Confession

Truly a Comfort

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Psalm 23:4c says, “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Now I get it that a staff could be used to pull me back to safety when the wooden hook is wrapped around me. That is comforting! But a rod to “nudge” me back in line doesn’t seem very comforting at all. Be assured, my friends, it is.

You see, the book of Hebrews teaches us that God’s discipline proves we are true sons of our Heavenly Father. As a matter of fact, scripture tells us that the Lord disciplines those He loves. “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6

It is good for the Lord to put me on the right track. This is how I know I am His! I’m not suggesting that you sin to find out what the Lord’s discipline is, but if you do “slip and fall” into sin, pay attention to the Lord’s prodding - the still, small voice in your heart that aligns with scripture. When you hear it, turn back. Because He loves you! You are His child!

Imagine that His rod and His staff are truly a comfort! Oh the truth of His word.

And there you go!

A Clean Heart

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Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

These words were penned by King David when he had sinned with Bathsheba, and Nathan, the prophet, confronted the king with his sin.

I often wonder if Christians see conviction and repentance as negative in today’s word. Sin is not much fun to talk about, let alone confess. We certainly would not want a trusted brother or sister to confront us with it. Why that would be judgmental, wouldn’t it?

But no, my friends. It is not a negative to face our sin, repent of it through confession, then turn from it and be forgiven. And a brother or sister in Christ pointing it out should be seen as a loving act.

Several years ago, one of my children did not want to wait for the walk sign at a busy intersection. She darted out right in front of a moving car. I caught her by the arm, pulling so hard I pulled her arm out of socket. She narrowly escaped being hit. Why would I do something that caused my child pain? Because I love her! I am sorry her arm was hurt, but her actions could have completely destroyed her!

That is what sin can do to you and me. Our response must be like David’s. We need to see it through God’s eyes and turn from it. Then we can have a clean heart and a renewed walk with God! How about let’s start the day out in just this way?

And there you go!

Beautiful Feet?

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Romans 10:15 says, And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Now, I don’t know about you, but are feet really beautiful?

My granddaughter, Adali, has beautiful chubby baby feet! I’m sure you’d think so, too. And I’ve seen women with long lean feet that are truly lovely. But I’m not sure I’d call most feet…beautiful. However, just having feet to walk on is certainly a blessing! And more importantly, God says they are beautiful when they bring good news!

The good news Paul is talking about in this scripture is the gospel. The wonderful news of what the Son of God has done for all the world. This news proclaims that though you are a sinner, the Savior, Jesus Christ, has died as your substitute on the cross and will live in you forever through His Holy Spirit. You only need to confess your sin to Him and turn away from it, believing that He died and rose again for you. Then, He will live His life through you, so you too can have beautiful feet to share His good news with others! So please start walking with Him today in your first steps of faith!

And there you go!

What's in a Name?

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Philippians 2:9-11 says, “God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him a name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and that every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Seriously!

What’s in a name? A lot! Each of our names have meaning, and it’s an interesting study to find out what your name means. Valerie means “of determined purpose.” It truly fits me in lots of ways. God made me for a determined purpose! That’s amazing! But my determination could be labeled tenacity at times; stubbornness at others. As for my purpose, may I fulfill what God made me to do. May my life add value to others and glorify God!

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
 And hears me when I call

One day, now or later, we will bow before Jesus, whose names means “God is Salvation”. Doing it now will lead to salvation and eternal life. Doing it after He comes back will only be an acknowledgment. While both give glory to God - if you haven’t done so already - I hope today will be the day.  And there you go!

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