“JUST FORGET IT!”

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1John 1:9 NIV   Read:  1John 1:1-10 Have you ever been so frustrated with a situation or another person that you blurted out “Just forget it!”?    Maybe you have waited patiently for someone to complete a task or fulfill a promise.   Instead of doing as you expect, they seem to ignore the priority you have set.  Life has a way of taking us to our limits at times.   There is another time of “Just forget it!”.  It is the time we hear it from our SAVIOUR. This  time  the  words  are not  said  in  frustration or  anger, but in a  comforting  love. When JESUS tells us to “Just forget it!”, we can be relieved.    He has taken on all of our problems, removed the guilt we have been carrying or given us a new strength to renew us. JESUS promised to forgive all our sins, not some of our sins…all of them.   No matter how big or unforgivable you think your sins are, they are not too big for JESUS.  Lay them at the foot of the cross and leave them there. What do you have to do to have all your sins forgiven?   First, accept JESUS as your LORD and SAVIOUR.   Then tell him how sorry you are for those things done wrong.   Once you have remorse in your heart, ask HIM to forgive you.   As difficult as it may seem, it is really that easy. Oh, yes!   There is an added benefit.  ...

“AN UNDO BUTTON FOR LIFE!”

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”  1Peter 5:10 NIV Read: 1Peter 5:6-11 I am somewhat illiterate when it comes to computers and tech things.   My office assistant taught me about the ‘undo’ button when writing and editing.   Wow!   What a blessing!  I make a mistake and it removes the error and restores my work all at once. As we discussed it, we talked about an ‘undo button’ for life and how this could make a good subject for a devotional.   You see, we do have an ‘undo button’ for life.  It is called ‘on bended knee’.   When we make a mistake, we have forgiveness.   GOD will forgive all our errors.    Our undo button is a simple, 4 step process. All we have to do is: 1) Acknowledge we made the mistake 2) Repent, being truly sorry for our error 3) Ask GOD to forgive us 4) Accept HIS forgiveness Too many carry the burden of sins when all they have to do is take the problems, lay them at JESUS’ feet and leave them there.   The problems and sins you don’t want, JESUS does! Do you have a sin you are dealing with that seems like a ball and chain dragging you down?   Get rid of it.  It is easier than clicking on an undo button.  Just ask JESUS to take it from you.   HE will. Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, MY SALVATION, Thank YOU for taking on my each and every...

“NOT LOST, JUST NOT THERE YET!”

“Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”   James 5:20 NIV Read:  James 5:19-20 “Not all who wander are lost.” is from Tolkien’s poem.   Notice the words.  It reads; ‘not all’.   Some wander as they have no roots.  Some are wandering to get to an unknown place, while others are running away from something.   Tolkien’s line is that of a dreamer. What about you?   Have you ever been lost?   Strange roads, in a new city or where north seems to be east. It can all be disorienting.   Men are sometimes accused of refusing to ask directions, but that seems to be a personality quirk of men and women equally.   Some are lost in their walk with life; floating from job to job, city to city and even spouse to spouse.   Nothing ever seems to fit.   They are always looking for the right fit or something better. The problem with ‘not lost, just not there yet’ is it becomes a permanent situation…never getting to where ‘there’ really is. Are you a wanderer when it comes to your faith?   Are you ‘just not there yet’ ?   GOD has not  gone  anywhere. HE is exactly where HE has always been.   Could you be wandering and looking in the wrong place? GOD has a plan for you.   HE wants you to be HIS loving servant.   If you are not there yet, then you really are lost.   Find your home in JESUS.  Do it today. Today’s prayer:   “Thank YOU LORD for guiding me...

“WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?”

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1Peter 3:12  NIV   Read:   1Peter 3:8-14   Besides being questionable grammar, we usually hear ‘What are you looking at?’ in a questioning and rude response to someone’s stare.  We could choose less offensive and more gentile words. Have you been on the receiving end of that intent stare of another or have you been the one staring?  I like the old two second rule…”Any look over two seconds is either lust or judging.”  Both should be reasons to control our gazing. We should not sit in judgment of others.   We should not stare at those who are exceptionally overweight, physically challenged, of ethnicity or race of different to us.   If you look or stare at another, are you not passing judgment upon them? There is only ONE to pass judgment or condemn.    GOD, our CREATOR, knows all for HE sees all and hears all.  Our verse of the day really says it all. Today’s prayer:   “GOD IN HEAVEN, Thank YOU for YOUR eyes upon me when I am righteous and YOUR ears to hear my prayers.  Help me to look upon others with the love and grace as YOU do.  Amen.”...