Where Our Sin Goes

deep sea

Micah 7:19
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their (our) sins into the depths of the sea.

Our God is a God of compassion, of mercy. He loves us deeply with a love that never lets us go.

This scripture tells us that He is going to bring our bondages, our perversity, depravity, and guilt under His foot. In other words, He captures the things that put us in bondage and makes them subservient to Him.

He goes on to tell us that He hurls our sins, our iniquities and its consequences, into the deepest depths of the sea.

Corrie tenBoom always added a P.S. to this truth. She said, “and then God posts a sign that says, ‘NO FISHING.’” In other words, don’t go trying to dredge up confessed sins. They’re gone. God has stomped them and thrown them in a sea too deep to retrieve. Hallelujah!

Father God, thank You for sending Your Son
to overcome all my sins;
for taking the punishment I deserved.
May I walk in freedom before You
all the days of my life.

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When In Suffering and Grief

Jesus comfort

Lamentations 3:32
For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.

It is such a comfort to know when we are afflicted, when we undergo suffering, or when we grieve, the God of All Mercy is there. He has a multitude of goodness and kindness.

He is faithful. He is never late—or early. His intent is always for our highest good in the end.

Sometimes it looks like God is out to get us. Don’t believe it. It is Satan’s lie to get us to lose trust in the One who knows us best and loves us most.

Put your full trust in your Creator. He has a grand plan. Cooperate with Him to bring that plan into view.

Father God, I thank You in joy and in grief.
I put my full trust in You to bring to pass
those plans in Your heart for my life and living.
Show me how to cooperate with You
so I may stand with You, united, victorious, forever.

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God’s Guidance

crossroads

Psalm 112:4
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Many times we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we go right or left, or straight ahead? We need God’s wisdom, His instruction because only He knows the end from the beginning.

When we invite Him into a decision we can expect His sure guidance. His light. His instruction.

There is one qualification here. We must be upright in His eyes. That word “upright” means “to be right, pleasing, correct, righteous, straight.” If we are not pleasing in the Lord’s sight, we need not expect His light in our lives.

We need to ask Him today to show us any way that displeases Him, tell Him we’re sorry and change that way, that behavior, that keeps His light from us.

Lord God, I desire to walk a blameless path before You.
May all I do, say, and think, be pleasing in Your sight.
May I enjoy Your light in my life all my days.
May I reflect You in all my ways.

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Waywardness

Prodigal son

Luke 15:20
(Jesus said) “And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.”

The son here has finally come to the end of himself and decides to come to his father and admit his wrong. He intends to ask to be a lowly servant, no longer enjoying the status of a son.

The father sees him coming from a long way off, which indicates this father had been searching in the distance for any glimpse of his wayward, rebellious son. Seeing his son, he runs to welcome him home.

That word “run” here means to run exerting all effort as in a race course. This shows us the eagerness of the father to welcome his son home. He kisses his son again and again. Later, in the story we learn the father reinstates the son to full son ship—not a servant slave.

This is a picture of how God waits for us to turn from going our own way and come to Him, in sorrow for our sins. He ever searches the horizon in hopes to see our return.

Lord God, I’m sorry for walking my own way.
Cleanse me of my sinful ways.
Cause me to walk a right path before You.
Make me a true child of Yours.
Thank You for Your tender love that never lets go.

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God’s Book of Rememberance

Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:17
“And they will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on that day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

In the scripture just before this in Malachi 3:16, God tells us He has a book of remembrance of everyone who fears Him (holds Him in awe) and who esteems His name. That means to hold His name in high regard.

Those will be His. They will be counted as His own possession (His treasure). There must be coming a terrible danger, because He makes a solemn promise to spare (pity, have compassion on) those who serve Him.

That word “spare” refers to those people He is going to spare as servants or subjects. Subjects are people ruled by a king. Do we see Jesus our absolute ruler, our king, our Lord? Are we serving Him and doing His bidding? Do we hold His name in high regard or use His name as a swear word?

Lord Jesus, on that day You prepare Your possession,
may I still hold You in awe, and honor Your name
above every name in heaven and on earth.
May I receive Your pity and compassion
as one who serves You with every fiber of my being.
Thank You for Your iron-clad promises
to those who follow You, my Lord, my King.

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Our Place before God

bowing down

Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

The word “contrite” means “dust.” “Humble” means “in low station, lowly, humble of spirit.”
All these terms speak of humbling yourself before God. Getting in the dust—recognizing that dust is what we came from. Admitting God is God and we’re not.

Humbling ourselves before God puts us in a position to receive restoration to life and health of our spirit and our soul.

We need to stretch out on the floor, face-down before God; pour out our heart to Him. It never hurts. It’s the best place to hear His voice and receive His answers, bar none.

Father God, God of all comfort, wisdom, and restoration,
I humble myself before You.
Bring me into right relationship with You.
Please meet my needs as You see them.
Fill me with Your joy and assurance.
Thank You that I am Yours and You are mine,
now and forevermore.

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Jesus, Our Only Savior

Jesus

John 3:16
(Jesus said) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

To adhere to the truth of this scripture is not a passing acknowledgement that Jesus lived. Our faith must go deeper than that.

True faith in Jesus believes He willingly went to the cross for each one of us. He came back to life and He desires each of us to have a one-on-one relationship with Him, the living Lord. To those who receive and believe Him, Jesus will save us from an eternity with Satan and his angels in the lake of fire—for forever (Revelation 20:10,14-15).
Jesus makes a place for us in heaven (John 14:2-3), though we deserve hell.

Saving faith is a strong conviction that Jesus really did die on the cross and after three days, came alive again, appeared to many and then rose into the sky. A trust He will return just like He left (Acts 1:9-11).

If you don’t have that assurance, that faith, ask for it. He is anxious to give it to you.

Lord Jesus, come live in me; forgive my sin.
Cleanse me of everything that grieves You.
Make me a new person as I walk day by day with You,
the Living Lord who is coming for His own.

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