evil and horrific as sin is what must happen to grow in Christ and come into the fullness of who He is. (1 John 2:3) Just as the “whosoever” calls on God to be saved (Romans 10:13) also the “everyone” that is named by Him must depart and begin a life of dedicated service without sin. One cannot have fellowship with God if they are in darkness. For light cannot have fellowship with darkness. (1 John 1:7) In essence and principle, God will not be in relationship with sin. If sin is in your heart it must go and God is the only one that can rinse the sin form your heart. (1 John 1:1-10) Faith, hope and trust are the responses that will bring a “Father to child” confidence and provisional life which is everlasting to everlasting. Grow in grace and move forward into his love and established purpose for your life. Leave the sin behind…. Dennis Remember prayer moves the Hand of God.