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A broken and contrite heart!

Scripture reading for June 12: Psalms 50-54

David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of his friend, Uriah, is recorded in scripture in 2nd Samuel 11-12.  This was a dark blot on the life of a man that had walked closely with God for about 50 years.  King David had decided to stay home from the war with Israel’s enemies to rest and relax.  He let his eyes wander as his heart grew cold and ended up in bed with his neighbor’s wife.  She became pregnant and David decided to try to frame his friend.  When this didn’t work, he had his friend murdered! 

Psalm 51 is the record of David’s confession and repentance from these sins.  Both of these sins required that the perpetrators be stoned to death under God’s law.  (Leviticus 20:10)(Leviticus 24:17)  What is remarkable about King David’s confession of these sins, was that he considered them to be against God alone.  God granted David forgiveness and grace under the law because of a broken and contrite heart! 

A broken and contrite heart takes responsibility for sin.  It admits to breaking God’s law instead of denial and blame of someone else or even God.  (Psalm 51:3-5)  David recognized that he was sinful from birth.  We are born in sin because of Adam’s sin!  We can only be delivered supernaturally by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ!

Jeremiah stated that the heart by human nature was deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  (Jeremiah 17:9-11)  God searches the hearts of men and knows the truth about what is in them.  God wants to wash our hearts and cleanse them.  David asked to be cleansed with hyssop.  While in Egypt, the Israelites used hyssop branches to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lambs on the doorposts of their houses to keep the death angel from striking the first-born. 

Broken hearts long for the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12)  All pride in human effort and ability is set aside and humility comes in it’s place.  There is joy and a willing spirit to follow the Lord and be taught of Him. True brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness for those who are forgiven much, love much.  Out of this love they want to do God’s will and praise His Name! (Psalm 51:13-15)

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart , Oh God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17

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Honor God and your father!

Scripture reading for March 29: 2nd Samuel 15-18

“Honor your father and your mother,  as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16

“This is what the Lord says; ‘out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you.  Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel'”.( 2nd Samuel 12:11-12)

God’s Word never returns void and the one who chooses to go against it does so to their peril.  King David disobeyed God’s command against adultery and although he was forgiven, he reaped what he had sown in his own household.  Absalom, a son of King David, chose to rebel against his own father and try to take the throne of Israel.  His story has a boastful beginning and a sad ending.

Absalom was a master politician.  He made all kinds of promises to win the hearts of the people.  His heart was plotting a take-over of his own father’s throne and he did it by flattery and empty promises.  (2nd Samuel 15:4-6) He secretly set himself up as king and secretly won over David’s trusted counselor, Ahithophel, who joined in the conspiracy.  He was a man full of pride and self-promotion who would do anything to gain power. Sounds like some of our politicians today!

Ahithophel advised Absalom to take his father’s concubines and sleep with them in front of all Israel.  This appealed to this rebel son and he willingly broke God’s commands and dishonored himself and his father, not to mention God!  In doing so, he fulfilled Nathan’s word to King David as his own father was confronted with his own sin of adultery!  (2nd Samuel 16:20-22) Absalom’s brief rebellion ended with his tragic death. 

Are you honoring God by obeying His commandments in the area of proper sexual conduct? Are you honoring your own father and mother and their example and instruction? Today is a day of mercy.

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One Spirit with the Lord

Scripture reading for August 8th: 1st Corinthians 6, Psalm 7, Proverbs 2

1st Corinthians 6: 13-20 “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, Whom you have from God? Your are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Sexual immorality is defined in God’s Word as a very serious matter. Through the sexual union between a man and a woman, God partners with humans to bring forth children made in His image with eternal souls. Two people become one as they join their bodies and God amazingly is at work in creation of that eternal soul. This is why sexual immorality–any sex outside of a marriage covenant between a man and a woman, is wrong. If a person has repented of his sins and received grace through Jesus Christ, past sins are forgiven. Our bodies belong to the Lord and we are joined with Him in ‘one spirit’. It would be very wrong to commit sexual immorality, even using pornography. May it never be! Lord, help us to listen and obey!

Psalm 7:11-13 “God is a righteous Judge, and a God Who feels indignation every day. If a man does not repent, God will whet His sword; He has bent and readied His bow; He has prepared for him His deadly weapons, making His arrows fiery shafts.”

Prayer: Father God, help us as Your people and one in spirit with You, to understand the seriousness of our sexuality and Your plan to procreate through our bodies. Deliver us from the evil one and the temptations around us through our culture and old nature. Forgive us our sexual sins and empower us to live as Your Holy Temple, reflecting Your love to our family and world.

Proverbs 2:16-19 “So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.”

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Hell is real. Avoid it at all costs!

