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As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their wicked ways and live. - Ezekiel 33:11
 
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and gone their own way. No matter how far you’ve gone in the wrong direction, when you turn around God always welcomes you back. Are you living beyond your means? Have you given in to the world of Internet pornography? Maybe you’re failing your spouse and kids, crushing them with your anger or solitude. Is your free time filled with television or email?
 
God is ready to welcome you back. His arms are open, and his promises are sure. He will transform your worst failures into a blessed future, if you’ll ask him to.  
 
There is hope for you. God is gracious and will forgive you no matter what you’ve done or failed to do. He will even turn your past around and create a new life . . . a life of hope, peace, and an ongoing relationship with him. But you have to take the first step. It’s a paradox of our faith: seek God and He will find you! Whether it’s the first time you’ve sought Him or you have strayed over and over . . . He’s there with His arms wide open!
 
“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.’’ - Oprah Winfrey (1954-    )
 
 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.