September 14, 2021

Do you think of God as your friend – someone that wants to help you? Many people do not. And because they do not, they are not open and honest with God. They do not seek Him or share with Him their hopes and dreams. As we close out this week’s Devotional Thoughts reading from (Psalm 94:12-13), I ask that you consider what the psalmist had to say regarding these questions.
The Lord is the best friend a person could ever have. He is the One Who hangs in with us when everyone else bails out on us (v. 14) tells us, “For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage” He is the One Who has all power and wants to help us. Even when you and I blow it big time, God’s mercy is there to hold us up, (v.18) puts it this way, “When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.” Even when we are overwhelmed with worries and fears, God’s comfort is there to calm our hearts and delight our souls, says (v.19), “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
Without question, those who foolishly and arrogantly reject God’s love and amazing grace will face righteous judgment for their sins and rebellion against Him. God is holy and cannot have fellowship with sin (v.20). That is why Jesus died and rose again, to pay for all our sins so we could enjoy His presence now and live forever with Him in Heaven one day. Those who refuse that gift of salvation will be cut off from the Lord (v.23) tells us, “He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.” How terrible, tragic, and utterly senseless. It need not be so for anyone.
Friends, the Lord wants to forgive, not judge. He wants to save, not condemn. He wants to be our redeemer, friend, and helper. Is He all that and more to you? Is He your rock of refuge? He can be if you cry out to Him in repentance and faith. Would you pray with me?
Dear Heavenly Father, I am sorry for my sins. I know that You blot out all my transgressions and have given Your Son Jesus Christ so that my sins are no longer a barrier to having a relationship with You. Please give me the strength to move past my failures and move in the direction of righteousness. In Your Precious Name, I ask Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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