Saved from Sin

Tuesday June 1, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 38

So I confess my guilt; I am anxious because of my sin.

Psalm 38:18

Reflection: What a relief it is for the psalmist to confess his sins to the LORD, to ask his God to take all his sin away. For the burden of sin that he experiences is like that which we feel of our own sin when we try to keep it from God. It rises up from below to drown us. It weighs down upon us as a heavy burden. It festers like foul wounds within our soul, causing pain and sickness until we are faint. When sin has begun to take over, others from afar can see it thriving within us and stay at a distance. Sin truly leads to suffering and death if it is not cleansed from us.

The end of sin begins with the LORD. There is no chance to be saved from sin but by God’s redemption. There is no way to be relieved by its burden but by God’s strength. Only does the Great Healer have the ability to cleanse the festering disease of sin from our souls and restore us to spiritual health. The psalmist knows that God will utterly destroy sin, regardless of whether or not he wants to be separated from it. And so it is for us. If we ask for the LORD to take it away, He will surely do it. But if we cling to our sin, we are guaranteed for destruction along with it. What is worse than suffering from sin is receiving God’s punishment for sin because we have refused to flee from it. We are not perfect people. We are sinners who cannot escape sin on our own. But because we depend on a perfect God, we can be assured that by Him our sin is taken away. Is the burden of sin weighing upon you? Do not fear! Also, do not try to manage with it on your own. Seek the LORD Who has saved You from sin, and He will answer.

Prayer: Everlasting God, You are righteous and just. You are loving and gracious to save me from sin and powerful to take it away. You have conquered sin and death, LORD, and I have hope of everlasting life only because of You. Thank You for Your rescue. Thank You for the work You’ve done through Your Son Jesus Christ to deliver me from sin. I confess my sin to You now. I confess my need for You every moment to be kept from its power. Please, LORD, let me follow after You closely. Help me today to trust in You completely. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Hebrews 3:1-4:13; Genesis 48; Psalm 38

Trusting God’s Way

Monday May 31, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 37

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.

Psalm 37:5-6

Reflection: The best that can happen to a person of God is His action on their behalf. When the LORD does something for His people, they are guaranteed all that they need. When we commit our way to God’s way, we are submitting to not only His direction, but also to His provision for the journey. The trials up ahead, the needs that will arise, the weariness and weakness of His people, all of that is accounted for. All needs are met for all who have decided to follow Him. At times when needs are near, we can fail to remember the LORD’s ever-present nearness. But it is best to entrust ourselves to God, Who not only knows every obstacle ahead, but is also well-equipped to provide more than enough to all in His care.

The worst that can happen to an enemy of God’s people is the LORD’s action on behalf of His own. For no matter the strength of the enemy, no matter their cunning or craftiness, they are unable to prevent the LORD from having His Way. God’s people may be weak, but their God is never weakened. God will see that His Will for His people is brought to fruition no matter what. Trust in what He will do. Those against God will all one day perish, but you of God will always remain secure. Keep your trust in the LORD, children of God, for He cares for you. There is nothing that your God cannot do.

Prayer: O Ancient of Days, before I was born, You knew me. You already knew my needs, and You continue to sustain me every moment. I want for nothing in Your midst. You are faithful to provide, to care for, and to show Your everlasting love. Thank You for all that You continue to do for me. Thank You for all that You have already done. I rest assured always in Your care, O LORD my God. As I journey with You, please continue to help me follow after You. In times where I might want to lead, bring to my mind the truth that Your Way is the only good way to go. I trust You, LORD. Help me to trust You. I love You, LORD. Please help me to love You more. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Hebrews 2; Genesis 46:28-47:31; Psalm 37

Sunday’s Message: Unstoppable

May 30, 2021

Today’s Reading: Acts 13:1-12

 As they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to.”

Acts 13:2

Come to our Sunday Worship Service OR Listen to Rev. Moegagogo Solomona’s sermon from today’s 10AM Sunday Worship Livestream on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/ccmla.

Reflect on the Sermon with us at our Life Group Zoom, Mondays at 7:30PM.

Sermon Main Idea: A SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH cannot be stopped from DOING God’s Will.

