Science-Backed Alternative Medicine Webinar

A free webinar is being offered starting Tuesday, June 2nd, and extending through Wednesday, June 10th. It addresses researched-based, scientifically-proven alternative medical practices that improve your health, from everyday issues (such as difficulty sleeping, stress) to chronic illnesses (such as high blood pressure and cancer).

“Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science” will offer presentations by doctors and practitioners from around the world, with episodes airing each day.

An excerpt from Dr. Zelinski’s e-mail:

Thousands of studies are now showing that many “alternative” medicines and therapies (that your doctor doesn’t know about or isn’t allowed to recommend) are FAR superior for the majority of chronic health conditions we suffer from…

If you want to expand your horizons and discover fact-based solutions for what is ailing you (or a family member), there’s a new 9-part documentary series called Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science that is premiering in a few days – and it’s an absolute must-see!

Each episode will provide you with highly effective (and safe) approaches to wellness that will change your life… and it’s F-R-E-E to watch!

–>> Click HERE to watch the trailer!  

There are so many complementary, alternative, and natural ways to protect – and to reclaim – strong, optimal health. Many of these healing resources are amazingly simple, and you can take advantage of them all by yourself!

Far more treatments and therapies exist in this world than you are being told about – and their power has been proven, scientifically.

Regardless of whether you are struggling with a chronic health condition, or want more vital energy, or you simply want to defy the effects of aging in the years to come… we cannot recommend this documentary series highly enough.

We know there will be some treasure in it for you.

https://proven.thesacredscience.com/.

Prayer for Unity

I have been burdened to pray these last times, for unity in God’s people through His Spirit. As children of God, we all have His same Spirit. When that Spirit is allowed full reign, when we are obedient to Him, then we all work in unity, toward the same purpose of glorifying God Almighty.

Please join me as I use God’s Word to pray. As I pray at different times, I direct His Words and my prayer to myself, to my marriage/family, to my church, to my community, my state, my nation, and my world. May my eyes look unto the Hand of my Master; and may He have mercy on us.

Romans 15.5-7

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Psalm 123

{A Song of degrees.} Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

Psalms 90.12-17

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

 

 

Mental Health Webinar Opportunity

Many, many people are struggling with mental health issues. When we are squeezed, such as in our current situation, sometimes ugly stuff comes out.

Dr. Eric Zelinski addresses such concerns often in his posts. In his recent e-mail, he shares an opportunity for a free webinar. Here is his e-mail:

Of the billions of people affected by the current “pandemic”, none have been more devastated than those suffering from mental illness. Suicide, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and feelings of hopeless are at an all-time high.
If you or a loved one are one of the 450 million people struggling from a mental health challenge…
Or, in particular, one of the 55+ million Americans suffering from depression and/or anxiety…
Know this:  you are NOT alone. 
Yet it’s tough to talk about.
So let’s talk about it.
Let’s talk about how HARD it can be to find effective solutions that don’t come with its own set of problems.
Anyone who’s lived with mental health issues or with a loved one with these issues can tell you, it’s a wild ride and it’s far from fun.
Experimenting with pharmaceuticals, trying to find the right cocktail that helps your condition can be both expensive and defeating. Not to mention, dangerous.
At Natural Living Family you know our mission is always to help people uncover the root cause of their problems and personalize relief. Not a one-size-fits-all quick fix pill or potion.
Because what if there are solutions that are unique to each person? What if you could back up these solutions with cutting edge science and data that actually measure results?
That’s precisely what our good friend and mental health expert Dr. Elena Villanueva is offering in her 5-Part Masterclass that’s airing completely F-R-E-E, staring June 7th  at 9 pm ET.
When you join Dr. Elena for The Mental Health Masterclass you’ll discover…
    • The foods that can cause or increase your anxiety
    • The real root causes of mental illness and mental health challenges
    • Why managing mental health is so challenging in this modern age
    • Medications and hidden factors that make things worse
    • How clients suffering with psychological disorders and neurological diseases are seeing real results, backed by measurable data
    • And so much more!

As part of this incredible presentation, Dr. Elena has included several bonus items you can print out and reference as you start your journey towards release from mental health challenges.

–>> Grab a bonus coloring book to help you destress and unwind. 🙂 

It all starts June 7th at 9 pm ET.

Join the thousands of other people who have regained their hope and peace by following Dr. Elena’s guidance…

<< Register for The Mental Health Masterclass Here >>

We can’t wait to hear your success story.

 

As always, our hope & prayer is that YOU experience the abundant life.

~ Dr. Z

Canning Class Opportunity

I receive e-newsletters from Melissa K. Norris, a home canning expert. Her most recent post gave invitation to join her canning class, coming up this Thursday. An excerpt from her mailing:

I can well over 400+ jars a year for my family but this year, I’ve already purchased extra jars and plan on making sure every single jar is full by the end of the season. If I’m upping my game I know this means more of us than ever before need to put up our own food.

I also know many people don’t know how or don’t realize the info they’re getting in a Facebook group or from Aunt Ellie Suzy May isn’t safe (I know this because almost daily I get messages from people asking if the way they canned something was safe and many times I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell them no, it isn’t).

There’s also a myth the only way to put up that many jars of food are to spend hours a day slaving over the stove and there’s no way people who work have time to do it.

This is simply not true and good news, I’m going to be sharing my system for getting jars on the shelf the safe way for free in a LIVE training this week!

Because the beginning of our harvest (aka canning season) starts for me next month, this is THE LAST TIME I’ll be teaching this live class any time soon. I won’t be doing any live teaching over the next month except inside the Pioneering Today Academy.

Don’t miss this last class, this Thursday, May 28th, at 1 pm Pacific/ 4 pm Eastern I’m teaching a FREE live class giving you my best tips on home canning including:

  • the essential supply list (you don’t need as much equipment as you think)
  • my system for making sure we have the staple home-canned goods we need to create meals for my family without spending a TON of time canning (and how to customize it for your kitchen).
  • what you MUST know in order to stay safe with canning
  • my TOP home-canned items to help create the most versatile meals
  • BONUS: how to can jams and jellies WITHOUT store-bought pectin


These always fill up fast, so snag your seat now!

Can’t wait to hang out with you!


Talk soon,
Melissa

Heal the World Guided Group Fast (shared from Robyn Openshaw)

My own words first (from Kathy):

I believe God is doing a great work in our country and our world, something quite out of the ordinary. I want to participate in His work.

After prayerfully considering, I am posting, (following), the contents of an e-mail from Robyn Openshaw (aka, The Green Smoothie Girl). She is organizing a world-wide time of fasting.

A couple of disclaimers before I share her e-mail:

  1. This is not affiliated with any religion or type of faith. If you join, and follow the devotions, you will expose yourself to prayers and beliefs of all kinds.
    1. I will say, right up front, that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. My intent in this is to be a part of a community coming together to approach the throne of God Almighty, asking for His direction, praying that our wills bend to His, that we, as His people, will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways (1 Chronicles 7.14).
  2. Robyn sent this e-mail via her business. Her business is natural health, and she has researched fasting. She includes an offer to purchase her product, but purchase of anything is not required to join the fasting opportunity.

Please pray about this opportunity and obey as God leads. In any event, we may certainly fast and pray on our own. These are definitely circumstances that warrant fasting and praying.

Following is the full text of Robyn Openshaw’s e-mail:

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Group intention has extraordinary power at influencing outcomes for the good.

I know I’m not alone in wanting some positive outcomes, right now! We all want to do something to serve others, especially those close to us, to create change in this time of crisis.

That’s why I’m excited to be co-leading a Heal the World Guided Group Fast. Will you join me to combine our intention for healing the suffering and chaos in the world?

>> Join Today — it’s free!

This event is also a powerful opportunity to reset your health, recharge your immunity, and do something that makes you feel GREAT.

How to participate?

Choose any 3 days you want to fast with us, from May 14th to May 24th.

You can grab an easy, done-for-you Flash Fast kit at a big discount — it has all the organic mini-meals you need to do a modified fast (which has many proven health benefits). Or you can join us and do a water fast.

If you want to do an easy modified fast with the Flash Fast kit — be sure to order by the 7th to be ready by kickoff (May 14th), and by the 11th to jump in before the event ends (May 24th).

After you join, you’ll be invited to a private Facebook Group. Every morning at 9 am Mountain Time and every evening at 5 pm Mountain Time, a spiritual leader will lead a live devotional. Plus, you’ll get daily guidance and tips. You can participate as often as you want.

We’ll be sure to make this experience positive and joyful — as we come together in our mutual desire to uplift the hungry and the suffering, and send intention to our elected leaders to make good decisions.

So please join us.

You don’t have to be any certain religion or philosophy to benefit from coming together in this Guided Group Fast — without regard for differences in sex, race, religion, or culture.

>> Click here and I’ll sign you up, and send you an email with the private Facebook group.

