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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 serving in the army and away from home. She became pregnant, and in order to cover it up, David had Uriah killed, then he married Bathsheba himself. It appeared to be a noble act, King 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 they 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 burn David, to be suddenly confronted with all that he had so carefully hidden and thought that he had gotten away with, but confronting 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 finally 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. Please forgive me, restore me, and help me live my life for You from this day forward, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those following our Creation Photographers group, here is the theme of the week: Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?". 'For the Love of Birds' or 'Abundant Provisions' will be our next fun theme (You get two choices this week). Our themes are open for interpretation so get creative! You are also encouraged to post anything else that inspires you as well!! My photos (in the group) this week are from our last birding trip; I do love birding! Reminds me every time I go birding that we are taken care of by a loving Father that cares so much for ALL his creations, and I feel abundantly grateful. May you all feel his love in abundance daily and may you all know his amazing ways of providing in every situation!!! God bless!! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Thank You Lord for your mercies, and forgivness of our sin.

February 19, 2019
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

AMEN

February 19, 2019
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

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. Please 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 (L)

February 19, 2019
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

February 19, 2019
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Nothing is hidden from God!

February 19, 2019
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen!

February 19, 2019
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for your mercy and forgiveness. Help me to live my life for You, Amen.

February 19, 2019
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

February 19, 2019
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I am so grateful for your forgiveness.  Cleanse my mind and heart that I might truly serve you.  Thank you Pastor Dion.

February 19, 2019
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

February 19, 2019
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Larry Fowler
Larry Fowler

AMEN

February 19, 2019
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please God forgive us and restore our lives for your glory. Amen 

February 19, 2019
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Father for Your forgiveness I know I'm a sinner, help me to understand Your designs and walk with You speak and lead me, I thank You for Your mercy, in Jesus name I pray. Amen, praise be to Your Holy name forever. 

As usual excellent message, God bless you Pastor. 

February 19, 2019
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Thank you Lord for your forgiveness.  

February 19, 2019
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

February 19, 2019
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and thank you!!! One of my favorite Psalms, especially 51:10! It still speaks to me and has become my daily prayer!

February 19, 2019
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen !

February 19, 2019