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Sin Less

  • If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8'10 WEB.

    When you work with someone day after day, and you watch them smack their thumb with a hammer, drop something on their foot, or wait in line at a store, you get to know who they really are without their church face on. While helping an elder at our church repair the roof of his house one summer, I learned a lot about him. I got to know him.

    One day we went to the hardware store for some supplies, and a neighbor's boy, who was about four years old, went with us. While we were getting some nails, the little boy picked up a few and put them in his pocket. He saw us picking some nails up, so he did likewise. When we got back to the house, and the elder found the extra nails the little boy had, he drove all the way back into town to return them because he hadn't paid for them.

    He was in his seventies, and after walking with the Lord for forty years, he was very polished. He prayed over everything, never seemed to lose his temper, trusted God, and controlled his emotions. He looked the other way when a short skirt walked past us at the diner. He was the real thing, and when he prayed, God often answered him back. One night at church, He laid hands on the pastor's sick wife. Something like blue lightning shot out of his hands, and she was instantly healed of cancer. The prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:7).

    From what he explained to me over lunch, it wasn't always like that. When he was a young man, he had quite a temper, made many mistakes, but he sinned less these days. He had learned to discipline his body and make it behave. Like Paul said, "I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected" (1 Corinthians 9:27).

    That is the goal, and it's not a quick process. None of us are perfect, none of us are without sin, but we are working on it. Hopefully, I will sin less this year than I did last year. If you do, repent and get back on course as quickly as possible. Grace, forgiveness, and acceptance can be yours if you only ask. We all stumble in areas. "for a righteous man falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity." (Proverbs 24:16). Repent, get back up, and sin less.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for saving me. Please forgive me of any sin in my life. Wash me, and I will be clean. Please guide me to where I need to be. Help me walk upright as a child of the Most High God. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: The FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Jan 5
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Jan 5
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jan 5
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 5
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Loved today's Devotional! Thank you Lord and our Pastor!

Jan 5
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Jan 5
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for saving me. Please forgive me of any sin in my life. Wash me, and I will be clean. Please guide me to where I need to be. Help me walk upright as a child of the Most High God. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

Jan 5
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen. Please forgive me of any sin and help me to do a better job at sinning less.

Jan 5
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jan 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Good morning..

Jan 5
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Thank you Jesus for forgiving my sins when I repent. Help me work out my salvation with fear and trembling. Thank you for convicting me of my sins, some I know I had not repented of. These past few years You have been silent.. but footsteps in the sand Iknow Your always with me. I'm seeking You Lord. Restore me in every way for you are my redeemer, my provider, my shelter, my healer, my friend from afar and close. I'm trying to draw closer to You Father. Come Lord Jesus. You are my salvation in who I trust. I love you Lord. In Jesus Christ Name.

Jan 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father, I thank You for saving me. Please forgive me of any sin in my life. Wash me, and I will be clean. Please guide me to where I need to be. Help me walk upright as a child of the Most High God. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 5
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

I pray this in Lord Yeshua's name, Amen. 

Jan 5
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father help me to sin less and thank You for forgiving me when I fall short! Amen!

Jan 5
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 5
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 5
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Joining in this prayer, Pastor, for I'm unworthy even to call my Lord & God "Heavenly Father", knowing that I keep on failing my Lord again and again, my spirit is so willing but my flesh is not! I have a quick tongue and often more attitude than gratitude, and I know that there is  and will be an ungoing battle till I finally leave this place to go home to be with , my Heavenly Father! Please put me oh Lord where I should be and equip me to do Your will despite of myself, in the name of Jesus, AMEN! (h5)

Jan 5
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jan 6
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Heavenly Father, I thank You for saving me. Please forgive me of any sin in my life. Wash me, and I will be clean. Please guide me to where I need to be. Help me walk upright as a child of the Most High God. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 7