She recounted how she walked into her bathroom and took several showers hoping hard that the stings of condemnation could be washed away. She wished that the stain of guilt could be removed. It was a tough one.

When the nurse told her to look at the screen to pick the heartbeat of the baby, she could not! She said, “How could I look at that which I will still get rid of?” She got rid of it in the physical, but some things will live with you forever except the mercies of God intervenes.

That day, I knew nothing about her past when the Lord in His mercies sent me with a word from the place of prayer to the young lady. She accepted that God could give her a new beginning, but she would never forgive the young man who had abandoned her after such sacrifices. She had a laid curse on him and his generations yet unborn.

Sin is a mess! A real mess.

When Judah returned (through the hands of Hirah) with the pledge of the goat so he could recover his seal, his cord, and his staff, the prostitute was nowhere to be found.

And she arose and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.

Genesis 38:19-20 KJV

The day could pass. The woman could have gone away. The man could have moved on, but the stain of sin is so stubborn that moving on alone cannot deal with it. It will keep rearing its ugly head again and again.

There are things that the blood of goats cannot remove. The pledge of a goat would never suffice. This was what King David discovered after his adultery with Bathsheba:

He made sacrifices. He raised burnt offerings. The stain of guilt, shame, and condemnation was still right there. He knew the weight of sin.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: And my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 51:1-3 KJV

You can return to your daily routine. You are pretending that all is well but beloved, the fingerprint is on your soul. The devil has found a trigger point. He has found a free point of entrance and exit.

Thank God for redemption. A young one said she was so messed up years ago that she returned to the one (a family member) who introduced her to “nonsense” for strange pleasures so the stain of the first can be removed. That strange pattern was broken forever. She carried that stain of sin for many years. Sin is terrible.

You may move on! But the stain of sin moves with you. There is nothing the pledge of a goat can cleanse. Nothing!

Remember the Hymn:

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know.

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

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