You Do Not Do The Things You Wish

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” – Gal. 5:17

The flesh and the Spirit pull in different directions. This prevents the will from acting freely. Our will is in bondage to the flesh.

Freedom is found solely in Jesus.

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Who Makes You Differ From Another?

Who makes you differ from another?“- 1 Cor. 4:7

It is not “what,” but “Who?”

Man does not make the difference, God does.

In His sovereign grace, He loved us, He chose us, and He saved us.

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Set a Guard Over My Moouth

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.” – Psa. 141:3

Before you speak, remember: We must give an account of all our words to the Lord.

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Lord, Open My Lips

O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.” – Psa. 51:15

A wonderful morning prayer… and a palindrome to boot!

If our lips are open, let it be for God’s praise.

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Secretly Shooting the Upright

The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart.” – Psa. 11:2

This is Satan’s cowardly tactic: he shoots his arrows SECRETLY.

David counters these attacks with some incredible facts about God. (11:4-7)

That’s how David is able to write, “In the Lord I put my trust.” (11:1)

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Wait On the Lord

Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 27:14

God is always on time. His timing is perfect.

Will we ever learn this?

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Beginning at Jerusalem

repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” – Jesus (Luke 24:47)

Beginning at Jerusalem: it’s a monument to Christ’s mercy that the first offers of grace would be to those who did Him the most harm.

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Today Salvation Has Come

And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house Luke 19:2, 9

None are too far gone.

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Too Difficult?

If it is too difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult in My sight?” – God (Zech. 8:6)

Rhetorical question from the Creator of the universe.

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The Proper Perspective

“(God) has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,” – 2 Tim. 1:9

This puts things in their proper perspective.

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