You can decide which 3 days you want to fast.

I’ll see you in there! I’m sending so much love to you and those you love,
Robyn Openshaw

 

 

Recipe Friday: Fasting

Fasting has been an important aspect of cultures around the world for many thousands of years. It was originally conducted as a means of deepening one’s spiritual condition. God instituted fasting for some really good reasons. It’s not only good for the spirit, but also the soul and the body.

There are many types of fasting. Generally, fasting refers to abstaining from food, sometimes also from drink. But some fast from other consumables, such as media fasting, spoken fasting (mute for a period of time), or fasting from a particular favorite activity.

Food fasting may refer to full or partial fasting: a fast may exclude all foods, or only desserts or only lunch, for example.

Fasting may extend for varying lengths of time. Some people do intermittent fasting on a regular basis for health reasons: they eat only between limited times (say, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.) and fast until the next day. Other fasting may involve a one-day fast, a three-day fast, or an extended fast of up to 40 days (as Jesus did, and others in the Bible).

When fasting from liquids as well as solid food, it is important to limit beverage fasting to no more than one day. Water is fine to consume on an extended fast.

DISCLAIMER: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before embarking on a food or beverage fast of any length of time. This applies to those who, for example, have diabetes, take medications, and are pregnant.

Why fast?

It is good for physical health. More and more research shows that fasting is one of the healthiest ways to cleanse the body’s systems.

  • Recent research shows that fasting is good for those entering cancer therapies (chemo or radiation).
  • Fasting improves heart health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat percentages
  • Fasting releases the body from the ongoing work of digesting and appropriating nutrients, so that it can perform important work of eliminating built-up toxins. This is why we don’t feel hungry when we’re sick: our bodies are trying to clean out the junk.
  • “Fasting helps boost immunity in all sorts of ways. Autophagy clears out toxins and wastes that are bogging your system down, while simultaneously stimulating regrowth and vitality of cells in every single organ and metabolic process” **
  • Fasting decreases inflammation, and thereby improves inflammatory disease conditions.
  • Fasting helps in weight loss. This may seem a “duh” bullet point because of course you’re going to lose weight if you don’t eat; but because fasting helps clean out toxins, continued bodily functions run smoother after a fast. Try not to make weight loss the primary function of fasting. First, you’ll likely gain the weight back within a few days. Also, fasting is for much deeper purposes: spiritual, emotional, and health purposes.
  • Research shows that fasting is also beneficial to the brain and emotions. By clearing out the body’s “garbage,” your mind becomes clearer and your brain doesn’t have to fight the toxin-induced fog. You feel lighter and less burdened. Neurons fire more accurately. Fasting helps regenerate the protective coating of neuropaths.
  • Part of the “junk” that fasting clears out are cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.
  • “When the body is in a fasting state rather than a fed state, the immune system hunts down mutated cells, and breaks them down. The white blood cells and killer T cells, for instance, are highly energized when you’re deprived of food, and they become very active. This discovery is considered so important, that it won the Nobel Prize for researcher Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi in 2016.” *
  • “When the body has no other fuel, it feeds its cells and does cleanup work by metabolizing cancerous growths and breaking down yeasts, mold, fungi, viral, bacterial, and many other aberrant cells and growths.” *
  • “One study shows fasting to be regenerative for insulin production, as the pancreas repairs itself during a period with no food. The results weren’t short term; months later, they remained.” *
  • “New studies show that fasting may actually ward off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and even improve our memory and mood.”*

More important considerations for fasting are the spiritual ramifications. God has much to say about fasting in His Word:

  • Joel 2.12-14 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye evento me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
  • Nehemiah 9.1-3 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God onefourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.
  • Daniel 9.3-5 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments.
  • Esther 4.3, 15-17 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there wasgreat mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes… Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.
  • Psalms 35.13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing wassackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
  • Matthew 17.19, 21 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
  • Acts 13.2, 3 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid theirhands on them, they sent them
  • Acts 13.23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

From these verses we see that:

  • fasting strips us of our focus on the flesh
  • it prepares us for communing with God’s Spirit
  • it steers our focus to things other than our physical needs (Colossians 3.2 Set yourminds on the things above, not the things on the earth)
  • it sharpens our minds, spiritually and physically
  • it hones our prayers
  • it is a physical demonstration that we are putting aside things of the flesh to concentrate on God and take Him seriously
  • it positions us to receive direction from God.

God directs us to fast because He knows it is good for us; it is a blessing that we cannot comprehend unless we actually do it.

