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A Battle On Your Hands

I don’t know why it is, but I have become a worrier. I don’t think I have always been this way. I don’t seem to worry about today or tomorrow, but I do worry about what may happen 5 and 10 years from now. I arrived at Ascension quite early last Sunday and I sat in the front pew under the pulpit, and I prayed. Hard. With tears and emotion. I prayed about me and you, about the world and the needs of so many. And as I prayed about the stuff that fills me with fear – the stuff in the future – God gave me a calm and a peace. I sensed that I didn’t have to worry, He was going to take care of it. The battle on my hands was the battle in His hands.

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What Does God Want?

Authentic people are broken people. But they are people that God puts back together. Authentic people are those who believe in a real God. This real, authentic God has the best in store for us. Our saving God clearly says, “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord? Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin shall not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” (Ezekiel 18:23, 30-32)

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Listen to Her

Proverbs, one of the 66 books in the Bible is a book about wisdom. Wisdom, not making decisions that you later regret, is a wonderful attribute. Solomon wrote much of what we find in Proverbs. He was the man, when God said he could ask for anything, prayed for this, “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (I Kings 3:9) What did he pray for? Wisdom. He needed it. I need it. You need it. And God gives it.

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