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04/03/2024 - 05/03/2024 All day

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”- 1 John 1:9

Guilt is one of those things that can paralyze many  a life. Guilt is often caused when one does something wrong, concedes to it, maybe confesses, but feels not forgiven.

It does happen in many situations where even after a confession every chance is used to remind one of their past misdeed. “Hope you don’t break our cutlery like the last time!” A child is warned as he gathers to wash dishes. Who hasn’t experienced that biting tongue!

Such reminders can make one feel not forgiven, and often the reaction is either to withdraw or worse, plunge into the very crime with zest. After all, however much one says sorry, it does no good. Others just walk with that heavy burden of feeling never forgiven that oppresses them continually, denying them of any joy. It’s like a hunch buck they can’t wrestle free of. Each time they seem to move ahead comes that sour reminder of having failed once.

Fortunately for us the Bible is not a book of angels without fault. The Christian faith is about fallen man who confesses his sin and receives eternal forgiven. 1 John 1:9 says,  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Today, if you feel like your past is holding you back, because of some misdeed, know you are forgiven. It is one reason why you should rise up and walk with your head high, bursting with joy. You are forgiven by the blood of the lamb.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of heaven and earth, today I rise full of joy and thanksgiving assured of my forgiveness because of faith in your son Lord Jesus Christ who came to die for my sins and has set me free!

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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