A Prayer For Grace (Morgan Harper Nichols)

If I could make just one requestThat would mark all the days I have left

I’d rather not be known for treasures and fame

Or trophies and accolades I know will fade
Instead I would rather be known

By the kindness and love that I show

To be known for patience and long suffering

A giver of life by the words that I speak
So with every breath You give to breathe

I pray it’s Your glory that they see

And of all the words this world could say

May they say I was full of grace
I’ll be the first to confess

I’m not always found at my best

But Lord be my strength in those moments I’m weak

And I’ll keep on giving the grace I’ve received
So with every breath You give to breathe

I pray it’s Your glory that they see

And of all the words this world could say

May they say I am full of grace
And finally when I see Your face

And I’ve reached the end of my race

I don’t want to be known for finishing strong

But as someone that Your grace carried all along
So with every breath You give to breathe

I pray it’s Your glory that they see

And of all the words this world could say

May they say I am full of grace

May they say I am full of grace
Full of grace

I wanna be full of grace

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American Idols.

• 1 Chronicle 16

• Psalm 106

• Matthew 19
Not all idols look unfaithful to the world, but all idols will cause a stumbling block in faith. 
Psalm 106:36

They worshiped their idols which led to their downfall. 

In Psalm, their idols were pagan and they even sacrificed their children. 
Vs 37 goes on to say “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons. 38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the man’s with murder”

Very recognizable as a major idol! We read this and we are disgusted and filled with horror. What an awful idol! Why would anybody consider going forward with this?

However, this is still happening even today here in America. Let me explain, and just consider my point of view. 

As a nation, worship the idol of convenience, ideal families and perfect timing and there is blood shed. Innocent blood is shed daily as our society accepts the freedom to choose abortion. Babies, our sons and daughters, are sacrificed. I am not saying this to condemn anybody, but to show you there are many kinds of idols. 

To many, abortion seems to be a horrendous sin, worse than any other kind. But to God, sin is sin. An idol is an idol. 

Read on to see another idol, may I suggest that God views it to be just as ugly, but it is much more commonly embraced and even encouraged in some of society’s churches. 

Matthew 19:21-22

Jesus told him, “if you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me. 

But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 

In Matthew, the young man seems to choose his wealth over following Jesus. He is sad for he had many possessions. Worshiping the idol of wealth and possessions is the same in the eyes of our God who tells us to put Him first. Wealth is worshipped in America on many levels. We worship a little g god of perusing our dreams, getting the bigger house and the next promotion. Why is that accepted?
So, I share these two instances and encourage you to read these chapters in context for yourself. 

The point of today is to be still and ask God, what idols do I have? What am I putting before you? 

It may not be obvious to us. Not all sin is blatantly evil to our own eyes, but God will show our hearts where we need to change. 

God, 

Reveal my idols and give me strength to remove them and keep you as my One True God. 

Help me to recognize a prideful heart and any other type of idol that I may fall into the trap of. 

Help me to put you first, help me to purify my heart. 

In Jesus name,

Amen 

Satan, Society & Sinful Hearts

Happy May Day! 
• 1 Chronicle 14-15

• Psalm 132

• Matthew 18

Matthew 18:33 NLT

Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you? 

Observation

The story of the unforgiving debtor:

(My own recap)

A man owed his master more than a million dollars. His master was going to sell him & his family to pay his debt. The man begged to have his master be patient with him, so he may pay him back. The master had pity on him & forgave his entire (very large) debt. 

The man who was forgiven then went to his servant who owed him only a few thousand dollars. He demanded to be paid back immediately. When his asked for a little more time, he denied it and threw him in jail. When the debtor’s master realized he had done such a thing to his own servant after being forgiven, he became angry. He threw the servant in prison to be tortured until he paid his entire debt (which likely was never). Matthew 18:35 reminds us, “what’s what my Heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart”. 

I want to suggest that society often conveys to us that we can hold power by holding unforgiveness. We can have the upper hand with a grudge. We can make others (sometimes those we love), work for forgiveness, that perhaps it’s something they need to earn. On the contrast, God’s word is quite vivid about this topic. 

Forgive to be forgiven. 

We are forgiven of much, we need to forgive even more of others. We see a steep warning more than once to forgive others. Satan, society and our sinful hearts make it tempting and desirable to hold hostage unforgiveness, grow grudges and hate and makes it feel even like a reward. However, it grows bitterness in our hearts, and it is a major sin. How can we forgive others? We need to pray for help. Sometimes the only possible way to forgive is to do so with the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, forgiveness isn’t recognizing what somebody did wasn’t wrong, it’s releasing ourselves from holding hate towards them and embracing grace that’s been bestowed upon us and showing it to others. 

Dear God, 

Satan makes me feel like unforgiveness, hate and grudges are a reward. Remind me they’re anything but that, they are a punishment to my own soul. Soften my heart and help me to realize the debt of my own sin, that is much more than I recognize, and let me show that mercy to others. Also keep me humble, don’t let my heart become prideful or arrogant because I have forgiven others. I have no room in my soul for pride: forgiveness is not something I have earned. 

Lord help me to walk through each day as a reflection of you. Forgive me when I am hateful. If I am holding anything against someone in my heart, please reveal it to me and help me forgive them immediately. 

Thank you God, 

In Jesus Name,

Amen