Maranatha Devotionals

For the Weary – Day 20 – Follow God’s Pattern

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Weariness can sometimes come from our own personal sin. God does not impute our trespasses. What a wonderful thought!

~2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Noah Webster defines “imputing” as:

Charging to the account of; attributing; ascribing.

Strong’s defines it as:

G3049
λογίζομαι
logizomai
log-id’-zom-ahee
Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Imputing

***Sigh*** This is such a conviction to me!  God does not charge my sin to my account.  Not only that, He does not take an inventory of my sin.

I cannot say that I have followed God’s leading in this area.  How many times have I been miserable within because I could not forget a trespass against me.  God has used this to prick my heart and show me that I cannot move forward in my spiritual walk unless I follow His pattern.

Heeding the Holy Spirit

When we do not heed to the Holy Spirit’s convictions, it is as if our feet are planted in mud.  At first, it is slightly difficult to walk in mud.  However, as our feet become more and more covered in the mud, we find it is harder and harder to pull our feet out and move forward.  So it is when we harbor ill feelings toward another.

~Hebrews 12:14-15 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (14) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (15)

When we are at peace with all men, we do not harbor grudges or ill feelings. Doing so causes the root of bitterness brings trouble within us. I cannot push forward for the Lord when my heart is in this state. If I succumb to this sin, I only fill my spirit with exactly what the devil would want. If I dwell in this state long enough, I become weary. This is not what God wants for us.

Reflection of God

We are to be as He is. We are to be molded into His likeness by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. As I submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading, I become more Christ-like in my nature. In turn, I will treat those who have offended me in the same manner as God treats me. I will forgive them – I won’t hold their offense against them – I will not keep an inventory of what they have done! Since God does not take an inventory of my sin, nor does He charge my account or remember my sins, nor should I!
© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

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  1. Vicky

    Thank you LORD!! \o/\o/\o/

    “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 10:10-12)

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