I Have Sinned Greatly.

“David said unto God, I have sinned greatly... I have done very foolishly.” - 1 Chronicles 21.8

 

In the above passage we find King David needing to take full responsibility for God’s judgment which was falling on his kingdom, the nation of Israel.

 

He was the king, the leader, and he confessed, “I have done very foolishly” by numbering the people when God had told him not to.

 

Thank the Lord for the Bible!

 

Neither Pray Alone.

“Neither pray I for these alone...” - John 17.20

 

In John chapter 17 we see the Prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ which He prayed just moments before He was betrayed and taken to be crucified.

 

He was specifically praying for His disciples, that first church, but in the prayer, we see our Lord often praying for us when He said such things as, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;”.

 

Jesus was praying for me?

 

Atonement

“atonement” - Romans 5:11

 

“At one”

 

An easy way to remember what this word means to us in a practical sense is the think “at one”… “at-one-ment”.  “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:11)

 

To Save Sinners

“...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners...” - 1 Timothy 1.15

 

If people had to choose to follow me, Pastor Frank Tottingham, or Jesus, who would people choose?

 

Stupid question isn’t it?

 

If people had to choose to follow Gandhi or Jesus, who would they choose?

 

If people had to choose to follow Mother Teresa or Jesus, who would they choose?

 

If people had to choose to follow Buddha or Jesus, who would they choose?

 

In the Spirit

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day…” - Revelation 1.10

 

The above verse is from “The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ”, and though the Apostle John was exiled on an isolated island, he could still say, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last”.

 

Open thou mine eyes

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” - Psalm 119.18

 

What a great prayer!  David gives us some very good words here when it comes to the Bible, or “thy law” as he calls it here.  “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

 

THE GOD

“…the God…

2 Chronicles 32.19

 

“And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.”  2 Chronicles 32:19

 

Honestly… what can anyone say about that verse other than that they really should NOT have done that!  They should NOT have spoken against the God of Jerusalem… He is NOT like other gods!

 

They DID NOT know who they were dealing with!

 

Let Him Go

Who is there among you of all his people?

The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.” - 2 Chronicles 36.23

 

The above verse comes at an amazing time in history.  First of all, God uses a non-Jewish ruler, Cyrus – who was the ruler of the then known world, to encourage the work of the Lord.

 

Sinneth Not

(for there is no man which sinneth not,)” - 2 Chronicles 6.36

 

This little parenthesis strikes me every time I read it!

 

The truth of it strikes me, and it strikes me more so because of where we actually find it in the Bible.  It is right in the middle of King Solomon’s powerful prayer of dedication for the amazing temple in Jerusalem!

 

It would seem that in a prayer of dedication for such a beautiful new temple these words are so “out of place”!

 

Thou Canst Not Follow Me

“Jesus answered him, 

Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now” - John 13:36

 

Think about that very carefully.  What is Jesus saying? “Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now;”

 

He is speaking to the disciples, specifically to Peter (indirectly to every born again believer) and He says, “Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now”

 

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