thepast-e1311460330255Philippians 3:13-14 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Falling away from the faith happens … it happens to all of us at some point. The key to this statement is this: Do you “stay” fallen?

To the true believer, the Holy Spirit has a way of poking and prodding our conscience.  If fact, He does this so much that we just can’t live with ourselves. Our guilty conscience gets the best of us and we finally succumb to the Spirit’s calling. What sweet surrender it is, indeed! 🙂

Praise the Lord for His word – it is a living and breathing Book! In its precious pages are forgiveness and restoration! You can glance over the same verse 100 times and that verse does not pertain to your life. But one day, that verse comes to life with meaning because a circumstance has arisen and God has breathed upon you the life of His word!

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Just think about it, God is faithful even when we’re not. He is just, even when we’re not. He forgives us and, better still, He cleanses us! Do you understand that, Christian? He cleanses us … He bathes us in Christ’s righteousness!  Praise Him!!!

Isaiah 43:25 – I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

God will NOT remember our sins … we are cleansed … we are bathed in the righteousness of Christ! Thank You, Lord God, my Redeemer!

1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Psalm 6 To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. 1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long? 4 Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer. 10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

Today’s reading is not only heartwrenching to me but what a beautiful depiction of repentant sinner! This Psalm was written when David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband, Uriah, killed! At this point in time, Bathsheba had given birth to the baby but the baby had yet to die. The text reveals a repentant David who is praying and seeking forgiveness. Another beautiful passage with this same theme is Psalm 51.

I picture David on his knees pleading with God to forgive him! I see him crying and torn before his God and pleading to Him to save his son, even if there is the smallest possibility! I know that his son was not spared, yet David accepted God’s judgment and continued on. David truly repented of his sins and turned his life around.

I have been there right along with David. My sins have been forgiven but they also brought repercussions that will never go away. This is not the result of a merciless God, by all means. These repercussions are a result of my own rebellion and my own sins. God has forgiven me indeed but my sins have brought about an outcome that I cannot change.

Christian, are you wandering today? Maybe you are a woman who, like Bathsheba, has been unfaithful and is now expecting a baby. God has forgiven you but your baby will be a constant reminder of your sin. How about the believer who use to be a thief prior to salvation and in a moment of weakness steals again after salvation? If you are caught, you will suffer the legal ramifications and possibly have a criminal record. That record will follow you all your life and will affect your ability to get loans, jobs, etc. Repentance is a must but the repercussions of your sin will continue. There’s no difference between David’s situation in today’s text and yours.

I know that my God stands ready to forgive me – He wants to forgive me! However, when I lead my life according to my own worldly desires, I will suffer the consequences as a result. God’s mercy comes shining through when one recognizes His judgment! How can one experience mercy if one doesn’t realize God’s judgment? There is a price to pay for sin for the believer. Yes, our sins are forgiven in a split second and remembered no more. But the results of a moment’s pleasure and weakness may last a lifetime.

Are you wayward today? Have you wandered far from God? Follow David’s footsteps and call on God for forgiveness and restore your fellowship with Him!

Weariness can sometimes come from our own personal sin but 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).

***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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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).

***Sigh*** This is such a conviction to me! God does not charge my sin to my account. Not only that, He doesn’t even 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.

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 due to the weight we’ve accumulated. This is a wonderful analogy … the result of heavy weighted mud is the same result as 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 I am at peace with all men, I can’t harbor grudges or ill feelings. 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 wants. If I dwell in this state long enough, I will become weary. I will become self absorbed.  I will have my eyes on me and not on the Lord. This is not what God wants for me.

I am to be as He is. I am to be molded into His likeness by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in my life. 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, why should I?!

If you are experiencing weariness, take spiritual inventory of your walk and be sure to remove this sin from your life so you can be free from its bondage.  Weariness can become burden – it can place you under bondage.  Forsake it and let the Holy Spirit heal you and bring you sweet peace!

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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~Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Our country is getting there, isn’t it? Prayer has been taken out of schools. The Lord’s Name is not revered but a curse word on the lips of men. There’s a church on every street corner, practically, but our country is more depraved than ever! Sin is rampant. Men call evil good and good evil! But all this was foretold in God’s Word and we should be quick to read it and learn from it.

Without God’s Word, man will get much worse. Depravity will worsen and we will be destroyed.

~Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

It’s not too late… we can turn this around.

~2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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As we approach Easter, let’s remember why we are really celebrating this holiday.  It is not about bunnies or eggs.  It is, however, all about forgiveness.  I hope you enjoy this story.  It’s a good one!

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.

He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck.  Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, ‘Sally, let’s wash the dishes.’

But Sally said, ‘Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.’

Then she whispered to him, ‘Remember the duck?’

So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, ‘I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.’

Sally just smiled and said, ‘well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.’

She whispered again, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer.  He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, ‘Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.’

Thought for the day and every day thereafter:

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)…whatever it is…You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life… He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets.  It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved.

~Author Unknown

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The catholic church believes that only it has the right to forgive sins.

Taken from their catechism:

“There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive.” Pg. 256, #982

“By Christ’s will, the Church possesses the power to forgive the sins of the baptized…” Pg. 257, #986

“The Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ…” Pg. 363-364, #1448

“Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins ‘in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ ” Pg. 367, #1461

“The Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.” Pg. 255, #979

Were there no forgiveness of sins in the Church, there would be no hope of life to come or eternal liberation. Let us thank God who has given his Church such a gift.” Pg. 256, #983

What does the Bible say?

Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? ~Mark 2:7

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. ~Ephesians 4:32

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16

I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. ~Psalm 32:5

Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” ~Psalm 25:18

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psa 51:4) Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. ~Psalm 51:2,4

Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. ~2 Chronicles 6:21

The Word continues to tell us that God wants us to go to Him. There is no mention of going to anyone else but Him.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~2 Chronicles 7:14

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. ~Psalm 86:5

… if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. ~Colossians 3:13b

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities… ~Psalm 103:2-3

Again, the Word of God contradicts catholic teaching yet the precious catholic is made to believe tradition and magisterium over the Word of God. God is not a man that He should lie. His Word is final and it is truth!

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