Rest in Him – Psalm 37: 3-7

Psalm 37:3-7

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
[4] Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
[5] Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
[6] And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
[7] Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (KJV)

This Psalmist is warning people to stay faithful to the Lord, whether things seem to be good or bad, to always keep faith.

This verse is saying that when we see others as very prosperous and we seem at times to be struggling, we are not to be envious or jealous. We are to keep our love with the Father and continue to trust him, delight in him, regardless of what our lives look like.

Rewards here will vanish when the earth does, but for Christians, our rewards really begin when Jesus returns and this earth and all of the “earthly things” are destroyed.

Does this mean that Christians will not or should not have anything good in our lives while living on earth? No, not at all! God is watching over us even now, and it is his desire that we have an abundance of good things… our cup may be full to overflowing.

Does that mean that as Christians, we will never have hard times, disappointments or times we feel we can’t bear? No, whether Christian or not, we will suffer the bad as well as the good. As long as we are in this time frame, where satan has been given some authority and sin is in this world, everyone regardless of who we are or what we believe will suffer at some time or another.

The author is telling the followers of God, not to worry over what we do or do not have, compared to others. We are told to rest in the Lord, believe in the Lord, take comfort in the Lord, be committed to the Lord and wait on him because The Lord is coming back and will bring righteousness with him.

So for now we should not worry about anything and have complete trust in the Lord to look after us in all circumstances. Serve the Lord and wait, expectantly, for His return.

At that time, judgement will take place and each and every person will be shown what is rightfully theirs. And then all people will be directed to their new eternal homes.

Heavenly Father

I know at different points in my life as a non-Christian, I used to be quite envious of what others had that I didn’t. It started when I was a child and wanted the toys that my friends had. I realize now that satan tries to get his hooks into everyone on earth as soon as he can.

Thankfully Father you came into my life! Did I immediately stop wanting what others had? Did I immediately stop drooling over and getting angry that other people were leading such a carefree lives when I was going through hardships? No! It took time Father, time to understand.

I had to accept you into my life. It took studying your Word and praying to you. It took asking for forgiveness and being cleansed of all the past mistakes, angers and frustrations I had.

It was then that I started to heal. It was then I started to be happy for those who had more than I had. It was then that you put the peace that passes understanding into my soul. It was then that I became relaxed and happy, regardless of what was or wasn’t in my life.

Does that mean I never have bad or sad days? Does it mean I am able to be happy each and every day? No, not at all. I still have times where life just seems to overtake me and I fall.

I have learned that the important thing to do is to go to you Father as soon as I realize that I am in an area of loneliness, depression, unhappiness, or whatever has gotten me down and I ask for help!

The enemy may be involved in whatever circumstance I am going through, but Father, you will control the situation to end well.

I have found that when I look back on the troubling periods, I realize that those were the times of much growth for me.

I am grateful for all you are doing in my life. It is my honour and privilege to serve you Lord. I delight in studying your Word and talking to you. And best of all, I look forward to spending eternity with you.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, I pray.

Amen

He that Covers Sin – Proverbs 28:13

Proverbs 28:

[13] He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
King James Version (KJV)

If a sinner does not acknowledge that he has sin or tries to cover it up or even makes excuses for the sins, then he is keeping himself out of heaven. By concealing his transgressions, he will not be forgiven.

Why do so many people (myself included) try at times, to hide their sins from God?

I realize that many times we are so ashamed of what we’ve done or figure our sins are just too big for God to forgive that we put off taking them before the Lord.

We can see in scripture that God drew all sorts of sinful people to himself. He forgave their sins and then used those very same people for wonderful ways to spread the Word of God.

King David, Saul/Paul and even the chosen disciples were not without fault. Some tried to hide their sIn but ended up miserable and feeling alone.

There is nowhere to hide from the Lord. He is the creator of this world, the people and everything in it. There is no where we can hide, that he doesn’t see. There is nothing we can think that he doesn’t know. He already knows what our thoughts are and what we have done in the past, present and yes, even in the future.

We all need turn to the Lord and confess our sins, no matter what we’ve done. He already has the knowledge of them so through true confession we can be freed from the shame and guilt.

Father in Heaven

Thank you that through my confession to Jesus, I am made righteous and I can come to you with my prayers. Without that cleansing, I could not come before you.

Lord Jesus, I come humbly to you and ask for forgiveness. I know that I have sinned and done, thought or said things that are not pleasing to you and I pray that you will show me mercy, forgive and cleanse me. Search me Lord, bring to my mind the things I need to confess. (Tell Jesus of the specific things that need forgiveness). Thank you Lord for hearing my confession and I now accept your forgiveness with thanks and gratitude.

Please go before me today Lord. Keep me on the straight and narrow path. Holy Spirit please convict me when I sin and remind me to confess, when I do. Thank you Lord for loving me so much that you are ready to show me grace and mercy even in my sin.

In the name of Christ Jesus I pray,

Amen

Are you carrying sin? Do you feel weighted down by the guilt of it? Check out my posts in the confession/repentance category by clicking the link below.

One Mediator – 1 Timothy 2: 4-5

1 Timothy 2:

[4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Paul tells us that it is God’s desire that everyone should be saved, so he became flesh and sent his son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.

EVERY person, during their lifetime, will hear the good news of Jesus Christ, learn of repentance and hear that having faith in Jesus will bring them salvation (the knowledge of the truth).

Paul tells us that another part of the knowledge of the truth is the importance of learning that Jesus is our one mediator.

At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, he became our high priest, giving us the privilege of praying and confessing our sins “directly to Him” and with his forgiveness Jesus bridges the gap between us (God’s children) and Father God.

Jesus is the only one who can intercede, reconciling man to God. The Virgin Mary, saints, other gods, angels, man or idols cannot! If we believe that others can do what Jesus came to do, what then, was the point of Jesus’ horrendous crucifixion?

He alone became our bridge to God so it’s important that ALL prayers to God must go through our one and only mediator and that is Christ Jesus.

In regards to sin – Jesus is the only one who can judge fairly as he is the only one who can know our real inner feelings. When he hears the TRUE confessions of a believer, total forgiveness is given through grace and mercy; in that moment, WITHOUT penalty or works.

When people, other gods, the Virgin Mary, saints, idols, angels or mere men hear our confessions, are they able to discern, in the same manner as Jesus and know without doubt what is really in our hearts and the “degree of each sin”? No!

Since God has not authorized anyone (other than Christ) this job, it’s important for men to know that Jesus and only Jesus can completely remove our sins and only He can take our prayers before God.

Jesus is the ONLY one that can save us from death (because we are forgiven through Him). At our judgement, only Jesus appears as our advocate and intercedes for us.

Simply put, God is proceeding according to a plan. All die, but many will live eternally, by the knowledge of the truth through our one and only mediator, Christ Jesus.

Loving God,

Because Jesus is the one who hears my confessions, I can pray at any moment of the day and do not have to wait and confess to one particular person.

It’s important that I do not to keep the sin but to confess and turn away from it, as soon as I am made aware of the sin.

Once confessed, I can be open to receive the forgiveness, compassion, love and mercy that Jesus alone can give me.

With that in mind…

Jesus I come humbly before you and ask for forgiveness. I know that I have sinned and done, thought or said things that are not pleasing to you and I pray Lord you will cleanse me. I come before you now to confess my sins (tell Jesus of the specific things that need forgiveness).

Thank you Jesus that I have laid all of my sins down, in your name. I consciously accept your forgiveness and ask that you would now lead and guide me in all I do.

Thank you Father for such wonderful gifts as Jesus and forgiveness. You are an awesome God and I give you all the praise and glory.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

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