Day Four: Receive from the Lord

Let’s read aloud together the following passage:

Titus 3:3-8a NIV
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.

In the story of King David, 2 Samuel 12, while Bathsheba’s child is still alive, David pleads to the Lord through prayer and fasting for the child’s life. He recognizes that the full consequences have not yet been realized. However, when the child does die, David quickly recognizes the situation, and accepts the consequences of the Lord. He does not attempt to wrongly TAKE something that the Lord has not given him. This is where restoration happens – when we stop trying to TAKE, and we begin to RECEIVE from the Lord. O, Lord have mercy! I trust in your unfailing love! Lord, forgive me for trying to control or wrongly TAKE what you have not given, and now, may my life receive what you desire to give! [P. Nate’s Message on Sunday at AMC]

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I have all that I need from you. You have generously poured into me, and I lack nothing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s draw near to Jesus as we worship to “Draw Me Close” by Bethel Music (click here).

-LB

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