Daily Archives: July 17, 2019

July 17 Freedom from Guilt

Scripture Reading: John 10:7–10

Key Verse: John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Once we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, our guilt vanishes. The sins that once haunted us are forgiven as we confess them before God. The penalty of sin was paid with the sacrificial death of Jesus.

However, many believers struggle with feelings of guilt when they instead should feel the freedom of God’s love. As children of God, whenever we sin, we feel conviction—the Holy Spirit tugging on our hearts to resolve the sin against God. All other feelings of guilt should be devoid from our lives. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Once we ask God to forgive us for sinning, we need to return to His calling for our lives. There are consequences for our actions, but His forgiveness restores us to do His good work again.

Jesus came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). Guilt steals us of our joy and robs us of that life. It holds us captive for the actions of our past. However, once we ask God for forgiveness of our sins, God atones us. The guilty feelings for things in the past—even things over which we had no control—are from the enemy. God loves us, and He desires for us to live in His freedom, free from the guilt of the enemy.

I acknowledge, dear Lord, that lingering guilt steals the abundant life You have promised believers. I leave that guilt at the cross, where it was crucified with You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 17 Conflict

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:17

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Given the choice, most of us would choose membership in the status quo society: “Lord, things are going pretty well for me now. I’d rather not have trouble knock at my door just now.”

That is a common sentiment. We want to maintain our comfort zone. We dislike change, especially the kind that is brought on by conflict.

The moment friction enters the picture—in our relationships or in our circumstances—the peaceful, easy feeling of the status quo disintegrates. But if we view conflict as an opportunity rather than an obstacle, we make amazing discoveries.

Conflict generates alertness to the presence of both God and Satan. When trouble strikes, we realize we are in spiritual warfare. We sense the adversary at work, but more important, we are sensitized to God’s Word and His Spirit.

Conflict also generates action. No one has to tell us to open the Scriptures; no one must force us to pray. We are motivated and mobilized by the Lord to search the Scriptures and pray.

Conflict changes our attitudes. We become more grateful, more submissive, more dependent on God, more humble, and more understanding of others’ needs.

O God, help me realize the positive benefits of conflict. Make me more alert to Your presence. Mobilize me to pray and study Your Word. Change my negative attitudes.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 17 Turning Pity into Praise

Scripture reading: Psalm 27:1–6

Key verse: Psalm 29:2

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

She spent most of the day moping in her favorite chair in her room. It was a rainy day, and the dark clouds and drumming of the drops on the roof only accentuated her gloomy mood.

“Why do these things have to happen to me?” she sighed to herself. She had gotten nothing but bad news the previous week. Her job was no longer secure, her car’s engine needed to be replaced, and she was still bothered by a persistent and painful sinus infection.

The more she thought about her situation, the more she felt sorry for herself. She didn’t want to hear the words of her best friend, who encouraged her to take her troubles to the Lord in prayer. Somehow, it seemed more comfortable to feel down and dwell on the negative.

Though she didn’t know it, this woman was trapped in the pit of self-pity. This pit is especially deceptive because it often doesn’t feel like a pit. It’s much easier to focus on the pain than it is to examine God’s solutions and seek His comfort. Sometimes it takes the tough words of a friend to pull you out of the pit onto the high ground of God’s tender love.

Are you having a pity party today? Self-pity is actually a comfort blocker. Wallowing in depression keeps you from experiencing God’s victory. Invite Him to join you, and He will turn your pity into His praise.

By faith, Lord, I choose to turn my self-pity into praise today. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Thank You for every blessing You have bestowed upon me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

What the Top Democrat 2020 Presidential Candidates Really Believe About Israel In Their Own Words

What do the top candidates believe about Israel and what would America’s relationship with the Jewish State look like under their leadership? Here’s their answer in their own words.

Source: What the Top Democrat 2020 Presidential Candidates Really Believe About Israel In Their Own Words

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Mission: Share America’s ‘First Freedom’ with the Rest of the World

In an exclusive interview with CBN News correspondent David Brody, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks about his mission to spread America’s “first freedom” — freedom of religion — around the globe.

Source: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Mission: Share America’s ‘First Freedom’ with the Rest of the World

NORC/AP Poll Says Americans Find Pastors Increasingly Irrelevant — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

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In her 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Gilead, Marilynne Robinson sketches a portrait of the Rev. John Ames, a small-town pastor in 1950s Iowa who is humble, self-aware, compassionate and devoted to his family and his congregation, and they to him.

Americans no longer hold clergy in such high regard, according to a recent poll, and even regular churchgoers are seeking counsel elsewhere.

A NORC/AP poll of 1,137 adults released this month shows that doctors, teachers, members of the military—even scientists—are viewed more positively than clergy. The less frequently people attend church, the more negative their views. Among those who attend less than once a month, only 42% said they had a positive view of clergy members—a rate comparable to that of lawyers, who rank near the bottom of the list of professions.

While frequent church attenders still hold clergy in high regard—about 75% viewed them positively—they give them only passing grades on a number of personal attributes. Only 52% of monthly churchgoers consider clergy trustworthy (that number drops to 23% among those who attend less than once a month) and 57% said they were honest and intelligent (compared with 27% and 30% among infrequent attenders).

“If you buy into the religious worldview, then the religious leader looks completely different than if you don’t buy into the religious worldview,” said Scott Thumma, professor of the sociology of religion at Hartford Seminary. “The perception from the outside is pretty bleak.”

The survey confirms previous studies. A 2018 Gallup survey of the public’s views of the honesty and ethical standards of a variety of occupations found that only 37% of Americans viewed clergy “very highly” (with 43% having an “average” view of clergy). It was the lowest Gallup recorded since it began examining occupations in 1977.

Historians say public attitudes about clergy have been waning since the 1970s, in tandem with the loss of trust in institutions after the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. The rise of the religious right and evangelical involvement in politics, beginning in 1979 with the creation of the Moral Majority, also played a role.

“What that did was create a certain polarization of views of the clergy,” said E. Brooks Holifield, professor emeritus of American church history at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. “The televangelist scandals contributed to that. The sexual abuse among Catholics. All that created suspicion of the clergy.”

Perhaps as troubling, the NORC/AP poll, conducted May 17-20, showed that even monthly churchgoers don’t want clergy influence in their lives on a number of issues.

Americans across the board said they didn’t want clergy input when it came to family planning, child rearing, sex, careers, financial decision-making, medical decision-making or voting. Clergy, the poll suggests, are growing irrelevant.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

via NORC/AP Poll Says Americans Find Pastors Increasingly Irrelevant — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Hah-Hah! Trump Thanks AOC and “Vicious Young Socialist Congresswomen” for Boosting His Ratings! — The Gateway Pundit

As Joseph Curl reported earlier at The Gateway Pundit — According to a new Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll, support for Trump rose this last week..

“The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%, compared with a similar poll that ran last week.”

So after getting his regular NON-STOP POUNDING by the liberal mainstream Democrat media for an entire week President Trump’s polling numbers went up!

Later today President Trump thanked the “vicious young Socialist congresswomen” for boosting his ratings!

via Hah-Hah! Trump Thanks AOC and “Vicious Young Socialist Congresswomen” for Boosting His Ratings! — The Gateway Pundit