Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 8-17-20

Psalm 130
Out of the Depths
1
Lord, I cry out to you out of the depths of my despair!
2
Hear my voice, O God!
Answer this prayer and hear my plea for mercy.
3
Lord, if you measured us and marked us with our sins,
who would ever have their prayers answered?
4
But your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful.
No wonder you are loved and worshiped!
5
This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough,
for your word brings me hope.
6
I long for you more than any watchman
would long for the morning light.
I will watch and wait for you, O God,
throughout the night.
7
O Israel, keep hoping, keep trusting,
and keep waiting on the Lord,
for he is tenderhearted, kind, and forgiving.
He has a thousand ways to set you free!
8
He himself will redeem you;
he will ransom you from the cruel slavery of your sins!

There are many things right now in life that may tempt us to feel emotionally overwhelmed or spiritually oppressed, but believers are cared for and guided by a faithful Savior. Therefore, we refuse to bow to the sin and fear that Christ promises to help us overcome. Believers are connected to true LIFE. In Christ, you can pray and talk to God about anything that is going on in your life and he will listen and respond in love. Believers are not marked by sin. God holds nothing against us when our hearts are humble and searching for his forgiveness and redemption. If you put your faith in the work of Christ on the cross, you are marked by Love; God has placed his special mark upon every believer. We belong to God and we know this is true, because he gave us his Spirit to occupy our beings. So, keep praying, trusting, and expecting your spiritual breakthrough. Sin has no power to stop you; so advance in the grace of Almighty God and reveal the mark of his honor and glory upon your life!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for redeeming me and setting me free from having to bow to sin and fear. Please continue to bring the breakthroughs I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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