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One More Time…

childx    Ever seen a child thrilled with something simple like being swung around in a circle, or tossed up in the air, or awed by a ‘magic’ trick. The response is always ‘Do it again, do it again, one more time’…

There is hope for all our frailties – those times when we fall back into the old habits, know we shouldn’t but still do, thought we had moved on… f o r g i v e n e s s

There is hope for all the hurts others impose – those times when words cut deep, actions longed for don’t materialize, the judgment is crushing… f o r g i v e n e s s

Self or others – can we do it? Probably not…

Self: “As far as the east is from the west,” (that’s forever far from) “so far has He removed our transgressions” (the failures, the lapses, the self-condemnation) “from us.” (Psalm 102:12 NIV)

We, like children – Do it again, one more time, Oh how we need His f o r g i v e n e s s one more time…

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Others: Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,” (instead of angry, instead of vengeful, instead of defeated) “just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NLT)

Do it again, one more time, Oh how we need the grace to f o r g i v e one more time…

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Elisabeth Elliot, if you don’t know her story, you really should look it up – by His grace Mrs. Elliot turned evil to good by the simple, oh so complex word …f o r g i v e n e s s. Her secret: “Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”

Oh yes, we have forgotten one more time, that He who created our very breath, yes the One who took all unjustness for us, that His final request was F O R G I V E…

It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’

 It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you

(lyrics from Matthew West Song: Forgiveness, link to listen:

https://youtu.be/h1Lu5udXEZI )

  (If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME!   So glad you are here!)

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October 14, 2014 ReNew Your Normal

heart&key2     Fear can become our ‘normal’. At each turn of our day we get into the routine of being ready to face fear. Almost holding our breath as we anticipate what’s next…

It becomes so normal for us that we don’t see we are in bondage – held prisoner or paralyzed unable to move without fear. And the enemy wants to keep us there…

For some captivity in fear is a result of bad choices along the way – to the point we don’t think we can find our way back, nor do we feel we deserve to be allowed to walk away from the pit we feel we are in. The enemy shames us into believing this is the way it will always be and no one cares if we ever leave and return…

It’s time to re-new our normal “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2 NIV) Being in bondage to fear is not where God wants us to be and he offers freedom…

The key to freedom: forgiveness. Oh, you say, I am beyond forgiveness. Perhaps you feel no one on this earth will ever offer it, perhaps they never will. Or perhaps you say, oh I know I’m forgiven but I need to pay for my mistakes. Don’t forget Someone, Jesus, already paid. Forgiveness is God’s free gift.  His forgiveness is the biggest fearbuster there is.

Those who are saved forget to walk in freedom and instead allow the enemy to direct our steps of fear. Forgiveness, once accepted, can still be hard to live out, but by the transforming work of God and the renewing of our minds with His Word, we can walk braver into freedom away from the hold of fear…