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Proverbs 28:13 ” He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

We all have things we’ve done that we’re not proud of.  Lapses in our character where we actually thought we could hide willful sins…but God saw everything.  And the longer we attempt to cover-up and rationalize sin, the harder it is to admit we’ve crossed the line.  David in Psalm 32:5 told the Lord, “I acknowledge my sin to You, and do not cover up my iniquity.”   The first part of David’s confession was Relent.  We need to yield to God and admit we’ve messed up.  The second part was Repent.  There needs to be true remorse and shame for our sin.  We’re sorry for what we’ve done, not just sorry we got caught.  Finally, we need to Remove the sin from our life…by whatever means it takes.  By keeping a short account with God, we won’t find ourselves outside His Will and far from His compassion.

II Corinthians 8:7 ” But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

What’s it mean to excel in the grace of giving?  Here the Apostle Paul was encouraging the Church in Corinth to be generous in their giving to others.  Generosity can be a learned behavior…we see our parents or family acting unselfishly with their money or time…and we do the same.  But on the other hand, dire circumstances we’ve lived through can also determine how generous we are, or not.  Fearless generosity is an investment into God’s Kingdom work and excelling in this grace of giving is the start of that bold approach.

I John 2:26 ” I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”

John was so concerned about the early Church being deceived by false teachers that he repeated this warning later on in his letter…for he wrote in Chapter 3:7 of I John,  “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.”  Any teaching that denies Jesus Christ is God incarnate…and any teaching that places any thing or person above Him is fraudulent.  With cunning and wiliness false teachers will  speak of a “type” of Jesus, but if you listen carefully, it’s a corrupt version and not the truth.  So how can you know you’re not being lead down the path of destruction?  Without the firm foundation of the truth of God found in the Bible, we can all be easily duped and mislead.  Open the Bible…read the truth…allow it to formulate the basis of your belief system.  For when you have the truth within…no one will be able to lead you astray.

Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Our Christian journey isn’t perfect, for everyday we mess up.  We say things we shouldn’t…or out of anger and frustration we act unkindly.  Holiness isn’t something that we’re suddenly bestowed with when we say “Yes” to Jesus…it’s a process…a daily effort towards perfection.  Philippians 1:6 tells us, “That being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  This journey towards holiness –  towards perfection,  is God’s purpose for you.  And as you walk in the Spirit, you’ll discover that His ultimate plan and purpose for you is that process towards holiness.

II Chronicles 33:16-17 ” Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrified fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. The people , however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.”

God had been very specific to Moses on where and how to sacrifice offerings to Him. (Leviticus 17:3-5)  But the people had fallen into the habit of worshiping at the high places of false gods instead…and it became Israel’s pitfall.  Even King Solomon became too comfortable and apathetic about where he worshiped God…for it tells us in I Kings 3:3, “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.”  By using the altars of false gods, the Jewish people were unwittingly incorporating and melding deceptive ideology into their worship of the one true God.

Mark 8:1-4 ” During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to Him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.’ His disciples answered, ‘But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?’ “

His time on earth was getting short and Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their mission.  Everyday He had guided, demonstrated, and shown them what to do…to think outside the box of human nature.  For this wasn’t the first time Jesus had fed a crowd with only a few loaves and fish…but the disciples still didn’t get it.  The disciples had witnessed and actually helped distribute the food to that crowd…but when challenged to come up with a plan for this hungry group, they quickly reverted back to their humanness.  How many times have you sold yourself short by your limited vision of what God could do?  We need to be asking for God’s vision in our life, not ours…and we need to be thinking outside our “human” box and  seeking God’s unlimited and miraculous vision instead.

Numbers 13:30-31 ” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘ We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘ We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ “

The Lord had instructed Moses to send 12 spies into Canaan, but it was only Caleb and Joshua who urged the people to go in and conquer the Promised Land.  Which is very odd if you look at the other 10 men’s names and their meanings…remembering all these young men had been born as God directed the Jews in the wilderness for 40 years.  Their names included – God hears, God endows, God redeems, God saves, God is my deliverance, God is my kinsman.  For in the end, all their strong, valiant names couldn’t help them overcome fear.  And despite hearing about God’s covenant with Israel all their life, they only saw adversity.