Psalm 130:3-4 Destroyed Files

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4

All over the world, hundreds of thousands of records are kept on file to remember many things. Some of these files are pictures to remember people and good things that have occurred in the past. Many are files of things done, such as paying taxes, to be able to later prove what was done.

Lawyers are constantly going through files looking for information. Some are searching for proof against a person, while others are searching for proof for the person’s benefit. These records can help or hurt a person.

One set of files that many people keep on record is those of sins that they have done. The devil, like the attorney, is searching through those files trying to prove they have done something wrong. He likes to remind the person of past faults. When looked at, that person does not have a chance to stand before God and serve Him. He is full of sin.

When Jesus died on the cross, He took every one of those files and nailed them to the cross. They were cast out as far as the east is from the west, so that they were no longer remembered.

At the point that you have believed that Jesus had done this for you, your files were destroyed. Jesus has chosen to forgive you of all of your sins. Those files no longer exist. Regardless of what the devil or this world may say, you are now clean before God.

When that file of sins in your life was full, you were not allowed to go before God. God cannot be in the presence of sin.  However, because of what Jesus has done for you, you now have the ability to go before God and serve Him.

Each day look to the forgiveness Jesus has given you. Rejoice in what He has done for you. Then seek ways to serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. God is for you, not against you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know that Jesus has removed all sin in your life; that you will use your life to serve God; and that you will honor God with your life.

Little Leaks Can Become Big Problems

About a month ago I had to do a job on my house that was no fun. I had to re-shingle my roof. And when I say I had to do it, it means that I was the one who physically re-shingled the roof. I did not pay someone else to do it for me, though I wish I could have done that.

Inside the house we had several locations that were leaking some in the ceiling. One spot was so bad that if it rained very much at all, there was a steady stream of water dropping down. This had been occurring for nearly a year. Some of the ‘small’ leaks had been occurring for over a year, and for the most part were just ignored.

My wife and I talked with several companies that does roofing and each cost way more than we could even think about paying any time soon. The cost of doing it myself was about one-fourth of the cost of the lowest charging company. Definitely worth doing it myself.

I was a little nervous about doing the job myself. The roof has several sun lights, bathroom vents, a heater vent, fireplace vent, and attic vents. That is a lot of things to work around, even though the roof is not steep at all and easy to work on.

Along with that, I have done re-shingling only two or three times in the past and those times were under the supervision of someone who was experienced, and the most recent time was about 15 years ago.

After praying a lot about it, I felt that I needed to do it myself and trust God to guide my hands in the job. Looking at the job, it originally looked like a two-day job. In the end it took two days of sunup to sundown work, plus several six to eight-hour days of work to complete the job.

I was blessed one day with about fifteen college students being there to help out. Each day I had several of my own boys and one of my girls helping out. I also had a few days of some of their friends helping out.

As we began to pull up the shingles, which should not have been difficult, we started to have problems. The shingles were stapled down, so much harder to pull up, and then we had to go through and pull all of the staples up. A very slow painful process.

Underneath of the shingles that were pulled up, we started to have to remove may different pieces of the decking that were rotted out, several of which a worker stepped on and it broke.

With a lot of back-breaking work, the job was finished. The roof is now re-shingled and is in good repair. There are no more leaks, and we have had some very severe rains to prove that.

Now why do I tell you all of this story? What is the purpose of this posting?

Glad you asked!

Looking back over time that we have lived in this house, we have seen signs of leaks for several years. There were little wet spots in several locations whenever it rained extremely hard. Since it did not leak every time it rained, or at least did not appear to leak, the leak was ignored. I did take note of it, and knew it would be a problem some day, but did not do anything about it, just left it.

One thing to note was just because I did not see the sign of leaks when it was a light rain, did not mean it was not leaking. It was just that the attic area was not wet enough to let it seep through to the ceiling and be shown. The attic area was still getting wet and causing damage.

The damage being done was slow, but steady. Little by little the decking was being rotted away until it would fall apart and be worthless.

How does this apply to life?

Again, glad you asked!

If I would have taken time to find the leak on the roof and make the minor repairs, the major repairing of the entire roof may not have been needed. It was in ignoring the small problems that the major problem came up.

In life, there can be small problems that creep into our lives. Little things that come up and begin to create damage in our lives. Paul tells us to not give the devil a foothold. Although this is talking about holding onto anger, it can be in many other areas in our lives.