Text Notes:

  • A Spirit-Filled Church works for the LORD. (v1-3)
  • Spirit-Filled believers will FACE Satanic opposition. (v4-8)
  • The Holy Spirit CONFRONTS evil and CONVERTS people. (9-12)

Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for being so gracious to use us for Your work on earth. Thank You for including us in Your wondrous and mighty Plan. It is only by Your wisdom, Your mercy, Your resources, Your strength, and Your Spirit that I can do anything that brings You glory. Please fill me then, and direct me by Him, that I would bring forth praise to You in all I do. I love You LORD, and pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Hebrews 1; Genesis 45:1-46:27; Psalm 36

Trusting God’s Deliverance

Saturday May 29, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 35

Then I will rejoice in the Lord; I will delight in His deliverance.

Psalm 35:9

Reflection: In times of deep distress or struggle, when enemies loom around every corner seeking our destruction, by God’s rescue we are reminded that He is our true deliverance. For it is in our weakness that we have the chance to recall His incomparable strength. It is in times of danger that we are called to trust in His safety. People of the world may rely on the things of this world – its strength, its wisdom, its resources – but the people of God know this truth: that it is the LORD Who provides all things that are truly good; it is the LORD Who works all things according to His perfect purpose; it is the LORD alone Who protects and rescues His people. Our true danger is not found in the midst of our enemies, but in the mindset that we are all we need. Only when we trust in the LORD’s deliverance can we be assured of true safety.

Even in difficult situations, in circumstances of peril, there is blessing from the LORD Who prompts us to rely on His saving power. In uncertain times, God’s children will always find certainty of God’s love and Salvation. The psalmist knows well to credit the LORD for His rescue. We do well also to be reminded that God is indeed our deliverance. In the boundaries of His nearness, we remain unscathed. He fights for us as we follow Him. He defends us as we give Him praise.

Prayer: Loving God, my Strength and my Defender, my Rock and my Salvation, all glory belongs to You. You deserve all praise for all that You continue to do throughout all creation. You are worthy to be worshipped and adored at all times. Thank You for being near to me, for never leaving nor forsaking me, but for always being faithful. Thank You for Your perfect Will, which is far beyond my understanding, but truly good and perfect. As I receive blessing upon blessing from You, please help me to remember at all times that You are the One Who provides, and that You are the One Who saves, that I would live out of the reminder of Your saving truth. I pray all of these things in the Name of Jesus Christ Your Son, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 24:13-53; Genesis 44; Psalm 35

Fearing God

Friday May 28, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 34

Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Psalm 34:11

Reflection: What does King David mean when he says he will teach the fear of the LORD? He does not mean that we will increasingly panic in His Presence, or dread His nearness. The fear of the LORD is reverence for Him. King David will show and tell what it is to bring honor to God. While fear of the LORD can be witnessed in honest speech and good works, the LORD knows that not all good deeds are done with the intention to honor Him. Fear of the LORD is not simply acting in ways which might please God, but acting in order to please God. It is evidenced respect and gratitude that results from an understanding of Who the LORD is.

The more we learn and understand about God, the more we are prompted to fear Him in what we do. In recalling the LORD Whose eyes are on the righteous, in observing that He hears and delivers them, we are encouraged to also value righteousness. In recalling His nearness, in remembering His Salvation, we are comforted and assured of His great abounding faithfulness. In recalling the LORD’s protection over His people, we are emboldened to go about His work confidently without any fear of our enemies. Fear of the LORD begins with knowing the LORD. Because the king has experienced firsthand God’s goodness, known His rescue and protection, and remembered His provision and care, he is able to praise the LORD at all times. King David is able to boast in the LORD and exalt Him because of what He has learned about God.

Do you struggle in doing the things that give God glory? Do you have trouble speaking in ways which show Your reverence for Him? Begin by filling Your mind with the thoughts about the LORD at all times, that in study of His Word and prayer, you would gain an ever-growing desire to fear Him.

Prayer: Almighty God, I am reminded today of all Your mighty works. I am reminded of Your love and mercy upon me. I am reminded of Your amazing grace. I am assured of Your safety and protection. I am comforted and encourage by the knowledge of Your Salvation. Thank you for all You have done for me. Thank You for Your steadfast faithfulness, LORD. All praise and glory be to You. Please teach me how to show others my fear of and reverence for You. Please help me to grow in obedience to Your ways and statues. I pray these things in the Name of Jesus Your Son, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 24:1-12; Genesis 43; Psalm 34

Choose God

Thursday May 27, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 33

He gazes on all the inhabitants of the earth from His dwelling place. He alone crafts their hearts; He considers all their works. 

