Thursday, October 30, 2014

Are You Out of Step with God?

Psalm 51:5 is a very blunt verse, isn’t it?

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Psalm 51:5 (NIV)
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Psalm 51:5 (MSG) 
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
    in the wrong since before I was born.

All of us have gone through seasons in which we’ve wandered far from God and into sin. But long before we wandered, we needed a Savior. Indeed, whether we understand it or not (or whether we think it’s fair or not), due to sin entering the world through Adam and Eve, we have needed a Savior since the moment we were conceived. And just as it was true for Adam and Eve, our sins affects others – sometimes even future generations.

Please let me know if memorizing (and/or mediating on) Psalm 51, one verse per week is helping you.

What about you?

If you can relate to feeling out of step with God, is it time to get in step with Him today? Did you know that Jesus’ death on the cross was for this very reason? He died so we could be free from making those sinful choices. His death and resurrection frees us to make the choices we really want to make – the choices that take us in the direction God had planned for us. (Choices that result in a generous, rewarding and satisfying life.)

Would you like to discuss this further? If so leave a comment or email me (see About tab for my email address).

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Are You Able to Trust God (Who Loves You!) with Your Fate?

When I sin, I not only hurt myself, but I hurt others, including those who love me. But even worse, I have sinned against my Lord, the One Who loves me most!

As we persevere in memorizing (and/or mediating on) Psalm 51, one verse per week, we continue to focus on sin’s consequences. Are we willing to see our sin for what it is?

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Psalm 51:4 (NIV)
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.

Psalm 51:4 The Message (MSG)
You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
    it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
    whatever you decide about me is fair.

Why do we foolishly choose to behave in ways we know are wrong?

What about you? (You may use a pseudonym.)
  • Are you able to see your sin as “evil in God’s sight?” How do you feel today about those choices?
  • Are you able to trust God (Who loves you!) with your fate? Can you trust Him to be fair when deciding your verdict? Why or why not?
  • What choices can we make today to avoid certain regret?

I’m here if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

Ed McNeely, pastor of Mission by the Sea in Alligator Point, FL talks about 1 John 1:9:



If you have a favorite Bible verse that you've memorized or love to meditate on, or if you have a Bible memorization tip - do tell! You can send me an email with your tip or send me videos of you or your little ones reciting any Bible verse. If you’d like, give a short testimony of why you love the verse. (You can record from your Smartphone or other device and email me the video. Click on the “About” tab to find my email address. Or, if you know how, please upload the video to YouTube and send me the link.)

And, if you're so inclined, please start (or join in) the conversation by commenting on one or more of the discussion points in the "What about you?" section.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Is Your Sin “Staring You Down?”

Over the next few weeks we will examine several verses from Psalm 51 in which David speaks very candidly about the seriousness of his sin. I appreciate verses three though five a lot. I must first acknowledge the seriousness of my sin, and the need to confess my sin, before I can receive God’s mercy.

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Psalm 51:3 (NIV)
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

Psalm 51:3 (MSG) / For meditation purposes.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.

What about you?
Is your sin staring you down each time you look in the mirror, but you can’t bring yourself to admit what you’ve done?  God will give you the grace you need! Please go to Him today.

I’m here if you need me. You can use a pseudonym if you want to share a little about your struggle (via the comment link). I’d be honored to pray with you.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Want to Be Cleansed from All Your Guilt?

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When I deal with the aftermath of my sin, I long to feel pure again, cleansed from my guilt.

This week as we continue memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 51, one verse per week, we focus on another verse from one of my favorite Psalms.

Psalm 51:2 (NIV)
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51:2 (TLB) / For meditation purposes.
Oh, wash me, cleanse me from this guilt. Let me be pure again.

What a heartfelt prayer!

What about you?

  • When did you last feel pure before God and to those closest to you? Don’t wait another day to confess your sin to God and to those you have sinned against. Allow God to wash away your iniquity and cleanse you from your sin, and the associating guilt!

If you need to talk, please feel free to use a pseudonym! As you share (via the comment link), you might also help others struggling with the same issue. Perhaps you can relate to the comment I left for last week’s post.

This week, Mary Brock shares one of her favorite verses, Psalm 16:5.



If you have a favorite Bible verse that you've memorized or love to meditate on, or if you have a Bible memorization tip - do tell! You can send me an email with your tip or send me videos of you or your little ones reciting any Bible verse. If you’d like, give a short testimony of why you love the verse. (You can record from your Smartphone or other device and email me the video. Click on the “About” tab to find my email address. Or, if you know how, please upload the video to YouTube and send me the link.)

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.

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