Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016: Tomorrow’s A New Day

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 132  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Jordan Smith on the TV reality show, THE VOICE, singing Great Is Thy Faithfulness, powerfully expressing the reality of God’s faithfulness … to be there EVERY DAY to forgive us and to set the repentant on the right path.

Highlight Passage:  Psalm 86: 5 and 15 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… We serve a God Who is willing - AND ABLE - to forgive us EVERY DAY!!!
Highlight Context – Psalm 86:5-15 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… King David expresses his deep gratitude for God’s forgiveness and mercy.

Reference Passage #1 - Jeremiah 31:34 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Do we get it?! … Our God is willing to forgive - AND FORGET - our sins.

Reference Passage #2 - Lamentations 3:22-23 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… What a faithful and forgiving God! … His compassion and forgiveness there for us every morning!

Reference Passage #3 - 1st John 1: 9 [NKJV] …  
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
…Anytime, anywhere … our God is willing/able to cleanse us from ANY unrighteousness.

Reference Passage #4 - Hebrews 8:12 [NKJV] …  
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. 
… A restatement of the truth of Jeremiah 31:34 in the NT by the Author of Hebrews.

My Journal for Today:  My Our Daily Bread author, Cindy Hess Kasper, used a personal story to illustrate here teaching today about God’s forgiveness and faithfulness She wrote: When I was growing up, one of my favorite books was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. In one amusing passage, young Anne, by mistake, adds a skin medication instead of vanilla to the cake she is making. Afterward, she exclaims hopefully to her stern-faced guardian, Marilla, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 

That’s a wonderful thought isn’t it? … Every day, when the sun rises [or might we say, “when the SON rises” - see attached photo], our God is willing and infinitely capable - if we are genuinely repentant - to forgive - AND FORGET - our unrighteousness of the previous day. It’s way too incredible to understand for this finite mind; … but nevertheless, God has said it (see above Scripture); and I, for one, believe it.

In fact, … I’ve experienced it … over and over and over again; … the wonderful truth from David’s plea for forgiveness [see the highlight passages], … the languishing truth of Jeremiah [see Jeremiah 31:34 and Lamentations 3:22-23]; … and the promise of cleansing anytime and anywhere that we genuinely confess and seek God’s forgiveness [see 1st John 1:9].

It’s truly amazing grace, isn’t it? … And I can use what Jordan Smith so beautifully sings (see link above) … EVERY DAY!! … How about you?

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … My Lord, … I write here today, with such hope for tomorrow because of Your love, and mercy, and grace … new every morning!! Amen  

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