Blunderers Can Bounce Back ( 1)( by Fenny West)

Blunderers Can Bounce Back ( 1)Peter

 

Blunderers can bounce back, regardless of great fall, despite hitting the rocks and it seems so hopeless. The answer is the cross.  The way out is Jesus, Who forgives and restores.

3      He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Ps23:3

Peter thought he was a champion but when push came to shove, thrice he denied the Lord.

He could not believe he did and nearly wept his heart out. He thought it was all over

(Luke22:34)

Jesus later came and restored him, gave him new lease of life. Thrice He denied Him and thrice He affirmed him. He accepted forgiveness and put the past behind. (John21:15-17)

The Day of Pentecost revealed a New Peter. He was another man. He bounced back.

He was unusually bold and brave for his Lord and preached a fiery message -flowing with the anointing. Thousands came to the Lord. He was audacious, electrifying and unstoppable. (Acts2:14-47)

And became a leader and his shadow was enough to heal the sick.( Acts5:14-16)

He had no silver or gold, but what he had was enough- even more than enough. (Acts3:1-7)

Peter also having affirmed his love for His Master, fed His sheep, strengthened them and shepherded them and wrote two books that were included in the canon of scriptures. He lived up to the name that Jesus gave him, “Rock.”

Where are you in your relationship with the Lord? Have you failed Him many times like Peter?

 Do you consider yourself useless and now clueless and hopeless? Peter thought so, but Jesus thought otherwise. After all, He had taught them to forgive seventy-times even.

( Matt18:21-22)

He did it for Peter.  He can do it for you. You too can Bounce Back. You too can return like the prodigal son. He is waiting for you. He is looking out for you. Waste no time. Return to your Source. Just like a fish has no life outside its source, so is anyone who is born of the Word. You will be famished outside your Source- the presence of God.

Bounce Back Today!

Let us Pray

Father, I thank You for your mercy which endures forever. I am glad to know that you are a God who gives a second chance. You gave one to Moses and gave one to Jonah. You are calling me home even now and I take the opportunity to come home. I come as I am. You should regard iniquity, who will stand? Thank You for the blood of the eternal covenant that speak for me.

Forgive me, Lord for my waywardness and backsliding.  It is written: 22 ” Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” ” Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God. Jer3:22

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
Hosea14:4

3      If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

4      But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.

Ps130:3-4

        Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.

2      Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.

3      For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.

4      Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight — That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Ps51:1-4

And today I return, O Father

You also said:

As far as the east is from the west, so far You have removed my transgressions from me and high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is your love for me. ( Ps103:11-12)

You said, If we confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.( 1John1:9)

 Father, forgive me my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

From Foe to a Friend ( by Fenny West)

From Foe to a Friend

Autumn Floral Heart — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Life has its twists and turns. Edwin Stanton “twisted the knife”, calling Abraham Lincoln, “a long-armed creature”. How disparaging! But the President was presidential. With deep love and insight, he forgave. With amazing cords of love, Lincoln drew Stanton close. He repaid evil with good
So doing Stanton was disarmed, his heart warmed and was won. 

The fiend was turned into a friend and made a Stirling contribution to the administration of Lincoln. 
He was at his bedside all night when he lay dying, and whispered through tears as he passed to the other side: “Now he belongs to the ages.” 

What a twist and turn of life!

People who wrong us today may turn out to be our greatest friends tomorrow if we will forgive and restore them.

Through the fall of Adam, we all fell out of love with God. We were all born with the sinful nature of rebellion and disobedience. We became estranged, alienated from God. We became enemies. Adam was driven out of the garden. He lost fellowship with God. We were born in sin and therefore enemies of God. 
But we thank God, who in His boundless love and mercy hatch another plan to redeem us and make us friends again. This was made possible when Jesus left His majesty in Glory and came down to earth to die for us. The sinless became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. 
This was why Jesus told His disciples, 
John 15:13
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:15
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

Jesus did not come to make us Christians but disciples. A disciple is an imitator of Christ. We are to follow His example and delight in and do the Word of God. 
John 15:14
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

He also said, 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, …( Matt5:43-44)

On the cross, He prayed for those who were torturing and crucifying Him, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke23:34

This is our example to follow. 