When you are fasting, you can take the time you usually use for preparing meals, and use that time in Bible reading and prayer.

Preparing for a fast:

If you’re going to go on an extended fast, it’s best to do some prep work:

  • Stop eating junk food for several days or a week prior to the fast. You’ll need to give your body some healthy nutrients before going into a fast.
  • Prepare your home. Remove junk foods from your view. Talk with your family and explain what you’re doing. It will be important to have the support of your family.
  • Some people leave home when they fast, so the temptation of food is not around, and to have some quiet spiritual time.
  • Prepare yourself mentally. Going without food is tough. If you plan for an extended fast, be prepared to suffer intense hunger, food cravings, anxiety, and anger for a day or two. Starting on Day 3, these usually abate and you are able to continue in peace.
  • Some people, when on an extended fast, allow some beverages, such as unsweetened hot or iced herbal teas, protein drinks, or smoothies.
  • Consider what kinds of physical activities you will be able to perform while on your fast. People respond to fasting in varied ways. Some have energy; some must lie in bed all day.
  • Prepare some salt sole and some stinging nettle tea. The water we drink is not the same as what our ancestors drank from their wells and rivers. Our filtered water doesn’t contain the rich mineral content as does natural water from the ground. Our tap water contains toxins. During your fast, you will need to replace important electrolytes for your body to function properly.
    • Salt sole: Use a glass or glazed ceramic container with a lid. Pour filtered water into the container. Add enough natural, mineral salt to create a saturated solution (for example, add ¼ cup salt to one quart water). Shake or stir thoroughly. Cover the container and allow the salt residue to settle. To drink, scoop out one teaspoon of the salt sole (don’t scoop out any residue) to add to 8 oz. of filtered water. (Note: Do NOT use commercial, white table salt. Make sure you are using a natural mineral salt, such as pink Himalayan or Dead Sea salt.)
    • Stinging nettle tea: Add hot water to dried stinging nettle tea leaves. A ratio you might use is ¼ cup to a quart of water. Simmer or keep hot for at least 20 minutes. You may turn off the heat and allow the leaves to continue steeping for hours, even overnight. If you have insulated the teapot and are keeping it warm, just let it set all day. Drink hot, room temp, or cold.
  • While you are fasting for spiritual and physical detoxification, please also consider other substances to remove from your daily routine. These would include any chemically-laden personal care products. If you are fasting, and your body is trying to remove toxins, PLEASE discontinue use of commercial products, so you are not shooting yourself in the foot, so to speak. While your body odor may increase, please do not resort to using deodorant or antiperspirant that contains harmful substances. A wet washcloth will do a fine job of cleansing any body parts. Essential oils, diluted with a carrier oil, provide a pleasing scent with the added bonus of antimicrobial power. If you have oral odors, you can brush your teeth (and tongue) more often. Simply brushing with water will do the trick; you can swish with a cup of water with a drop of peppermint or clove essential oil mixed in. When washing your hair, use a clean, non-toxic shampoo like Castile for hair and body. Rinse with diluted vinegar. Discontinue use of lotions. Check labels for all your products: whatever you put on your skin goes into your body. Note also that commercial air fresheners and scented candles contain toxins, and are not recommended while detoxifying (or any time at all).
  • Have healthy food available for when you come off your fast.

While you are fasting:

Continue to take your prescription medications while fasting. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

You can also continue to take supplements while fasting. Be aware that you may feel nauseous when you take some supplements on an empty stomach. If you have issues, consider taking them at different intervals, or cutting down how many or what types you take while you fast.

Sip on your salt sole and / or stinging nettle tea regularly.

Day 2 of a water-only fast is usually the toughest. That’s when the rubbery legs set in, brain fog might be stronger, and your energy levels plummet. Know that this falls within the normal realm. If your body is warning you of something, though, pay attention and consider alternatives.

