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Willing spirit, weak flesh!

Scripture reading for August 22nd: Isaiah 7-10, Psalm 22, Matthew 26

Matthew 26: 36-41 “Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here , and watch with Me.” And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.”

Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and prepare for the cross. He had already been betrayed by Judas and Judas was going to escort the Jews to where Jesus was. He took His disciples with Him and instructed them to watch and pray. Jesus then went alone to implore the Father for a way of escape as His own flesh was weak. But angels strengthened Him and He committed Himself to do His Father’s will by offering Himself as the sacrifice for our sins on Calvary’s cross. The disciples fell asleep for their flesh was weak as well, but in God’s plan Jesus must finish the work of salvation alone through suffering and death on our behalf.

Psalm 22:14-15 “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; You lay me in the dust of death.” (Psalm of the cross)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your strength and faithfulness to the Father to complete the work necessary for our salvation by tasting death on our behalf. Forgive me for being weak in my flesh and failing to watch and pray as I ought. Give me grace each day to accomplish Your will of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with all You send me to.

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end. . .”

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Thanksgiving and prayer!

Scripture reading for July 26th:  Psalm 48-50, 1st Corinthians 16

Key Scriptures: Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”  . . .”The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God!”  

Thanksgiving to God brings God glory.  Sometimes it is a sacrifice to offer thanksgiving in the midst of troubling times or circumstances.  It is an act of faith to give thanks.  It is also an act of faith to call upon the Lord in the trouble and trust Him for deliverance.  He also says that this glorifies Him and He will deliver us!  Amen!

1st Corinthians 16:13-14, 23  “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”  . . . .”The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and promises. Thank You for being faithful to answer prayers.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and faith to live as a strong man, glorifying You.  Amen.

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Rejoice in restoration!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Psalm 48-51

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 51:10-12  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take you Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

King David had sinned greatly by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah taken out.  He was confronted by Nathan the prophet of God and he humbly confessed his need for cleansing in his heart and restoration.  He even asked for a willing spirit and a continuation of God’s Spirit dwelling in him.  God graciously answered this prayer and all who come to Him for mercy through Jesus Christ!

Rejoicing in restoration:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That Go was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:17-19)

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A broken and contrite heart!

Scripture reading for June 13th: 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 instead of an abortion, David decided to try to frame his friend.  When this didn’t work, he had his friend  aborted!  There is nothing new under the sun!  The human heart away from God is desperately sick and full of sin!

Today’s reading contains 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, is 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!  How we need this kind of heart today!  Jesus Christ is forgiving sins today for those with 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 even recognized that he was sinful from birth.  We are born in sin because of Adam’s sin!  We come by it naturally!  We can only be delivered supernaturally by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ!

Repentant hearts also recognize the importance of truth in them.  (Psalm 51:6)  Jeremiah states that the heart by human nature is 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 asks 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.  David asks God for a clean heart and a hiding of his sins from God’s face!

Broken hearts desire the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12)  God gives a pure heart and a right spirit.  This right spirit is a spirit of brokenness and dependence on God’s grace.  All pride in human effort and ability is set aside and humility comes in it’s place.  There is joy and rejoicing and a willing spirit to follow the Lord and be taught of Him.

All of this brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness!  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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