O God, I am too ashamed to raise my head in your presence. My sins pile up higher; they reach as high as the heavens. From the days of old until now, I, your child have sinned greatly.
Because of my sins, I have totally been disgraced as I am still today. Now for a short time, O Lord my God, you have been gracious to me and have let me escape from the slavery of sin.
Now, O God, what can I say after all that has happened? I have again disobeyed your commands that you gave through your son Jesus Christ.
You told me that the world was an impure one and I was in the world but not of the world. You told me not to join the world in her behaviors if I wanted to prosper.
Even after everything that has happened to me in punishment for my sins and wrongs, I know that you, my God has punished me less than I deserve and has allowed me to survive.
Then how can I ignore your commandments again and continue with the filthy actions of the world for if I continue, you will be so angry that you will destroy me.
Lord God, you are just, but you have let me survive. I confess my guilt to you; I have no right to come into your presence, to call you God and father, to answer daughter and child.
But here am I Lord in tears and supplication kneeling before your throne asking you for pardon. Look at your child broken, used, tossed by life’s waves and have mercy.
Do not take your spirit away from me; teach me the right way to go, hold me firm that I may follow your path; break the stronghold that sin has over me, loosen me from the shackles of the devil.
Bring me back to you that I may be free again; free to sing to you again, free to hear from you, free to worship you, free to come into your presence and free to dance as David of old did. For when I am with You, I am truly FREE!
Restore peace and serenity. Let me find you again and in finding you may my soul truly be at rest.
Adapted from Ezra 9: 6 – 15
Say no to insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria. God bless you all.
Words fail me this morning and I begin to wonder if I am losing my touch. I think of all the things to write and you know what comes to my mind (just guess and I guess you guess is as good as mine): “LOVE.” I just love ‘LOVE’, its one topic that is so vast, one we cannot exhaust.
This time I am writing not about our love for one another or even our love for God but God’s love for us. Somewhere in the bible it says that God’s love for us is so great that He sent HIS Son (His one and only) to die for us while we were yet sinners. His love is eternal so says the psalmist. His love is beyond description. He loves us not because we deserve or merit this love but because His very essence is love.
He choose us before the very foundation of the world. He gives himself to us repeatedly. He opens wide the doors of salvation. He grants our requests. He fights the unseen battles of life. He shows us His abundant mercies; what do we give Him in return: sin and disobedience. I ask myself how I can claim to love God and yet continually do the things that offend Him. Is it because I don’t love Him enough or does the attraction of the world hold too much of a temptation?
We claim to love God but our lives are devoid of that Christ-like love. We pay mere lip service to God. We who were created in the very image of God; IMAGO DEI have turned our backs on our creator; we keep sending Him back to Calvary and telling Him that His sacrifice on the Cross-was a waste. He, who took our sins and guilt away, bore the price of our iniquity, and showed us His enduring mercies, deserves all and more than we can ever give Him.
All we have and are comes from Him. He is the source of our life; our identity comes from Him. He asks us for one thing in return for all He has done for us and that is; that we should show that love He has shown us to others, to carry the gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth by the lives that we live.
I read somewhere that your life, my life might be the only bible some people may get to read. So let our light shine forth that men may see and glorify our father in Heaven.
Let love be our watchword.
Say no to insurgency and Yes to a peaceful Nigeria.
God bless you all.