Has anyone disparaged, disdained you like Stanton did Lincoln. Take a leaf from Lincoln. Forgive and see beyond the ill. See them through the eyes of God. Pray,” Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do. Peter wrote,  “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1Pet4:8

 Paul wrote, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
Ephesians 4:31
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice:”
Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Jesus taught His taught his disciples to pray, 
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Matthew 6:12

When the mob seized Stephen because of his devotion to God and began to stone him as he preached, Stephen prayed for them before he died, Father, lay not this sin to their charge.” Acts7:60 How magnanimous! 
This is the example we should follow. 

Peter was one of the three disciples who were closest to Jesus. But he denied Jesus three times when it mattered most. And when this prophecy was fulfilled, Peter who had earlier bragged that he would never disown Jesus, wept bitterly. He was so disappointed that soon after the crucifixion, he went fishing, abandoning any hope to minister. He taught it was game over for him..

However, after the resurrection, Jesus came back and restored him. Three times he denied Jesus, three times He reassured Peter. 
You too can forgive and love and restore others. Love is patient and kind and keeps no record of wrongs. When you hold a grudge, you imprison yourself. You cannot move forward. It’s like drinking poison and expecting another person to die. 

Forgiveness frees you; it is for you. 
joseph forgave his brothers who hated him because of his dream and sold him into slavery. When he had the opportunity to pay them back with starvation when they wandered into Egypt in search of food, Joseph, who was now a Prime Minister, rewarded them with good.

He saw his position as a fulfillment of vision and purpose and invited the whole family to Egypt and settled them in the best of the land- Goshen.

11 There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine.” ’ Gen45:11

Later when Jacob died, his brothers were afraid that Joseph would turn against them. They begged for forgiveness.

“I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Gen50:17-20

You too can restore those who have hurt you.

Job did just that when he prayed for those miserable comforters who spoke ill of him when he was going through the mill. God rebuked them and told them to go to Job to pray for them. They went and Job prayed for them.

7    And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

8    Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

9    So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.

10  And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job42:7-10

Notice that Job was restored as he restored others. God blessed him twice as much as before.

This is what awaits you as you open your heart and bless those who have cursed you, misused you or disdained you.

You too can turn that foe into a friend. Let them see Jesus in you. Do what He would do, because, as He is so you are.(1John4:17) You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you. (Phil4:13) Take the first step and reach out and God will make His grace abound toward you and you will turn that foe into a friend. 

Let us pray:
Father, I thank you for reconciling me to yourself. I was once an enemy but you forgave me when I came to Christ. You made the enemy a friend. 
I forgive those who have hurt me. I refuse to take it personally. I forgive them as you forgave me. 
I shall repay evil with good. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Healing Power of Confession ( by Rick Warren)

“Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long.” Psalm 32:3 (CEV)

It’s not just swallowing too much food that’ll torpedo your health in 2014. Swallowing your sin can have even more disastrous results.

One of the healthiest choices you can make for 2014 is to receive the forgiveness of God. Many people start the New Year carrying around a stinky garbage sack of sin. Carrying around that sack won’t just make you ineffective for serving Jesus; it’ll ruin your health, too.

The Bible teaches in Psalm 32:3-5: “Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long. Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat. So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, ‘I’ll tell the LORD each one of my sins.’ Then you forgave me and took away my guilt” (CEV).

In fact an October 2013 study by scientists at Princeton University and the University of Waterloo scientifically verified what David said centuries earlier: Feelings of being physically “weighed down” by guilt are real.

God has given us a foolproof method for relief from those soul and body-destroying feelings of guilt: repentance. How do you do that?
1. Make a moral inventory. Psalm 138:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (LB). In other words, you start by grabbing a pencil and paper and asking God to bring to mind your sin. Take your time. Don’t rush it. Be specific.
2. Accept the blame. The greatest holdup to healing is you. Don’t rationalize it. Don’t minimize it. You may not own 100 percent of the blame, but accept the 10 percent of the blame that’s yours.
3. Ask for forgiveness. Believe that God will forgive you. Ask him to forgive you based on what he promises in the Bible (1 John 1:9). Don’t beg. Don’t bargain. Just believe that God is able and willing to forgive you.

