Isaiah 59:1, 2 - Sin Harms Our Relationship With God.

Isaiah 59:1, 2 (NIV)  Surely the arm of the 
LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too 
dull to hear. 2  But your iniquities have 
separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his 
face from you, so that he will not hear. 

Isaiah 59:1, 2 (NLT) Listen! The LORD is not 
too weak to save you, and he is not becoming 
deaf. He can hear you when you call. 2 But there 
is a problem - your sins have cut you off from 
God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and 
will not listen anymore.  


Two Roadblocks to Prayer
   Some years ago I was leading a Holy Land 
tour. We also went to modern-day Turkey to visit 
the biblical Ephesus, where people once 
worshiped the goddess Diana. So I bought a little 
statue of this goddess at a local souvenir stand to 
illustrate one of my messages. 
   Afterward, I threw the statue in my 
backpack and thought nothing more of it. But a little 
later in the tour, two of my granddaughters came 
across that little statue and started playing with 
   I said, Girls, give that to me. 
Then I left the room with it and threw it away. 
   The Bible tells us, Little children, 
keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21 NKJV). 
We might think of idols as images like the 
little Diana statues from Ephesus. And they are, of 
course. But idols also can be other things. 
   An idol can be something that you drive. 
It can be something that you hold. Or, it can 
be some passion you have in life thats more 
important to you than God Himself. An idol is anyone 
or anything that takes the place of the true 
and living God in your life. And if we allow 
things like these to crowd out God, it can bring 
our prayer lives to a halt. 
   Another thing that can hinder our prayers 
is unconfessed sin. Psalm 66 says, If I had 
not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord 
would not have listened (Psalm 66:18 NLT). 
   Also, in Isaiah 59 we read, Listen! 
The Lords arm is not too weak to save you, 
nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. Its 
your sins that have cut you off from God. Because 
of your sins, he has turned away and will not 
listen anymore (verses 1-2 NLT). 
   God cannot forgive the sins we wont 
confess. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


When God Wont Listen
   If youre practicing sin as a 
Christian, it will bring your prayer life to a 
screeching halt. One of the reasons our prayers are not 
answered is because of unconfessed sin. 
   The psalmist said, If I regard 
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear 
(Psalm 66:18 NKJV). That word regard means to 
cling to or hold on to. 
   And in Isaiah 59, God said, Behold, 
the Lords hand is not shortened, that it 
cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot 
hear. But your iniquities have separated you from 
your God; and your sins have hidden His face from 
you, so that He will not hear (verses 1"2 
   We all sin, and we sin more than we think 
we do. As 1 John 1:8 says, If we say that we 
have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth 
is not in us (NKJV). 
   That is why Jesus taught us to pray, 
Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who 
sin against us, as frequently as we pray, 
Give us today the food we need (Matthew 
6:11"12 NLT). 
   Theres a difference, however, between 
Christians who sin and Christians who willfully and 
habitually sin without remorse, without any plans to 
   True Christians are miserable when 
theyre living in sin, and theyll want to confess 
that sin. On the other hand, if someone can 
continue to sin and even plan to sin more without any 
remorse or pangs of conscience, it would indicate to 
me that he or she isnt a child of God (see 1 
John 3:8). 
   Unconfessed sin can hinder our prayers. 
That is why we want to confess it. And when we 
do, 1 John 1:9 tells us that God is faithful 
and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse 
us from all unrighteousness (NKJV). [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

Your Biggest Problem, and What to Do About It
   Today, most cultures dont think sin is 
ugly. In fact, many people think sin is fun!  
   Think about media. TV shows, social media 
memes, and movies use sin for humor.  
   This is Satans strategy: to get you to 
laugh at the same things that put Jesus on the 
cross. Satan disguises sin to make it look 
attractive, desirable, and fun. Rarely in media do you 
see the consequences of sin.  
   If you want to know how ugly sin really 
is and the damage it does, look at Jesus 
bleeding on the cross. Jesus suffering shows you 
just how much it takes to pay for your sins. The 
cross shows the damage sin does.  
   Sin has all sorts of consequences in your 
life! Here are just three of them. 
   Sin alienates you from God. Why? Because 
God is holy, and you are not. Sin creates 
conflict and puts distance between you and God. 
Isaiah 59:2 says, It is your evil that has 
separated you from your God. Your sins cause him to 
turn away from you, so he does not hear you 
(NCV). Sin always leaves estrangement in its wake, 
even between you and God. 
   Sin causes enormous amounts of stress in 
your life. One of the greatest sources of stress 
is unrecognized and unresolved guilt. King 
David said, My guilt has overwhelmed me like a 
burden too heavy to bear (Psalm 38:4 NIV). 
   Holding on to sin takes an emotional 
toll. When you break Gods laws, it leads to 
worry, fear, guilt, and insecurity. You wouldnt 
experience this if you always did things Gods way. 
But you dont, and you cant. This is the 
reality of sin. 
   Sin condemns you. When you violate 
Gods laws, theres always a penalty - in both 
self-condemnation and judgment from a righteous God. Psalm 
7:11 says, God is a righteous judge and always 
condemns the wicked (GNT). 
   You may think your biggest problem is a 
relationship conflict, health issue, or trouble finding a 
job. But the reality is, your biggest problem is 
that youre at war with God. 
   Thats why youre so frustrated! 
Thats why you dont sleep well. Thats why 
youre stressed out. You werent made to live out 
of harmony with your Creator, who loves you. He 
made you, and he sent his Son to die for you. He 
wants you to be in harmony with him.  
   Repent of your sin today - and every day 
- so that you can be at peace with God. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


It is not because He is unwilling to forgive 
that He turns from the transgressor; it is 
because the sinner refuses to make use of the 
abundant provisions of grace, that God is unable to 
deliver from sin. {PK 323} 


Sin not only shuts away from God, but 
destroys in the human soul both the desire and the 
capacity for knowing Him. Through sin, the whole 
human organism is deranged, the mind is perverted, 
the imagination corrupted; the faculties of the 
soul are degraded To the heart that has become 
purified, all is changed. Transformation of character 
is the testimony to the world of an indwelling 
Christ. The Spirit of God produces a new life in the 
soul, bringing the thoughts and desires into 
obedience to the will of Christ; and the inward man is 
renewed in the image of God. Weak and erring men and 
women show to the world that the redeeming power 
of grace can cause the faulty character to 
develop into symmetry and abundant fruitfulness.  
The heart that receives the word of God is not 
as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken 
cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the 
mountain stream, fed by unfailing springs, whose 
cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, 
refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy-laden. It 
is like a river constantly flowing and, as it 
advances, becoming deeper and wider, until its 
life-giving waters are spread over all the earth. {PK 


Isaiah 59:1,2 - How Does Sin Separate Us 
From God And His Blessings. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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