Foregiveness – Luke 23:34

Luke 23: 34

[34] Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

We all need forgiveness but getting it from others is sometimes impossible. We can ask someone to forgive us but it’s up to them whether they will forgive or not. Of course the shoe can also be on the other foot – have we ever been guilty of unforgiveness? This is not the way of God.

God actually grieved over all the wrongs that man had inflicted upon each other in Noah’s time (Genesis 6: 5-6) and he still does today when we commit a sin and carry evil.

Forgiveness is needed! Our souls are made to cry out for forgiveness. We were not built to feel burdened and to carry sin around with us, although some people have mastered how to bury it. Forgiveness unburdens us, it frees us from the past and helps us move into the future.

However; because of God’s ultimate justice (goodness, morality) his forgiveness cannot be freely given. Every single sin must be accounted for in order for God to be a just judge. So how can our sins be accounted for and forgiven?

Through Jesus! He and he alone, suffered for our sins, shedding his blood and paying the consequences for us, so that we can be forgiven.

Matthew 26: 28 tells us “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”.

Jesus did the hard work on the cross for us (by being crucified) but we must accept His free gift of salvation. Though God always allows us to make our own decisions, if our choice is to NOT accept Jesus, then we will ultimately be accountable, at the end of our lives, for all the sins we have committed.

There can be no forgiveness of sins without Jesus. He even set an example of how we should forgive others. Seconds before Jesus gave up his life, Luke 23:34 tells us “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” With so much going on and while in horrendous pain, Jesus knew it was important to take the time to teach us one last lesson – forgiveness. Jesus actually asked The Father to forgive his enemy! Praise The Lord!

It is God’s deep desire to be reconciled with us. If we desire to be truly forgiven, then we must ask Jesus into our lives and sincerely accept Him as our Lord, Saviour and Redeemer. He redeemed us from all evil by the payment of a ransom, which was his shed blood. Through Jesus, we will be forgiven and God will begin a transforming work in our lives.

Almighty God,

Thank you for sending Jesus to the earth to teach me so many important lessons on how to live in you.

Thank you for your grace, mercy, love and forgiveness because without those, I could never be accepted into Heaven.

Help me to live in your ways. Lead me and guide me in asking for forgiveness and also in giving forgiveness to others. This has and can be a downfall for me. Please remind me of how Jesus forgives me; a sinner, and how I too should bless others with the same.

Please forgive me my trespasses and lead me along the path of righteousness.

In the precious and glorious name of Jesus, my redeemer, I pray

Amen

If We Say We Have No Sin – John 1: 8-10

1 John 1

[8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
[9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
[10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (KJV)

When we admit our sin, the Lord is faithful and just, forgiving us and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

If we deceive ourselves and say we have not sinned, that shows that we do not have Jesus working in us and we continue to live as sinners, which at our death keeps us out of Heaven.

Jesus has already done the first part for each and every person. He took all of our sins on the cross with him.

To activate the work he did for us, we must confess that Jesus is Lord and ask him to come into our lives and to be our Saviour.

It is very important to confess our sins as sin. It is wrong for us to say “IF I have sin within me, please cleanse me”. That is not confessing we are sinners.

We need to admit we are sinners and feel the conviction of our sin and then confess those sins through Jesus. If we believe we are hiding from some sin, it is better to say “Jesus, please search me and show me my sin so that I can confess it with my mouth”. Then confess all that he shows you.

Once we are forgiven through grace, we become closer to our Father in Heaven, allowing us to pray directly to him, through the name of his son, Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father

Thank you for sending your son Jesus to the earth. Because of his work on the cross, he can now offer me salvation. Without salvation, I would still be carrying all of my sin and with that sin, I would never be able to be in your presence.

May I always remember that I am a sinner. Regardless of what I think I have or have not done, there is sin within me, that must be confessed. There is the sIn I know of and the sin that I am unaware of. They both need to be confessed to cleanse me.

Lord, 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 you will 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). I accept your forgiveness with thanks and gratitude.

