Monday, September 05, 2005

Today's Devotional!!

I opened today's devotional and the following popped up, confirming with the revelation i had received and blogged on July 10th..

Get Back Up!David arose from the ground.2 Samuel 12:20 NAS

Look at David: standing on his balcony looking the wrong way at another man's wife. Then follows a night of sin, an unplanned pregnancy, a failed cover up, a pre-meditated murder, a royal wedding, a public exposure and a dying child. It doesn't get much worse. Covered in sackcloth and ashes he lies on the palace floor pleading for the life of the newborn child. For a whole week he cries, then it's over. "Is the child dead?" he asks. Yes. Listen: "David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; then he came into the house of the Lord and worshipped." Facing circumstances he couldn't change, receiving forgiveness he couldn't earn, learning a lesson he'd never forget, David closed the book and moved on. In Psalm 51 he prays, "Hide your face from my sin! s and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God" ( Psalm 51:9-10 NIV). And God answered his prayer. Listen: "I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble" ( Psalm 59:16 NIV).
No doubt about it, our sin offends God. But our unwillingness to repent and receive His forgiveness offends Him even more! And that's what we do when we remain stuck in our failures. God never intended such a waste of life! The way to honour God after any failure is to get back up, corrected and redirected, and carry the message of His grace to others who've failed!


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