Psalm 33:14-15

Reflection: The LORD loves the choices that His people make to glorify Him. He is pleased with all that they do to bring Him honor. When His people, though fallen, follow Him by exhibiting His righteousness as He has called, the LORD is pleased. When they rely on His leading to execute perfect justice, the LORD is pleased. For though God has created all people, though He has fashioned each and every human heart to his liking, not all people are truly His own. Not all please Him.

In the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth. He formed His people and breathed His own breath of life within them. But each crafted heart would need to choose to have the LORD as its God, would need to decide whether or not to follow Him. And so, even now, God examines the works that the people perform, since not everything His creation does brings Him good pleasure. The Creator of all people looks upon what He has designed, longing that all would respond favorably to His unfailing love.

Do your works reflect that which pleases our Creator God? It is so easy to rest in the truth that we are all God’s creation. But this fact is not what assures us our eternity with Him. We must remember that while all creation was created very good, people were still left with the choice to remain good with God. Look around at all that He has made! Gaze upon the craftmanship that His voice spoke into existence and remember that He is the One Who sustains it all! As He examines what You do for His glory, as You respond in obedience to His leading and guidance, may He be pleased.

Prayer: LORD, the works of Your Hands are very good. All that You have designed reminds me of Your power and splendor and assures me of Your goodness. Thank You for all that You have done which reminds of how good You truly are. I have experienced Your love and choose to love You. I have tasted and seen that You are good, and so choose to follow after Your goodness. You alone exhibit true righteousness. Help me to rely on the ways that You are still working in the world around me. Please, LORD, teach me to be more like You. I lift up these prayers to You in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 23:26-56; Genesis 42; Psalm 33

Happy

Wednesday May 26, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 32

How happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!

Psalm 32:1

Reflection: Happy are we because of the LORD’s forgiveness upon us, His children! Although we fail to be righteous in His sight by our own efforts, God by His mercy has forgiven us. Although we have sinned, we have not been charged with the just punishment we have deserved. As long as we have turned to the LORD and confessed our sin before Him, He takes away our guilt.

Why can we come to the LORD blameless, when we have fallen short of His Glory? How can a just and righteous God simply take our sins away? We can stand before God the Father in happiness because of what the Man of Sorrows, Jesus Christ, had endured for our sake. Our transgression has not disappeared into thin air! Our guilt has not simply gone away! No, it has been taken away from us by our Savior, Who put upon Himself our sin. It has been collected by the one spotless Lamb, Who endured the punishment we deserved in order that we would remain unscathed! The price for our happiness, our rescue, was paid for with sadness and pain, and sealed with the Death that Jesus accepted on the Cross. All that He has done to show His love for us magnifies our rejoicing unto Him. The thought of His suffering for our sake prompts grateful joy that He would show us this exquisite Mercy. Do not forget our Lord’s perfect sacrifice! Know that the LORD loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that by faith in Him you would escape death and receive life everlasting. Rejoice, believer! Be happy because of all that He has done.

Prayer: Precious LORD, thank You for Your everlasting love. Thank You for Your faithfulness and goodness. Thank You for not withholding Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross for my sake. Thank You for rescuing me, even in my sin. I praise You for all that You have done for me. I rejoice in the Salvation that You have so freely given. Please help me to remember the Work of Jesus, that I would continue to give You total praise in this time You have given to me. Show me how to live resisting sin, that I would remain near to You. Thank You, LORD. I pray all of these things to You in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 23:1-25; Genesis 41; Psalm 32

Our Refuge

Tuesday May 25, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 31

 How great is Your goodness that You have stored up for those who fear You, and accomplished in the sight of everyone for those who take refuge in You.

Psalm 31:19

Reflection: When we seek refuge in the LORD, we are turning to an unshakeable Mountain within which to hide. We are relying on the strongest of fortresses for protection and safety. Within the confines of His Presence is the freedom to rejoice without fear or doubt. What warring and chaos that exists beyond the walls are of no concern, since they cannot penetrate the space that has been reserved for God’s people. Against all odds, against all danger, against all that is not of Him, the LORD by His Goodness establishes His protection around His faithful ones.

