Psalms 28-29

Psalms 28-29

Psalm 29:4Vintage message from July 14, 2002.

The most humbling thing you can do in your life is admit back to the Lord what the Lord is telling you. If you’re in sin, you humble yourself and say, “Yes, Lord, I’m in sin.” If you’re messing up, you say, “Yes, Lord, I’m messing up…” In fact, even when you sin, if you are covered with the blood of Jesus, and you recognize that sin because of the blood of Jesus, God no longer recognizes that sin. It’s gone, tossed as far as the East is from the west. It’s gone in God’s eyes because every drop of Jesus’s blood was precious to the Father, and when that blood was give for you and I, it cleansed us. The issue of sin, the issue of filth, the issue of wretchedness was dealt with on the cross. We sometimes forget that. Now I’m not saying you can go out and live how you want, go out and whoop it up and have a great, old time because everything is forgiven and that God sees you as clean. I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying you still have to recognize what God’s Word says. If you’re living in sin, you confess your sin and then He will forgive you of your sin and is faithful and just to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. We’re given all the answers in God’s Word on how to live…

This becomes our problem so often as we walk as believers. We’re not going to be perfect, but we’re going to walk with a perfect God. We’re going to stumble and fall, and that perfect God is the one that we turn to, but so often we don’t. So often we ignore what we’re doing, or we excuse what we’re doing. We justify what we’re doing, but we don’t take responsibility for what we’re doing, and we fail to cry to God…

It’s not about my comfort. It’s not about me feeling good. It’s about me being right with God and seeking His mercy and seeking His love and looking beyond myself and, once I’ve received that mercy, to share it with you…

Do you realize that’s where our salvation comes from? Not because of our goodness, not because we deserve it, not because we are any better than those that are the “wicked”…but we’re simply people who have received salvation because we understand our need for mercy. We understand our need for God’s help…

How do we see God? When we get up in the morning, we wash our face and we look in the mirror, what do we see? Do we see a person who’s been blessed and loved and forgiven by a God Who does have the right to zap us, fry us where we stand? Do we see, in that mirror, a face of someone who has fallen love with God because He is our strength and our shield, and He has protected us. He has guarded our lives. He has guarded our lives even though we did not deserve to have our lives guarded. Do we see God for the Great Creator that He is; the One Who deserves glory and praise, the One Who deserves to have us fall on our face before Him in just simple thanksgiving for the breath that we have in our lungs? If He never gave us one thing, if we struggled our entire lives, but still had breath in our lungs, He would still be deserving of the praise that would come because of that breath. Do we see God in that way? Or do we see God only as that bandaid that we pull out any time that we hurt ourself? Have a little bit of blood, so we pull out the “God-bandaid.” Put it on. Soon as the bleeding’s done, we pull the bandaid off and toss it away. “Oh, I have no more need for that. Oh, yeah, I’ll praise God next week. Right now I’ve got things to do. I’ve got to get things done.  I’ve got a life to live, after all.” And so, God becomes a God of convenience. God becomes a God of, well, when I have time… Do you realize that if you know God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you have become one of God’s mighty ones? Just like David. You are mighty in the Lord when you are walking with Him in love relationship…

Do you want to be right with God today? Recognize God for Who He is: loving, forgiving, but also all powerful, almighty. He could squish you like a bug, but guess what? I cried out to Him for mercy, and He heard my cry, and He gave me His Holy Spirit. I said, “Lord Jesus, come into my life,” and He came in.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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