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.)

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  1. Sheryl, I can certainly relate to feeling out of step with God. This happens every time I turn aside and listen to sin beckoning me over to something I know to stay away from. And once I allow myself to fall victim to that lie then I feel over come with guilt and I think (because of the over whelming condemnation that Satan heaps on me) that there is no turning back. I think God is angry at me and doesn't want me back. But that is not what the scriptures say. The scriptures say to "come boldly to the throne of Grace and ask God for forgiveness though Jesus." (my paraphrase). he really did make every provision for us through Jesus.

    1. Hi, Beth. It is so nice to hear from you.

      We are all tormented by the devil's lies and the reality of our sinful actions. I encourage you to spend more time reading THE TRUTH (God's Word) and memorizing and meditating on it. Let the reality of God's love, including the total reality of what that love cost Him, sink into the deepest part of your heart.

      And while you’re growing in the knowledge of His love, I pray you will begin to really experience it! And while you’re experiencing His amazing love for you, I pray you will continue to lean on Him to help you make better choices – to grow in obedience with God, your very loving and merciful Father!

      Finally, Beth, I pray you will always boldly (not fearfully) go to His throne. You mentioned you know this is what the Bible says to do. Now I encourage you to practice doing it every time you mess up. Better yet, go to His throne of grace to receive the help you need to resist giving into any temptation. Okay?

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your heart. God bless you, dear friend. Please keep in touch.


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