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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
David’s praise focused on God’s glorious deeds. It is easy to complain about life, but David’s list gives us plenty for which to praise God: He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires, and gives righteousness and justice. We receive all of these without deserving any of them. No matter how difficult your life’s journey, you can always count your blessings–past, present, and future. When you feel as though you have nothing for which to praise God, read David’s list.
God’s law was given first to Moses and the people of Israel. God’s law presents a clear picture of God’s nature and will. It was God’s training manual to prepare his people to serve him and to follow his ways. Review the Ten Commandments and the history of how they were given, asking God to show you his will and his ways through them. (NLT)
Psalm 103:1-12 – Praise the Lord, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is a great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.
If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
Lyle F. Weldon (Kentucky) titled his story “A PRAYER OF REPENTANCE;” here is Lyle’s story:
“I was a minister to the inmates at the county jail near my home. One day, an inmate told me that he had a difficult time forgiving himself for past sins. I inquired if he had asked for God’s forgiveness and if he believed that God had forgiven him. He answered affirmatively.
“‘Then you must forgive yourself,’ I concluded.
“Memories — both good and bad — are stored in our brain and resurface from time to time. We find pleasure in reminiscing about good events, but we are uncomfortable when we recall bad ones. However, they lose their power when we remember the words of the psalmist, ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far hath [the Lord] removed our transgressions from us.’ When memories bring us guilt, we can revel in God’s forgiveness and unconditional love. God’s love is our refuge in all times, and God has promised us peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God wants us to have peace in our hearts.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. Forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES TO ACCEPT GOD’S FORGIVENESS
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