THEME: The Deadly Barrier
PASSAGE: Isaiah 59:1-17
HYMN: MHB 327 SINNERS, turn: why will ye die?
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
Right from creation, when God put a man in the Garden of Eden, He has always sought to have constant relationship and companionship with mankind. His desire has always been to be with His people at all times. At the same time, we see that more often than not, it seems God is distant from His people because of barriers that always exist at one point in time or the other in our relationship with Him. Sin is like cancer; it kills if not removed early enough.
Barriers are hindrances or walls that hinder people from getting to, relating with or benefitting from one another. It causes separation like the case of Lazarus at the bosom of Abraham and the rich man in hell.
Our passage today clearly defines this barrier as our iniquities i.e. our sins. Sin is cancerous; it is a deadly barrier because “the wages of sin is death,” that is, eternal separation from God. Sin offends God, who is holy and righteous. Sin separates us from Him. God can neither ignore, excuse nor tolerate sin as though it doesn’t matter because He is holy.
Sin cuts off people from God, forming a wall to isolate God from the people He once loved. No wonder, this long list of grievous sins in our passage today makes God angry and forced Him to look the other way. People who die with their sins un-forgiven separate themselves eternally from God. Jesus Christ came to the world to destroy this barrier and to help us live sinless lives. Brother/Sister, let us allow Him the Lordship of our lives and do away with sin that brings eternal death.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, cleanse my heart of every sin; wash me in the precious blood of Jesus, Your Son and our Lord. Amen.

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