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A People Who Err in Their Heart

October 7, 2016

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A People  Who Err  in Their Heart

We all have  to deal  with the problem  of sin  in our lives.     Many of our sins are a result  of our lack  of understanding  and faith  regarding God’s wisdom  —  His love for us  —  His trustworthiness  —  and His power  to forgive all our sins.

A lack  of trust  in God  leads one to unbelief,   complaining,  and bitterness.     When people don’t get what they want,  when they want it,  their faith goes down the tube  as they complain  and stop believing  in God’s love.     The Israelites were that way  after God rescued them  from slavery  in Egypt  and led them through the desert.     They hardened their hearts  against God.     That led God  to say about them  in Psalm 95:10-11,

They are a people  who err  in their heart,
And  they do not know  My ways.   

Therefore  I swore  in My anger,
Truly they shall not enter  into My rest.

Their unbelief  led them so far away  from God,  that they lost their chance  to live  in the Promised Land  —  and possibly their eternal life  in heaven.     Their unbelief  was baseless  because of all the miracles God performed in rescuing them.     They had a chance  to learn God’s  “ways”  of faith,  hope,  and love  —  but foolishly rejected  it all.

Contrast that   with the life  of the apostle Paul.     He had sinned greatly  with his hatefulness  and self-righteousness  —  but when he realized God’s “ways”  and salvation  through faith  in Christ alone,  he did not want  to be like those  who would  “err  in their heart”.

In repentance,  Paul let God  teach him  His “ways”  and graciously forgive all  his sins.     In faith,  Paul declared  in Philippians 3:13-14,

But one thing I do:   forgetting  what lies behind  and reaching forward  to what lies ahead,  I press on  toward  the goal  for the prize  of the upward call  of God  in Christ Jesus.

Forgiven  by God,  Paul had  to forget  all his faithless past  and strive on  to serve God  in love  and faith.     We need  to be sure we do not  “err  in our heart”.

We need  to do the same  as Paul,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  we thank  and worship You  for Your faithful love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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