Allowing yourself to have a little taste of sinful pleasure can lead to a greater following of that sin. Each time you tell a lie, it becomes easier to tell another one. Each time you look at something you should not look at it, it becomes easier to look at it again. Each time you say something you should not, it becomes easier to say it again.

All of these things may not look that bad in the moment of here and now, but they will cause problems later in life. Letting little sins in your life, will make room for larger, more open sinning. In the end it will pull you away from God further and further. There can come a point when you will no longer hear from God. When that happens, you begin to no longer live for God. The ‘little’ problem has become a major problem. As in the case of my roof, the small leak eventually caused major damage.

Starting today, be willing to throw off the sin that can entangle you. Embrace Jesus and His ways of living. If there is any ‘small’ leak in your life of sin, get it taken care of immediately. Do not allow it to build up in your life and cause major destruction and destroy you.

Jesus is here today to forgive you of your sins. The Holy Spirit is here today to guide you and give you strength to turn away from all sin. They will make the needed minor repairs now if you let them.

 

Psalm 38:18 Troubled By Sin

I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18

No matter where a person looks, that person will see sin. Sinful practices are an epidemic in this world, regardless of where one lives. Sin can be seen in the huge cities, and in the small little country village of a population of 60, including the cats and dogs. Sin is everywhere.

It is easy for believers to be troubled by the sin that they see around them. Many believers take a stand against sinful practices. People try to get the laws to change to stop various sinful acts from occurring, such as abortion, drugs, pornography, and many other things.

This even occurs in the church. Churches split or people leave a church because of some action or belief that they believe is wrong in the church. Arguments occur all the time in church board meetings about what is right and what is wrong.

Although all of these things may be legitimate sins and give proper reason to be troubled by them, they are not the most important sins to be concerned about. It is easy to point fingers at others and their sin, but it is more important to look at one’s own self.

David was troubled by his own sin. He was confess what he had done wrong and was not pointing out the sins of others.

You must take an honest look at your own life. Take a look at how you are living your life. If you look at your life closely, you will see that there is some sin, somewhere in your life. Some may claim to be without sin, but James said that if we claim be without sin we are deceiving ourselves.

When you see that sin in your life, how are you reacting to it?

Many just ignore it, or accept it as part of being human. As a believer, those are not acceptable views. God does not want sin in the lives of anyone.

Be willing to confess to God your sin. If you confess your sin, God is willing to forgive your sin. He will remove it.

Do not allow yourself to be indifferent towards your sin. Keep yourself in a way that you will be troubled by the sin in your life. Then go before God for forgiveness that He freely offers you. You will find freedom and forgiveness in Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal sin in your life; that you will turn from that sin; that you will confess to God your sin; and that you will accept His forgiveness for you sin.

Job 34:11 Payment For Actions

He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves. Job 34:11

Elihu, a younger man, chooses to speak to Job. He focuses on the statement that Job had made saying that he was innocent of any wrong-doing. He then defends God by showing how God works with people. Elihu stated God brings judgement onto people for what they have done, causing to make them pay for their sins.

When people are going through a difficult time, or major troubles in their life, many believe that God is punishing them for some sin. God is making them pay for their sins in this life.

Believers in the church, have often been known to shun others going through a difficult time. They try to get the person to repent of some sin. To them, God is punishing the person.

Individuals are often known to kick themselves for sins that were done years ago because right now they are going through a difficult time in life. Many fear that God is looking down from heaven and striking them for a sin that was done a long time back, even though repentance for that sin has occurred many times.

Job had not done anything wrong to bring on the difficulties that he was going through. Look back at the first couple of chapters and see that God put Satan up to this trial.

If God were to give everyone the punishment that their conduct deserves, not a single person would be alive today. Everyone has sinned and walked away from God. No one has done perfectly right. Every person who has given his life to God, believing in Jesus, has also sinned since he gave his life to Jesus. The payment for sin is death.

Jesus came to forgive and save, not condemn and kill. You may be going through a difficult time. Look at your life. Are you living in some type of sin on purpose? If so, then change. Seek Jesus and His forgiveness.

If you are not living in a sin on purpose, then trust God. He is allowing a trial in your life for a reason, and it is not because of sin. He may be working to build you up. Or to make you His witness to this world.

Be willing to accept all that God gives you, both the blessings and the trials.

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will serve Jesus with your life; and that you will know that Jesus will forgive all sins.

