Daily Light – Apr 4, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Taking from…The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
 
The Blame Game
 
If we have trusted Christ for our salvation, God has forgiven us and wants us to experience. His forgiveness on a daily basis.  Moses was a murderer, but God forgave him and used him to deliver Israel from Egypt.  David was an adulterer and a murderer, but God forgave him and made him a great king.  Peter denied the Lord, but God forgave him, and Peter became a leader in the church.  God rejoices when His children learn to accept His forgiveness, pick themselves up, and walk after they have stumbled.  But we must also learn to forgive ourselves.  Rather than viewing our weaknesses as a threat to our self-esteem, it is God’s desire that they compel us to move forward in our relationship with Him. As the author of Hebrews wrote:
 
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  (Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV). 
 
Some of us have a tendency to perceive Jesus as our friend and God as a harsh disciplinarian.  Yet the author of Hebrews described Jesus as ‘the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature’ (Hebrews 1:3). 
 
Studying passages of Scripture like these..and spending time with compassionate, forgiven Christians has enabled the Holy Spirit to reshape my perception of God over the years.  I continue to experience remorse when I fail.  But rather than hide from God, fearing His punishment, I more often approach Him with appreciation for what His love has accomplished for me.  Both assuming and assigning blame for failure can have a number of detrimental consequences.  Many psychologists today adhere to a theory called Rational Emotive Therapy.  This very helful theory states that blame is the core of most emotional disturbances.  The answer, they insist, is for each of us to stop blaming ourselves and others and learn to accept ourselves in spite of our imperfections.  How right they are!  Christ’s death is the complete payment for sin, and we can claim His complete forgiveness and acceptance daily.  (con’t tomorrow 😊).
 
Dear Jesus…Thank you that You are our ‘forever’ high priest..and You are there…always ready and waiting to show us mercy and grace in our time of need.  Thank you that you sympathize with our weaknesses, because I know I have many.    Wow.  You say we should, for certain, have confidence in You as you sit on Your eternal throne serving as our ‘forever’ priest.  Thank You.  And thank you that you have forgiven all of my past failures.  Thank You that there is none of my future failures that You are not adequate to forgive.   Thank you that You are the way You are…full of mercy and grace.  This is soooo wonderful…soooo amazing…..thank you…help us to remember to forgive others…to show mercy…to show Your grace…because we have been forgiven.    Amen
 
 
 
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