But what happens when we must go into the world to where He is calling us? How then can we be kept safe? This is the wisdom and beauty of the LORD’s refuge and protection: it remains everywhere that His Presence dwells. Because He dwells within us, we can rest assured that we are covered on every side. Because He never leaves nor forsakes us, we are never left vulnerable to the enemy. There is no place we can go that is void of His protection over our souls. There is no strength that can snatch us from His loving Hand. The psalmist proclaims to the LORD as there is terror on every side, “You are my God.” This is enough to sustain him, for by faith he has entered into the safety of the LORD’s Presence. He has hid himself in the shadow of the Savior’s refuge. By God’s Goodness, he is unscathed by danger and never disgraced. Trust in the LORD, faithful servant! As you venture into a world of darkness, You are never alone. The God of the universe remains your Rock and your Fortress, your Refuge.

Prayer: Almighty God, You are my Safety, my Refuge and Strength. I do not need to fear anything, for as I go forth in Your Name You protect me from harm. You are so good to keep me safe. You are so gracious to cover me and hide me in times of danger. I pray, Father, that as I seek You, as I trust in You, as I hope in You, You would continue to grant me courage and strength to be bold for Your Namesake. Let me fear no place or situation of evil, that I would be kept free to serve You fully in all situations. I lift up these requests to You in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 22:39-71; Genesis 40; Psalm 31

The LORD Lifts Us Up

Monday May 24, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 30

I will exalt You, Lord, because You have lifted me up and have not allowed my enemies to triumph over me.

Psalm 30:1

Reflection: What a wonder it is that the LORD lifts His people up. When we exalt our God, we are right in doing so because of His Majesty, His Sovereign reign, His Holiness, and His Goodness. The LORD deserves to have His Name exalted. But how mysterious it is that the LORD would choose to exalt us, that He would lift us up. What have we we done to be raised up, not just in name as we exalt our LORD, but in fullness out of sin? Who are we to be lifted out of the Pit, our deserved place of punishment for rebelling against Him?

There is a vast difference between the way that we lift up the LORD and the way that He lifts us up. When we lift up the LORD, we exalt Him to the place that He belongs. The honor we ascribe to Him is a deserved offering for all that He has done for His people, is a response of gratitude for His righteous work of Salvation given freely. But how amazing is the way that the LORD lifts up His fallen people! Even in our sin, He has lifted us out of destruction and set us high upon a rock. Even when we were still far from Him, He has been gracious to us. In fact, it is this very work, the Salvation that He has worked for sinners like us, that gives cause for us to respond in exalting His Holy Name. His work prompts us giving Him Glory He deserves from us. It is out of the favor He has granted to us that we reply to Him with songs and shouts of praise. Praise be to the God Who has lifted us up, Who has saved us from destruction and death, Who, through Jesus Christ, has conquered the grave for sinners like us!

Prayer: Loving God, before You, I was wallowing in the miry clay without footing. I was destined for destruction as punishment for my sinfulness. But You, LORD, by Your amazing Grace, lifted me up. You Rescued me by Your Mercy. I give you all Glory. I lift Your Name up high because You have truly done mighty works for the benefit of Your imperfect people. Thank You LORD. Please help me to exalt Your Name each moment that I have today. Help me to give You the Glory You deserve. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 22:1-38; Genesis 39; Psalm 30

Sunday’s Message: Power and Purpose

May 23, 2021

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13

But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each one as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:11

Come to our Sunday Worship Service OR Listen to Rev. Moegagogo Solomona’s sermon from today’s 10AM Sunday Worship Livestream on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/ccmla.

Reflect on the Sermon with us at our Life Group Zoom, Mondays at 7:30PM.

Sermon Main Idea: Every believer is empowered by God’s Spirit and purposed for God’s Church.

Text Notes:

  • Different gifts from the same God. (v.4-6)
  • Different gifts for the same goal. (v.7-10)
  • Believers become one in Christ through the Holy Spirit. (v.11-13)

Life Note: Let God’s Spirit empower you for His purpose in His Church.

Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for being so gracious to use us for Your work on earth. Thank You for including us in Your wondrous and mighty Plan. It is only by Your wisdom, Your mercy, Your resources, Your strength, and Your Spirit that I can do anything that brings You glory. Please fill me then, and direct me by Him, that I would bring forth praise to You in all I do. I love You LORD, and pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 21; Genesis 38; Psalm 29