Scripture reading for February 20th:  Mark 9, Psalm 37, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures:  Mark 9:42-44  “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a great mill-stone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.  And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life crippled that with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.”  

Jesus taught His disciples plainly about sin and its consequences.  Jesus plainly believed in a literal “hell” where there was unquenchable fire.  He also talked about worms eating on those who went there.  Hell is the place reserved for unrepentant sinners.  Sin is so serious, according to Jesus, that it would be better to surgically remove members of your body, such as limbs or eyes, causing sin to avoid it than to keep them and end up in hell eternally.

Faith’s confession:  Lord, I believe Your warning about sin and its ultimate consequence:  hell.  I ask You to give me discernment and warning by Your Holy Spirit to keep me from sin.  I heed Your Word, which is truth.

Proverbs 6:32-33  “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.  He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.”

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Thankful for escape!

Scripture reading for December 28th:  Revelation 13-18

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 18:2, 4-5 “With a mighty voice he shouted:  “Fallen!  Fallen is Babylon the great!  She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.  For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.  The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”  Then I heard another voice from heaven say:  “Come out of her, My people so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” 

Babylon, in Scripture, represents godless and humanistic government.  This is a world system dominated by Satan and his fallen angels, the demons.  After being cast out of heaven, the world system is completely taken over in the last part of the tribulation.  God calls His people of every generation out of this system and promises to judge it, repaying all who have persecuted His people!

God calls His people out:  “Flee from Babylon!  Run for your lives!  Do not be destroyed because of her sins.  It is time for the Lord’s vengeance; He will pay her what she deserves.  Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk.  The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.  Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.”  (Jeremiah 51:6-8)

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Covenant Marriage!

Scripture reading for January 27th:  Matthew 19

“Some Pharisees came to Him to test Him.  They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”  (Matthew 19:3) Divorce was easy in the time of Jesus.  If a Jewish man found disfavor with his wife for almost any reason, he could write her a certificate of divorce and send her away.  The religious leaders went to test Jesus to see if He agreed with them.

“Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  (Matthew 19:4-6)  Jesus pointed these preachers back to God’s original design.  They were made ‘male and female’.   There was purpose in the physical design to enable them to come together in a unique and pleasurable way.  Marriage was to be between a man and a woman made one flesh for life and procreation!

Jesus went on to say that Moses only permitted divorce because of hard hearts.  God’s plan was for marriage to be for life.  Jesus stated that the only exception to staying married was adultery.  If a person divorced for any reason other than adultery and married another person, they were committing adultery. (Matthew 19:9)

Many in our culture and the church today have divorced their mates for many reasons and married others.  There is a great need to repent of the sin of adultery and covenant breaking.  This sin affects the children in cruel ways that opens the door for offense and separation from God. Covenant marriage is the foundation of the church.

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Avoiding bad ‘connections’!

Scripture reading for January 14th: Genesis 37-40

The story of Joseph is a fascinating one!  He was a dreamer and the youngest of 11 brothers.  He was his father’s favorite and probably a little spoiled.  He had unusual dreams that caused him trouble with his brothers!   Because of sharing his dreams,  Joseph was sold into slavery and taken to Egypt.

In his new role as servant to a wealthy Egyptian, Potiphar, he was noticed by his master’s wife.  One day when Potiphar was gone, Joseph was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife:  “Come to bed with me!”   Joseph’s response was full of truth and godly wisdom:  “My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”  (Genesis 39:6-9)  This happened day after day and Joseph continued to refuse her advances.

Adultery is a sin!  It is a sin against God and another person made in God’s image and joined as one to their spouse.  God hates sin and this sin causes lying, jealousy, hatred, violence and ultimately death.  Adultery sows violence in a relationship and destroys marriages and affects children.  (Malachi 2:13-16)

Joseph gives us some very practical advice about how to escape temptation.  Our first line of defense is our feet!  If we would just quickly remove ourselves from the temptation, how much easier we can resist!  When we linger and begin to reason, we will always be defeated!  Running away may seem cowardly but it is better than the mess caused by sexual sin!

“One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside.  She caught him by the cloak and said, “come to bed with me!”  But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”  (Genesis 39:11-12)

“Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed should be kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”   (Hebrews 13:4)

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The Great Prostitute!

Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 17:1-18

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.  With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”” (Revelation 17:1-2)    John was carried away in the Spirit to a desert where he saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast covered with blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.  She held a golden cup full of  “abominable things and the filth of her adulteries”.  This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and had a name on her forehead:   MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:4-5)

This woman and beast were a picture of something God wanted to share with John and the Bride of Christ, the Church.  The many waters that the prostitute was sitting on represented peoples and multitudes and nations that would not repent but followed the beast and received his mark.  This beast would come up from the Abyss and go to his destruction.  He was the one with seven heads and ten horns.  The angel told John that the seven heads were seven hills where the woman sat.  The ten horns were ten kings who would rule with the beast for a short time:  one hour.  These ten kings would give their power to the beast to make war against the Lamb.  The Lamb would defeat them with His faithful followers!  (Revelation 17:8-14)

“The beast and ten horns (kings) you saw will hate the prostitute.  They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.  For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.  The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” The woman (great prostitute)  was the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.  The readers of John’s day would have understood Rome as the city of ‘seven hills’.  This ‘city’ is a picture of a humanistic world system that hates God and rules the world in the last days.  God will fulfill His Word!

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Confronting Sin!

Scripture reading for August 22nd: Ezekiel 20-23

Confronting sin in lost people was the job of the prophet and preacher.  They faithfully declared what God had spoken  plainly to those whose souls were in danger of His eternal wrath.  That wrath is happening continually and it is also an eternal thing that will happen to all who die in their sins on the day of judgment.  (Romans 1:18-19) (Romans 2:5)  God loves each lost person enough to confront him before He judges him.  In fact, He has stated that He will not send His wrath without revealing his plan to the prophets.  (Amos 3:7) This is part of God’s great mercy that seeks to draw people to repentance.

Ezekiel was told to confront the people of Jerusalem with all of their sins.  (Ezekiel 22:1) Sacrificing their children in the fire to the false idols was bringing God’s wrath!  Ezekiel pointed out mistreatment of fathers and mothers by children and mistreatment of the alien and orphan as reasons for the coming destruction.  The people had despised the holy things and desecrated the Sabbath as a day of worship and rest.  (Ezekiel 22:7-8)  Adultery, incest, and lewd sexual conduct were hastening the day of wrath!   Excessive interest was being charged and people were extorting money from the weak and powerless.

God also confronted the priests who were doing violence to God’s law.  They were calling evil, good and  good, evil.  They did not help people to discern between what was holy and profane.  They whitewashed their evil deeds by giving the people false visions and lying divinations.  They claimed the the Lord had spoken when He had said nothing of the sort!  (Ezekiel 22:26-28)  God looked for one man to stand in the gap on behalf of the land so He would not have to destroy it, but found none!  (Ezekiel 22:30-31)

In these last days, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to stand in the gap for all lost men and women!  God confronted sin on the cross by laying all sin on Jesus Christ, who was the offering for our sins!  He now gives all people opportunity to repent and be delivered.  His love through the Gospel of Christ brings conviction and salvation to those who will humbly receive it.  If you have received God’s grace through Christ, stand in the gap for someone who is in need of His grace!  The rewards are eternal!

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Sin that makes the earth vomit!

Scripture Reading for February 8th: Leviticus 18-20

God talks about sex and all it’s perverted variations in these chapters of Leviticus.  He tells His people that they are not to have sexual relations like the nation of Egypt where they were enslaved.  God’s people are to live differently from the world.  God’s laws about sexual conduct are designed to bring about a holy people who have children who will be blessed by God with His presence and power through a relationship with Him.

Honor is important in sexual relations.  Incest dishonors your father or mother and you if you initiate it.  God also states that it is wickedness.  (Leviticus 18:17)  Sex with another man’s wife (adultery) defiles you! (Leviticus 18:20) Sex with the same sex, homosexuality or lesbianism, is “detestable” to God.  (Leviticus 18:22) Sex with an animal (bestiality) is perverted! (Leviticus 18:23)

When you commit any of these sins, God says that you defile the land where you live.  God states that this defilement causes that land to “vomit” out people who do these sins!  (Leviticus 18:24-28)  In fact, this is why God has destroyed all of the great civilizations up to this point in history!  This makes me afraid for the land we live in today.  When will our land begin to “puke” out those who are committing sins of incest, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and bestiality?   We may appear to get by but the consequences of sin always find us out. (Numbers 32:23)

God’s people are to be markedly different!  They are to be holy because God is holy. (Leviticus 19:2)  This holiness is to be walked out in love and respect for God’s laws and in our conduct towards others. Jesus said that if we love him, we will keep his commandments!  (John 15:10) The other laws of Leviticus 19-20 give details about our conduct that could be summarized as “love your neighbor as yourself”. (Leviticus 19:34)  The two great commandments taught by Jesus are: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself!” (Matthew 22:37-39)   We find their basis here in the book of Leviticus among the laws for sexual purity for the nation of Israel!

Please pray for our nation!  If God judged Sodom and Gomorrah, He will surely judge us!  The earth may be ready to vomit! “And if you defile the land,(with these sexual sins) it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” Leviticus 18:28

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