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Morning and Evening 09/14

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I can’t express how powerful this devotion was today! Bev and I just returned from Hawaii where we chose to do some scuba diving on the North Shore of Oahu in a place called Sharks Cove. We started our shore dive with moderate waves that started picking up as we ventured out. Over the next thirty minutes or so they just got bigger and bigger! We were caught in the underwater ebb and flow and starting to be pulled out to sea.

The dive master recognized our situation and brought us to the surface with one admonition, start kicking and conserve your air for the final kick to the beach!! We were kicking for what seemed like an hour and making no progress. We started praying for our lives. “When every attempt to ride it out proved useless”, the Savior rose and with a word transformed the tempest into a more reasonable set of waves that allowed us to make some progress. We were exhausted but made it back safely. You can imagine how relieved we were.

As Spurgeon points out we could easily say that Jesus is “our anchor, our rudder, our lighthouse, our lifeboat and our safe harbor”. “By faith we will raise our anchor for another day’s cruise and sail with Jesus into a sea of tribulation”. Interestingly Bev’s favorite verse is “In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world”. If God be for us, who can be against us? Thanks be to God for His Amazing Grace and Mercy!

This evening Spurgeon asks the question: “Do you see the value of this grace-led confession of sin?” I don’t think it possible to see the value until, like David, we experience the depravity of our souls and as pointed out three weeks ago from our study of Genesis recognize that our thoughts are evil continually.

When God reveals our hearts for what they are, wicked and deceitful, we realize there is no hope unless He intercedes on our behalf. We deserve Hell but for Christ’s sake we receive mercy. “May God be praised, there is always healing for the broken heart; the fountain is ever flowing to cleanse us from our sins. Truly, O Lord, You are a God ready to forgive.” “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us of those sins”. Brings to mind the lyrics of that old hymn, “Oh how I love Jesus, oh how I love Jesus, oh how I love Jesus, because He first love me!” May we ever see the value of this grace-led confession of sin!

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