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.

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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!

5 comments:

  1. Your pastor seems like a very nice man Sheryl.

    Now about your questions:

    Are you able to see your sin as “evil in God’s sight?” How do you feel today about those choices?
    I am most definitely able to see my sins as evil in God's sight. I see my bad choices as very humbling. I recognize it is only God who holds me up and that of myself i can not do anything. When I become overwhelmed I am not to give up or quit but turn to God as my strength and deliverer. My hope is in Him and Him alone. I cannot and was not meant to do this within my own power. My temptations humble me and keep me dependent on my redeemer.

    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? Yes, I can trust God to be fair with me because He says He is just and He does not lie. I can also trust Him because He has continually shown Himself to me to be trustworthy. But even in situations I may not understand, time has born out that He was there all the time and even working the bad things in my life for good things. God is faithful to His word. I can trust him with my life.

    What choices can we make today to avoid certain regret?
    The only choice we can make without regrets is to obey God. When we are weak, turn to Him to be our strength. This is the provision He made for us and this is what He asks from us. He wants to bear our burdens and He wants us to carry His yoke.

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    1. I appreciate you taking so much time to answer the questions, Barbara!

      I'd like to ask a couple of follow-up questions which you or anyone joining in can answer: How do we practice all you said when it's very difficult to do so? When the temptation is overwhelming? Or when the choices we're making become an entangling habit/sin?

      And: How do we deal with the regret and shame? How do our bad choices affect our relationship with God?

      Tough questions, I know. But I think as we answer these, we'll experience a more transparent relationship with God and ourselves. Don't you think?

      And yes, Pastor Ed is a very nice man (and has a deep understanding of Scripture)! Bert and I like his heart for God and His people.

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    2. I am looking forward to seeing some wise person answer those questions. They are very good question I might add. :)

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    3. Hi, Barbara. We could all use a few wise people in our lives!

      I wonder if I didn't word the questions well. I don't mean to imply the answers to those questions are concrete or simplistic - or even complicated, for that matter. I'm trying to encourage a candid conversation about how we live out our faith, while dealing with temptation and our choices.

      After all, living out our Christian faith is not always easy. (Isn't that an understatement?!) We’re not going to do it perfectly. So let's help each other by sharing where we struggle or have struggled, and what we are learning in the process.

      Does that make more sense?

      Thank you again for stopping by, Barbara! I always appreciate your insights.

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    4. I think your questions are good. I too am hoping to hear some good dialog about this topic. It is most definitely a worthy topic.

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