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  • Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Don't throw me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalms 51:10 WEB

    David had an affair with Bathsheba while her husband Uriah was away in the army. She became pregnant, and in order to cover it up, David had Uriah killed, and then later married Bathsheba himself. It appeared to be a noble act, David taking in a poor widow who was carrying another man's child, except that she wasn't.

    A year quietly passed by, and Bathsheba had a son. Then one day, Nathan the prophet came to David and told him a parable about a rich man that had many sheep. When a visitor came to his house, instead of taking one of his own sheep to prepare for dinner, he sent for the only pet lamb that a poor man had nearby. He had raised it as his daughter and it slept in his arms. The rich man took it away, and ate it for dinner.

    David burned with anger when he heard the story and said 'That man deserves to die!' Then Nathan told him: 'You are the man!' That had to hurt, to be suddenly confronted with all that he had so carefully hidden and thought that he had gotten away with, but it was the beginning of restoration.

    David said that his sin was always before him. He repented deeply of what he had done, and his prayer is recorded in Psalm 51. In verse 12, David asked God to restore the joy. Joy was one of the first things that left him, the joy of serving the Lord. Nothing is hidden from God, He just gives us space to repent before it catches up. There is a span of time between writing a check and it clearing the bank, but it eventually affects the account.

    When we mess up, it is best to get it over with immediately, before it festers like a sore. A simple prayer, and we can be forgiven. Stand up and say, "I am the one!" instead of waiting for God to confront us with it while we walk joyless and depressed the whole time. If you ask God, He will forgive you, and the mistake becomes history, rather than a mystery of what may later become of it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mercy. You are long suffering and understanding. I am sorry for the times that I have let You down and chosen my way, over Yours. Forgive me, restore me, and help me live my life for You from this day forward, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

August 12
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Ted Muilenburg
Ted Muilenburg

Amen like David we can get our joy back by getting over ourselves and seeking the father.  Returning to our joy!

August 12
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, I sometimes wonder when People say the is no God. I do not think they understand He is the creator of this universe. Nothing can be hidden from His sight it makes no differance how hidden you think it is. I do not presume to say I understand how this all works, I just know that it does. God does not ask much from us to find salvation, but we do have to believe that He is there and that He sent His Son Jesus to be the sacrafice for our sins. If one would like to find the joy king David is speaking of, that joy is available to you today!

August 12
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! 

August 12
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen 

August 12
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen

August 12
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

August 12
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Forgive me Lord and help me to live my life Your way, Amen.

August 12
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree! Amen. <3

August 12
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Carol  Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

August 12
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear God, help me live my life according to Your Holy Will. Amen.

August 12
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!

 

August 12
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!

August 12
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

August 12
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! I have learned it is much easier to just be accountable for your own actions and ask for forgiveness and not go through life carrying the weight of your mistakes....Just wish I would have learned this much earlier in life, But I thank God that he gives Us forgiveness through his mercy and grace, and most of all through the Cross, Jesus died for all of our sins that we could be forgiven and have eternal life, You only need to recieve it, believe it.

August 12
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

August 12
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for Your mercy. You are long suffering and understanding. I am sorry for the times that I have let You down and chosen my way, over Yours. Forgive me, restore me, and help me live my life for You from this day forward, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

 

Thank you Pastor for todays devotion. I really enjoyed this devotion. Tahnk You!! :-)

August 12
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!

August 13
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you for this truth! I've seen this before my own eyes, in my own family. As you know I have family here and overeseas. If sin isn't confessed right away, it will only fester and turn into bitterness. There are bitter consequences, and it can and will split up families ... And only the Lord can help, heal and restore! But the heart must be willing and harken to the power of the Hl. Spirit, and all we can do is pray!!!

August 14