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Forgiveness – R.C. Sproul Quote

A favorite saying of R.C. Sproul’s was brought back to my mind today.

What do you do with the person who says, “I’ve asked God to forgive me about this, but I still feel guilty”? I hear that statement over and over again. I usually say to these people, “If you still feel guilty, then pray to God again. But this time don’t ask Him to forgive you for the sin that is haunting you. Rather, ask Him to forgive you for insulting His integrity by refusing to accept His forgiveness. Who are you to refuse to forgive yourself when God has forgiven you? When God promises to forgive His people when they repent, He is not playing games. If He says He will forgive you, then He will forgive you. And if God forgives you, you are forgiven.”

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R.C. Sproul

The corollary also applies:

Whom have you not forgiven yet God has forgiven?

Many still punish and hold against another their sins even though the Lord has forgiven them. We cannot be a higher judge than God is; demanding more repentance than God does.


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Trusting God is a Matter of the Will

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (Gerald Bridges and Jerry Bridges)

… trusting God is first of all a matter of the will  and is not dependent on my feelings. I choose to trust God, and  my feelings eventually follow.
Having said that trusting God is first of all a matter of the  will, let me qualify that statement to say that, first of all, it is a  matter of knowledge. We must know that God is sovereign, wise,  and loving in all the ways we have come to see what those  terms mean in previous chapters. But having been exposed to  the knowledge of the truth, we must then choose whether to  believe the truth about God, which He has revealed to us, or  whether to follow our feelings. If we are to trust God, we must  choose to believe His truth.


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God Determined Dwelling Place

Ever wonder why you were born where you were?

Was it just a matter of chance?

Acts 17:26-28 (ESV)

26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
28 for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

From one man arose every nation.

Each nation has an allotted time period.

Each nation’s boundaries are predetermined by God.


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No Condemnation – Spurgeon

We are today accepted in the Beloved, absolved from sin, acquitted at the bar of God.  …

We are now-even now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of His people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing remaining upon any one believer in the matter of justification in the sight of the Judge of all the earth.

Charles H. Spurgeon


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Drawing Near to the Heart of God: Encouragement for Your Lifetime Journey

Drawing Near to the Heart of God: Encouragement for Your Lifetime Journey – free kindle version

by Cynthia Heald

Best-selling Bible teacher and Navigator author Cynthia Heald prepares women for the most fulfilling journey they’ll ever go on–walking with God through life. By offering Scriptural insights and questions to stimulate introspection and journaling, Cynthia engages with you on a new, personal level.

Through classic devotional readings and personal stories, this guide shows that life is a process filled with the struggles and joys of walking with God.

Learn to reflect on where you are now, where you’d like to be, and how far you’ve already come.


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God’s Math

God’s math is not like our math.

Otherwise you wouldn’t have this:

Jesus is 100% God and 100% man.

God is 100% Sovereign and man is 100% responsible.

God the Father plus Jesus the Son plus the Holy Spirit equals One God.

The Good Shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep. (Luke 15:3-7)

A Handful of Flour and a Little Oil equal many days meals for a household and never runs out. (1 Kings 17:8-16)

One jar of oil plus many vessels equal paid debts.  (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Five loaves and two fishes fed 5000. (Luke 9:12-17)

They just don’t add up in our limited human minds.


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God Is Good

God is Great, God is Good
Let us thank Him for our food

More theology in that simple prayer than most realize.

Psalms 73:1 (ESV) Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Psalms 107:1 (ESV)  Oh give thanks to the Lord,  for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 135:3 (ESV) Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

1 Timothy 4:4-5  (ESV)
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

God is good in all things and in all ways. He is good in himself; indeed, he is goodness itself. His wisdom is good. His knowledge is good. His judgments are good. His power is good. His works are all good. When God was creating the universe he said after each step of his creation, “It is good” (Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). And so it was! Nothing God did could have been done better.

God’s thoughts toward us are good. It was good that he loved us and chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. The way he chose to save us was good. It was good that he sent Jesus at the appointed time to be our Savior. It was good that he called us to faith in Jesus by the power of his Holy Spirit. It is good that he has called us to fellowship with himself and with one another in the church. God’s ways with us are good.

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James Boyce, Commentary on The Psalms Volumes 1, 2, 3


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That’s Bunken – Ravenhill

“I don’t believe there is a man on the whole TV that preaches salvation. They preach forgiveness. Forgiveness is not salvation. …  “Oh you know the Lord loves you just as you are.” Well then why get changed? Commit adultery as much as you like. He still loves you. Be a cheat, be a liar, be a thief, and be a failure. He still loves you. But there’s a scripture. Isn’t it the Psalms 7…. where it says “God is angry with the wicked every day.” I heard somebody quote today “God loves you but hates your sin” that’s bunken. God hates you for committing the sin. Is God going to take your sins and judge them at the Judgment and leave you alone?”

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Leonard Ravenhill.


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