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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Agreeing With God

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

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Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

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Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

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The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:1-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/psa.32.1-11.nlt

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If we ever feel a disconnect or break down in our relationship with God, we must remember this: the problem is not on God's end. He is 100% Holy, 100% Love, 100% Just, and absolutely 100% RIGHT. ALL THE TIME. When we don't confess our sins, we are basically arguing with God about who is right. We are holding our ground and our position and insisting that we are not in the wrong, so God must be. Even when it is blatantly obvious, we refuse to let go of our stance. Like the kid caught stealing a cookie. There are crumbs on the floor and on his lips as he holds the remains of it behind his back. Both the child and the owner of the cookie know the truth. But the child still shakes his head in denial that he even came near the cookie.

But Oh, when we decide to agree with God! When we admit to Him what He already knows anyway. When we pull out the cookie remains from behind our back, not so much to show Him, but more to show ourselves, that indeed God was right and we were wrong. It's in that moment that Mercy can now be extended and come in like a flood! It's in that agreement with God that we see His full forgiveness -- the forgiveness that has been waiting for us the whole time! It's in that confession that we find ourselves lifted up by our Father's arms, as He embraces us and says, "Now, let's start over. I've got some big plans for us Today."

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