MARCH 5 – He delivered me
II Samuel 22:18 – He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
What a wonderful declaration. I have been delivered. Let me what I have been delivered from. I have been delivered from the penalty of sin. Where I was condemned, now I am set free. Someone paid that sin penalty for me. Jesus took my place. He took the penalty of sin for me and died in my place. I have placed my faith, trust, and belief in Him as my savior.
O, what a Savior.
I have been delivered from ignorance. Once when I did not know about sin and condemnation, God, through His Word informed me of my condemnation and that justice was required. When I was set free of that ignorance then I sought the Lord. I was set free from the chains of bondage that held me in the cesspool of this wicked world. I was set free from the ignorance of the right life to live. I no longer live for my own pleasure or my own enjoyment. I live for the one that forgave me.
I have been delivered.
I have been delivered from false religion and false worship. I began life worshiping my self. Yes, I did everything that pleased me. Then I found a way to appease that part of me that said there was more. Therefore I started worshiping those things that I thought would get me to heaven. I tried to be good and I included baptism yet there was that part that was missing. I had never repented. I repented and was set free. I learned that God has set a path that I am to follow in for salvation. He has set the path for the type of life I should live. He has set the parameters for my worship of him.
I Have Been Delivered.
I have been delivered from the habit of sin. The chains have been broken that bound me to lying, cheating, and stealing. Continually every day as I study and learn God’s Word my mind is being reclaimed from the effects of humanism, that thought process that made me my own god. My mind is being reclaimed from the evil and ugly thoughts that once crowded my mind. My body is responding to this renewing of my mind. The outward is reflecting the inward. My speech is more becoming a child of God. My dress is more becoming a child of God. My conduct is more becoming a child of God. My desire is to exalt God and not self.
I Have Been Delivered. Have you been delivered from the world?
Personal Responsibility 101: Why Is It So Hard to Own Up to Our Mistakes? 1
There will be several postings on this – Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Pro 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
By Brett & Kate McKay
The stark honesty of these men in taking responsibility for their failures is striking, all the more so because similar statements are so rare. In recent years we have seen the heads of the nation’s corporations and banks testify before Congress as to their role, or rather lack thereof, in the implosion of the economy, and could only shake our heads as they passed the buck, admitted vaguely that “mistakes were made,” and yet failed to name anything specific for which they were personally at fault.
In our day-to-day lives, we all know folks who constantly blame their failures on everything but themselves. They were fired because their supervisor was jealous of them. They got dumped because their girlfriend is nuts. They failed an exam because the questions the professor asked were unfair. The dog hasn’t just eaten their homework – it’s devoured their whole lives.
Plenty of folks decry this shirking of personal responsibility, and declare that “people need to own up to their mistakes!” But what does this vague injunction really mean and how do you start doing it? Unfortunately, most people rarely go beyond the slogans, essentially saying: “You should do this. Okay, now do it.”
Today we’re going to take a look the very real cognitive reasons for the difficulty in owning up to your mistakes. Understanding leads to greater awareness of the blind spots our brains develop as to when we’re at fault, and this awareness is the first step in learning to overcome them. As we explore this topic, we’ll come to see that while it’s awfully satisfying to point out the motes in others’ eyes, we all justify our failures to one degree or another.
Taking ownership of our mistakes and shortcomings requires both humility and courage; as such, it is one of the true hallmarks of mature manhood.
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