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Entered By: Paula
Entry Date: 2014-12-16 08:05:58
Subject: Advent Day 16
Message:
 

 This morning I came to the cross.  I needed forgiveness and mercy.  I had sin I wanted to let go of, and hurts that need a just voice  My heart was heavy and I felt sorrow.  I am so glad that my heart and soul have a place to go for safety.  I am so thankful that He cares and is present.  I am so thankful for forgiveness and purification.  I am a sinner and I hurt people.  I need Him.  I need a Savior.  I need Christ, the perfect one made sinner for me.  

The first reading was Zephaniah 3.  I usually have an easy time relating to a rebellious Israel and her need for redemption.  This morning was no different.  I feel the weight of my rebellious heart, my haughty spirit, and know that I need to trust Him and draw near.   I love what verse 9 say.  "For then I will give to the peoples purified lip, Then all of them may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder."  Zepaniah 3:9.  Yes, I know this is a prophecy to Israel, but I also believe that there is not one word of the Old Testament that isn't relevant.  I need purified lips.  Yesterday in a bad situation I spewed some venom and hurt my child.  I am thankful that I can call on His name, and He has provided the means for the purification.   It goes on to say that there will be a day of no shame because of His forgiveness.  Oh thank you sweet Jesus.  You take my sin and you do not condemn.  

Then on to Psalm 34.  I want to be a person that blesses Him at all times.  I know that I have not been that person.  Yesterday I was not that person.  But He is worthy of it.  He encamps and rescues, He redeems and does not condemn.  

Matthew 21:28-32 is next.  The tax collectors and prostitutes believed.  The religious didn't.  Ouch.  

How often do I exalt myself and ignore Him?  I know I tend to walk in pride and self-righteousness.  How I need the perfect Lamb.  I am so thankful He came.  I am so thankful that He is my salvation, my forgiver.  

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel
!

Paula 





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