Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Learning From Backsliding

     I am so thankful for my Lord Jesus Christ.  The more I learn about His salvation, wrought for me, the more humbled I am.  I did not understand the gravity of His precious gift when I came to Him that day, fourteen and a half years ago, but I understood the gravity of eternal life without Him.

     I am so glad that He did not require me to walk a thousand miles on my knees to Him; that He did not require me to be a scholar in the doctrine of salvation; that He did not require anything but faith, repentance, and seeking forgiveness of sins.  What wondrous love!

     I am ashamed that I backslid.  I am ashamed that He paid the price for my sins, and after He became my personal Saviour, I walked away from living for Him!  Oh, I was stupid, selfish, rebellious.  Yet, on that night that I sought His salvation and received it, He knew I would backslide.  What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord!

     I know I set a poor example to my brothers and sisters, family members, friends.  I set a poor example for other Christians, too.  I did not yield to the pricking of my Lord in my heart; those times that He would catch me unawares, totally immersed in my sinful pleasures.  OH, how I wish now that I would have not been stiff-necked!

     But, I know I cannot change the past.  I know that I must move forward, which I am doing.  But, even as Moses before leaving this earth preached to Israel, I am reminded and reminding myself from whence the Lord brought me.

Sure, at twelve years old, I really had not "done" a whole lot, but I still was a sinner in need of salvation.  I was living an empty, shallow life.  I had no direction, save what my parents tried to instill in me, and that of what felt good to my flesh.  I thought I would just go to Heaven, probably because of feeling as though I was pretty good.  Yet, through the preaching of His Word, and finally realizing that if I were to die, I would go to Hell:  I was able to go to the Throne of Grace and receive salvation!

     He brought me even further. As I aged, I wandered.  I went pretty low.  Many times I wonder now how I could even be where I am, save for the mercy and grace of Christ.  I could have been in jail, a hospital, or the grave.  I was a prodigal daughter, that is for sure.

     Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for being willing and able to save my soul from Hell, even when He knew all that He knew, and knows, about me.  I will never be able to comprehend that kind of love.  I only pray that others that are going down the path I trod would wake up and see the danger in which they are immersed:  so that they can be in right fellowship with the Lord again, leading others to Christ, rather than away from Him.

Friday, March 20, 2009

For Righteousness' Sake

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." 
Matthew 5:10

"And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name." 
Acts 5:41

"Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:" 
II Thessalonians 1:5

"But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;" 
I Peter 3:14

So thankful am I, and comforted, by God's Words.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

He Said It Best...

The Lord has said it best:

Mat 10:34-39 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance, against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it."

Pro 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

Monday, March 9, 2009

My Devotional Today

     I appreciate my Lord Jesus Christ.  I really, really do.  He is always meeting my needs, providing above and beyond what I deserve.  I watch Him take care of those that we love, and how tender, yet just, His care is.  I really appreciate what He did for me today, though.
     As I was reading the portion of Scripture for my devotional today, I came across Psalm 51, and it is always nice when I come across that one, because it is one of my favorites!

"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according to thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar." 
 Psalm 51

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Right on Time

     Did you know that the Lord knows what is needed to pick up your spirits?  When I needed a pick-me-up, He gave me a dear woman.  She is a dear, dear sister in the Lord, and a surrogate mommy in my heart. I am so thankful that He has put her in my life.  He knew I needed her.

     When I needed a place to live, she and her family provided me one.  When I needed a shoulder on which to cry, she provided one.  When I needed advice, guidance, prayers, and more--she gave.  The Lord has put her and her family in my life to be a family to me.  I am so thankful for their love, prayers, and guidance they have given me through the years.  I have known them now for almost nine years.

     Her husband was the one to walk me down the aisle at my wedding.  They were there to try to bring me back to the Lord, while I was rebelling against Him.  They did not have to be there, but they were. I am so glad that the Lord has allowed them in my life!
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