A Clean Slate

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to start each day off with a clean slate? A definition I found online for a clean slate is an opportunity to start over without prejudice. In God’s book we have already been granted the opportunity to start each day off with a clean slate. Through the redemptive work of Jesus, our transgressions are “as far as the east is from the west”. (Psalm 103:12) Thus, if we still find ourselves in bondage, we must consider the question; where does the problem lie? It rest within our own mind.

In order to start each day off with a clean slate, it would be beneficial if we make a conscious effort to end the previous day off right. Before going to bed we have the opportunity to confess our sins and vow to make an about face turn away from the sins we committed. We can then allow God to erase the slate in our minds. If it is something that we need to remember because it will affect our future, God has no problem reminding us as He writes refreshing messages on our slate before we awake the following morning.

If we don’t allow our slate to be erased by God, we run the risk of making decisions the following day based on the residue left in our minds of the poor choices from the past. Even if we hold on to a portion of the old, it will only cloud our vision in discerning God’s perfect will for our day. It is in our best interest to allow God to completely wipe away the old notes so that they don’t get mixed in with the new. Also, we must remember that we don’t have to wait until the end of the day to obtain a clean slate. By His mercy and grace we can break the cycle and get right with Him in an instant and have Him erase the slate immediately.

Prayer

Lord, help me to not hold myself bound to the old sins of my past because Your Word states that it will cloud my ability to discern Your will for my future.  I thank You that You allow me the opportunity to start off each day with a clean slate.

 

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