There are times we may come up against a trial, a temptation so extreme, that it may compel you to do something that in any other situation, you never would have done; and it has exposed sin in you, to the point you are without excuse, with no argument to vindicate your cause. God allows these times, to cause us to stand naked before Him again, and see our vileness, and that without Christ in control of us, we are wretched, and without hope.
David came to this place more than once. After being confronted by Nathan the prophet, and seeing his sin of adultery and murder of Bathsheba's husband, he went into a season of repentance and confession before the Lord, that's recorded in Psalm 51. David poured out his heart, and acknowledged his sin, and defilement. He didn't excuse himself, he laid it out before God, and sought His mercy and forgiveness, again. He received the forgiveness of his sins, because God never fails, His mercies are new every morning. We can do the same as David, and go and receive the same forgiveness, and washing away of our sins, and once again stand in righteousness.
Paul testifies of how before he was saved, he would chase down Christians to persecute them, and put them into prison, and caused the death of many of them. He would abuse them so much, he'd compel them to blaspheme; an extreme malicious act, knowing how much torment it would inflict on these Christians to do so.
Act 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
You may be able to relate to this, and stumbled and gave in and blasphemed. These verses tell us much about God's compassion for His people when they are under great suffering. He takes into account the abuses we endure, and our limitations in these bodies. When we fail, and stumble, He has provided the power of the blood of Christ, and His ocean of mercy, to help us when we come to the end of ourselves.
This is where I've been for some time; looking into the mirror of my soul, and gone back to the foot of the cross, and acknowledged my sins, and limits of my endurance. Whenever I come to this place, I always find Jesus waiting there, my Rock and my fortress, and my Redeemer. He's promised to never leave us, or forsake us, even when we fail. I believe all of us, can relate to Peter, who failed Jesus as he faced the cross, but, Jesus did not forsake Peter. After Jesus rose from the dead, he sought out and found Peter, and restored him, and commissioned him to "feed my sheep". Amazing love, we cannot comprehend in this life.
I opened the devotion below today-and it was a perfect addition to this post. Charles Spurgeon was a master of the scriptures, and had a beautiful ability to make them come alive; it speaks of God's power, and ability to restore us, even at our worse.
Just As I Am
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Job 40:4
One cheering word, poor lost sinner, for thee! You think you must not come to God because you are vile. Now, there is not a saint living on earth but has been made to feel that he is vile. If Job, and Isaiah, and Paul were all obliged to say "I am vile," oh, poor sinner, wilt thou be ashamed to join in the same confession? If divine grace does not eradicate all sin from the believer, how dost thou hope to do it thyself? and if God loves his people while they are yet vile, dost thou think thy vileness will prevent his loving thee? Believe on Jesus, thou outcast of the world's society! Jesus calls thee, and such as thou art.
"Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners, Jesus came to call."
Even now say, "Thou hast died for sinners; I am a sinner, Lord Jesus, sprinkle thy blood on me;" if thou wilt confess thy sin thou shalt find pardon. If, now, with all thy heart, thou wilt say, "I am vile, wash me," thou shalt be washed now. If the Holy Spirit shall enable thee from thy heart to cry
"Just as I am, without one plea
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidd'st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!"
thou shalt rise from reading this morning's portion with all thy sins pardoned; and though thou didst wake this morning with every sin that man hath ever committed on thy head, thou shalt rest to-night accepted in the Beloved; though once degraded with the rags of sin, thou shalt be adorned with a robe of righteousness, and appear white as the angels are. For "now," mark it, "Now is the accepted time." If thou "believest on him who justifieth the ungodly thou art saved." Oh! may the Holy Spirit give thee saving faith in him who receives the vilest. Charles Spurgeon- Morning Devotion
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The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
But this is that which was spoken by the
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
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