The forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ is complete and without limit. His
graciousness and mercy extends even to the worst sinner and His arms are
open to welcome all who call upon His name in truth. Never believe the lie
that you're beyond redemption because God's forgiveness is without boundary
and He is able to make clean every soul who calls upon His name. The Bible
declares in Psalm 18:30-32 “As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the
LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him. For who is
God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me
with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” Trust the Lord to be your
redeemer and know that He loves you with an everlasting love that is pure
and without motive. (Matthew 11:28-30) (Psalm 103:8-14) (1 John 1:9)
I hope this message encourages your heart to see that no matter the
mistakes in your past, God is able to make clean and anew every soul who
calls upon His name.
Walking around the lake I noticed the winter had done a number on the
shorelines. A season without use left a tremendous amount of debris lining
the banks and clinging to trees and shrubs.
Many of my wife's family joined us for a meal the day following this
revelation. Several of the guys wanted to go for a walk. At the last second
I grabbed a handful of plastic bags and thought to pick up some of the
debris I came across as we walked around the lake.
I didn't realize I was beginning a crusade. Two of the other guys picked
up the battle cry and we spent a few hours picking up several trash cans
full of trash; plastic bags, fast food containers, wrappers from fishing
lures, plastic and glass bottles, styrofoam containers, a rubber ball, a
pillow, a glove, insulation, a broken lawn chair, aluminum cans, a piece
of carpet, a pair of trousers, a twenty pound bag of water softener salt,
a plastic gas container and an odd assortment of chip bags.
We finished with a surprisingly real sense of accomplishment. We had
single-handedly reclaimed the lake from those who carelessly left reminders
of their visits behind. A few days have passed and I noticed remains of a
fast food meal in an area we had cleaned just days ago and it occurred to
me that the lake that was so painstakingly cleaned up has a unique kinship
to the human heart.
You see, because we all sin, our hearts get amazingly cluttered in a very
short period of time. We contend with bits and pieces of pride, gossip, the
occasional lie, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, envy, the desire to have
what belongs to another, and the list goes on and on.
Yet there was a Man who was able to reach every area of our heart and in
His crusade of holiness accepts our invitation to clean our heart by
picking up and discarding the sin that so easily finds a home within our being.
And because He has observed mankind from the beginning He knows that we
will need to send another invitation for a heart cleaning. He might even
have to do it several times a day, but He willingly complies with our
request and intentionally forgets the sinful debris He has already cleaned up.
Three guys spent three hours cleaning a lake and will remember this unusual
gesture for the rest of our lives. Jesus cleans millions of hearts daily
and forgets what He's cleaned up.
What a mighty God we serve!
By Glenn A. Hascall
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 103:8-11 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and
plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will He keep His
anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so
great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Isaiah 43:25-26 “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for
Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put Me in remembrance: let
us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”
Psalm 103:12-14 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He
removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children,
so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He
remembereth that we are dust.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of
the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: HE TOOK MY PLACE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MY TESTIMONY OF GRACE
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry