Category Archives: The Lord Pleads

Being unforgiving

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Can you either quantify or qualify the forgiveness the Lord has given you?  How much forgiveness did the Father extend to you when His Son cried “It is finished!” on the Cross?

Are we as forgiving of wrongs done to us as Jesus is of the wrongs we did to Him?  No, we are not.  Our stinking flesh gets in the way.  Therefore the Holy Spirit tells us in Ephesians 4:22-32 to “put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

If we do not put off the old man and put on the new man we will not be forgiving and become bitter.  We will become toxic to the people around us because we will have failed the grace of God and let a root of bitterness spring up to trouble us, and thereby many be defiled.  (Hebrews 12:15).

Do yourself a favor:  invest in your spiritual health and be forgiving.  Always forgive.  Does not Jesus always forgive?  Does not the love from which forgiveness spring win?

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Worrywarts

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Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?   (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  (Matthew 6:25-34)

This is just plain crazy

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Can you imagine yourself in this photo?  Most folks would think this is plain crazy and these two are not in their right minds!

Yet most folks live their lives on their terms, never bothering to ask their Creator how He wants them to live their lives.  From God’s perspective, that is not being in your right mind.  Being in your right mind can be found in only one place:  at the feet of Jesus Christ.  God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe (trust) in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).

The Bible has a graphic example of being in one’s right mind in Mark 5:1-17.  ”

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.  But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped him,  And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.  Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.  And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.  And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.  And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.  And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.  And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.”

You may not have the issues the man in the tombs did, but run to Jesus nonetheless.  Please do not ask Him to leave!

Jesus loves you just the way you are

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You need not pretend to be someone you are not because Jesus knows all about you.  And He loves you just the way you are!  He has a plan for your life and an inheritance that are immeasurably above and beyond your wildest dreams.  He wants to tell you all about it.

Reply to this post if you want to here about His plan and inheritance.

When you you can’t bite your tongue…

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…ask the Lord to clamp His hand over your mouth!  Oh how much trouble we get into with unbridled tongues!

James 3:1-10 says, “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.   Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.  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.  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  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.   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:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.   Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

Proverbs 10:19 says, “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.”

Pray for the Lord’s wisdom…and for His control of your tongue.

No Secrets

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The God Who created us knows everything about us – the number of our days, the number of hairs on our heads.  He knows our hearts and our minds, our thoughts and our words before we even speak them.  There are no secrets from the Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth.

We might keep secrets from others (or not!) and we might be able to fool others.  But we can never fool God…He knows EVERYTHING!  So please do not act or talk or think like He doesn’t know, see, hear, or care.  Because He does.  And He want you to know Him as He knows you.  You can learn about Him in the Bible.