“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.” Psalm 32:1-2
According to Psalm 32, there are three types of transgressors in this world:
Those who attempt to hide their sins, who won’t confess it to the Lord, others, or even themselves! (32:3-4)
Those who clearly see their sin, confess it, but continue to hang onto it and not release it! (Scripture likens them to a mule -32:9)
Those who clearly see it, confess it, release it, and walk away FREE from it! (32: 5-8, 10-11)
O may we always be like the latter! Let’s be quick to acknowledge our sins before Him and even quicker to accept His forgiveness!!
I must admit there are times when the future looks very much like this photograph: cloudy, full of peaks and valleys with plenty of twists and turns! Sometimes I wonder if I’ll make it to the right destination or if I’ll get side-tracked along the way and miss out on all that awaits me somewhere out there.
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“Now great crowds accompanied Him, and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
Jesus really doesn’t mean hate, does He? After all, He said the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God and your neighbor. Interestingly,”"hating” is a Semitic expression for loving less. If I’m to come to Jesus and be His disciple, I must not only love those in my family but also my own life less than I love Jesus.
In the midst of an extremely busy weekend of church responsibilities (and the preparation behind them) and ministering to others outside church, I desired nothing more than to spend time with my husband. This season of life was so very busy that I felt our relationship was being neglected. Surely that was a reasonable desire, don’t you think? My marriage relationship is second after my relationship with the Lord and it seemed that everyone else was getting more of my time. It seemed so to me until I read these words. Loving Jesus more than my husband and my own life meant serving Him in those areas He was calling me to that weekend and waiting for that desired time with my husband. Eyeopening? Yes indeed! How about you? Do you love all these less than you love Jesus? Only then are we His disciples.
Father, I desire to be Your disciple. I desire to love you more than those you’ve placed in my life and more than my own life itself. “Search me and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” Show me what You see and “lead me in the way everlasting!”
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish? Psalm 22:1
Have you ever felt this way? Let me ask you a very important question; are you sure of God’s love for you at this moment?
Are you wholly confident God loves you? I hope that you can answer emphatically, “Yes!” But if not, understand, even the Psalmist struggled at times. The words at the beginning of this verse are also the very words Christ spoke from the cross! I believe we all experience dry seasons; times when we cannot sense His presence. Sometimes it is because we have wandered, but there are also times when God grows silent for reasons only He fully understands.
I also believe Paul experienced times such as this in his ministry as well, and so he prays a prayer for the young believers in Thessalonica that all believers should pray! That God will direct us to His love and fill us with the patience and perseverance of Christ as we wait on Him in the midst of our trials, for giving it all over to the One who is able insures success!
You shall have no other gods besides Me.
These words raced through my mind during my time with the Lord recently. I had allowed other gods (idols) to distract me and interrupt the time that was His and His alone. He alone is God and there is no other, yet I wasn’t treating Him as He deserved. He is a jealous God who does not share His glory with others. I had bowed down and served other gods.
After repenting, I desired our time to continue but I knew it was over for that time. I knew that I was receiving the Lord’s discipline. My only solace was these words “for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6)
Do you have other gods besides Him? Ask Him to show you; He will.
The LORD is my Shepherd;
I shall not want.
The LORD is my Shepherd. Stop for a few seconds and ponder those words. Jehovah … Yahweh … the One True God, the Creator of heaven and earth is the Continue reading