Today’s passages from the One Year Bible – Exodus 5:22-7:25; Matthew 18:21-19:12; Psalm 23; Proverbs 5:22-23
Lord, why have You not moved – yet?
And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy Name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all? – Exodus 5:22-23
When I first read this, I thought Moses sounded disrespectful. But Moses saw his people suffering and had received promises from God about a great deliverance for them. Ultimately, he is asking. Lord, why have You not moved on behalf of Your people yet?
Haven’t many of us asked that very same question lately??? I know I have.
Forgive again and again and again!
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. – Matthew 18:21-22
Jesus instructed us to forgive – over and over again, just as He has forgiven us. If you read the rest of the scripture in Matthew 18:23-35, you will see this truth – If God forgives you and you refuse to forgive others, Jesus says that you are wicked!!!
Forgive – to grant pardon; absolve; to give up all claim on; to grant pardon to; to cease to feel resentment against; to cancel an indebtedness or liability.
God will display His fruit (in your life) to your enemies.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. – Psalms 23:5
Your enemies may think they have you under their thumb and that you are defeated… but God will raise you with a great display and celebration right in front of your enemies.
Sin leads to death!!!!
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. – Proverbs 5:22-23
Sin may feel good for a season, but one day you will see that you are trapped in the “cords of sin.” You will die in that trap if you do not go to Jesus and ask Him to be Your Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only One who can free you from the grip of the enemy and death.
My God, I come before You this day, and I glorify You. I thank You for Your blessings and Your peace during such a season as we find ourselves today. Father, I thank You for Your Word today that has been a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I pray that I never forsake it and that I continue down Your path. I want to be right in the middle of Your perfect will. Holy Ghost lead me and guide me; teach me and fill me to overflowing with Yourself that I may be a light to this world shining for Your glory. Please show me and convict me of any wickedness in my heart that I may deal with it now. Lord, I pray for my enemies. I pray for those who despise me, and I pray that You reveal Yourself that they may feel the freedom and peace and joy in You that I feel. Thank You for my deliverance and salvation. Please help me as I question why some promises are delayed. Help me to have a heart that forgives entirely and quickly. Thank You for forgiving me! Lord be with me and all that read this post. You’ve ordered our steps today. Please help me to walk those steps faithfully. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy Name. Amen. Amen.