IT WON’T GO AWAY!

I can imagine this little boy moving around and wondering about this thing that keeeps following him and moving when he does.  A shadow must seem a puzzling thing to a little child.

This reminds me of a soap poster in England in the 1940s which depicted a little boy looking intently at his shadow as it fell across his pathway.  The slogan on the poster read: “That is the only thing I can’t wash out!” 

Now, many years later, memories of that piece of clever advertising bring other thoughts.

Firstly, I think of being totally clean – freshly showered, shampooed, manicured etc and wearing freshly washed and pressed clothes.  But there is one thing that soap and scrubbing will NOT wash out . . . OUR SIN. 

There is NOTHING that any person can do about their sin.
IT WON’T GO AWAY,
no matter how much we try to ‘balance the books’ by our good works.

But praise God, who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
to bear our sin for us and to endure the punishment for our sin.

1 John 1:7 
The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.

1 Corinthians 15:3 
Christ DIED for our sins.

1 Peter 1:18-19 
You were not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sin (agree with God about our sin)
He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin,
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The shadow also reminds me of the
INDELIBLE SHADOW OF INFLUENCE
we cast on others by our
EXAMPLE
.

Wrong attitudes and careless actions can engrave an extremely difficult to erase impression on people’s minds.  On the other hand, just as we can leave a permanent ‘black’ mark, we can also leave a lasting effect for good.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men
that they may SEE your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.

Colossians 1:10
Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
being fruitful in every good work . . .

1 Timothy 4:12
be an EXAMPLE of the believers,
in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Philippians 2:15-16
That you may be blameless and harmless . . .
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
among whom you SHINE AS LIGHTS in the world,
holding forth the word of life.

Let us strive to live so that our loving spirit, vibrant faith and purity of life are never diluted by inconsistency.

In the words of Jim Elliot, missionary killed by the Auca Indians:
So live, that when you come to die, you have nothing else to do, but die.

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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31 Responses to IT WON’T GO AWAY!

  1. Sunshine says:

    Great quote by Jim Elliot…thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. pbus1 says:

    Scrub as I may, the sin just isn’t going away! However, I thank God for His cleansing blood, that washes away all of my sins, and cleanses every stain! Thank you Angela, for another beautiful and inspirational post! God bless!

    Paulette

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  3. Just found your blog. I enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thank you for visiting. I hope we get to know each other better.

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    • Lyn Leahz says:

      She has a wonderful blog! She’s a truly anointed woman of God, and such a sweet lady. You’ll love her as much as I do!

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      • Lyn Leahz says:

        That was for the other person, but it posted to you for some reason…I’m sorry ;-)

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        • That’s OK Lyn – we all do that at times. Maybe I just tend to blame others but sometimes I think WordPress has a mind of its own – and sometimes, for no reason it posts while I am still typing, or just disappears. The joys of blogging!

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          • Lyn Leahz says:

            Oh, so I’m not the only one with those odd experiences then. Here I always thought it was just me. Ever go to update your post after adding a photo or a video and then when it’s posted, it’s not there? The only answer to that, when it happens, is for me to go to the html view tab and enter whatever it is there, and then update. Uggh!

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            • >> “go to the html view tab and enter whatever it is there”

              Well, Lyn, you have one over me. I am NOT techno. I have figured out how to do what I do, but that is as far as my techno-brain goes.

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              • Lyn Leahz says:

                LOL I used to work for a Christian pornography free family friendly internet service..I was the porn blocker and sales consultant. Then I learned how to write html language and design webpages..but to be honest, things have changed so much since then, I only know the basics! That does remind me of something funny. Some Spanish sounding woman called inquiring about the service..when I told her it was pornography free, she was disgusted. I kept saying, “No NO NO! No pornography…free of all porno!” but she didn’t speak English well. The more I said it, the more angry she got until she finally hung up.

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  4. jelillie says:

    What a powerful closing word from Jim Elliot. Thanks Angela! So thankful that He has removed the shadow of my sin and has become my shade in the glaring heat of day!

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    • Amen. He has moved the shadow or every last trace of my sin and made me complete in Him. What an amazing Saviour! I like your idea that He is my Shade in the glaring heat of the day. There is no doubt about the refreshment He brings!

