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Healthy Regret

There’s guilt and then there’s condemnation. One tells you what you did was wrong. The other tells you that you are inherently wrong and bad. A healthy regret – guilt – about wrong things that we’ve done leads to repentance and reconciliation while the other leads to death. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, talks about the healthy kind of regret that will lead you into freedom and life.

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There is an old story about the time Emperor Frederick the Great visited Potsdam Prison. He spoke with the prisoners, and each man claimed to be innocent, a victim of the system. One man, however, sat silently in the corner.

The ruler asked him, “And you, sir, who do you blame for your sentence?”

His response was, “Your majesty, I am guilty and richly deserve my punishment.” Surprised, the emperor shouted for the prison warden: “Come and get this man out of here before he corrupts all these innocent people.”

The ruler can set us free once we read more

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When Your World Turns Against You

I don’t think there’s anyone alive that hasn’t felt the pain of a betrayal at some point in their life. For most of us, though, that betrayal, however painful it might have been, didn’t end in our death. Jesus knew ahead of time that the betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane would prove to be fatal, but he went forward to greet Judas just the same. He also knew that not only Judas would betray him, but everyone else as well. How’s that for the ultimate betrayal? Everyone abandoned Jesus that night. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, gives a glimpse into that final betrayal and Jesus’ response to it.

Get up, we must go. Look, here comes the man who has turned against Me.


The words were spoken to Judas. But they could have been spoken to anyone. They could have been spoken to John, to Peter, to James. They could have been spoken to Thomas, to Andrew, to Nathanael. They could have been spoken to the Roman soldiers, to the Jewish leaders. They could have been spoken to Pilate, to Herod, to Caiaphas. They could have been spoken to every person who praised Him last Sunday but abandoned Him tonight.

Everyone turned against Jesus that read more

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A Dangerous Prayeer


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I think pretty much everyone I know has that one closet or drawer that  no one, and I mean no one, ventures into, right? All the junk collects in those dark hidey holes and we feel like we would curl up and die if anyone saw into the depths of those places. And if we are honest, we have some of those hiding places in our hearts. King David in the Bible was referred to as “a man after God’s own heart”, yet even he had some dark places that hid some truly dreadful things.  The book of Psalms records one of the most dangerous prayers that anyone can pray penned by David. He knew he had bad stuff in his heart that needed to go, so he prayed that God would search his heart. Scary though it might be, if we want to go further in God we, like David, must utter that prayer as well. Pastor Caleb talked about this dangerous kind of praying and the results of praying this prayer in Sunday’s message. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message.

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Getting Past the Past

We all have done things we aren’t proud of. Everyone has sinned. God freely offers forgiveness for all of our sins, mistakes, and bad decisions. The trick is to get past it ourselves. Today’s devotional by Chad Veach, reposted from Devotionals Daily, helps us do just that.

 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV, emphasis added

We all have a past. I grew up in church, I’m a pastor’s kid, and I felt like I was always hearing someone say this famous line: “You know, we all have a past.” I always thought to myself, Yeah, but some of us have a bigger past than others.

The older I get and the more I study the Scriptures, the more I understand that we all have a past! In fact, 1 John 1:10 NIV says,

If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word is not in us.

We all have a past because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23, emphasis added

The interesting thought about having a past is that read more

 

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Forgetful Father

Today’s devotional encourages us to reject the slime of condemnation that the enemy seeks to heap on us into the experiential reality of God’s grace and forgiveness.

 

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“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12 NIV).

“You can’t teach a Bible class with your background.” … “You, a missionary?” … “How dare you ask him to come to church. What if he finds out about the time you fell away?” … “Who are you to offer help?”

The ghost spews waspish words of accusation, deafening your ears to the promises of the cross. And it flaunts your failures in your face, blocking your vision of the Son and leaving you the shadow of a doubt.

Now, honestly. Do you think God sent that ghost? Do you think God is the voice that reminds you of the putridness of your past? Do you think God was teasing when he said, “I will remember your read more

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Living Palms Up

Jesus never said that what we’re called to do as we are living this Christian life and walking this Christian path would be easy. On the contrary, He said the narrow path that leads to life was the difficult one, and that in this life we would have troubles. However He also said that we can be of good cheer for He overcame this world (John 16:33). Today’s devotional brings encouragement as we choose to do the hard things we stub our toes on as we journey to the end of our earthly pilgrimage.

 

 

Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies. — Lamentations 3:30 When people get angry or defensive they tend to make mistakes. But nobody can be defensive with their palms up. Go ahead and try it. Right now, wherever you are. Set your hands ona href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/love-does-means-living-palms-up/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

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3 Things to Remember When It’s Hard to Forgive – FaithGateway

Forgiveness isn’t something that comes easy. In fact sometimes it seems like having to forgive just adds insult to injury. However, God has a different viewpoint on the subject. Today’s devotional contains some little gems of truth that can help on our journey of forgiveness. Click on the link to read the full article.

Have you ever struggled to choose forgiveness over bitterness in the midst of feeling rejected, abandoned, or hurt? Maybe you’re there right now as you prepare to spend time with friends and family over the holidays. Deep hurts from loved ones can feel so very raw and unresolved in the midst of a season that’sa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/3-things-remember-hard-forgive/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: 3 Things to Remember When It’s Hard to Forgive – FaithGateway