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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

Source: biblegateway.com

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

The Scandal of Forgiveness

Today’s devotional really gets to the heart of grace and forgiveness. It’s not a trite pie-in-the-sky everything-is-hunky-dory-feel-good devotional, but for those of us to whom forgiveness is not easy it will help us make forward progress in the forgiveness process.

The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative. Magnanimous forgiveness, allows the possibility of transformation in the guilty party. Lewis Smedes details this process of “spiritual surgery”: When you forgive someone, you slice away the wrong from the person who did it. You disengage that person from his hurtful act. You recreate him. Ata href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/the-scandal-of-forgiveness/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: The Scandal of Forgiveness

Our Forgetful Father

Generally speaking it’s not a positive quality to be forgetful. When a friend forgets an appointment with us or our spouse forgets our birthday it doesn’t feel very nice. However today’s devotional by Max Lucado shows us a very positive aspect of forgetfulness that will bring us great comfort when we remember God forgets.

“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 GodDoes-God-Forgive-and-Forget_620 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 sins no more”? Was he exaggerating when he said he would cast our sins as far as the east is from the west? Do you actually believe he would make a statement like “I will not hold their iniquities against them” and then rub our noses in them whenever we ask for help?

Of course you don’t. You and I just need an occasional reminder of God’s nature, his forgetful nature. To love conditionally is against God’s nature. Just as it’s against your nature to eat trees and against mine to grow wings, it’s against God’s nature to remember forgiven sins.

You see, God is either the God of perfect grace … or he is not God. Grace forgets. Period. He who is perfect love cannot hold grudges. If he does, then he isn’t perfect love. And if he isn’t perfect love, you might as well put this book down and go fishing because both of us are chasing fairy tales.

But I believe in his loving forgetfulness. And I believe he has a graciously terrible memory.

Think about this. If he didn’t forget, how could we pray? How could we sing to him? How could we dare enter into his presence if the moment he saw us he remembered all our pitiful past? How could we enter his throne room wearing the rags of our selfishness and gluttony? We couldn’t.

And we don’t. Read this powerful passage from Paul’s letter to the Galatians and watch your pulse rate. You’re in for a thrill. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal.3:27 RSC).

You read it right. We have “put on” Christ. When God looks at us he doesn’t see us; he sees Christ. We “wear” him. We are hidden in him; we are covered by him. As the song says, “Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”

Presumptuous, you say? Sacrilegious? It would be if it were my idea. But it isn’t; it’s his. We are presumptuous not when we marvel at his grace, but when we reject it. And we’re sacrilegious not when we claim his forgiveness, but when we allow the haunting sins of yesterday to convince us that God forgives but he doesn’t forget.

Do yourself a favor. Purge your cellar. Exorcise your basement. Take the Roman nails of Calvary and board up the door.

And remember … he forgot.”

(c) 2016 Max Lucado Used with Permission maxlucado.com