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January 12, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Genesis 35-37
Audio: Genesis 35-37

Psalm 32 (ESV)

A Maskil of David.

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Therefore let everyone who is godly
    offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
    they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
    or it will not stay near you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
    but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. I acknowledged my sin to you,
        and I did not cover my iniquity;
    I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
        and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (Psalm 32:5)

    Forgiven

    In order for our sins to be forgiven we have to acknowledge them. That's the first thing I speak about when I'm sharing the gospel. If someone doesn't admit they are a sinner, then believing in Jesus makes no sense. 

    Jesus said, "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:32). 

    Jesus said in Mark 2:17, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

    John 3:17 says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

    We hear the word "saved" a lot but the modern "gospel" is more about what Jesus can do in our lives and not what Jesus did to prepare us for the afterlife. Jesus is not a good luck charm or a genie who is on standby to grant you three wishes or make your self-centered life more enjoyable.

    In Paul's first letter to Timothy, he writes, "This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners' — and I am the worst of them all."

    Without recognizing your sin, Jesus is just an add-on to your life. 

    But Jesus is not an add-on, He is Lord. 

    When we consider the moral law of God, the Ten Commandments, not one person measures up. The Law was given to show everyone "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). 

    Unless you ADMIT you have sinned against God and repent, seeking mercy and forgiveness from God, there is no forgiveness for you. 

    Unless you BELIEVE Jesus died for your sins, and by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, trust in Him for salvation, there is no forgiveness for you.

    Unless you CONFESS Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, there is no forgiveness for you. 

    Unless you DENY yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus, submitting to Him in obedience as your Lord, there is no forgiveness for you. 

    Unless you ENDURE suffering, trials, tests, and persecution for righteousness’ sake, persevering to the end of your life, there is no forgiveness for you. 

    Unless you bear FRUIT of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), there is no forgiveness for you. 

    If you are truly saved, you will GO and make disciples of Jesus Christ, teaching others all that Jesus commands, because you have been forgiven. 

    Speaking of forgiveness, Jesus said in Matthew 6:15, “if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

    This does not means we are saved by our good works (such as fulfilling the Great Commission to go and make disciples or forgiving others) but if we are saved, we will tell others about salvation available through Christ and we will be quick to forgive because we have been forgiven.

    While it's by grace we are saved through faith in Christ alone, the evidence of true salvation manifests itself in the life we live. Without observable obedience to Jesus Christ (not just believing in your mind), there is no proof our faith is genuine. 

    That is why 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 is so vital for us to keep in mind as we live out our faith. 

    "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed."

    In the Parable of the Sower, which Jesus said is the key to all the parables, we learn of seed falling along the path and in rocky ground and thorny soil. Only the good soil's seed grew and was fruitful and multiplied. If we are not fruitful and multiplying, we have no security in salvation as fruitfulness is how we know we are born again and making disciples is how we know we are walking in obedience to the commands of Christ. 

    That is why I put together the Gospel 24/7 list from A to G – to ensure I didn't miss key aspects of the gospel.

    Admitting you're a sinner alone does not save you, but without admitting you're a sinner, there is no possibility to be saved. And if you are truly a follower of Christ, you will be fruitful and will multiply. 

    You can print out a PDF of the Gospel 24/7 here:

    http://loveandlight.church/Gospel247.pdf

    This has been a helpful aid when I share the gospel with others. I pray it will help you as well.


    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Show Me The Way From Your Word" by Philip Doddridge

    "I seek every blessing from you, and especially those which may lead me to yourself, and prepare me for the eternal enjoyment of you.

    May the same mind be in me which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5), and may I walk even as he walked (1 John 2:6).

    Deliver me from being carnally-minded, which is death; and make me spiritually-minded, since that is life and peace (Romans 8:6).

    And may I, while I pass through this world, walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and be strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20).

    May your grace teach me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly (Titus 2:11–12).

    Work in my heart the kind of godliness which is profitable for all things (1 Timothy 4:8).

    Teach me by the influence of your blessed Spirit, to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).

    May I yield myself to you, as alive from the dead (Romans 6:13) and present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable in your sight, which is my most reasonable service (Romans 12:1)! Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)
     

  2. How unbelievable is it that on this very day that I was moved to forgive someone after YEARS of anger and resentment, and this is the reading! 

    I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I've gotten my friend back, and I am so blessed. 

  3. "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
        I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
    Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
        which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
        or it will not stay near you."

    What a perfect illustration for me of what it means to stay near God and allow Him to lead me. Having been an equestrian for much of my childhood, I know exactly what it is to try to curb or lead a stubborn horse who wants to go her own way and fight against me as I try to guide her in the way I want her to go. It is certainly not enjoyable for the horse.

    My last horse, Molly, had been abused and mistreated by her previous owner and was destined for the glue factory because she was unridable. My father rescued her at an auction and gave her to me when I was just 10 years old, under the tutelage of my riding instructor.

    Day after day, Molly and I fought a great battle of wills as I tried to teach her to trust me and allow me to lead her. She tried everything to get me off her back, but I never gave up — just as God never gives up on those HE has purchased and redeemed.

    Over time, as she learned to trust me, she came to respond to my gentle commands with no fight. Using just a gentle touch no one else could see and a quiet whisper no one else could hear, eventually she willingly went wherever I asked her to go. Our time together finally became a joy for both of us instead of a constant battle of wills! 

    It is that same way with our relationship with God.

    "Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
        but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord."

    Thank you, God, for this psalm today. Let what I have seen this morning be my meditation all day. 

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