Wednesday February 29, 2012
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Forgiveness is Available to You "

Forgiveness opens your heart and shows you seeking strength and help from God; 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV shows it available to you and Him standing by to heal your land, something that you and your country may be ready for about now. It is forgiveness that avails you to this healing from God:

If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Turning from your wicked ways precedes and follows forgiveness; it puts you in the driver's seat but the question is: How do you do it? Jeremiah 23:14 KJV shows it not to be a simple matter for either you or government:

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Today many do seek strength from evildoers yet Psalm 119:28 KJV shows that it is God's Word where you find the strength to melt the heaviness of sin from your soul:

My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

And now Isaiah 41:10 KJV shows God's willingness to provide you Strength and Righteousness:

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Both you and this great Country of ours could use a bit of strength about now; it is time to stop our backward movement and just as Daniel did in Daniel 10:19 KJV, accept God's Strength through Forgiveness:

And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

First comes Forgiveness and then God's Strength, the strength that puts things back together for you and our Country. 1 Peter 5:10 (KJV) shows God calling to stablish you and all that suffer:

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Translating "perfect" from your Strong's Concordance the Manuscripts show "complete" to be a better translation:






Part of Speech: adj

From <G737> (arti); fresh, i.e. (by implication) complete :- perfect.

Taking advantage of Christ and Forgiveness being available to you both strengthens and completes you, 1 Corinthians 15:56 (KJV) shows the absence of forgiveness submitting to the sting of death:

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Accepting Christ and seeking Forgiveness is required for you to receive God's Strength as Revelation 3:8 KJV shows a small amount of strength taking you far:

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Forgiveness is Available to all that do not deny His Name and you, this year, supporting the ones running for office that do not deny Him shows you with the strength of God.

Are you welcoming Christ and Forgiveness into your heart?

Are the ones that you are voting for this year show you gaining on support and strength from God?



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