When we come to the cross, we must understand that it is by grace not by an obligation that we are saved. All who come to the Lord to learn of Him must first realize that the pathway that he/she has been on doesn’t work that something in our life is broken and that we are powerless to fix it. The Lord, unlike the world, does not use us, He heals us and restores us and for this reason, our eyes need to be on Him and we need to listen and be obedient. Recognizing our brokenness is a humbling experience because it means taking stock of where we are in life and is the part that keeps us from coming to the Lord. After all, no one likes to admit that he/she is wrong. When we refuse to acknowledge that we were wrong and dig our heels further into the mud, the Lord turns up the heat until we reach our breaking point. For the young man in Luke 15:11, his breaking point was in the pigpen looking down at the pigs’ evening meal while his stomach was growling due to starvation. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “how long will we stay in our pigpen?”
Readings: Psalms 25:11-18, Luke 15:11-24, Micah 6:6-8, Romans 3:21-26, Proverbs 28:13.
Famous Quote: “I am convinced what this world wants is true men and women, not great men, but true and honest and upright persons that God can use…”
Above all things You are Holy. I am not better than anyone who is forgiven or unforgiven because I bear your name. To this world, I am no one special because I am not listed among the great men and women who have done extraordinary things. In Your eyes, though, I am loved and forgiven because I came to you not to demand anything from you but to ask for your forgiveness. Being forgiven did not make the messes I created disappear rather, it brought the issues front and center as a “to-do list to fix”. The people I have offended may not forgive me nor give me the time of day but you read my heart and know the truth. Help me today to always forgive from the heart without expecting anything in return but peace in Your eternal Kingdom. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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