MAY 07, 2013 IT’S TRUE!

So good, it has to be true!

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

Psalm 32:2 NLT

No, it’s so good it has to be true.

George MacDonald (when someone protested
that the plan of salvation is too good to be true)

I never paid the bill

When I was boy, my mother would go to Margulie’s grocery store, get what she needed, and tell Mr. Margulie to put it on her bill. Every once in a while, Mama would send me to Margulie’s for something and tell me to put it on our bill. As I got older, I realized that Daddy had paid the bill. By the time I charged the next piece of bologna, the first piece had already been paid for.

God says blessed is he who goes down to Mr. Margulie’s store. When he gets there, his books are clean because Daddy has already paid the bill. God says that when you come before him and sincerely repent, the record of that sin is paid for in full. There’s no record of your past bill.

Kenneth G. Ulmer 
in Spiritually Fit to Run the Race

Some of us can confess to bringing home something from a toy store without paying for it. We were probably six or seven years old, and we thought we’d pulled a fast one. But, of course, Mom and Dad always found out. They warned us that we might be doing time on the rock pile for pilfering that box of Legos, and they dragged us back to the store. As we walked up to the owner with the Legos, we thought we were doomed. In most cases, grace entered the picture. The owner didn’t call the police, but he did scare us half to death with a warning never to steal again. For most of us, that fixed our wagon once and for all.

Like the storeowner, God could hold our sins against us, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t because Jesus has already paid for the Legos. For that, we “sing with joy to the Lord” (Psalm 33:1).

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 12.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

MAY 07, 2013 IT’S TRUE!

So good, it has to be true!

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

Psalm 32:2 NLT

No, it’s so good it has to be true.

George MacDonald (when someone protested
that the plan of salvation is too good to be true)

I never paid the bill

When I was boy, my mother would go to Margulie’s grocery store, get what she needed, and tell Mr. Margulie to put it on her bill. Every once in a while, Mama would send me to Margulie’s for something and tell me to put it on our bill. As I got older, I realized that Daddy had paid the bill. By the time I charged the next piece of bologna, the first piece had already been paid for.

God says blessed is he who goes down to Mr. Margulie’s store. When he gets there, his books are clean because Daddy has already paid the bill. God says that when you come before him and sincerely repent, the record of that sin is paid for in full. There’s no record of your past bill.

Kenneth G. Ulmer 
in Spiritually Fit to Run the Race

Some of us can confess to bringing home something from a toy store without paying for it. We were probably six or seven years old, and we thought we’d pulled a fast one. But, of course, Mom and Dad always found out. They warned us that we might be doing time on the rock pile for pilfering that box of Legos, and they dragged us back to the store. As we walked up to the owner with the Legos, we thought we were doomed. In most cases, grace entered the picture. The owner didn’t call the police, but he did scare us half to death with a warning never to steal again. For most of us, that fixed our wagon once and for all.

Like the storeowner, God could hold our sins against us, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t because Jesus has already paid for the Legos. For that, we “sing with joy to the Lord” (Psalm 33:1).

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 12.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

TRUST IN THE LORD MAY 01 2013

GLORY OF GOD

GLORY OF GOD

God will provide

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Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing. 

Psalm 34:10 NLT

Dear God, I know you will provide, but why don’t you provide until you provide? 

Jewish saying

 The empty basket 

When Palestine was partitioned, Maltar and his family were stranded in Jerusalem. Daily his family read the Lord’s promises, such as those of Psalm 34. One day Maltar said, “Children, we finished the last of our food for breakfast. We have no money. We’ll tell this only to the Lord, and I’ll go out with this basket.” So they prayed around the empty basket.

Maltar went to the bank, but there was still no money coming through. As he turned to go, he saw a friend from his hometown in the line. He’d left before the worst troubles and banked his money in Jerusalem. “Maltar!” his friend cried. “What are you doing here?”

“We were on holiday in our small house in Jerusalem and weren’t able to get back home,” Maltar said.

“Then you must be having money problems. How are you managing?”

“Fine,” Maltar told him and left the bank.

His friend overtook him: “You can’t be fine, Maltar, with nine kids to feed.” He dropped a handful of bank notes into the basket.

The children, waiting at the gate, stared in wonder as Maltar returned with an overflowing basket.

Patricia St. John 
in Finding God Between a Rock and Hard Place

David said, “Those who honor will have all they need” (Psalm 34:9). Why not claim that promise today?

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 13.

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YOU MAKE KNOWN TO ME THE PATH OF LIFE

A radical break

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. 

Psalm 16:11 NLT

It takes a radical break to turn a man from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure. 

Vance Havner

 

 

Slave to freedom

 

At age 16, I craved freedom. I dropped out of high school, got kicked out of my house, and began living for myself. Six weeks later, I began to realize how unsatisfied I was. My so-called freedom had made me a slave to desires that were quickly destroying me. The world had lied to me. Power, pleasure, and popularity had not satisfied me. I was empty and alone.

So I turned to God. I desperately needed fixing; who better to turn to than my own personal Creator and Designer? Alone in my Florida apartment, I go on my knees and asked God’s forgiveness. I begged him to change me.

Life is quite different now. Things I used to live for don’t matter anymore, and I hunger for things I used to run away from. God has not taken away my excitement; he has changed what I get excited about. For the first time in my life, I’m content. God has taught me that only he can satisfy my eternal longing for pleasure and peace.

Tullian Tchividhian in Prodigals and Those Who Love Them

It’s much better to entrust our lives to God. When we let him call the shots as we take the role of willing and faithful servants, life begins running more smoothly. As David wrote, “Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine” (Psalm 16:5). May your prayer be like David’s: “Show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever” (Psalm 16:11).

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 4.

 

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Confession of Our Sins

The gift of salvation

Have you confessed your sins?

They took turns confessing their sins and worshipping the Lord their God. 

Nehemiah 9:3 NLT

The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation. 

Martin Luther

Recognizing sin:

The year 1983 summoned forth two splendid examples of moral imperfection: Rep. Daniel Crane (R-Ill) and Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass). Both were censured by the House for sexual misconduct with 17-year-old pages.

The nation got a glimmer of their philosophical differences when Crane admitted tearfully that he “broke the laws of God and man.” He cast a vote for his own censure and faced the House as the Speaker announced the tally.

Studds, in contrast, defended the relationship with his page as “mutual and voluntary” and said the relationship didn’t warrant the “attention and action” of the House. Studds listened to the verdict from the Speaker with his back to the House.

Do they both deserve equal censure? Of course. But there’s one consolation for Crane. His philosophy (of an objective moral order promulgated by God in man’s nature) teaches that there is one thing worse than sin. That is denial of sin, which makes forgiveness impossible.

Thomas F. Roeser in the Chicago Sun-Times

The Bible wants nothing to do with moral relativism, and that is why some critics have singled out faithful Christians and Jews for particular scorn. These critics know that the objective moral standards defended by millions of faithful believers stand in the way of uprooting God from our nation. Just as the people of Nehemiah’s time confessed their sins and were restored, so we must ask the Lord to forgive us and heal our land.

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for April 17.

 

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