Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, February 13, 2017
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“Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; And to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
Do you want to live in abundance? Repent! #perspective
You can turn on the television or radio any day of the week and experience preaching about abundance. Preachers will say you can be the head and not the tail. They will tell you that you can be above and not beneath. They will assure you that you can be the lender and not the borrower. They will encourage you to name it, claim it, blab it, and grab it. And lest you think I am about to disagree with the aspects of what many of them are saying that happen to be true, I am not. God has given spiritual principles of asking and receiving when that asking and receiving is actually based upon His Word. The problem is, most who preach this are not using biblical principles for application. Perhaps we will unpack this one day.
But for today we are going to deal with an abundance principle that few underscore at all. Our God stands ready to abundantly pardon those who submit their wills to Him.
Have you ever found yourself in situations where you sinned in the same way you promised yourself, God, and others you would not? You took one more puff of that cigarette or pipe. You told one more little, well, you know . . . lie. You boasted about your bank account to your not so adoring fans on social media. You abused your spouse again! And you wondered just how you got yourself into this mess, and whether the Lord will forgive you? Look out here for the best abundance principle in Scripture.
The Lord says that if evil folks turn away from our evil ways, and unrighteous people abandon those sinful thoughts and submit all to God, He will pardon us in a manner that exceeds our ability to comprehend. He will be so merciful if we return to Him, that He will heal relationships, destroy addictions, obliterate lust, eradicate doubt, annihilate unforgiveness, and eliminate the need to fear judgment. He will abundantly pardon!
Do you want to live an abundant life? Repent! Your God is waiting to unlock heaven’s storehouse.