Confession

The “Jesus Prayer”, (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me a sinner.) Is my favorite prayer during times of temptation. This Sunday I was thinking about how important it is to have constant recourse to God.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

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“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.”  Luke 18:13-14

These seven words from the tax collector – “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” – are the difference between life and death, between justification and condemnation. The tax collector is confessing his need for mercy and he’s looking to God to get it. You don’t need to beat your chest to get saved, but you do need to put your faith in God and this man does.  Jesus says the man went home justified. The tax collector’s prayer is a good, life-saving confession.

” If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

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Don’t Say It.

“Don’t say that you will achieve something. Never imagine such a thing. the Lord said ‘without Me you can do nothing'”.  …. quote from Elder Porphyrios

I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.   …John 15:5    American King James Version

This is the Good News. He is with us always, we can’t breathe without Him, we can’t speak without Him, we can’t say or do a single thing without Him. What is there without Jesus? NOTHING!

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Betrayal

betrayal2Jesus was betrayed with a kiss.

“It’s more than rejection. Rejection opens a wound; betrayal pours the salt.   It’s more than loneliness. Loneliness leaves you in the cold; betrayal closes the door.   It’s more than mockery. Mockery plunges the knife; betrayal twists it.   It’s more than an insult. An insult attacks your pride; betrayal breaks your heart.”

“Betrayal….when your world turns against you.     Betrayal….where there is opportunity for love, there is opportunity for hurt.” …Quotes from Max Lucado

The Only Son of God has suffered it all. He suffered for love for us, for you. Bring your hurt and despair to Him. The God of Love!

 

 

Envy

St. Nilus an 18th century Orthodox monk explained some mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, and he said, ” envy is the seal of the Antichrist on the heart of man”. We may be guilty of envy toward our relatives, neighbors or friends. “We do not care even to attempt to heal ourselves from this affliction and come to our senses.” quote from Elder Thaddeus

My thought is if you suffer from this affliction go to God and allow Him to heal you. He is waiting just for you!

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Heap of Stones

 
It was also called  Mizpah, for he said, “May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other.  …Genesis 31:49  New American Standard Bible

It sounds so sweet and loving, but it is in fact about not trusting the other person, and it’s about making a covenant with a heap of stones and a pillar (Mizpah is the word for the pillar or watchtower) as the witnesses before God. Basically it says be very honest because God is surely watching. He witnesses everything we do. Which is a fact, Jack.

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