Forgiveness – Psalm 130: 3-4

PSALM 130: 3-4

No one knows for sure who wrote this Psalm but some believe it was Nehemiah the priest and that it was probably written during captivity in Babylon.

Some scholars/authors think it was a prayer for Israel and some believe it was for himself. During my meditation, I believe Nehemiah was praying for himself, so that is the way I will go with my notes. Regardless; someone was praying earnestly to God.

The Psalmist realized that his sins were keeping him from God and more importantly that they would keep him separated from God right into eternity.

In his admission to God that he was a sinner and through his thought process, he appears to understand that with faith, the true God could take away his sin and so Nehemiah used that faith.

After asking for God’s forgiveness, he stood in that same faith, acknowledging his belief that God had heard him.

As he grew in that faith, his love grew also. The closer he got to God, the more he felt the fear (awe/respect/love) of God!

Heavenly Father

Thank you Father that you sent your Son and the Holy Spirit to help me live my life for you.

Thank you Lord that I have the Holy Spirit living in me and he convicts me when I have sinned.

Thank you Lord that Jesus is my advocate, going between you and me.

Thank you that I live in a time when my sins can be covered, with the blood of Jesus.

Thank you God for allowing me to be your child and that each and every day you lead me, guide me, accept my prayers when I ask for forgiveness and cleanse me totally. I am blessed.

In Jesus’ precious name, I pray,

AMEN

Am I Feeding the Flesh? – Romans 13: 14

ROMANS 13:14

Paul is reminding Christians that we should be living our lives for God and not for our own earthly lusts and desires. Paul’s words encourage us to serve as Jesus served, walk as Jesus walked, love as Jesus loved: to literally put on the persona of Jesus.

Paul is telling Christians to look towards what happens after this life has ended and he challenges the Christians (even us today) to be found in faith to the Lord, when Jesus returns.

The final advice that Paul leaves for Christians (of all times) is that we need to be careful not to cater to the desires of our flesh (over-eating, over-drinking, over-indulging in anything and/or everything) as these are the desires of the enemy.

We need to be following Christ, everyday; with purpose!

Father in Heaven

Thank you for being such an awesome God. Thank you that you sent your Son to us so that all those who accept Jesus will enjoy an eternal life with you. And thank you that your Word gives us awesome examples of people and situations, like the apostle Paul.

Although the spiritual battles I will face today are not mine to fight, I have a part in it; by walking right, living right and not living just for my own desires.

I need to be careful not to over indulge in the provisions you bless me with each day. If not careful, I can fall into the enemy’s trap (that is, believing that I can control the enemy by myself) and in that I will fail miserably.

Father, I know that time is running short and so I pray that all Christians become aware that the enemy is working very hard right now to capture our ways. I pray that eyes are open to the schemes that Satan uses to sneak into our lives. By living for Jesus, we will not fall for satan’s ways.

Thank you Father for all you do for all and for all you are, the one and only true God.

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray,

Amen.

Hallelujah

Feeling Convicted of Sin – Romans 7: 15-25

Romans 7:

[15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

[16] If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

[17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

[18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

[19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

[20] Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

[21] I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

[22] For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

[23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

[24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

[25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)

In the area of Jerusalem, a Roman named Saul took pleasure in the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus. He was living by the law of man and felt no guilt for the beatings, stoning, and all bad things he was doing to the Christians. He took pride for fulfilling the law of the unrighteous so well.

One day on the road to Damascus, Saul had a meeting with Jesus and that meeting eventually filled Saul with the hope of redemption. Saul admitted what he had been doing was wrong and confessed his sins and became a new man.

As a new man, Jesus gave Saul the new name of Paul and Paul immediately began following and living the rest of his life for Jesus.

From the Bible, we know that Paul became a very spiritual man. It is thought that he wrote 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament and yet here he is (truly a righteous man) telling us that he could not get his sin under control!

Paul wants to do what’s right but he can’t seem to do it. He wants to obey the law of the righteous, but keeps failing and is feeling hopeless and helpless at correcting his failures. It seems that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop sinning. In fact the more he tries, the worse he becomes.

As Saul, he had committed so many horrendous acts, yet never felt bad about any of them. In fact, he felt good.

But now that Paul is living a righteous life, he feels convicted so often and in so many ways. It’s not because he’s sinning more or living in sinful ways, it’s because he is living in a righteous (Godly) way and he feels the conviction of every sin.

Conviction is actually a good thing. God desires us to be upset when we do something that is not pleasing to him. If we didn’t squirm and feel convicted, then why would we turn to God, through Jesus, asking for forgiveness.

At this point in Paul’s life, he was attempting to fight the sin by himself. Paul was believing that in his own strength, he could defeat it.

Paul then asks “who shall deliver me?” FINALLY, he came to the conclusion that having done all he could (standing strong, trying to fight the evil himself) he needs to call on God, confess the sin and ask for forgiveness.

Without the grace and mercy of God, we can never be redeemed from the curse of sin, no matter how hard we try.

We live in a world of sin and our bodies carry sin, but we don’t have to live in evil ways. If we trust in God, confess each time we sin, thank him, speak his word and believe with faith, then God will give us the strength to overcome evil.

Heavenly Father

These verses opened my eyes to sin. I guess I have always been “trying” not to carry sin and when I fail, the enemy tells me I’m a failure.

By these verses, I can now see that as long as I love you and do my best to stay true to you, confess my sins and ask for forgiveness, you will always help me.

I am so very thankful that I now know that sin is inside each and every one of us, and that even the people that I see as “living the perfect life in Jesus” have the same daily struggles as I do.

Father, please help me to be aware of the enemy working in my life. Help me to confess right away when I know I’ve done something that is not pleasing to you. I do not want to carry that sin!

Thank you for using people like Saul (the natural person) and showing me that even people like him can be used by you and become the Paul’s of this world.

I am blessed to be your child and know that you are always there to love and strengthen me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I give you thanks and praise.

All for your glory, Lord, all for your glory.

Amen