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FOREVER FORGIVEN
By his merciful Grace
With his Heart full of Love
Because of His Blood
I’m forever forgiven.

No more punishment of past sins
No more bitterness of heart
New freedom from quilt
I’m forever forgiven .

New hope though Christ
New life with Christ
New freedom to serve
I’m forever forgiven

New love for the Saviour
New love for the Brothers
New love for the preachers
I’m forever forgiven

Now the burdens been lifted
So spread the good news
Give glory to God
I’m forever forgiven.

Thought from Luke 17:4

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Dealing with your Enemy
I have an enemy in my life some may have more . I can narrow mine down to one real enemy. One who I realize I will never win over, he has determined to be my enemy for life, yes its Satan, the Devil he uses many others to attack me, my nature, my own mine and even other people. He waits patiently for an opportunity, just a small opening. Something maybe seen in movies, TV etc or read just a little something to give him an opening, just a small one. The Psalmist realized his weakness before the enemy and prays to God to deliver me, defend me and save me. The psalmist prayer concerning the wicked (Psalm 59:5) he prays for judgment from God who is Just in all His dealings, he does not at this time pray for mercy on the wicked. Maybe Christians today have become too easy on sin and the enemies of God, those who reject Christ. The old preacher C.H. Spurgeon states “ How wrong is that state of mind which hates to hear of the punishment of the wicked”. We call sin by many nice sounding names, living together, sleeping together instead of fornicating. Gay instead of homosexual reprobates (Romans 1:27-) Yes Gods’ desire is and ours should be for their repentance and coming to Christ for salvation. With many in churches today nothing is called sin just a different way, let’s get back to calling sin what it is horrible in the face of our Holy and loving God. Then as the Psalmist (vs 16 Psalm 59) we can sing of His power, His mercy and our deliverance from the power of sin. Remember little leaks can sink large boats if not fixed. Let’s stop the leaks, spread the Gospel and give praise to our Lord and Saviour. Psalm 59:1 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. 3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. 4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. 5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. 6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear? 8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. 9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. 10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. 11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. 12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. 13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. 14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied. 16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. 17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

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Speech and Heart
Do you in deed speak righteousness, do you really speak the truth. How does this coincide with your daily living, actions, attitude and treatment of others. Do you judge uprightly, correctly getting all the facts before making a judgement on others. Do you get the basis for what’s right or wrong from the plain Word of God and not just your opinion. Our human nature, as sinners begins to show soon after birth, in lies, and Satan is the father of lying. People then reject the gospel, to accept it one has to admit they are sinners and in need of a savior, forgiveness and can’t help themselves. Some close their ears and mind and continue down the road to destruction. In verses 6-9 of Psalm 58 the psalmist is like many of us at times. We see those who reject God seeming to e doing well while true Christians are having it hard in many ways. We want to see justice now but God says some men’s sins are revealed and judged now others go before them to wait at the judgement !st Timothy 5:24. Lets just be sure our speach and heart are coincide and then keep witnessing, warning and praying for those without a true relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things become new. 2nd Corinthians 5:17.
Psalm 58:1 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. 6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. 7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

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TRUST AND MERCY
The psalmist pleads for mercy from the merciful God, he ask twice because the need is urgent. His/our trust in God, is like a little baby chick snuggles up close under the wings of the mother hen, there finds warmth, peace and security. As we stay close to our God and Saviour through reading His Word we find warmth, peace and security . Let nothing come between you and our Saviour Jesus Christ. In that secure relationship the psalmist still cries out with confidence to the almighty God who does all things for him and us. If there is no way on earth to meet the need then He will send the help from heaven. We pray for mercy He sends both mercy and truth, more than we ask. The psalmist and we live in danger daily some dangers are different, he list lions, fire, spears, arrows, sharp swords and the tongues of men. Satan uses some people and many things and ways to set the nets for us Gods’ children. As the psalmist says his heart is fixed he is committed to trust in our great God. Sing, give praise and glory to Him the glorious God. He will tell and sing of Gods mercy and greatness to all those around him, giving glory to God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Its sad when a Christian is silent about his love for his Saviour. Christ hung on the Cross in public for us, can’t we give Him praise and glory to others. We see today our nation is turning its’ back on God openly with the new acceptance of homosexual marriage now legal, the content in movies and things that were condemned a few years ago by Christians are now accepted as being ok, but still condemned by God and His Word. It has been said truthfully, evil increase when Christians are silent. The question for each of us before God is what will you do. Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
As the hymn writer put it in the hymn Nothing Between
Nothing between my soul and the Savior , Naught of this world’s delusive dream; I have renounced all sinful pleasure, Jesus is mine! There’s nothing between. Nothing between my soul and the Savior , So that His blessed face may be seen; Nothing preventing the least of His favor; Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

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Beware

As with the Psalmist we are in a battle daily, our enemy , Satan attacks are constant. At times he uses people we know friends, family etc. His one desire is to see a Christian fall completely. He makes many unaware of the dangers on their path . He uses those walking close to and ignoring the dangers to be an influence on others so he can bring his attacks on them. Some may for a while walk close to danger for a while and not get hurt and others will be destroyed much sooner. A deceiver never tells the truth in the beginning. Today sin is always presented as enjoyable and good, the alcohol ads and movies mostly show good looking people having fun and enjoyment. We use nicer words to make sin sound ok, fornication is referred to as sleeping or just living together, homosexuals are call gays etc. but the end is the same,  heart ache  then eternity in hell. Yes we need to have a fear of the devil and stand clear of his deceptions. But in our fear we need to trust in God. Praise His Word, starts with reading and studying it because of its value. As the Psalmist says in verse 4 of Psalm 56 “fear what the flesh can do unto me” that is my flesh the natural me but for the grace of God anyone of us could do all that others have done. Our enemy Satan just waits daily for an opportunity to cause us to destroy our lives and testimony before God and others. As Christians we have been delivered from death (Hell) only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. That is the only hope we have for forgiveness and eternity in heaven we have nothing to offer.  Now let’s pray that we will walk carefully before God and others in our daily lives. Our confidence is in God. Psalm 56:1Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.  6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.  7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.  8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?  9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.  10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.  12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.  13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

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Please Hear
The Psalmist here in Psalm 55 is pleading for God to hear his request and cries the troubles in life are burdening him down, he cries out to God to hear and help. God has promised to hear our cries to Him (1st John 5:14). The one thing that will cause God not to hear our prayers is sin. “ If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me. “ Psalm 66:18. Repentance and confession of our sins to God brings forgiveness . As with the Psalmist we all at times experience heart aches and fear. Sometimes brought on by our decisions and at times by the decisions of others. There are times in our lives when we would just like to get away from the circumstances and problems facing us daily. At times the hurts etc even come from friends and even family. Remember we have a promise from God He will deliver us from or through the hurts. When we can’t see the end we must just trust in our God. We must learn to let God deal with those who hurt us in His own time. As an old preacher said “pay day someday” . Some sins are dealt with in this life others will be dealt with at the judgment . (!st Timothy 5:24) Whatever you are going through just remember, God’s character and His love. Our daily task is to let nothing come between us and our Saviour. In times of need call unto our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Psalm 55;1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. 6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. 11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. 15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. 16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

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