Category: Forgiveness

Morning Devotion 03/05/2018

Morning Devotion 03/05/2018

Luke 23:39-43 (KJV)
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Two different destinies. Jesus was nailed to a cross and placed between two thieves. One thief mocked and spoke evil to Jesus. The other thief rebuked the thief which disrespected Jesus. He understood that the punishment he was receiving was just for the crimes that he had committed. He also knew that Jesus was a man who had not done anything wrong and did not deserve the cruelty of the cross. In his humility he asked the Lord to remember him when he entered his kingdom. Jesus with compassion told him that this thief would be with him in paradise. Jesus saw his humility and confession of his sins, forgave him. The other thief had no remorse for what he had done and was not given the same promise. Two men who met the Master in a most unlikely setting had the same opportunity, but one chose to die in his sin while the other only hoped to receive forgiveness. What is your choice? To continue in your sinful condition or confess your sins and ask for forgiveness? Blessed is the man who hungers and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. You have made the right choice, receive your blessings.

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Psalm 85:9-13 (KJV)
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps
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This is a poetic love store of an individual who is filled with sin and meets God on his path through life.  As he travels he suddenly stops because the glory of God is shining down upon the land. Fear grips his heart because he is only robed with unrighteousness and he has just encountered God who is a consuming fire. In a moment his life could become only memory of existence whose soul is filled with sin and darkness. Standing there waiting for the judgment to be pronounced but instead this almighty, fierce God swoops in and embraces him with mercy. Why? The individual’s reverential fear and his openness to speak the truth of his sinful life but desiring to be saved stirred the compassion of God. God reaches out and robes the individual with his righteousness and fills his heart with peace. This encounter changes everything. The path is no longer filled with uncertainties because with each step he takes it is filled with the goodness of the Lord. His right standing now orders his steps and the path is no longer filled with darkness but a warm light. He lives a life of abundance because the blessings of love, joy, and peace are always flowing. Be robed with the righteousness of God and receive your blessings today.

Morning Devotion 02/19/2018

Morning Devotion 02/19/2018

James 3:3-12 (KJV)
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

These scriptures speak for themselves. It is just a friendly reminder to be observant of how we speak. Yesterday was Sunday and many went with praise on their lips. What is flowing today from those same lips? The church building is not where Jesus Christ resides but in the hearts of humanity. When you have his Spirit within you then wherever you are, is holy ground. So be sure today to do your best to bridle the “little red devil behind the white pearly gates”. You do not want to speak things that would cause any delay in receiving your blessings. Be cautious and receive your blessings; today could be the day you receive your miracle.