Fasting moves your body systems into a whole different realm of activity. Your body is getting rid of toxins, and those toxins have to get out somehow. The routes for elimination are urine, feces, exhaling, mucous/tears, hair and nails, ear wax, skin/cell shedding, and pores (sweat). Don’t be alarmed when you notice some physical, emotional, and mental changes while fasting (Note: fasting reactions will be more severe if you have a lot of toxins in your system. This can be due to body care products, environment, or eating a lot of sugar / processed foods.):

  • Body odor: Toxins are usually stinky. You may wish to shower or bathe more frequently; use only water, and apply natural products if needed.
  • Skin changes: especially if you already have occasional skin breakouts, you may have more of them as your body detoxes through your pores. This may look like acne or some kind of rash. Keep your skin clean with water, and use natural, organic products as needed.
  • Feeling cold: Since you’re not consuming calories, you don’t generate heat as you normally do. Prepare with extra layers of clothing, socks, blankets, and maybe a space heater if this happens to you.
  • Headache: Headaches are a common side-effect of fasting. Headaches will certainly be more severe if you are used to eating a lot of sugar and processed foods. It’s because you’re going through withdrawal. This is also likely to happen if you’re a coffee drinker (or soda or chocolate, or other high-caffeine source) and you’re giving up caffeine. Hang in there! The headache usually diminishes after the second or third day. In the meantime, you may want to take warm baths, sip salt sole or stinging nettle tea, take some turmeric supplements, incorporate neck & shoulder massages, practice yoga, meditate, do stretches or exercises, and/or take naps. Try diffusing essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, Frankincense, and/or rosemary. Meditate with calming music. Massage diluted peppermint oil into your temples.
  • Heart pounding: if this rises to alarming levels, you may need to break your fast with some bone broth, herbal tea, or other healing remedy.
  • Muscle cramping: Be sure to perform some kind of stretching / exercise often during your fasting days. A lot of detoxifying happens with the constriction and relaxation of muscles. Take a walk, do mild stretches, dance, etc. You may need to supplement with magnesium: a good source is stinging nettle tea. Salt sole will help relieve this, as well.
  • Thirst: When you fast, your body is craving water so it can flush out toxins. Be sure to drink plenty of filtered water. You may want to experiment with amounts of water you drink at any one time: too much can lead to a “sloshy belly,” and nausea. Pay attention to your thirst, and drink accordingly.
  • Oral changes: your tongue may develop a white coating. Simply use your toothbrush and some water. Rinse with a drop of peppermint or clove essential oil in a cup of water. You can gargle with that mixture, as well. Spit it out.
  • Changes in your urine: the color and frequency may change. Be sure to drink plenty of filtered water. Sometimes people like to drink an herbal tea (unsweetened, no additions).
  • Change in your stools: the color, texture, and frequency of your stools may be different.
  • Energy levels: When you don’t eat, you aren’t consuming calories for energy. Get plenty of rest. Detoxifying is serious work that takes energy. Energy levels vary widely among those who fast: some have higher energy levels, some can hardly wake up or move around, and all levels in-between. If you feel light-headed or sick, you may not be a good candidate for an extended fast.
  • Emotional changes: you may be more prone to crying or feeling anger. Make sure to spend ample time in prayer and meditation and resting.
  • Mental changes: This is another area with varying results among those who fast. Some people experience deeper brain fog; others feel clear-headed and able to break through that “brain fog.”

After the fast:

An important aspect of fasting is what you eat AFTER the fast. After you’ve spent the time and energy to fast, and after you’ve cleaned out your toxins, you want to rebuild and feed your body with clean, healthy foods. DO NOT give in to whatever insane junk food cravings you have. Be very careful, and consume cautiously at first, with maybe some warm bone broth. Graduate to easily-digested raw greens. Stay with healthy, organic foods so you can build your strength and body systems back up. Be very careful with any personal care products you use.

Your stools may surprise you the day you break your fast. The color, odor, and consistency will likely be different as you start eating, which moves your bowels, and out comes whatever toxins and other stuff that’s been in there.

Final notes:

Please prayerfully consider a fast unto the Lord. It is a powerful way to draw near to God (James 4.8a Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you). It really is life-changing.

Robyn Openshaw (aka The Green Smoothie Girl) has done extensive research about fasting. I highly recommend reading the information in these links:

*https://greensmoothiegirl.com/water-fasting/

**https://greensmoothiegirl.com/water-fasting-vs-modified-fasting/

Rejoice and Praise With Me

This is the third and final post in a series. The first was Grieve With Me; the second, Repent With Me.

We have sinned. We have confessed our sin and grieved for it. We have repented. What happens next?

We deserve to die (Romans 3.23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God). We have sinned and our just deserts is eternal death: damnation apart from God (Romans 6.23a For the wages of sin is death). (We have never experienced being apart from God, so we cannot imagine such a miserable and terrifying existence.)

Only God can forgive sin (whether we’re talking about the Old Testament or the New Testament). The Pharisees knew this, as evidenced in the Luke 5.21 passage: And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

In light of the righteous punishment, how does God deal with our sin?