Don’t put yourself at risk of spiritual heart disease. God wants to use you in 2014. Come clean about your sin. Start over.

Then see what God can do through you in 2014.

Talk It Over
• Make a list of sins you’ve never confessed to God. Accept the blame for your failures, and ask the Lord for forgiveness for each sin on your list.
• What keeps you from confessing your sins from God?
• Are there some sins you struggle with confessing more than others? Why?

Who? ( fenny West)

Who?

who in His time God's plan healing rising with healing in wings

 

Whose report will you believe?
Who has the final say in your affairs?
Who can be against you when God is for you?
Who has loved you with an everlasting love?
Who purchased you with a great price?
Who is working everything together for your
good because you love Him and are called according to His purpose?
Who made you more than a conqueror?
Whose mind is full of you?
Who knew you before the foundations of the world?
Who has engraved you on the Palm of His Hand?
Who makes provision before the need arises?
Who declares the end from the beginning?
Who cares for you more than you know?
Who has made you the apple of His eyes?
Who will never cease loving you?
Who will remain with you when all others have deserted you?
Who knows you more than you know yourself?
Who is always there whether you feel it or not?

6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;Phil1:6

Isa53:1, Rom8: 28, 31, 32, 37-39, Ps139:1-4,14-17, Matt28:20,Isa46:10, Isa49:14-16,Deut32:10,Ps17:8, Esther4, Eph1:4, Ps8:4, Jer31:3, Ps103:4,11-12, 1Pet5:7,1Pet2:4

Blunderers Can Bounce Back ( Fenny West)

blunderers can bounce back

Blunderers can bounce back
Regardless of great fall
Despite hitting the rocks
And it seems so hopeless.
The answer is the cross
The way out is Jesus
Who forgives and restores
He did it for Peter
He can do it for you.

 You too Can Bounce Back.

 

Thought he was a champion
Thrice he denied the Lord
Could not believe he did
Nearly wept his heart out
He thought it was all over
Jesus came and restored
Gave him new lease of life
He accepted forgiveness
And put the past behind
The Day of Pentecost
Revealed a New Peter.

 

Preached a fiery message

 Bold and brave for his Lord
Flowing with the anointing
Thousands came to the Lord
He was unstoppable
And became a leader
Shadow enough to heal
Had no silver or gold
But what he had he gave.

©Fenny West2013

He washed My Sins Away ( by Fenny West)

He washed away my sins
When I groped in the dark
Wallowing in the bin
Far beyond His mark.

 

It was so, so hopeless
But Jesus embraced me
Made useful, the useless
He came in His mercy.

 

He washed whiter than snow
And the prisoner went free
The dross began to glow
The blind began to see.

Jesus washed away my sin

Glory hallelujah!
Past from death unto life
My God did a wonder
Gave me abundant life!

©Fenny West2013

I Will Restore You to Health and Heal Your Wounds ( by Sarah Young)

 

 

 

 

I will restore you to health and heal your wounds

 

 

I will restore you to health and heal your wounds. I am with you, within you, all around you-continually at work in your life. When your awareness of Me grows dim, My Presence continues to shine brightly upon you. This Light has immense healing Power. So dare to ask great things of Me, remembering who I am. I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think. Pondering My limitless ability to help you will strengthen your faith and encourage you to pray boldly. Praying in My Name-with perseverance-can accomplish great things. Learn from the parable of the persistent widow, who refused to give up. She kept bringing her petition to a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. Eventually, her persistence wore him down, and he gave her what she sought. How much more will I respond to My children who cry out to Me day and night! Though you may have to wait a long time, do not give up. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds.. But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord, because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares. -Jeremiah 30:17 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. -Ephesians 3:20 nkjv Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” -Luke 18:1-8 For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened. -Luke 11:10 amp JESUS TODAY
by Sarah Young

God is Full of Surprises ( By Fenny West)

God is Full of Surprises

 

“Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.”-Ruth 1:14

Both Orpah and Ruth faced undeniable disappointment and loss. They had great hopes when they got married to Naomi’s sons. However these hopes were short-lived, dashed prematurely when both husbands died even before they had the opportunity of giving birth. It was even worse for Naomi. She not only lost her sons suddenly but also her husband.

