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The God of Seventh Chances

  • for the righteous falls seven times and rises again Proverbs 24:16 ESV

    Once again, I found that it was I standing in the need of prayer. I was the man who promised he would never do it again, and then went and did it again. I had slowly drifted away, one more time. I have found that it is easy to make God promises, but it is often difficult to keep them. While laying on the floor in tears, and asking for forgiveness, I heard a faint whisper: 'Now get up, and let's get back to it for I have plans for you.' God was not interested in the past or my mistakes.

    Everyone stumbles, everyone falls short in this life. When you do, repent and get back up. God is interested in your future, not your past. There is nothing behind you that can be changed, but today is the first day of the rest of your life, and it can be redeemed. You do not need to be limited by what your parents said about you. You do not have to live like your family. You can break the cycle and make a fresh start, even if you fall seven times a day (Luke 17:4). All you have to do is ask (and forgive others: Matt 6:15).

    Still, the enemy will always try and remind you of your past mistakes in order to discourage you, but once you have asked for forgiveness, the Lord removes your sin and remembers it no more. We are to put on the 'helmet of salvation (Eph 6:17)' to guard our minds against attacks like this. When the past comes to mind, remember that when you ask for forgiveness, you will be forgiven (1 John 1:9). He is the God of seventh chances.

    Prayer: Father, restore me and draw my heart to you like never before. Help me make a fresh start. Forgive me of my past and deliver me of the things that hold me back, in the name of Jesus.

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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Glory to God! Hallelujaaaaahhhh! What an awesome God we serve!!!!! That He would show such mercies...each and every day! Thank You, Lord!

April 2, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God work things out that my daughter may return restored to our home. Amen. 

April 2, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Whoa-perfect for Me this Morning!! I had a bad Dream.. I'm going too turn it into a Blessing!!! Been trying to put My finger on whats been alling Me for the longest time!! I find him being the very forgiving enity that He truely is!! Amen!!

April 2, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

I heard it said the other day, when we sin and ask God for forgiveness, the Bible says He just forgives us and throws it in the sea. It is forgiven, the real problem is that we are such good deep sea divers. Some one explained to me some time ago that the past was like water that had run over a dam. No mater what I do, I can not put that water back, it is gone. Maybe we can learn some thing from that!   

April 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

JIm, that what my an older friend from a chruch I use to go to for bible study would say. God, takes your sins to the deepest part of the sea and drops them. :-)

 

Micah 7:19King James Version (KJV)

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 

 

 

April 2, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

April 2, 2017
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

His love is amazing. 

April 2, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Need yr helmet & all the armor to protect me to walk a walk with You!!

April 2, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! I am living testimony that He will continue to give chances. I have fell much over the past forty some odd years, but He has always given me another chance.

April 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! Carol, I agree he has giving me many chances over many years too. Our Father loves us and wants to see us get back up and repent with all our heart and love Him always. He is such a loving Father it's beautiful to know that Our Father, loves us that much that he would forgive us and let us get back. up. Father, Thank You!! <3

April 2, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen God is good 

April 2, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

April 2, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Lord for Your mercy and forgiveness! Amen. 

April 2, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank you God for your Forgiveness

April 2, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

I thank you Father GOD. Because I know it has been way more than Seven. I Thank you Father for not holding my Sins against me. I thank you for your guidance over my life. I ask in the name of JESUS CHRIST your beloved Son. To bless the Refreshing Hope family.

April 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree with you, Barbara when you say more than seven time. Father God, is a loving Father and I think Him too for removing my sins and making me clean again. Amen. <3

April 2, 2017
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Juan Claudio
Juan Claudio

I made so many mistakes and Thank You Jesus Christ for forgiving me in Jesus Name Amen.

April 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

 I agree and pray your prayer over my family and my life. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen. <3

 

Prayer: Father, restore me and draw my heart to you like never before. Help me make a fresh start. Forgive me of my past and deliver me of the things that hold me back, in the name of Jesus. Amen. <3

 

Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion and a beautiful service. I enjoyed my time in servive with family, songs, and prayers. Thank You!! :-)

April 2, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Father that You are a God of forgiveness. Amen.

April 2, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Lord have mercy and draw me nearer to Thee Today.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.

April 3, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father restore me and draw my heart to you like never before. Help me make a fresh start. Forgive me of my past and Deliver Me of the things that hold me back, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

April 3, 2017