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  5. Lyn Leahz says:

    Nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award….you deserve it and God bless you! Go here to retreive it and follow the directions! I love you very very much! http://lynleahz.com/2012/06/29/reader-appreciation-award/

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  6. Heather says:

    This is such an inspiring post, Angela!
    Thank you for providing a balanced perspective with regard to the believer’s status before both God and men.

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    • Thank you Heather. We can know with absolute certainty that our status before God is eternally secured, but our hearts go out to those we know who do not have this assurance. In God’s enabling power, we live before them, letting Christ shine through us to them, leaving an indelible shadow of the love, grace, mercy and goodness of God.

      What an amazing God!

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  7. Ann says:

    Thank you, Dear Angela
    Wonderful piece! Great reminders too!
    I know my shadows won’t go away, but I know I don’t have to be ashamed of them anymore. Jesus died for every last one of my stains … I need not worry about them anymore. Besides, the shadow is just a shadow .. it is no longer my reality.
    Thankful He set me free!
    Blessings
    ann

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    • Thank you Ann.
      He set me free too Ann – not only free from the burden, the penalty and the power of sin, but free from the 22 years of abuse and self debasement. There are no shadows left from the sin, because God has completely removed them and He doesn’t even remember them.

      Yes, there are shadows from my life before I met Christ, and while a few try to darken at times, they are mostly pure gold, and I am thankful for each and every one.

      My constant prayer now is that the shadows I cast will glorify my amazing Saviour.

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  8. alwayzhis says:

    Praise our Father in heaven for sending His ONLY Son, Jesus Christ, to be the sacrifice required so that we have that eternal promise of a relationship of the Creator!! I really like this post Angela! Your are a blessing!!
    Stephanie

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  9. granbee says:

    May the shadows I cast today be God-shaped! (and heart-shaped!)

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  10. Rob Barkman says:

    It is so interesting to me that we can do many good things in life but what is th eone thing that people remember about us? It is the one time that we really “messed up”. I am so thankful the Lord is willing to forgive that “mess up” that we did and bless us for the good that we have done through His grace in our lives! Lord bless. The Lord is so good to us!

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    • Hi Rob. Yes, people remember the ‘bad’ much longer than they do the ‘good’. What a blessing that our great God has NO recollection of any of the ‘bad’ – our sins, our failures, our stuff-ups. They are GONE!

      May we so live that people will not think about US but will see and remember the Lord Jesus as HE ministers to them through us.

      Our amazing God is indeed good to us.

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  11. Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com says:

    Amen! Somebody said, “Walk as Jesus walked.” Walking as Jasus walked places our footsteps in Jesus’ footsteps. Which lead us back to your point. “Let us strive to live so that our loving spirit, vibrant faith and purity of life are never diluted by inconsistency.” When we begin to live a consistent, pure life, the world will take note.

    Thank you so much for sharing and excellent post. To God be the glory.

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    • Thanks Noel. Yes, the best witness to the living Christ is His people seen to be controlled by Him, consistently showing His love, grace and mercy to all. When HE is exalted, He will draw others to Himself.

      We serve an amazing God!

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  12. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much, mentor Angela, for how you minister to us through His word and these honest God honoring looks at something that we might see (like our shadow) but also can look and see Him (with your help!)
    For the first part . .. I know some dear ones that try so hard to make sure they look “clean”. It breaks my heart at all the energy they put into making others think what they want them to think about them. Praying for them to be drawn to Jesus and no longer have to go through all of this.
    For the second part . .. thank you for helping us consider our actions and words that they might leave a good example, not casting a shadow of bad influence on another’s heart. Praying to be quick about asking forgiveness when I do that!
    God bless you, sweet lady of His! I totally loved all the scripture you ended with. It really blessed me!

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    • Thank you Debbie. Being ‘clean’ – free from the penalty and power of sin, and clothed in the righteousness of Christ – has to be one of the greatest blessings of the Christian life, and indeed is the ‘hinge’ on which all others hang. Once we are ‘clean’ we have a responsibility to others, that every word and action and every attitude we show, is for their good and a step towards faith in Christ or a deeper understanding of His grace for them.

      We are His ambassadors and should be His true representatives.

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