Father I thank you that when I come before you with a regretful heart and confess my sin to you, that you forgive me. I am so very blessed Lord. Thank you.

In Jesus’ holy name I pray.

Amen

Hallelujah!

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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

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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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Hear My Cry, O Lord – Psalm 130:1-4

Psalm 130

[1] Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

[2] Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

[3] If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

[4] But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

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 think it was a prayer for Israel; however most believe it was a prayer for himself. Regardless of the why, Nehemiah 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 the depth of his guilt of sin and with admission to God that he was a sinner, the Psalmist shows that he realizes that there was no one, except God, that could forgive sins. He’s crying out, hoping that God will hear his prayers.

After asking for God’s forgiveness, he stood in faith, acknowledging his belief that God heard him. Nehemiah knew that without God’s grace, no one could stand before God, without falling.

The closer he got to God, the more Nehemiah felt the fear of God:

(awe – reverence)

(afraid of sinning again).

As Nehemiah grew in fear and faith of gratitude, his love also grew. He learned that true forgiveness comes only from God.

Heavenly Father

Thank you that today, as a Christian, I am covered by the Holy Trinity.

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

Thank you that I live in a time where my sins are covered with the blood of Jesus.

Thank you Father that Jesus is my advocate, going between you and me and that in you, I am forgiven and loved by your grace.

The more I know you Lord, the deeper my faith becomes. Like Nehemiah, I put my faith and trust in you.

In the name of Christ, I pray

Amen

With the Lord, There is Forgiveness – Psalm 130: 3-4

PSALM 130: 3-4

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

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 that he was a sinner and throughout 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 asking for forgiveness.

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 that I know that you and you alone are the forgiver of sins.

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 and that when I ask for forgiveness, I am totally cleansed.

In Jesus’ precious name, I pray,

AMEN

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

Annoyed vs Anger – Psalm 51: 10-13

PSALM 51: 10-13

[10] Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

[11] Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

[12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

[13] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

The author (probably David) is feeling horrified at his own sins and pleads with God to cleanse him. David is asking for his heart to be washed and cleansed totally. He wants it to be as a completely new heart, one that has never been soiled with sin.

David asks for forgiveness and to be restored to the joy of salvation, which may mean that he either lost his salvation or at least lost the joy of his salvation.

Regardless of the reason, David has felt a deep conviction, has admitted his sins, has pleaded for salvation and asked to be totally restored as a new man. David is begging God not to leave him. He has known what it was like to be in a close relationship with God and now what it is like not to be and he does not like it at all!

It interests me that David begins to thank God for the mercies he hopes to receive by pledging to change and is even thanking the Father for a renewal of heart. He tells the Lord that he will be an example to others and show how he has changed. He promises to guide others, in their sinful times, to go before God.

This wasn’t a bribe David was making but a promise of what the new man would be able to accomplish, for (and with) the Father.

I love the trust and faith that David had. Somewhere inside of him, he had faith that God would restore him and he did everything he could to gain that friendship back.

Dear Father,

This scripture caught me off guard. It’s strange but for some reason, I always think you as a loving, kind Father who sees my sins and is waiting patiently for me to ask for forgiveness.

I have never thought of you as a stern father. It never dawned on me that you were possibly extremely angry with me every time I’ve sinned, especially in repeated sin.

Through this scripture I’ve learned that you were extremely angry with David because he was supposed to set an example for the people. As a Christian, I too, am supposed to set an example for those around me.

However there are times, when I fail in that. At times, I will repeat the same sin that I just asked for forgiveness from. I know I shouldn’t ignore the Holy Spirits warning, but sometimes do.

My thoughts are that you are hurt, disappointed and annoyed at me. Now I realize it’s much more than that.

There is such a difference between asking forgiveness from someone who you know is slightly annoyed and disappointed, than going before someone who is angry. The way of asking for forgiveness in both scenarios are done in completely different ways.

