GOD’S MERCY IS EVERLASTING. Sometimes, however, a Christian becomes convinced that divine forgiveness has limits. This usually happens when the person has repeatedly confessed a sin but finds himself returning to the habit anyway. Satan whispers to us that surely the Lord is weary of this cycle of sin and admission. But as always, the enemy lies. The truth is that a believer cannot sin his way out of Gods grace, no matter how many times he confesses the same wrongdoing.
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid our past, present, and future sin debt. This means that no matter how great our offense or how often we sin, GOD’S grace covers every transgression. Our heavenly Father forgives as often as necessary.
Anytime I preach on this topic, a few people will ask if I am promoting grace as a license to sin. The Lord’s mercy is not a “get out of jail free” card. His forgiveness is infinite, but that does not mean we can get away with sin. As a loving Father, God disciplines His children. He wants us to learn from our mistakes and return to the path of righteousness.
God desires that each of His children grow in righteousness and reflect the nature of His Son Jesus Christ. He understands that maturing our faith is a lifelong process. Sometimes we will make mistakes and fall into sinful patterns from which we must be restored. Our Father is pleased to draw us back into a right relationship because His grace is infinite. No sin will ever be greater-or more frequent-than His capacity to forgive.
IN TOUCH DAILY READING FOR DEVOTED LIVING: Dr. Charles Stanley
IN TODAY’S READING, WE FIND THE NATION OF ISRAEL engaged in combat with the Amalekites. While Joshua led the troops, Moses went up onto a hill overlooking the battlefield and, in an attitude of prayer, observed the action. The Lord gave the Israelites success as long as Moses’ arms were raised, but whenever he lowered them, the enemy gained the advantage. So Aaron and Hur helped him to maintain the posture that assured victory.
This historical account teaches an important lesson for every believer: Life’s battles are won or lost in the place of prayer. We may think that conflicts are decided on the battlefield, but victory depends on children of God coming before their Father and seeking His face. It is not the size of our army or the strength of our opponent’s forces that ultimately determines the outcome. When we spend time alone with God, we will be equipped by the One who knows the end from the beginning and understands the reality of all circumstances, regardless of appearance.
God foresees every snare and temptation of Satan just as He discerns what people are thinking and plotting. So it is wise to trust His battle plan instead of our own instincts, and we can do so with confidence that we will not suffer defeat.
Faith will allow you to keep your eyes focused on the Lord, even in the midst of frightening circumstances. When you acknowledge Him as the source of everything you need, your sense of direction will become clear. No matter what enemy is facing you, God will reveal what needs to be done.
IN TOUCH/ DAILY READING FOR DEVOTED LIVING: Dr. Charles Stanley
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Hi!! everyone!! It has truly been a while since I have written anything to share. I’m laughing!! because I don’t just write anything, without getting instruction to do so from the Holy Spirit. He tells me when it’s time. I have been growing Spiritually a lot. I am on another level. (More levels more evil attacks. You really never stop growing as long as you willingly to be teachable. Believe me, I choose to stay teachable. (1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man (woman) I put away childish things).
I personally have taste the word criticism since I was a child. But I had called it being bullied. This word has been out their way before I was born. Maybe a different name, but same meaning. Jesus Christ Himself has tasted it. (John 19:1-2 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, scoured him. And the soldiers platter a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe), In the Bible there were so much more that people had done to my LORD. Here are a few Scriptures I will share. (Study John 19:3). (Isaiah 53:2-12) (Mark 15:30-34). Through the years I couldn’t say it was “Awesome” but today this day, It is Awesome!! Jesus has been with me through it all, and still this day He is with me. He hasn’t left my side. The Comforter that dwells within us is our (Helper); His even a (Great Teacher). For me it has been an (Amazing) journey. The sweet, and the bitter, the pretty, and the ugly.
Still He want us too keep moving forward for His purpose. I personally will say don’t let criticism destroy you!! Because it is what the enemy (Satan) enjoys. He knows God has a plan for your life for (God) own purpose. Remember: Our LORD and SAVIOR went through so much for us (All). He didn’t turn back. So Jesus do know how we feel, and He gives us His strength to press forward. (Study 2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Criticism means: The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. (Jesus Heavenly Father said: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This Is my Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17). His Father did not disapprove Him, and He had no sin, only sins is when He took the Sins of the world on Himself. (Study 1 Peter 2:24-25). \0/\0/
“This is why we can say Criticism is Awesome!!” REMEMBER Jesus Christ Is Returning… Let Us Be Ready! Amen!! Amen!! \0/\0/
Sister Betty Jo
MAYBE THERE’S NOT ENOUGH MONEY in the bank to cover that bill. Or a loved one died. Or your family is facing hard times. In difficult or painful circumstances, many believers turn to the Bible in search of comfort and guidance. Within its pages, we find assurance that encourages us through every season of life: “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassion never fail. They are new ever morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
God truly is faithful. In other words, we can count on Him to be and do exactly what He says. For instance, the Bible assures us that the Lord is trustworthy, loving, and incapable of failure (Ps. 37:5; Rom. 5:8; Josh. 1:5).
