If God is for us who can be against us that means we cannot be against ourselves. When you repeatedly ask God to forgive you you are saying to Him, “I do not believe You.” When we think that we cannot forgive ourself we are not doing what the Bible says for us to do. God forgives us, the Bible says so. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to forgive ourselves forgiven is forgiven. It is satan that is eating you up inside and defeating you, not God. God forgives when you repent. Move on and do not look back. Forgiven is forgiven with God.
Romans 8:1-2 NASB “Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Acts 3:19 NASB “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;”
Psalm 103:12 NASB “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
One of the most misinterpreted phrases of the Bible. The actual Hebrew it was written in means I lack nothing. Many Bible translations read, I have all that I need.
Want. Our world has a firm grip on wants. several generations now thrive in their wants. People’s wants surpass others needs. Parents wants surpass their children’s needs.
Psalm 16:5 GNT
You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.
I remember wanting a child. We even went through testing. We had been married almost 5 years. We were talking about adopting. Then the good news, I was expecting. At the beginning of my second trimester I got into trouble. I lost my child. The doctor ordered an ultrasound to view complications I was having. There was a baby, a second child. I had lost a twin. The doctor wanted to abort the baby. He insisted it was for my health, I might not survive. I wanted the baby and I needed to trust the Lord.
Months later in an emergency C-section my healthy baby was born. They lost me in the surgery as the doctor had worried but, God spared me. I spent 10 days in the hospital and months recovering. My baby girl was hearing impaired but healthy. We were both given a second chance. I named her reborn, Rebekah… in Christ Kristen.
God gave me a want He does that… He gives us blessings. Our cup runneth over.
Psalm 37:4 NASB
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
I would lose three more children I wanted. God will bless me in my fifth pregnancy with another girl. His blessed me and I called her my victorious, Victoria… child, Paige.
I wanted a boy. His chose to not give me a son. He knew my needs. My two girls were all I needed. He has now blessed me with two sons-in-laws and three grandsons. God’s plan was for me to raise two girls. That was all I needed.
When you trust the Lord with your needs, you will find that is all you really wanted. Ask Him for your needs and accept His provisions as all you ever wanted. That is when you will have true inner peace, contentment. That is all you ever really need.
The loud thud startled me from my peace mid Sunday afternoon. I sit by the window often to quiet my headache and rest. Watching God’s amazing birds is quieting to mind, body and soul. I have come so far from the panic and mis-processing I suffered after my bleeding stroke over six years ago. I knew what had just happened. Within moments I rose from my chair. I took my cane and went out through the lanai and carefully crossed through the grass to below the window.
I hoped it was just startled or knocked out. My heart ached for the little dove. I lifted him in my hand, still warm, and I knew he was lost. I have at least ten doves at my feeders. What was just one dove lost? One mattered, my heart was saddened.
Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they? MATTHEW 6:26 NASB
Are five sparrows not sold for two assaria? And yet not one of them has gone unnoticed in the sight of God. LUKE 12:6 NASB
For days I have thought about that little dove. It flew head on, full speed into a false image. I had looked at the window as it laid on the ground. I could not see what it thought it had. The reflection of the tree perhaps? The continuation of the sky? The scripture says God knew it had fallen, that He knows about our every moment too.
Each moment of today, as we face false horizons and need guidance, God cares. As the images on the man made screens offer false stories, fake horizons, and confusion , we can look to God at any moment. We do not need to fly head on, full speed without direction. We need not fear. God cares, He wants to answer, He is listening.
You need guidance that is true and direct to navigate through the daily world we live in. Mass hysteria, confusion and fear need not overcome us. We need to live in victory not defeat. Fear not for He has overcome the world.
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ ISAIAH 41:10 NASB
These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” JOHN 16:33 NASB
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, so that the day would overtake you like a thief; 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:4;16-17 NASB
If our focus is on the days events and possibilities, we may be lured into false direction. Take time to look towards our Lord Jesus for clarity and reality. Talk with Him, any time, anywhere.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But, he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. JAMES 1:5-6 NASB
Every Christmas new theories come out about the birth of Christ. Bits and pieces are picked apart to understand and theories abound. Before long a simple story is convoluted and the miracle becomes common place in the world’s view. When did people quit taking God at His Word?
Revelations 22:18-19 ~ “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take” from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Matthew 22:29 ~ “But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, since you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power “
So when the angel said these things they knew exactly what the angel was saying, simple and clear cut in their language and understanding. They were told the baby was a spotless lamb for sacrifice, the Savior. The sacrifice was the spotless Lamb of God on the cross. Simple words from God.
Luke 2:8-12 ~ “8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood near them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 And so the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
When mankind cannot understand, even though God made it simple, they try to explain away. The current one that is creating a new urban legend is the Star of Bethlehem. He created the universe, He can create a birth star and then take it away after two years. We do not need to still be looking for it. It has been overthought until the simple truths are lost. God placed a star in the East over a stable in Bethlehem. Wisemen saw the star far away. Wise men, God never said kings and never said three. Scripture never says three gifts but, treasures and just mentions three of them. Mankind has created a wonderful added-to story instead of simply sticking to what God has written.
Now, we have the star of Bethlehem described as planets coming together on December 21st. First, we know it was springtime. Second, God said star, not alignment of planets. Most importantly, it appeared to the wisemen in the East who came from afar. We know from Scriptures they followed the star TWO YEARS. Planets do not align for two years. After Herod questioned the wisemen he had all the Jewish boys two years of age killed. Jesus was a two year old and not living in a stable at this point but a house. The wisemen were never at the stable. Joseph fled to Egypt with Mary and Jesus to protect them.
Matthew 2:1-2 east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2: 9-12 ~And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankicense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The wisemen had followed the star for two years, a star. Not planets in alignment. Scripture tells of the birth of Jesus plain and simple. A miracle with deep meaning and foreshadowing of the Cross Jesus would die on in 33 years. People have added to and taken away and diluted the miracle of His birth. What if we just took God at His Word? A one time star that led wisemen from afar to a house where a toddler played for two years and then the star was gone. No explanation. Simple. The wisemen accepted the child as a king, a savior. Plain and simple. A miracle.