The first, is an off-handed, “Oops, I’ve blown it again. Please forgive me, thank you so much” sort of way. But going to ask for mercy from someone who is angry (or very disappointed) is a totally different experience. Everything is more intense…the words, the feelings, the pleading and the longing for forgiveness.

Father, I have been living in a world which sits in the middle of the two. I know I must come before you, with Jesus as my advocate. I know I must be humble and sincere in my prayers for forgiveness.

Now I see that my methods are too laid back. Am I living the same sins over and over because I know I can confess them and be forgiven each time? Am I coming to you with true repentance in my heart?

Biblical repentance is to change one’s mind that results in a change of action. Will knowing that you may be more than annoyed at me, encourage me to change my ways? I pray it will!

Lord, I am so thankful that you lead me to this particular scripture today and opened my eyes. Help me Lord to stay on the straight and narrow path. Help me to be a good example of Jesus in all ways, everyday.

Thank you Father that in the past, when I came before you, asking for forgiveness and mercy, that you, seeing what was deep inside my heart, forgave me. Even so, I pray Father that from this moment on, we will have a better relationship.

I am so very blessed to be your child. Please Lord don’t ever let me get so far away from you that I would lose my way.

I give you all the thanks and glory. In Jesus’ precious name.

Amen

Jesus is Concerned Over Every Lost Soul – Luke 15

Luke 15:1-32

[1] Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

[2] And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

[3] And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

[4] What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

[5] And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

[6] And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

[7] I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

[8] Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

[9] And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

[10] Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

[11] And he said, A certain man had two sons:

[12] And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

[13] And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

[14] And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

[15] And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

[16] And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

[17] And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

[18] I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

[19] And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

[20] And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

[21] And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

[22] But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

[23] And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

[24] For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

[25] Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

[26] And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

[27] And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

[28] And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

[29] And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

[30] But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

[31] And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

[32] It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

When I started studying this piece of scripture, I was immediately drawn into the whole chapter.

Although I would love to do an entire Bible study on Luke 15, I will contain myself! In today’s post I will be using just a few verses of the scripture, even though I have included Luke 15 in its entirety.

I encourage you to read all of Luke 15 and then meditate or study on it. There are so many precious nuggets just waiting to be found.

Luke tells us that although Jesus used parables many times to teach the disciples and/or the people, these particular parables were mostly for the benefit of the pharisees.

They had come against Jesus for “hanging out” with sinners and even eating with them. The pharisees believed the sinners needed to be shunned and the Pharisees never had anything to do with sinners, tax collectors and the like.

They had made accusations against Jesus and now Christ is going to retaliate by using 3 narratives to teach them. The first is the parable of the lost sheep. The second is the parable of the lost coin and the third is of the lost son. It’s not the stories themselves that my focus will be on, rather the message that appear in all three parables … the message of finding what was lost. Today I will focus mostly on verses 7, 10 and 32.

Luke 15:7 – The Lost Sheep

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

Luke 15:10 – The Lost Coin

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

Luke 15:32 – The Lost Son

“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

All of these parables have one thing in common; something was lost and then found.

Jesus is accused of eating and being with sinners, so he attempts to teach the Pharisees with parables. Christ makes it clear that finding the ONE lost sheep was worth the shepherd leaving all ninety-nine to go and find that one that was lost. Then when the sheep is found, the shepherd calls out to his friends to rejoice with him (verse 6). Jesus ends this parable by showing that although there may be ninety-nine “just” people, it’s the lost ONE that is important.

Jesus continues with the parable of the lost coin. A lady has ten coins and loses one of them. The woman searches diligently for that ONE that is lost. When she finds it, she calls her friends to rejoice with her (verse 9). Jesus ends this parable by showing that although the woman still had nine coins, it was very important to find that one lost ONE.

Jesus continues with the parable of the prodigal son. The younger son wants to take his inheritance and leave; so his father gives him the money and the son goes on his way. After he loses everything, he humbly returns to his father’s house. verse 24 “And they began to be merry.” Jesus ended this story by saying the son was dead and is now alive, lost but now found.

