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The Blessedness of Forgiveness Psalm 32

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

Whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,

And in whose spirit there is no guile.

When I kept silent, my bones grew old

Through my groaning all the day long.

For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;

My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

 I acknowledged my sin to You,

And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said,

“I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

And You forgave the iniquity of my sin, Selah

 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You

 In a time when You may be found,

They shall not come near him.

You are my hiding place;

You shall preserve me from trouble;

You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will guide you with My eye.

Do not be like the horse or like the mule,

Which have no understanding,

Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,

Else they will not come near you.

 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;

But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;

And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

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Special Prayer Request for a Sister in Need

To all things give God the glory and He tells us to ask and it shall be given. Prayer is one of the most important things that we can ask for. And it is something that He requests we do for all those in need, but especially for our brothers and sisters. This is a prayer request from a wonderful sister who spends a lot of her time caring for other and hates to ask for herself. Please do add this to your prayers. We know that He is still on the throne and answers. And I have faith that this prayer will be answered as well! God bless you all, prayer warriors! Pray for her physical as well as mental welfare my friends. She is in an abusive situation as well!

“I need prayer.  My financial situation is unchanged, but I have to face my many physical challenges which have long gone untreated or diagnosed.  They have been growing worse but without money or insurance have been ignored.  I saw a doctor and my blood  pressure is off the charts and blood work is expected to reveal more.  PLEASE pray for me and especially for help with fear.  Thank you.”

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A Prayer from A.W.Tozer

“Father we pray: Bless thou this truth. Oh God, thy mercies are abundant. Are not thy mercies full and free, and have they not, oh God, found out me? We thank thee for thy mercies, thy many, abundant, full mercies. Now we pray that thou will help us to lean back upon thy mercy and trust, and not be afraid; heed sin and love righteousness, flee from iniquity and follow after godliness, but always know that in all that we do mercy is around us like the air; underneath us as the earth; above us as the stars, and we live in a merciful world and serve a merciful God; live and swim and move and have our being in the abundant mercies of the triune God. Graciously grant us, we pray thee, properly to understand this and to apply it to our hearts, and we give thee praise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


Accepting Christ Means Rejecting All Else— A.W. Tozer

A. W. Tozer

A. W. Tozer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A.W. Tozer:
The notion that we enter the Christian life by an act of acceptance is true, but that is not all the truth. There is
much more to it than that. Christianity involves an acceptance and a repudiation, an affirmation and a denial.
And this not only at the moment of conversion but continually thereafter day by day in all the battle of life till the
great conflict is over and the Christian is home from the wars. To live a life wholly positive is, fortunately,
impossible. Were any man able to do such a thing it could be only for a moment. Living positively would be like
inhaling continuously without exhaling. Aside from its being impossible, it would be fatal. Exhalation is as
necessary to life as inhalation. To accept Christ it is necessary that we reject whatever is contrary to Him. This
is a fact often overlooked by eager evangelists bent on getting results. Like the salesman who talks up the good
points of his product and conceals its disadvantages, the badly informed soulwinner stresses the positive side
of things at the expense of the negative.


Remember the Lord

English: Bird of Prey

English: Bird of Prey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 46:8 -13

“Remember this, and show yourselves men;

Recall to mind, O you transgressors.

Remember the former things of old,

For I am God, and there is no other;

Declaring the end from the beginning,

And from ancient times things that are

not yet done,

Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

And I will do all My pleasure,’

Calling a bird of prey from the east,

The man who executes My counsel,

from a far country.

Indeed I have spoken it;

I will also bring it to pass.

I have purposed it;

I will also do it.

Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,

Who are far from righteousness:

I bring My righteousness near, it shall

not be far off;

My salvation shall not linger.

And I will place salvation in Zion,

For Israel My glory.


All Will See Christ’s Glory

Jerusalem

Jerusalem (Photo credit: swallroth)

Isaiah 40:1-5

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people! Says your God.

“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,

That her warfare has ended,

That her iniquity is pardoned;

For she has received from the LORD’s hand

Double for all her sins.”

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

Prepare the way of the LORD;

Make straight in the desert

A highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted,

And every mountain and hill shall be made low;

The crooked places shall be made straight,

And the rough places make smooth;

The glory of the LORD shall be revealed,

And all flesh shall see it together,

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”


Put on the New Man

God, the Father watches us all everywhere.

God, the Father watches us all everywhere. (Photo credit: angelofsweetbitter2009)

Ephesians 4:23-29

and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.

Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

nor give place to the devil.

Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for the necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.


The Lord Shall Judge the Deceitful

God, the Father watches us all everywhere.

God, the Father watches us all everywhere. (Photo credit: angelofsweetbitter2009)

Psalm 52

Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?

The goodness of God endures continually.

Your tongue devises destruction,

Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

You love evil more than good,

And lying rather than speaking righteousness.    Selah

You love devouring words,

You deceitful tongue.

God shall likewise destroy you forever;

He shall take you away, and pluck you

out of your dwelling place,

And uproot you from the land of the

living.    Selah

The righteous also shall see and fear,

And shall laugh at him, saying,

“Here is the man who did not make God

his strength,

But trusted in the abundance of his riches,

And strengthened himself in his

wickedness.”

But I am like a green olive tree in the

house of God;

I trust in the mercy of God forever and

ever.

I will praise You forever,

Because You have done it;

And in the presence of Your saints

I will wait on Your name, for it is good.


Motivation of the Future Presence of Christ

folio 150 recto of the codex, with the beginni...

folio 150 recto of the codex, with the beginning of the 1. Epistle to the Corrinthians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Motivation of the Future Presence of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:1-8

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,

if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.

For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.

Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.


Faith Controls the Tongue

Faith Controls the Tongue

James 3:1-12

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.

Look aslo at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder whenever the pilot desire.

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.

But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse me, who have been made in the similitude of God.

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?

Can a fig tree, by brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring can yield both salt water and fresh.


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