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REMEMBER GOD'S MERCIES AND BEHAVE RIGHT
   
  THURSDAY
NOV. 27
   
 

Romans 12:1 (GNB)
So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.


The way God spoke to David after he fell into sin with Bathsheba reveals a very powerful truth. In 2Samuel 12:7-9, the Bible says, and Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

God reminded David of the mercies He had shown to him. Maybe David was beginning to forget that it was God that had been keeping him and lifting him. Maybe David's success was getting into his head and now, he had fallen into sin with Bathsheba, killed her husband and was trying to cover up his sin. Remembering God's mercies can humble us and motivate us to keep yielding ourselves to God and doing His will. It is by His mercies we are what we are, and not by our strength or wisdom. You can appreciate God and acknowledge His mercies by humbling yourself and yielding yourself to God.

While pride makes some people fall, some other people fall because of fear or lack of hope. Remembering God's mercies and faithfulness can also stir up hope in your heart. If God could keep you and see you through in the past, He will keep you and see you through now. You have a history with God. Draw from it, be strong, and keep moving on.

PRAYER FOCUS: Thank God for His mercies and for making you a partaker of His divine nature. Ask Him for grace to always act right and live right to the glory of His name.

   
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