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Forgiven 

  
Israel came to God seeking repentance. 
They said:

Please forgive us. 

Please graciously accept us. 

We won’t follow after false gods. 

Our trust won’t be in what we can do.

We know that blessings come from you.

We know you are merciful. 
God’s response was this:

I will heal you.

I will love you.

I am not mad at you. 

I will bless you.

I will make you to prosper. 
Seeking forgiveness and receiving it from the Lord is that simple.
Scripture taken from:

Hosea 14:2-7

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Mercy Not Sacrifice

  
The Israelite people had been doing an okay job of following the laws God has put in place. But their hearts weren’t in it. He said to his people “I desired mercy, and not sacrifice.” Because just going through the religious ropes weren’t enough. 

Later Jesus sat at the table with sinners, ministering to them. The Pharisees rebuked him. They were appalled that he would be seen with those people. Jesus said “Go ye and learn what that meaneth ‘I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:'” They were being taught that living according to the law isn’t superior to living in the grace of God. 

I say “I will wholeheartedly ask for the mercy of Jesus and not depend upon any works that I can offer.” Because if God and Jesus taught it I want to live it. 

Scripture based on:

Hosea 6:6

Matthew 9:10-13

Let your light shine

Elijah called fire down from heaven to consume the burnt sacrifices. This act was used to remind the Israelites that God was the one to be reverenced, not Baal.

Fast forward to Jesus’ ministry on earth.
James and John were with Jesus as He was rejected by the Samaritans. Immediately they asked if they could call down fire to destroy the people for their rudeness, citing Elijah’s fire experience. 
Jesus said “I’m not here to destroy man. I’m here to save them.”
That was the difference between Elijah’s experience and James and John’s. Elijah wanted to save. James and John wanted to destroy. 
How do you react when your Jesus is rejected? Do you write those people off or is your reaction one that still points them to Christ?
Use the gifts you’ve been given to lead others to Jesus, not to condemn them. 

 

New Day

The mercies of The Lord are new every morning.

Even at the beginning of a new year.

Let this be the day that you start with a clean slate and move forward in your walk with The Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of The Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassionate fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Guard Your Ground

II Thessalonians 2:15

I Kings 20:1-21

The king of Syria got message to Ahab, king of Israel, that he would be coming to take all of his silver and gold and wives and children.

Ahab didn’t protest.

Then the king of Syria said that when he came he would also go throughout Ahab’s servants’ houses and take whatever he thought would be beneficial to him.

Ahab then realized that he had a problem.

He called upon the elders of Israel for counsel. They told him to stand against the king of Syria, to fight for himself and his people.

He took their advice.

Sometimes we decide to let seemingly little things slide by thinking it will be harmless or it will suffice the devil. That thinking is flawed. The “little things” are cracks that will eventually crumble a foundation if left alone. And the devil shows no mercy.

Every decision that we make concerning submission to Jesus or submission to the schemes of the devil affect us. Consider none of it lightly.

Never give the devil an opening to gain ground in your life. Always fight for what is right in Jesus.

A Clean Slate

Lamentations 3:22-23

Welcome to a new day.

God in all His mercy has given you another opportunity to live for Him.

Make the most of it.

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