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Let Them Not Rule Over Me

February 5, 2017

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Let Them Not Rule Over Me

We all have  our foibles  —  our weaknesses  that are so hard  to overcome.     They seem  to get the best of us  too much  of the time  and can make us feel defeated.

In Psalm 19,  King David realized  that he would never defeat his foibles  without God’s strong help.     He wrote  in Psalm 19:12-14,

Who can discern his errors?
Acquit me  of hidden faults.

Also keep back Your servant  from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule  over me;
Then  I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted  of great transgression.

Let the words  of my mouth  and the meditation  of my heart
Be acceptable  in Your sight,
O LORD,  my rock  and my Redeemer.

Only God can help any of us  defeat our weaknesses,  so,  we also pray,  “Let them not rule  over me”.     God is so willing  to help us  —  and we need  to constantly depend  on Him,  as we actually desire  to defeat our weaknesses.     It doesn’t do any good  to not want  to defeat  our weaknesses.

The apostle Paul  speaks of that  in Romans 6:12-14,

Therefore  do not let sin reign  in your mortal body  so that you obey  its lusts,  and do not go on  presenting the members  of your body  to sin  as instruments  of unrighteousness;   but present yourselves  to God  as those alive  from the dead,  and your members  as instruments  of righteousness  to God.     For sin  shall not be master  over you,  for you  are not  under law  but under grace.

We are strengthened  to let God  lead us  in righteousness  when we keep  on remembering  that we  “are not under law  but under grace.     God does not want us  to obey Him  in a hateful,  despising fear  of the “law”.     Much,  much rather,  God wants us  to live  in “righteousness”  out of love  for Jesus  having loved us  so greatly.     That’s “grace”.

By God’s “grace”  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  is almighty.     Blessed be  Your love.”

Love,
Margaret

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

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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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