Encouragement for Today - November 3, 2005
Encouragement for Today
"Remember When You …"
Wendy Pope, Director of Development, Author, Proverbs 31 Speaker Team Member
Psalm 103:12, "... as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
The day starts off wrong. You've been there. No one wants to get out of bed. No one wants to obey. No one likes what you prepared for breakfast. Everyone has rewritten the golden rule. This kind of beginning can only lead to resentment and anger: resentment toward the husband, because he gets to work "outside" the home and doesn't have to endure "such things." Anger can begin to dictate your thoughts and actions.
The day was going by at what seemed like a snail's pace. I had been able to successfully hold it together until I noticed crackers were being eaten in the den on my newly-vacuumed carpet. Crackers: you know, one of the messy foods. I lost it. My
God convicted me to the point of tears. My heart ached because of the way I treated my little boy. The Lord reminded me that
Isn't God's love overwhelming? He loved us enough to allow His son to come to earth and die so that we might have life eternal. And if that wasn't enough, He forgets all of the dreadful and foolish things we do just because we ask Him.
My Prayer for Today:
Dear Lord, I am so thankful You don't remember or count my sins against me when I confess them to You. In the power of Your Name infuse me with Your Holy Spirit so that I can apply the same forgiveness and forgetfulness to those who have wronged me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Make a "tattle tale" list of offenses that have been forged against you, including the names of the offender. Kneel down and read the list aloud to the Father. Call on Him to help you in "Jesus' Name" to throw them in the "sea of forgetfulness." Thank the Father. Get up and throw the list in the trash can.
Is there someone I need to forgive?
Do I have offenses that I say I have forgiven but have not thrown into the "sea of forgetfulness"?
Have I confessed my all of my sin to God?
Have I accepted His free gift of unconditional forgiveness?
Have I accepted His free gift of eternal life?
Proverbs 15:6, "A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence." (NIV)
Isaiah 43:25, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more." (NIV)
1 Corinthians 13:5, "It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." (NIV)
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