40 Days of Grace- Day 38

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

When’s the last time you cried out to the Lord for His grace and mercy? In this very famous and important passage of the bible, David cries to God for his grace amidst the devastation of his sin and its consequences. He didn’t run away from God, he didn’t hide from God like Adam and Eve. He knew that God could be trusted to forgive and offer grace and so he cried out to him. When you sin, do you cry out to God and ask for his grace or do you hide your sin from the Lord? Remember, he sees and he knows. Nothing escapes his eyes. Why not humble yourself and cry out to the God who offers grace? You’ll be blessed, forgiven, and restored in fellowship with Him. Why not?

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  1. I got this fro an old friend yesterday and thought : maybe it will help some one:

    “Just Checking In Today”

    A Minister passing through his church
    In the middle of the day,
    Decided to pause by the altar
    To see who came to pray.

    Just then the back door opened,
    And a man came down the aisle,
    The minister frowned as he saw the man
    Hadn’t shaved in a while.

    His shirt was torn and shabby,
    And his coat was worn and frayed,
    The man knelt down and bowed his head,
    Then rose and walked away.

    In the days that followed at precisely noon,
    The preacher saw this chap,
    Each time he knelt just for a moment,
    A lunch pail in his lap.

    Well, the minister’s suspicions grew,
    With robbery a main fear,
    He decided to stop and ask the man,
    ‘What are you doing here?’

    The old man said he was a factory worker
    And lunch was half an hour
    Lunchtime was his prayer time,
    For finding strength and power.

    I stay only a moment
    Because the factory’s far away;
    As I kneel here talking to the Lord,
    This is kinda’ what I say:

    ‘I Just Came By To Tell You, Lord,
    How Happy I Have Been,
    Since We Found Each Other’s Friendship
    And You Took Away My Sin.

    Don’t Know Much Of How To Pray,
    But I Think About You Every day.
    So, Jesus, This Is Ben,
    Just Checking In Today.’

    The minister feeling foolish,
    Told Ben that it was fine.
    He told the man that he was welcome
    To pray there anytime.

    ‘It’s time to go, and thanks,’ Ben said
    As he hurried to the door.
    Then the minister knelt there at the altar,
    Which he’d never done before.

    His cold heart melted, warmed with love,
    As he met with Jesus there.
    As the tears flowed down his cheeks,
    He repeated old Ben’s prayer:

    ‘I Just Came By To Tell You, Lord,
    How Happy I’ve Been,
    Since We Found Each Other’s Friendship
    And You Took Away My Sin.

    I Don’t Know Much Of How To Pray,
    But I Think About You Every day.
    So, Jesus, This Is Me,
    Just Checking In Today.’

    Past noon one day, the minister noticed
    That old Ben hadn’t come.
    As more days passed and still no Ben,
    He began to worry some.

    At the factory, he asked about him,
    Learning he was ill.
    The hospital staff was worried,
    But he’d given them a thrill.

    The week that Ben was with them,
    Brought changes in the ward.
    His smiles and joy contagious.
    Changed people were his reward.

    The head nurse couldn’t understand
    Why Ben could be so glad,
    When no flowers, calls or cards came,
    Not a visitor he had.

    The minister stayed by his bed,
    He voiced the nurse’s concern:
    No friends had come to show they cared.
    He had nowhere to turn.

    Looking surprised, old Ben spoke up
    And with a winsome smile;
    ‘The nurse is wrong, she couldn’t know,
    He’s been here all the while.’

    Every day at noon He comes here,
    A dear friend of mine, you see,
    He sits right down and takes my hand,
    Leans over and says to me:

    ‘I Just Came By To Tell You, Ben,
    How Happy I Have Been,
    Since We Found This Friendship,
    And I Took Away Your Sin.

    I Think About You Always
    And I Love To Hear You Pray,
    And So Ben, This Is Jesus,
    Just Checking In Today.’

    If this blesses you, pass it on. Many people
    will walk in and out of your life, but only
    true friends will leave footprints in your
    heart…

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand
    And Angels watch over you..
    Please pass this on to your friends
    & loved ones. If you aren’t ashamed.

    Jesus said, ‘ If you are ashamed of me,’
    I will be ashamed
    of you before my Father.’
    If you are not ashamed, pass this on.

    So, FRIENDS & FAMILY, this is ME …”Just Checking In Today”

    Have so much appreciated your kind words of Grace and mercy and the Goodness of God.Am
    Thinking of the day God said to Moses;” I will let my ‘Goodness’ pass by you today!”. I would say to one and all as this poem relays:
    May God’s Goodness pass by you today. and what of the passage: whatever is Good…think on these things today; receive the promise the God of Peace will fill your hearts and minds with Perfect Peace.

  2. Isaiah 53:4, “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, our sorrows He carried, yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted, but He was pierced through not for His own transgressions but for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening for our well being fell upon Him and by His scourging we are healed.”

  3. Indeed, why not?! Satan counts on us thinking that it is too difficult to please God, so why should we make the effort? The answer to this is to trust in God, for He only tells us the truth about our condition and what to do about it.

    Satan is a liar and a thief. He strives to steal us away from the promises made by God. There is no other better choice than to trust in God and to follow the only Savior, our Lord, Jesus Christ. The rewards of doing so are in both the present, where we have the peace that passes all understanding whenever we ask for it, and the future where we will joyfully be reunited with God forever. Who wants to go to the other place?!

    First we must recognize that we have sinned. We who believe in Jesus Christ have the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sin, that we may repent and return to God. The Holy Spirit will help us keep our eyes on the prize, Jesus Christ, and to hold fast to Him. Gladly I cry out for God’s forgiveness of my sin and welcome Him to work through me as He will to draw others to Himself and toward the glorious everlasting life with Him.

  4. I cry out to the Lord to forgive my sins every day. Because I know I sin every day. I do not have perfect control of my thoughts and sin sneaks in every time. I like Jeremiah 29:11-13. It remeinds me so much of my earthly Father who was a saint (to me only, I believe). So I am comfortable reading this with complete submission and thankfulness. I also read Psalm 51 every day. Again this rings true to my heart. “How Great Thou Art” !!

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