My confessions never end!

Posted: 28th October 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

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As I read this I was thinking to myself, when do the confessions end? My answer, never! Every Since I became a Christian I have been asking God to forgive my sins. I started out being very specific, but as time when on, I was like, God could you just forgive me for ALL the stupid stuff I’ve done? Well I’m begging to think it doesn’t quite work that way. It seems that I have many transgressions in my life that need to be openly confessed to the Lord, and when I remember one and ask for forgiveness another takes it’s place. I’m not saying I was or am this horrible person, but if we stop and think about some of the things we say and do in our lives, we might find that that list of transgressions is pretty long..

A Psalm of David. A Maskil. How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! 2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! 3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. 6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.

Thankful

Posted: 26th October 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

Colossians 3:12-17 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (13) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. (14) Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (16) Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (17) Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Don’t want; Know what you have

Posted: 26th April 2013 by Sam McDonald in Topical
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Don’t want; know what you have.

In Psalms 23:1-6 David sums up how a good shepherd takes care of all our needs.

I found this awesome breakdown of it while reading my daily devotional. I added the verse references so we could see exactly where they are.

David say’s I shall not want, because the Lord provides….

 

 

“The Lord is my Shepherd…

I shall not want… The Lord provides Rest– for He maketh me to lie down in green pastures Psalms 23:2

I shall not want… The Lord provides Peace – for He leadeth me beside the still waters Psalms 23:2-b

I shall not want… The Lord provides Restoration – for He restoreth my soul Psalms 23:3

I shall not want… The Lord provides Guidance – for He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalms 23:3-b

I shall not want… The Lord provides Courage – for though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil Psalms 23:4

I shall not want… The Lord provides Companionship – for Thou art with me Psalms 23:4-b

I shall not want… The Lord provides Comfort – for Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me Psalms 23:4-c

I shall not want… The Lord provides Sustenance – Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies Psalms 23:5

I shall not want… The Lord provides Blessing – Thou anointest my head with oil Psalms 23:5-b

I shall not want… The Lord provides Fulness – My cup runneth over Psalms 23:5-c

I shall not want… The Lord provides Abundant Life – goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life Psalms 23:6

I shall not want… The Lord provides Eternal Security – I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever Psalms 23:6-b

The Lord is our Shepherd and He provides, Amen? But look, we must be following our shepherd to receive the protection. We need to not only follow our Shepherd but we need to let Him carry us as well. He is our strength and our provider. Look at Psalms 28:8-9

Psalms 28:8 The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed.

Psalms 28:9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Be their Shepherd also, and carry them for a while….. No, carry them FOREVER. We are so blessed when we are in the will of the Lord. We don’t have to want, because we already have!

Lord I pray that I would live this Psalm and make it real in my life. I pray that today I would start to accept and know that this is for me and that because I walk in your will, You are there blessing and providing every step of the way. Thank you Lord for your promise, your love and for your Son; who you sent to bridge the gap, to cover the sin that stood between us. Thank you Lord Jesus, thank You.

I witness by Faith

Posted: 25th April 2013 by Sam McDonald in Topical
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I witness by Faith

The Bible series came out on tv and was a tremendous success, it had millions of viewers and even had other production companies scrambling to do something similar. This prompted the question; are people watching this because it was exciting and well written or because they believe it to be true?

When I talk with people that think the Bible is a book of fables and not true I can’t help but think of some of the characters and their history. I usually bring up the apostle Paul and his conversation on the road to Damascus. And how he faithfully spread the Gospel of Christ until he was beheaded for the Gospel. But what about Stephen, stoned to death, James, beheaded, Philip who was scourged and then crucified. What about James the brother of Jesus beaten and stoned to death at the age of 94, or Matthias, Andrew, Mark, Jude, Bartholomew, or doubting Thomas? Thomas was thrust through with a sword while preaching Christ! What about Luke, Simon, John and Barnabas, all martyred for the sake of Christ. All of them willing to give their lives, not for a fable or a nice story but for Jesus Christ who they knew and loved. Jesus who they witnessed risen from the dead!

Peter says in 2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

Eyewitnesses! Peter was crucified upside down because of his love for Christ. My point is this. If this whole thing is a big hoax on the world; would Thomas had continued preaching the Gospel of Christ until pierced with a sword? Would Paul have preached Christ to his execution? Would Peter have faithfully shared Christ to his death? Would you have given your life for a story? No! These guys were eyewitnesses! Most of them walked with Jesus before His crucifixion, and then they saw Him and talked with Him after His crucifixion.

If you’re on the fence, it’s time to get off. Take a minute right now and pray for God to reveal the truth to you. Begin to seek after the truth, read your Bible, go to a bible study, ask questions and let the Holy Spirit work in your life. These guys were eyewitnesses and they faithfully spread the good news, but there is a blessing to be found in not being an eyewitness and still believing by faith.  In John 20:29 Jesus says to Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” 

God is there and calling, answer the call and be an I witness by faith!

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Posted: 18th April 2013 by Sam McDonald in Topical
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Psalm 91

As I was reading through Psalm 91 I was thinking to myself, wow this could really be for me. Then I had this thought; most Psalms are written for someone by someone for something they are going through at the time. So although the Psalm might not be written for you or for me, we can still relate to it and gain strength through its wisdom.

But Psalm 91 is different. The writer is unknown and it doesn’t seem to point to any particular time in history. The reason this really struck me is because, just before I started my study this morning I was in prayer just for myself. I usually pray for all those around me, but I often neglect to pray for myself. But today I really need strength and direction, so my prayers where for the Lord to help me through this time of trial.

This is where it gets cool! I opened up my daily devotional and it started out with Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

He who dwells in the shelter of the most High… That really struck me today because if I look at how I was feeling yesterday I could totally see that I lost that. I could see that I took that shelter off and was dwelling in the world with all it’s trouble and trials. I wasn’t abiding in the shadow of the Almighty. I wasn’t dwelling in the shelter of the most High.

I can’t tell you how much I love it when God opens my eyes and brings me back!

If you have time, take a minute today and read it, the author my be unknown, but whoever wrote it, we know it was God inspired and he wrote it because God wanted us to know that our shelter is in Him.

Psalms 91:1-16 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”