In all of these parables, we see the same message; something has been lost and then is found. Jesus was telling the pharisees that to save sinners, they needed to be invested in them, not to shun or preach at them, but to befriend them.

Here’s what I found in studying…

The sheep represents the person who is falling away from faith. This tells us that God is concerned over EVERY lost soul.

The lost coin represents a believer, who has fallen away from the church. It’s the church’s duty to watch out for each other and to diligently search to save souls.

The last parable digs a little deeper. The elder brother represents the Jewish people who remained solid and hung onto God but became self-righteous, proud and eventually ended up far from God (like the Pharisees)

The next parable shows that the father of the two sons, loved both equally. In the same way, God loves the Jews and the Gentiles equally.

Once humbled, the father took his son back immediately, just as if nothing had ever happened. God will also take back his humbled “lost” children as if they never left.

Jesus was attempting to get the point across to the Pharisees and others that anyone who is lost or moved away from God is just as important as those who love and believe in God (after crucifixion, Jesus).

God doesn’t HAVE to take us back! Nor does he HAVE to find the lost, save people or forgive our sins. He does it because he WANTS to and because he LOVES us so much.

Unfortunately, most of the Pharisee’s didn’t listen or take advantage of changing their ways.

The job God has given believers today, is to find the lost (regardless of who they are or what they’ve done) and tell them about Jesus. That may even mean “hanging out”, or perhaps sharing a meal with the sinners.

We need to keep in mind that we are ALL sinners and not one person today or throughout all of history deserves to be saved by Jesus. However God loves ALL of us and does not want to see, even ONE person lost.

Father God

I ask you Lord, to place the lost along my path, those you know I can help. Guide me and give me the words that would touch their hearts and open their eyes to you.

Help me to realize that not every person I talk to wants to be rescued. Help me also to remember that “I” am not the one to save people, you do that. My job is to seek the lost and show/lead them the way to be found. Unfortunately, not all will accept that offer.

I will praise and glorify your name each and every day. I will continually be on the watch for the lost and tell them of the good news of Jesus Christ.

I will continue to pray for those who do not know you, praying they will see the light before it’s too late.

Thank you Father for loving each and every person in this world and that every one of them have exactly the same option of finding Christ and receiving salvation.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Search Me O God – Psalm 139: 23-24

Psalm 139: 23-24

David is talking to God. He realizes that within himself and possibly even hidden from himself, are sins. David must feel strongly that there is something within him that is not of God.

He is asking the Lord to look into his heart, to test him, to peer into David’s deepest thoughts and to examine him in whatever way God wants to.

David wants to make sure he is totally open to God and that there is nothing hidden that would stop David from an eternal life with the Father.

Heavenly Father

I know Lord, that sometimes I may do, say or think things that are not pleasing to you. Sometimes I wonder if they are my thoughts or if I have unknowingly listened to the enemy whispering in my ear. Regardless, there are times when I try to justify the action or thoughts, instead of coming to you in repentance.

Oh Father, I ask for forgiveness. As you did for David, please Lord, search me, inside and out and find anything that it not pleasing to you. Examine me and reveal all of my iniquities, especially the so-called “justified sins” so that I can confess them with my mouth.

I want a closer relationship with you and if I am carrying sin, it can’t happen. Help me Father to always be on the lookout for pitfalls and prepare me to jump over them. I know Lord there will be times when I will fall, so please help me be alert at all times. When I do sin, let me feel the conviction of it and confess immediately. Don’t let me bury any wickedness away.

I ask that you would search me, as you did for David. Find any and all wickedness that is within me.

(Pause and spend time with God)

I now confess, in the name of Jesus, the sins that I’ve buried or justified in some way …

I come before you Lord humbled and with thanks that you are a loving Father that will not hold these iniquities against me but will forgive me, in the name of Jesus. I now consciously accept your forgiveness with thanks.

Father please help me to stay strong in you from this day forward. Thank you that I am your child and that You will lead me in the way everlasting. I am looking forward to spending eternity with you in Heaven. I am so truly blessed.

Maranatha!

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

Amen