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Open the Eyes of My Heart

This song will take many of us back a few years. I’ve been a fan of Michael W. Smith since, well, let’s just say since he started recording as a solo artist . . . . you can do the math to figure out how far back that goes. 🙂

I pray that the Lord will open your eyes to see Him in a special way today.


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November’s Memory Verse

This month’s verse is a two-part verse that ties in with verse 12. I’m choosing to keep them separate for the sake of my memorizing challenges. One verse a month is the key for me to remembering them in the future.

It is hard to believe we’re coming to the end of the year and an end of memorizing the Beatitudes. Hang in there . . . . we’re almost finished! Remember to review all the other verses. I’ll post it below the current month’s verse on the right hand side of the blog.

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Condemning Ourselves

This morning I want to talk about something that was a lightbulb moment for me. Something that shouldn’t be a lightbulb moment but it was. The lightbulb moment: not condemning myself.

How many of you can relate to this? I’m thinking I’m not the only one who does this. I do it when I struggle with a sin. When I continue to fail again I choose to condemn myself because I think God is disappointed in me. This causes me to not go to Him immediately like I should and instead wallow in my own condemnation while I beat myself over the head with my failures.

What does the Bible say about this subject? “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

So if God does not condemn me for a sin He sent His Son to die on the cross for, than why do I condemn myself? I’m not saying our response to our sin shouldn’t be remorse which leads to repentance. But I am saying it shouldn’t keep us away from the Lord.

Satan wants to keep us in this trap of condemnation. He wants us to continue to keep remembering our past sins. This way we tend to forget God’s promises. We forget what Jesus did for us. We don’t claim the rightful position of being heirs of the Lord God. What does the Lord God tells us, For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). 

Realizing that I have been stuck on the condemnation wheel has been freeing for me. It doesn’t change the fact that I continue to fail and sin. It does change the fact that I’m no longer afraid to go to the Lord when I do.

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Psalm 63

Psalm 63 was written while David was in the wilderness of Judah probably around the time he was fleeing from his son, Absalom. As you read through the psalm notice how David continues to desire to Worship God, how he thirsts after God and trusts God in the middle of his desert time.

Please read Paslm 63.

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It Is Well With My Soul

This is another one of my favorite hymns. I chose this version of it because it reminds me of when I sang growing up in my hymns singing church.

The song was written by Horatio G. Spafford who lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire, lost his son to Pneumonia and his four daughters after their ship sunk while crossing the Atlantic. He wrote the words to this now famous song while on his way to join his grieving wife.

I pray that if you are in a place of grieving and sorrow that you find comfort in these words.

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Do Not Grow Weary

Do you often grow weary and tired of watching the things of this world get darker? It can be very disheartening for sure. This morning I came across a verse I thought it was an excellent reminder for us all, “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13). 

This verse led me to a few more verses I want to share with you in hopes that they bring you some encouragement today:

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

 I Thessalonians 4:1 says, “Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.”

Do not give up my friends because the world needs to see Jesus through you even if it is in you continuing to do good in a world that seems bent on doing what is wrong.

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No Other Name

This morning as I read through this chapter in Acts I came across a verse that I know is the truth – that there is no other way to eternal life but through Jesus. This is not a popular idea today as people are choosing to find their way to heaven through every “spiritual” avenue but the one true way.

Jesus Himself said,I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Acts 10:43 says,  To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

I Timothy 2:3-6 says, This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

No other person in history did what Jesus did for us. No other person in history could have done what Jesus did. Do not be deceived by today’s “spiritual” practices that mislead you into thinking you can obtain eternal life through yourself or anyone but Jesus.

If you don’t know Jesus and would like to know what He did for you I encourage you to go to read through the verses in the Want to Know Jesus section. Read for yourself  why we believe that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”