Out of deep love for us, He’ll use any aspect of His multifaceted nature to provide exactly what He knows we need. He’s our Savior, Comforter, and Disciplines, who safely guides us through life’s changes and challenges.
No matter what hardships we face, we can trust God because He knows all things. He’s aware of the duration and intensity of our current season and uses His knowledge to offer us the best possible help and support. What’s more, the Lord is all-powerful, which means He is more than adequate to meet needs and change circumstances according to His plan. And our Father is everywhere, including right beside us in whatever we face. He promises,” I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Hob. 13:5).
Difficulties may cause us to question God’s dependability. But if we’ll place our trust in our omniscient, omnipotent Father, we can begin each morning with a fresh sense of His faithfulness, which will carry us through the day.
IN TOUCH DAILY READING FOR DEVOTED LIVING: Dr. Charles Stanley
When You Don’t Realize Your Thirst (SHEILA WALSH)
” Sometimes we know we need refreshment but are too lazy in the routine of life- or too preoccupied with what we think is “important “- to stop for spiritual replenishment. Sometimes life may crowd in on us enough that we simply are not aware of our need. Think of the need for intimacy with God in terms of physical thirst. In the routine demands and distractions of the day, we can forget this most basic of all needs. I notice that on a hot day my dog,, Bentley, is always returning to his water bowl for a drink. We might be playing ball, but at regular intervals he heads off for more water. Sometimes it’s only in watching him that I realize how thirsty I am; I have the beginnings of a headache caused by dehydration. It’s not wise to wait to change the oil when your car is running on treacle. It’s not wise to wait to drink a glass of water (until) the headache is so bad you have to go and lie down in a dark room.
It is the same in our relationship with God. We can run through our days ignoring our need for him-intentionally or unintentionally- until we find ourselves dry and worn out.
If you sense you have lost touch with a thirst for God, talk to him about it. There is no glory in pretending and no shame in admitting what is true. Start with an honest confession to God that you have been distracted or negligent. Thank him for reminding you of your need-your thirst.”
Lord, so often I go far too long without coming to you, the living water, to find refreshment for my soul. Sometimes it has been so long that I find myself hesitant and ashamed. But I know that your grace is great and that you welcome back your thirsty child. Thank you for your boundless goodness to me. Amen. \0/\0/
2 Corinthians 3:4-8
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS TO SERVE THE LORD? We know this is something commanded in the Bible, but at times we’re just not sure what to do. Often, we don’t think we are adequate for the task. Or perhaps we’re so busy with all our other duties and responsibilities that finding the time or energy to serve God seems impossible.
Instead of looking at ministry through the lens of obstacles blocking our path, let’s see what God says about it. True service is not something we do for the Lord, but something He does through us. This pattern was set for us by Jesus Christ Himself, who said, “The Father abiding in Me does His works ” (John 14:10). The apostles’ lives also show this is what God had in mind. When Jesus gave them the command to be His witnesses, He said to wait until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
By regarding service as GOD’S work through us, we can have confidence not in ourselves and our abilities, but in God, who makes us adequate for whatever He gives us to do. This perspective also keeps us from taking any credit for what we accomplish. Without the Lord’s directive and the Spirit’s empowerment, our service is worthless in God’s eyes, no matter how productive it looks from a human standpoint.
What makes an effective servant of Christ Is not natural abilities, creativity, or human initiative, but total dependence on Him for both direction and adequacy. God uses those who are weak, humble, submissive, and obedient so that He alone gets the glory.
IN TOUCH DAILY READINGS For DEVOTED LIVING/Dr. Charles Stanley
The marital life of the prophet Hosea, who prophesied doing a time of materialism and spiritual decay in the northern kingdom of Israel, is the focus for this short book that bears his name. Under God’s direction, Hosea married Gomer, an adulterous woman (see Hosea 1:2). Eventually, after Gomer had either become a slave or sold herself into prostitution, Hosea purchased her freedom and brought her back home. (see Hosea 3:1-3). Though her adultery was grounds for divorce, God told Hosea to offer her forgiveness.
Hosea was told to record his marital experience because his marriage to Gomer mirrored the relationship between God and his unfaithful “wife” (Israel). Despite GOD’S repeated calls for his people to repent and return to him, Israel remained unfaithful. The people’s “spiritual adultery ” brought them terrible suffering, yet God remained committed to them. He promised Israel that, like Hosea did for Gomer, he would bring them home someday to his Messianic kingdom (see Hosea 3:4-5).
Hosea may have prophesied his message many years ago, but the lessons to be learned from it are timeless. Perhaps you have a Spiritually wayward child or grandchild within your family. God’s message to us through Hosea is to remain faithful to them, even when they have turned away from us. As God is faithful in his love to us, so we should be faithful in our love to others, confident that God has good plans for our lives.
VERSE to REMEMBER: Hosea 3:1
The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulterers. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”