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Teach us to Number of Days Psalm 90:12

The days of life on earth are numbered, not unlimited.

This is good news if our current day is full of sorrow and grief. If there are more bad days than good days.

This is bad news if we so cherish these days that we would rather die than see them come to an end.

The heart of wisdom that trusts in God knows our days here are limited, but our days with God are eternal never ending joy.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

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February 29, 2020 at 7:08 am

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Reviving the Soul Psalm 19:7

Reviving the soul, using the law which is God’s word. Just reading or hearing God,s Word revives the soul. The soul being dead because of sin, is revived, not because of anything you did, but by God’s doing though His perfect Holy Word. God’s Word is perfect which means we can trust His Word. As we trust His Word, attaching ourselves to His Word there is a change within us. The soul is revived from death to life, as God bring life and salvation through His word.

God revived us through His Word.

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February 28, 2020 at 10:42 am

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My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2 ESV

“My help comes from the LORD” this is a statement of faith and trust. The LORD notes the formal name of God Yahweh, the One who made heaven and earth. But the LORD didn’t just walk away after the creation, but is still helping His creation. You are part of that creation os the LORD is still helping you. We don’t need to look for help from any other source for who can be a better helper than the One who created it all, including you in the first place. This is a statement of faith and trust in the promises of God. Our help here and now on earth and our eternal help in heaven above comes from the LORD, for He is the only one who made and maintains heaven and earth.

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February 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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The Lord Answers Your Cry

The Lord answers your cry

The Lord Answers Your Cry

Isaiah 58:9 (ESV) 9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

At this point of the verse our hearts melt in the loving arms of our savior who is always there for us. This is the beautiful Gospel message. It is so good, you could put this on a Valentine’s day Card from God to you, you shall call and the Lord will answer, you shall cry and he will says, ‘Here I am.’ Not only would this be an excellent Valentine’s Day care, but it would also be an awesome Mother’s day care, ok I will also add Father’s Day. As we take in all of this and sigh with comfort and amazement, we may fail to realize the verse doesn’t end here. The bliss of peace and comfort is rudely interrupted by a conditional word IF, as to slap us in the face and say wake up.

If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

We may now realize why Hallmark doesn’t use Isaiah 58:9 on their greeting cards.

As we join reality once again, we make ask why? Why the change of heart? This is not a change of heart with God, the change is within us. So we must unpack the the IF so that we can get back to the comfort.

The has three things: removing the yoke from your midst, pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness. Let’s start with the pointing of the finger. The pointing of the finger is in reference to accusing others all the while protecting one’s self. Many people think that if I find fault with others, God must accept me, because there are worse sinners out there. God doesn’t practice spiritual on-up-manship, nor does God want us to practice it. God doesn’t grade on a curve, so as long as I am better than my classmate I will be saved. There is an old cliche that says when you point the finger, three more are pointing back at you. Perfect place to start. God doesn’t want us to point the finger per se, because we are not perfect. Even Jesus didn’t point the finger as St. John notes in John 3:17 (ESV) 17 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.

If Jesus doesn’t condemn us, why would we condemn others. Well this explains the pointing finger, now lets move to the yoke.

The yoke is a burden. There is a burden in our midst or among us. Yes there is. Along with pointing of the finger we create the burden. What burden are we talking about? Consider the burden of sin as Jesus dies on the cross, when all the sins of the whole world are forgiven. Notice the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 (ESV) 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Note the emphasis of the sins of the whole world. In our daily interactions with other, are we forgiving as Christ forgave us? That is the yoke we are creating in our midst as Isaish notes.

The Fifth Petition

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

What does this mean?

We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.

Speaking wickedness another clache, if you don’t have anything good to say about the person don’t say anything at all.

Chapter 58 of Isaiah has the question from the people of Israel, where is God, why isn’t He near?

The answer that God gives is you are going through the motions, saying the words, but you really don’t believe them.

Who receives this sacrament worthily?

Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”

But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.

God wants you to believe and trust in His promises, not by trying to self justify by putting others down. Jesus is the one who justifies us, just believe and trust in Him. If you are looking for something to do, then build up other people, forgive them as Christ Jesus forgave you. It is through faith and trust in God in which we can open the first part of Isaiah 58:9

Isaiah 58:9 (ESV) 9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

Amen.

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February 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm

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