Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 April 20 - Morning Manna

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

Today's Morsel:  It seems that there was a little old church out in the countryside that was painted white and with a high steeple.  One Sunday the pastor noticed that his church needed painting.  He checked out the Sunday ads and found a paint sale.  The next day he went into town and bought a gallon of white paint.  He went back out to the church and began the job.  He got done with the first side.  It was looking great, but he noticed he had already used a half gallon of the paint.  He didn't want to run back in town and being the creative person that he was, he found a gallon of thinner in the shed out back and began to thin his paint.  It worked out great.  He finished the remaining three sides with that last half gallon of paint. That night, it rained: it rained hard. The next morning when he stepped outside of the parsonage to admire his work, he saw that the first side was looking great, but that the paint on the other three sides had washed away. The pastor looked up in sky in anguish and cried out, "What shall I do?" A voice came back from the heavens saying, "Repaint, and thin no more!" Humor is the best medicine

Peter said that we should repent and be converted, that our sins may be blotted out.  Many today don't seem to be doing anything to eradicate sin from their lives.  So many seem to be returning to the ways of the world the same as Israel desired after God had delivered them from bondage.  Once we repent, we are no longer to live in sin, but we are to be separated unto God.  Sin cannot enter heaven.  The longer you allow sin to hang around, the harder it is going to be for you to get rid of it and the wages of sin is death.  Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly.  In order to obtain eternal life, our lives here upon the earth must be free from sin.  Just what are you doing to remove sin?  Peter said we must repent.  Paul said, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.... Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:6;16).  So who's controling you?

Sing:  The load of sin was more than I could bear, He took them all away, He took them all away, and now on Him I roll my every care, He took my sins away. 
He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and He keeps me singing every day!  I'm so glad He took my sins away, He took my sins away.

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