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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Keep Coming Back

November 7

(Psalm 40:1-3 NIV) “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. {2} He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. {3} He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

(Isaiah 44:22 NIV) “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

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

We always pay a price of some kind for disobedience to God. Our sins will not only find us out, they will cost us dearly -- they will beat us down. But God will not desert us, because we are of great worth. To say otherwise is to call God a liar. God has chosen mercy for us. He has paid off our debt. When we make a mess of our life, God perseveres with us through the pain and lifts us out of the slimy pit. Jesus is the Faithful One. There’s a saying in 12 Step circles: “Keep coming back - it works.” That’s also the formula for accomplishing great things for God. Keep coming back to Jesus. We stumble… He picks us up. We fall short… He redeems our failures. We sin… He pours out grace. When we keep coming back, we get stronger and He begins to use us more and more. The longer we walk with Jesus, the more He can be glorified in our lives. Keep coming back. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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