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Worship | Remember | Believe | Surrender

Worship

Psalms 103:8-14 - The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Worship: Thank the Father for the incredible mercy he has had on you. Praise him for his sacrifice and forgiveness.

Remember

Genesis 3:14-15 - So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Remember: The Father’s immediate response to the sin of his children is sacrifice. The plan for Jesus’ death on the cross is set in motion here.

Believe

Matthew 26:37-42 - He [Jesus] took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Believe: The sacrifice of both Father and Son was real. They both willingly went through such agony for you.

Surrender

Ephesians 2:4-5 - But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.

Surrender: Commit to living a grateful life today. Be motivated out of deep thanksgiving for your Father and his Son, Jesus, who rescued you from death.

Reflect: Do you see the Father as the One who continually sacrifices for you? His first impulse was sacrifice. Even now, he continues to sacrifice on your behalf.

Lay down any mistrust you have in the character of your Father. Thank him for his ongoing sacrifice in your life.

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