Psalms 103 says it best: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us! Imagine that! God REMOVES our transgressions from us!

Jehovah is a Holy God; He is a just God, in Whom is no unrighteousness. How can a sinful person stand righteous before God?

Through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (the full verse of Romans 3.23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)

But even in the Old Testament, before Jesus was born, God gave promise to His people that He would provide a Savior. Those who believed on that promise were able to grasp hold on it and praise God for His forgiveness, His grace and mercy. King David was such a one. David knew all about sin; he knew all about his God, too. David was a man after God’s own heart, and God loved him.

Just as He loves you.

We may have life! Eternal life, and life here abundantly! (John 10.10b I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.)

Let us praise our Great and Mighty God for His gracious riches in His Son, Jesus Christ! He daily showers us with blessings (Psalms 68.19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.)

God’s Word is the perfect medium for rejoicing and praising our glorious Savior. Receive the freeing forgiveness that God offers, and praise God with me:

Matthew 5.4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Psalms 103. 1{A Psalm of David.} Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Hosea 14. 1O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 2Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. 3Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. 4I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. 5I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 7They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. 8Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. 9Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Isaiah 44. 21Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. 22I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. 23Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. 24Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Psalm 34. 15The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 16The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 22The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Psalm 32. 1{A Psalm of David, Maschil.} Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. 7Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. 8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. 10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. 11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

1 John 1.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalms 45.1{David’s Psalm of praise.} I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. 3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. 7They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 10All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 14The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. 15The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. 21My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

We shall go out with joy and be led forth with PEACE! Praise God!

Isaiah 55.12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Repent With Me

This is post #2 in a series of three. Click here to read the first post, Grieve With Me.

Once we have confessed that we have sinned, that we were born in sin, and are daily sinners in the hands of an Almighty and Holy God, we must repent of our sins.

In the Old Testament, people would fast and put on sackcloth & ashes when they were repenting. There’s something to be said for that. Sometimes we need outward appearances to remind us of what’s on the inside.

Fasting is good for the body and for the soul. I highly encourage a full or partial fast when preparing to come before God Almighty. Fasting helps us cleanse.

Of course, God looks on the heart. It’s what’s inside that matters to Him, and to us. But many times, what’s on the inside manifests on the outside.

Repentance involves admitting to oneself and to God that we sinned (confession) and that we wholly desire to turn away from that sin and toward God.

(This is not to say that we promise to never sin again, or even to never commit that particular sin again. We cannot see into the future, but we can know that we will sin again.)

But repentance is a heart for God, to covenant to live in His ways instead of our own. That means a change. We agree with God that His ways are best, and we agree that we want to serve Him (and not serve ourselves).

God’s Word is the source of wisdom for repentance.

Jeremiah 10. 23O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 24O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Psalms 6. 1{To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.} O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? 4Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 5For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 8Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. 9The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. 10Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

Psalms 25. 1{A Psalm of David.} Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. 2O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 3Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. 4Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. 5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 6Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. 7Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD. 8Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. 10All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 11For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. 12What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 13His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. 14The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. 15Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. 17The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. 18Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. 19Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. 20O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. 21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. 22Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Joel 2. 12Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

Stay tuned for my next post, as we explore how God deals with our sin. In the meantime, repent with me.

Grieve With Me

Sometimes I stroll or skip through life, all is fine and happy; I am content.

Then someone says something, or looks at me a certain way, or I read something in my devotions, or there is simply a heaviness in my heart.

Even though I have my daily devotions time with my Lord, I am not always in tune with my sin. Yes, I confess daily. But sometimes, I am dragged down by the weight of my sin before a Holy God. I am grieved by the sins of myself, my nation, my world. We have done so much wrong.

When we stand before Almighty God, and recognize His presence and power, we must fall on our faces and cry with Isaiah (6.5), “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

We have sinned. All have sinned. We have grieved the Spirit of our Lord and we have brought calamity upon ourselves. We have brought grief upon ourselves, and we cannot save ourselves.

Confess with me, and grieve:

Ezra 9.3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.  6And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens… 10And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments… 13And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; 14Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? 15O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

Daniel 9. 5We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

Ps 60.1. O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. 2Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. 3Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

Ps 6. 6I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Hosea 14. 1O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 2Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. 3Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

Psalm 106.6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

Psalm 51. 3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalm 38. 3There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. 4For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 5My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. 6I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 7For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 9Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. 10My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

Ps 32. 3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.

Lamentations 5. 16The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! 17For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

Stay tuned for my next post, as we explore what to do with our awful sin. In the meantime, grieve with me, for sin is a dreadful thing.