Fishing in the Sea of Forgetfulness

We are constantly reminded by the devil of sins we have committed and have been forgiven by God. God forgives and forgets, the devil does neither. God spoke his promise to forgive and forget, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25. The Message Bible translates it as “But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do. I don’t keep a list of your sins.” Because we know that God is truthful, we can understand that when we are reminded of our past sins, that it is not God who is doing that, but the devil. He does keep a list to use against us when he feels it is necessary to cause us to become sidetracked from the path God wants us to take.
God has also let us know that when our sins are forgiven, he sends them far away from us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12. Have go even looked at the night sky where stars are thousands and millions of light years from earth? Think when you look to the left and then the right, how far is the east from the west? It has to be thousands of millions of light years apart. That is when God has placed our forgiven transgressions. He will not bring them to our remembrance.
He has further promised, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19. It is this passage which gives rise to the phrase ‘sea of forgetfulness’. God has promised that our sins have concrete shoes and sink to the very depths of the sea, He will not speak to us of them again. But unfortunately for us, the devil can always get a brother or sister to go fishing or scuba diving with him in the ‘sea of forgetfulness’ so as to make a catch of our forgiven sin. And like any great angler, they want to display their catch and tell everyone how big it was. Meanwhile, we now have our forgiven sin on display again for all to see and speak about. But has anything changed? We are still forgiven, that old bloated and partly decayed sin has no power over us. We have been forgiven and God no longer recognizes it. He is unable to identify that sin, nor is he able to assess it to you. God wants us to not be moved by the production of the forgiven sin. He wants us to state boldly that it is forgiven and that the person who committed that sin is dead, because that person is! Paul says we die daily so we are not the same person today that we were when we committed that sin. That person is truly dead. We need to remember, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Psalm 118:6. The person who should be ashamed is not us, but the brother or sister who was used by the devil to expose a forgiven sin. That person is a talebearer. The word in the Hebrew means walking busybody, a peddler in scandal. He should be reminded of Proverbs 11:13, “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” Those who have a faithful spirit are like God, they conceal the matter.
We should also consider this when we receive information which was pull from the ‘sea of forgetfulness’ or when we have a devilish yearn to go fishing or scuba diving in the same sea. Which are we—-talebearer or faithful spirit? Think about it!

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