Naomi had left her home land with her husband to a foreign country with the hope of escaping the famine that was ravaging the land but now it was all doom and gloom and darkness for her; left high and dry. It was all over, she thought. So she decided to return home empty-handed in humiliation and shame. Her foreign adventure had ended in a disaster. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.

They were both intent on going with her but she persuaded them both to reconsider the rationale. She was old and her husband was gone. There was no hope for the future she concluded. Orpah was convinced but Ruth had made up her mind: ‘Do not persuade me to return to my land. Wherever you go, I will go. Where you die I will die. Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God.’ What a devotion!
She saw in her mother in law what Orpah did not see and as a result of her dedication and determination she went home with Naomi and she obtained favour and through her lineage the Lord Jesus was born. It is not over until God says so. With Him all things are possible.

What bitter pill have you tasted today that is beclouding your vision? Put your hope in God. Trust Him. Keep your eyes on Him. Make up your mind to follow Him to the end, no matter what. He is full of surprises. Those who put their trust in Him will never be put to shame. He brings water out of the rock, makes rivers in the desert. Look unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of your faith and He will bring you into your promised land.

Restore Us, O Lord!

Isaiah 44:22

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.

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Attentively observe THE INSTRUCTIVE SIMILITUDE: our sins are like a cloud. As clouds are of many shapes and shades, so are our transgressions. As clouds obscure the light of the sun, and darken the landscape beneath, so do our sins hide from us the light of Jehovah’s face, and cause us to sit in the shadow of death. They are earth-born things, and rise from the miry places of our nature; and when so collected that their measure is full, they threaten us with storm and tempest. Alas! that, unlike clouds, our sins yield us no genial showers, but rather threaten to deluge us with a fiery flood of destruction. O ye black clouds of sin, how can it be fair weather with our souls while ye remain? Let our joyful eye dwell upon THE NOTABLE ACT of divine mercy-“blotting out.” God Himself appears upon the scene, and in divine benignity, instead of manifesting His anger, reveals His grace: He at once and for ever effectually removes the mischief, not by blowing away the cloud, but by blotting it out from existence once for all. Against the justified man no sin remains, the great transaction of the cross has eternally removed His transgressions from him. On Calvary’s summit the great deed, by which the sin of all the chosen was for ever put away, was completely and effectually performed. Practically let us obey THE GRACIOUS COMMAND, “return unto me.”Why should pardoned sinners live at a distance from their God? If we have been forgiven all our sins, let no legal fear withhold us from the boldest access to our Lord. Let backslidings be bemoaned, but let us not persevere in them. To the greatest possible nearness of communion with the Lord, let us, in the power of the Holy Spirit, strive mightily to return. O Lord, this night restore us!

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Rejoice, O My Soul

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Rejoice, O my soul, your sins are gone.

Rejoice, the darkness has been dispelled.

Rejoice, the prison doors are open.

Rejoice because your eyes have been opened.

Rejoice because you have a New name.

Rejoice, for you have a New Nature.

Rejoice, Your name is in the Lamb’s Book.

Rejoice, you’re now heaven’s citizen.

Rejoice because the blood speaks for you.

Rejoice, you have an enduring Advocate.

Rejoice, your debts have been fully paid.

Rejoice, you are now a child of God.

Rejoice for the dawning of a new day.

Rejoice because the snare is broken.

Rejoice because you have an intercessor.

Rejoice because you now have access-

Access to the Throne of Grace by the blood.

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Be glad, your restoration has come.

Be glad, the middle wall of partition is broken.

Be glad, you are now a joint heir with Christ.

Be glad, dominion lost has been regained.

Be glad, you have been raised with Christ.

Be glad because you have a robe of righteousness.

Be glad, you have been purchased with a great price.

Redeemed from the slave market of sin.

 

So there is now, no more condemnation

But constant jubilation for salvation,

Restoration, redemption, reconciliation,

Acceptance in the beloved, acquittal, approval.

There is now boldness, loving-kindness, forgiveness,

Even resurrection from the dead.

 Christ  is risen

 

Why?

Because the Lamb of God was slain for YOU!

 

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Neh 8:10

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2Cor5:17

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