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God, I appreciate Your patience

Psalm 69:34 All God’s creation: join together in His praise! All heaven, all earth, all seas, all creatures of the ocean deep! 

Early this morning as I was lamenting the thorns in my life, it occurred to me that I should praise God for His overwhelming goodness to me and for His infinite patience as I dance my sin songs. 

Once my mindset changed, I could be somewhat more objective and take responsibility for the things I can change. 

 If those issues came to my mind perhaps it was time to check my heart and soul and to repent and confess. 

Most of us know what we do wrong, but we rationalize it and almost figure out a way to ignore sin, or to blame others or to let it sit in the recesses of our minds and hearts, which ultimately causes great mental anguish. 

Why do you think so many sit on psychiatric couches or indulge in things that make them more miserable? 

It's not easy to write this because I struggle. But the Holy Spirit will not ease up when we walk crooked. 

A believer who belongs to God cannot get away from His reach, but we need to understand this and not become immune to His promptings. 

Romans 2:4 Living Bible Don’t you realize how patient he is being with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.

Don't risk becoming carnal by listening to your conscience. 

Sometimes there isn't an easy solution to the things we confess, but repentance and confession before Almighty God helps us endure the consequences or endure His final wrath. It's our choice. 

Romans 2:5 But no, you won’t listen; and so you are saving up terrible punishment for yourselves because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin; for there is going to come a day of wrath when God will be the just Judge of all the world.

If we believe that God is good, then we need to clear our souls before Him. 

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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
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Sin on the journey

Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
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