“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Acts 3:19 NKJV
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace. Thank you that you are faithful when we repent to forgive us our sins. Please speak to me and to everyone reading this as we know your word is empowering and transformative. Open our eyes, wake us up, and please open our understanding. In the name of Jesus – Amen
Grace – If not for grace we would be condemned to eternal hell-fire – but through grace we find mercy and forgiveness, conviction to repentance. Grace! Glorious grace! The kind of grace that brings all glory to God! Because if not for God, where would we be?
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 KJV
First hold in your heart that all conviction is from God unto repentance and all condemnation is of the enemy to bondage to sin. Then, we can move on.
I know this has been a rough week (at least for me) – hopefully God has been challenging you, like he has been challenging me, and you have been growing in your relationship with Christ and I pray you are choosing complete submission to God, complete and total obedience. Now is not the time to be lukewarm, now is not the time to be complacent, now is the time to be on fire and overflowing with godliness and glorifying God in all that you do.
King David. King David was a sinner who seems to have been in bondage to the sin of lust. Who had a couple men killed and took their wives. Yet with his many downfalls and obvious sin struggle this is what the Bible says about King David. First Samuel says to King Saul:
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” 1 Samuel 13:14 KJV
Then in the book of Acts:
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” Acts 13:22 KJV
David was blessed because he was a man after God’s own heart. God found this one act so important that all of David’s human failings were nothing compared. So God raise The Messiah, Jesus Christ, from the lineage of David.
This week – if you have been humble before God, then I am sure you have been convicted of things as I have. We bravely confronted our own failing and shortcomings and fell at the feet of Jesus in repentance and committed ourselves to rise to the standard in which we are called. We are trying to turn away from sin – as David did. And as David, I am sure we might fail but repent and try again. Be a person after God’s own heart. Have an honest relationship with Him. And give all glory to Him.
Be a person after God’s own heart.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV
Seek God – everything else will fall into place.
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV
Stay focused on the Lord. It is difficult to wander into temptation and wander off the path when you are focused on Him.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 ESV
What a glorious solution to our heart problems discussed in yesterday’s post. Seek Him with ALL your heart. Surrender all of your heart to Him in obedience.
“A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 ESV
And here is just one of the verses in one of the Psalms written by David – study them to truly understand David’s heart towards God.
Have an honest relationship with Him.
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 ESV
God wants to be our Father – he wants a father/son or father/daughter relationship with each of us.
“And this is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 ESV
We can have this relationship by getting to know God and Jesus through the Bible and Jesus said God will reveal himself to you. If you are reading this it isn’t an accident – God is trying to speak to you. He wants a closer relationship with you! He wants you to be able to say: I know the only true God and Jesus Christ, who was sent by Him.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 ESV
When I came back to the Lord, there was word after word and verse after verse about a banquet. Ya see, God is preparing a banquet and He wants us to sit and eat with Him. To enjoy dinner time conversations with Him. To get to know Him.
And give all glory to Him.
“5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11 ESV
“Have this mind[set]” or this is how you should be thinking…. It is all for the Glory of God. Everything. Jesus making a way through the work of the cross was all for His glory – but so is everything.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Everything for the glory of God!
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36 ESV
Think about this one and give God the GLORY!!!
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7 ESV
We were created for the purpose of God being Glorified. We are for His glory! Let Him be glorified in you, today, through your relationship with Him.
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Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!