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ISAIAH 57
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The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.
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For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people would pass away--all the souls I have made.
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I was angry and punished these greedy people. I withdrew myself from them, but they went right on sinning.
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I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort those who mourn.
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Then words of praise will be on their lips. May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all," says the LORD.
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"But those who still reject me are like the restless sea. It is never still but continually churns up mire and dirt.
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There is no peace for the wicked," says my God.

NOTE:
What more can be said?
“The Holy One, says this: ‘ I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. ’ ”

I heard a very interesting point about repentance this morning that really blessed me. The context of the discussion is that people become and stay so “sin-conscious” that they never move on past that point. They beg, cry, and really mean they are sorry—and promise never to do it again. And the problem repeats itself all over again.

The minister then went onto to say that once we confess our sins, STOP HAVING FELLOWSHIP with the sin. FOCUS on the Lord, and His wisdom and grace. The minister used this verse, which really blessed me:

Romans 6 (Amplified)
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For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].

The minister then said that God spoke in a very personal way through this verse and by the Spirit: Jesus died and ended His relationship to sin. Once you confess your sin, why do you keep having fellowship with the sin and the problem?

HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS! How simple! How true! How profound!

“The Holy One, says this: ‘ I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. ’ ”

PROVERBS
I like this thought:
“ Proverb chapter 24 verse 10 - "If you fail under pressure, your strength is not very great." I think sometimes we forget that pressure is where we grow. God will not give us more than we can handle. ”

This makes me think of these wonderful verses—rich with glorious substance. All of God’s verses in Scripture are like fountains from which we can draw water of life!

James 1 (Amplified)
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Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
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Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
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But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
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If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

ISAIAH 58
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Honor the LORD in everything you do, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this,
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the LORD will be your delight. I will give you great honor and give you your full share of the inheritance I promised to Jacob, your ancestor. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

NOTE:
The particular focus here is about keeping the Sabbath. Every day is for the Lord, and we need to set aside times of quiet and focus where we can yield ourselves to Jesus. So… every day is an opportunity for Sabbath rest!

Hebrews 4 (Amplified)
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So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God;
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For he who has once entered [God's] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own.
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Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].
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For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
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Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].

PHILIPPIANS 1
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May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation [Greek the fruit of righteousness] -- those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ--for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

AMEN!

Vance

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