Devotional – 36,200 Feet Deep

He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19b ESV

Satan loves to remind us of our sin. He doesn’t care Christ has fully paid the price of our sin! He doesn’t care God has forgiven us and chooses to never remember our sins again!

Satan wants to derail our spiritual life and render us ineffective in the Lord’s service. He often does this by holding our old sins over us and whispering in our ear, “Shame on you! You’re no good! Look at what an awful sinner you are! God could never use someone like you!”

Thankfully Micah reminds us that our sins have been fully dealt with by the blood of Jesus Christ! Micah tells us God has trampled our sins under foot, and cast them into the depths of the sea!

The ocean is deep. Very deep. According to NOAA the average depth of the World’s oceans is 12,100 feet deep (2.3 miles!). The deepest point in the ocean is 36,200 feet or a stunning 6.85 miles below the surface!

When your old sins come to mind remind yourself that God chooses not to remember those sins and has buried them in the deepest grave for all of eternity.

The next time Satan tries to remind you of your sins you can tell him to take a long walk on a short pier.

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Editorial note: Originally published September 9, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – Look, Wait and Pray

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But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 ESV

Micah declared he would do three things: look to God, wait for God and pray to God.

To look to God implies we stop looking at everything else! When Peter’s eyes were squarely focused on Jesus Christ he walked on the waters of the raging sea. The moment he looked away the ravenous waves began to devour him alive.

If the raging storms of life are eating you alive you are looking in the wrong direction! By faith, look to God alone! Though He may not immediately halt your storms– He will reach out His hand and take ahold of yours!

To wait for God implies we stop living life by our calendar and live according to His. The problem, of course, is that He usually does not reveal to us His timetable. Why? Because His desire is for us to walk by faith one step at a time.

Will you trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding? Will you acknowledge Him in all of your ways? If so, God promises to make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

To pray to God implies we believe He hears our prayers. The scriptures tell us our prayers reach into the very throne room of Heaven where our Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ, hears our prayers and petitions the Father on our behalf.

Do you believe God hears you? If so fall to your knees and pray!

Micah determined to look, wait and pray. Will you?

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Editorial note: Originally published July 23, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Devotional – God’s Strange Work

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“You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:18 NIV

“The LORD will rise up… to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.” Isaiah 28:21 NIV

God does not delight in executing judgement, rather God delights in showcasing His mercy. Isaiah describes judgement as God’s ‘strange work’ and as God’s ‘alien task.’ Peter reminds us that God’s desire is for ‘everyone to come to repentance.’ God is patient and longsuffering! God does not want any to perish in their sins!

Have you ever heard a ‘hell fire and brimstone’ sermon that went so far as to say God enjoys punishing sinners? Unfortunately, I have. For a preacher, or anyone else, to outright say or imply that God enjoys judgement is to misrepresent God’s character. The thought that God enjoys sending guilty sinners to Hell should make us recoil in horror. His delight is not in judgement; His delight is in mercy! Even His angles rejoice (Luke 15:10) when a guilty sinner repents!

Yes, God hates sin but He absolutely loves the sinner. How can we know this is true? We can know by looking at the cross of Jesus Christ! God sent His Son to suffer and to die on the cross so He could rightously display His mercy by forgiving repentant sinners.

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Editorial note: Originally published July 17, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Jotting – When God’s People Rise Up As An Enemy Against God

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Commenting on Micah 2:8-10

 

But if the professed people of God “rise up as an enemy,” and refuse to heed His Word (as in vers. 8 and 9), then comes the call for separation from what is unclean and unholy, “Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted” (ver. 10). To continue in fellowship with what is opposed to God’s mind will result in desolation. We are called to “buy the truth, and sell it not.”

 

Ironside, H. A. Notes on the Minor Prophets. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1909. Print.

 

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Jottings – Are You an Overcomer?

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Commenting on Micah 2:

 

It is the will of God that those whom He has taken into covenant relationship with Himself should ever be overcomers. If it is otherwise, the fault is in them— not in Him. He has abundant resources for the believer to draw upon. But where unbelief and disobedience hold sway, spiritual paralysis must necessarily ensue.

 

Ironside, H. A. Notes on the Minor Prophets. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1909. Print.

 

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