‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ (Zechariah 1:3).
The dancing ballerina doll! I remember the thrill of opening this gift as a child on Christmas. She had beautiful blond hair and a pretty pink ballerina outfit. She danced when I would lift up the knob in her crown. If I moved the knob to another position, she would tip toe.
Lots of family came for dinner that day. There would be tons of food, fun and laughter. I remember this day fondly knowing that I can never relive that moment. I can’t go back.
With God, we can always go back. No matter what we have done in life that was displeasing, we can always return to God and have our relationship with him restored. God promises to return to us when we are ready to let go of the things that are blocking our relationship with him. God is forever faithful.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your promises. I pray that I can release any strongholds in my life that block our relationship in any way. Holy Spirit, I pray that you enlighten me. Amen
Faith tip: Ask God to show you what is blocking your relationship with him. Make the choice in ridding of it knowing there is something so much better with God.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)
“You are the man!” Those words were so difficult for King David to hear from the prophet Nathan as he told of David’s sin with Bathsheba and Uriah in 2 Samuel 12. The identification of the sin was needed to be shown to be able to turn from it and once again obey God. David realized he had sinned against God, and made the choice to stop and turn from the evil.
If someone is sick, a doctor cannot help them until there is a diagnosis. If we ignore the symptoms, the problem will only get worse.
It’s important to be aware of the sin in our lives so that we can turn away from it before it becomes a larger problem. This truly shows the wonderful gift of Jesus as the one who can take care of our sin problem. Prepare your heart to receive the gift of God all over again.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the gift of Jesus who is the cure of my sin. I pray that I can stay aware of any sin in my life and look to Jesus for my help. Amen
Faith Tip: Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of any sin in your life that needs to be identified and stopped.