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Repentance is a Gift

People really don’t want to let Josh Duggar off the hook for his past sins. What he did as a young teen was very wrong but, from what I know of it, I don’t think it should be called molestation. But it was still very wrong and his parents sought help for him, first with counseling and then with the police. They didn’t treat the situation lightly. Maybe they didn’t do enough but I’m sure at the time they thought Josh was fully repentant.

Fast forward a few years when Josh Duggar was in a leadership position. His sexual addiction proved to be too much for him and he either tried to have an adulterous affair or did have one or more. The details should stay between him, his wife, and God.

He resigned from the leadership position which was a sign of outward repentance. Then he checked into a long-term facility for his sexual addiction which was a sign of some inward repentance. Pride and ego won’t let a person do something like that unless they feel there is a real problem. During that process and after, I’m sure that there was also intense marital counseling for Josh and Anna. I don’t think that Anna would have stayed unless that had happened. More signs of inward repentance.

Of course, I don’t know all the details because it’s none of my business. But the news media places this story in all our faces when they refuse to let it go.

Josh and Anna Duggar recently welcomed their fifth child and it seems that true repentance and a loving and forgiving God have transformed a problem marriage into a redeemed one. And…I celebrate that!

King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers, Uriah. Bathsheba came up pregnant and David tried to hide his sin by bringing Uriah back from war so that he could sleep with his wife and the adultery would be hidden. Uriah said that it wouldn’t be right for him to do that while his men were fighting a battle so he went back to war. Out of fear, King David had Uriah moved to the very front lines of the battle where he was killed. King David tried to cover up the sin of adultery, first with a scheme and then with murder.

After some time, David’s servant and prophet, Nathan, confronted him with his wrongdoings. And…David finally repented completely. His heartfelt words are recorded in Psalm 51.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so, you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely, I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

 

 

True Christianity is not about people doing the right thing all the time.

True Christianity is about messing up, confessing sin, and then coming to true repentance.

Romans 3:23-24 says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

And as Jesus wrote in the sand:

Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone (John 8:7).

 

 

The ability to repent at any time came about because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It fully paid for our sins and mistakes and paved the way for restoration and repentance.

Isn’t God’s love and grace miraculous?!

 

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Where is my help?

mountains

I look up to the mountains–does my help come from there?

No–my help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens & the earth.

The Lord himself will watch over me.

Read Psalm 121 for more about the Lord’s love for you.

 

 

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Free to Fly

I’m free to fly…

Stride, Walk, Move, even Dance through wide open spaces as I look for and notice Your Truth and Wisdom (Psalm 119:45).

No one can put down what God sets free, including me. Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy when I listen to the Enemy and hold myself back.

Wings open in flight

Free to fly

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Living for God’s Glory

Based on Psalm 50

 

The Lord God is mighty and never keeps silent. His glorious radiance calls out to all of us. He uses nature to capture our attention. God doesn’t want our physical sacrifices for He owns everything that we could try to give to Him. However, He does want us to offer Him our thankfulness and praise from a willing heart and He also desires us to give of our time, energy, and money when it is helpful. The Lord will rescue us when we are in trouble. Actually, He longs to do this. He longs to help His creation see the Light. But, when we refuse His precious gifts and refuse to obey His word, our own wickedness will increase and make us miserable. Justice will always prevail so it is better to repent and turn back to God while we are able. Step onto the path that He has prepared for you to walk and go forward and you will see the salvation and glory of your God.

 

 

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Lasting Wealth

Based on Psalm 49

 

God’s words are worth listening to and reading. If you want wisdom and insight, there’s only one place to get it. Wisdom from God is worth far more than monetary riches. No matter how much riches you accumulate, the grave will still come. Only God can save you from the grave. No earthly benefits will last. You can’t take anything with you. Seek God and His wisdom because those will last forever.

 

 

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Remembering the Truth

Based on Psalm 48

 

Certain truths are inevitable as I believe in the Lord Almighty.

1.)   He is great and deserves my praise.

2.)   He sees everything from His high perspective. However, this doesn’t just mean that He only sees the big picture. He does, of course, but He also sees with a microscopic view of the tiniest detail—every hurt, every tear, and even the seemingly hidden motivation of a heart.

3.)   He is a defender of those who look to Him.

4.)   He brings ultimate victory to every situation even when it doesn’t appear that way to my eyes in the moment.

5.)   He is a rock and a fortress that will guide me every day with every step I take.

I need to remind myself of these truths each morning because it’s so easy to get caught up the whirl of life and live like God isn’t there.

 

 

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Praise is a Verb

Based on Psalm 47

 

Because God lives, I should sing praises to Him and His holy name. I can praise Him with my voice, my smile, and my faith. Most of all, I should praise Him with my obedience to walk in the way that He shows me.

 

 

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What Gets Me Through

Based on Psalm 46

 

Anything is possible on this earth—earthquakes, floods, even tsunamis–but God is greater than any of those things. When God dwells within me, He protects me. That doesn’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen though. It does mean that God will keep things like that from destroying me. When He allows these things to happen, it’s for a larger and greater purpose of me knowing and relying on Him more. I can be still and know that God is in charge. More than that, He also loves me and cares about everything I go through.

 

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Joy and Gladness

Based on Psalm 45

 

If the Gospel stirs my heart, I will rise up, go forward, and walk out my calling with complete confidence—confidence in Him, not confidence in myself. My weapon is the Word of God which always accomplishes something when it is yielded. I am clothed splendidly in Christ’s righteousness. Why should I fear? I should go forth victoriously and walk in truth and humility because I know Who is at my side. The clothing that God gives me is all I need to accomplish what He has planned for me to do. I am not sufficiently clothed to do someone else’s work, only my own. I honor the Lord for what He has done for all mankind and for me personally. I walk in His ways because I am grateful, not because I want to earn something from Him. Joy and gladness lead me and they are also my reward.

 

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Past & Present

Based on Psalm 44

When I look back, I can see God’s hand everywhere. I see Him halting corrupt nations’ plans. I see Him setting wrongly accused prisoners free. I see wisdom that helped many people continue onward. I also see His loving hands comforting people and bringing them hope. God is the one who brings victories.

Sometimes when I look in the present though, it is harder to see the hand of God as clearly. I see hunger and oppression as well as thievery and murder. It can make me wonder why God doesn’t fix everything instantly. The God of the past doesn’t always look the same in the present moment.

Then I think a little bit deeper and I see that those Godly victories of the past didn’t always come instantly either. There has always been a waiting time in between the longing and the victory. And, that waiting time draws more and more people toward a loving God.

 

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