Job 20:29 Harsh Words With No Hope

Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29

Zophar begins to speak to job and is upset. He believes that Job has been living in sin, because of the trouble he is going through. Zophar lists all types of things that will happen to a non-believer, the troubles that he will go through when refusing to follow God. At the end he also lists what God will do to the one who lives a wicked life. It is considered the wicked person’s heritage with no hope of anything different.

It is very easy to see someone else’s faults and to point them out. Faults stick out very clearly in the life of a person. Think of looking at a large blank white sheet of paper. It is clean. Now put one small black dot somewhere on the paper the size of a period. As you look at the paper now, where are your eyes drawn to? That black dot. It sticks out, just as sin also sticks out in the life of a person.

People love to point out the faults in another person, because it makes the one seeing them appear to look better. Pointing out faults in others happens in the workplace, on the streets, in the stores, in the government, and everywhere else in this world. People want to feel better about themselves, so they make others look worse.

This type of action not only occurs in the world, but also inside the church and by the church in the world. Believers are very quick to point out sin in other believers lives or in people of the world. Often, they do not add in the offer of salvation in Jesus. They do not offer any forgiveness or hope for change.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. Zophar was right in some of what he was saying, but he did not offer any hope of change. If you see sin in your life or in the life of another person, it can be pointed out, but then also show what Jesus can do about it. Show that Jesus is willing to remove it and bring life to the person.

Give people hope, not just condemnation.

I pray today that you will see the salvation Jesus provides; that you will show God’s love to those at fault; and that you will provide the hope in Jesus to every person you meet.

2 Samuel 18:33 Family Is Still Family

The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you–O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 18:33

Absalom, son of David, tried to usurp the throne of Israel from David. In the process he slept with David’s concubines, and then gathered men to fight against David. David allowed his men to go out and capture Absalom, but told them to not harm him at all. In the process of getting chased down, Absalom gets caught in a tree and dies. When the message of his death is brought back to David, he weeps and cries out for his son, wishing he was the one to die instead.

Family fights are very common seen in the world today, as have been since Cain and Abel. One family member does another something wrong, and hatred for each other follows them to the grave.

Children are often bitter against a parent for the way they were brought up or a harm the parent did to them at one point in their life. They refuse to speak to their parents or have anything to do with them.

A child does something wrong against a parent, and the parent often removes them from their will. Again, they do not want anything to do with them.

Absalom had tried to kill David and take his throne, yet, David still loved him. He loved him so much he was wished he could have died instead of Absalom dying.

This same love is seen in Jesus for you. He took your punishment and died for your sins. God does not want to see you die.

You also must have this same love for others. Especially for family. No one, except God, should be closer to you than family. Regardless of how a family member treats you, they are still family.

How do you treat your family?

Is there God’s love, or the world’s hatred to your family?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and your family; that God will fill you with His love for others; that you will forgive others for wrong’s done to you; and that your love for others will be a witness of the love of God.

Deuteronomy 30:4 You Will Be Brought Back

Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you back. Deuteronomy 30:4

Moses had told the people that if they follow God with all of their heart, they will prosper and be made the head of all nations. He also said that if they disobey God, they would be destroyed as a nation. The people are warned that they will fall away from God in the future, but they are also given some hope. After they have fallen away and been scattered over the earth, if they turn back to God, He will bring them back, regardless of how far away they are.

There are some people who grew up in a Christian home, serving and loving God. As they get to teen-age or young adult levels, they walk away from God. They start choosing a path that is far from God and filled with great sin.

Years later, someone reminds them of Jesus, and they turn it down, because they feel they have walked too far away from God to get back. Many feel that they have sinned too much for God to forgive them anymore and that God does not want them again.

You may be in that place. A lonely place where you have chosen things that pulled you away from God. You chose to disobey God and walk away and feel you can’t get back.

No matter how far you have walked away from God, you can still get back to Him. God is everywhere, even where you are as you try to walk away from Him. As soon as you turn towards Him, He turns and runs to you.

God does not seek to destroy you. He has no desire to destroy anyone. Jesus came to save everyone in the world, which includes you. God will go any distance needed to get you to come back to Him or to come to Him for the first time.

Accept the forgiveness Jesus offers and start serving and loving God again. He will love and restore you. He wants that relationship with you.

Are you loving God?

Or are you running in fear from Him?

I pray today that you will give your life to God; that you will return to God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives; and that God will restore you to what He wants you to be.