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II Chronicles 7:14 ” If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Nothing in recent history has humbled the world like this tiny microscopic virus called COVID19.  Powerful countries around the globe have been brought to their knees, their economies devastated, their people frightened and alone as this virus spreads.  World Leaders resigned now to the fact that all their military might is no match, all their counter-intelligence and international clout meaningless in the face of this unseen enemy.   Yes, COVID19 has humbled us.  It has shown us just how vulnerable and defenseless human beings can be.  But this can also be a good thing.  For it has plainly shown us how little mankind is in control and how much we need God.  The humility spoken about here is a change of heart…of turning from evil and seeking the face of God in true repentance…and seeing our land healed.

Jeremiah 33:8 ” I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against Me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against Me.”

God’s mercy is great.  It’s His amazing mercy that compassionately addresses our plight and wretchedness as broken human beings here on earth.  For only God can forgive and cleanse sinful man when we fall short of His standard.(Which is very often)  And it’s only God that can forgive us of our willful defiance, and disobedience directed towards Him.  But it is only through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus, that we can attain this Divine forgiveness.

Job 5: 6-7 ” For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.”

We all are born with a sin nature.  You don’t need a teach a baby how to be crabby and out of sorts…they arch their little back, face beet red, as they let you know in no uncertain terms they’re unhappy!  No, thanks to Adam and Eve that sin nature has been handed down from generation to generation.  In Psalm 51:5 David laments about this sin nature when he says, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”  From the first Adam we obtained our sin nature…but the second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to redeem us from it.

Isaiah 1:18 ” Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

In this verse God was confronting the nation of Judah.  For they had been practicing religious festivals of their own design in direct rebellion against Him.  In other words, they were taking God’s Word – adding and twisting it to fit their own desires and notions.  Kinda sounds like religion today where God’s Word has been spun and misinterpreted to become more politically correct and not offensive anyone.  But man’s job is not to reinterpret God’s Word in order to make everyone feel better.  Man’s job simply is to obey what God has already written.

Psalm 7:14 ” He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.”

Let’s get this straight…God does not tempt us.  Instead, our own evil desires do a really good job of that.  And it’s when we allow our own deceptive imaginings to fester and grow, that sin has a foothold.  You might call this day-dreaming…part pleasant reverie, part suggestive fantasy…but all of it giving rise to deception and lies in our thought life.  And whenever you allow your day-dreaming to “go there”…whatever that is for you, you’re being tempted to give in to sinful thinking. That’s when we need to stop and remember   II Corinthians 10:5, which cautions us to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.

John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Are you bound up in the burial clothes of sin?  Do addictions have you shackled to a life you hate?  Do you long to be free of the things that have kept you from moving ahead?  Then obey the command of Jesus, “Come out!”   Yes, the decision is yours to make.  You can remain wrapped up tightly in the burial clothes of sin, guilt and shame…or you can walk out of that grave you call your life today and live.

Psalm 32:1 ” Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”

The 32 Psalm is called a Penitential psalm, where the writer, David, acknowledges his willful and rebellious acts of rejecting God’s authority.  Within it David expresses his feelings of repentance and holy sorrow…asking God to forgive and remove his sin – and bless him.  It goes on to say in verse 2 of this Chapter, “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord  does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”  We will be truly blessed of God when we come taking responsibility for our actions and asking for forgiveness.

He is Risen!

You are not reading this by chance.  God has brought you to this page for a reason.  And that reason is the Resurrection.  For all of us will made a decision concerning it…all of us will respond either that we believe Christ was raised from the dead, or not.  So where do you stand today?  Do you have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus…or are you still living in worldly denial?  This Easter, realize it was only because of God’s great mercy that He offers to you the undeserved kindness of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Fix your hope on Jesus today…ask Him into your heart and be born again.

Hebrews 3:12 ” See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

Turning away from the Lord can be very subtle.  Every time I tell myself that I believe God…but then in the next breath lament that I’m not worthy enough to be used by Him…I’m turning away.  Or every time I’m confronted by God’s truth and I distance myself rather than allow His truth to change me…I’m turning away.  The deception of sin will always be veiled in mistrust and disobedience.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God’s gracious gift of salvation is for everyone…for He wants all to be saved.( I Timothy 2:4)  But we shouldn’t take His slowness in judgement as a sign of weakness, indecision, or wavering…but rather as long-suffering.  For it’s only by God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience is He willing to give all of us the time to change our minds and repent.