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“The Lord’s healing and revival of those who have a contrite heart” Isaiah 57:14-21

And one shall say, “Heap it up!  Heap it up!  Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”  For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made.  For the iniquity of his covetousness I hid and was angry, And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.  I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.  I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord.  “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”

Our sinful nature is a stumbling block to all people including the saints, however we who are born again in the name of Jesus have the Holy Spirit of Truth who guides us in the Lord’s righteousness.  One thing I realize is how I don’t want to sin against God and hate my sinful nature.  But I realize that at times I do sin and need to repent and confess it to God in the name of Jesus seeking forgiveness.  The devil tries to trick me at times by saying how can I be saved since I sin at times?  The Holy Spirit of Truth always brings me to His Truth in God’s Word and in my heart to know that I am saved by the Grace of God and not of myself or works.  This just happened to me the other day with regard to myself and at times I focus on myself instead of the Lord and this I hate which is my selfish and sinful ways.  God comforted me in my heart with His Word and guided me to read these verses and share with you for encouragement in the Lord.  Because of God I have a contrite and humble spirit and heart as I am sad for when I grieve Him with sin.  

These words bring such comfort to my heart and realize that God has mercy on me and all the saints who love His Son Christ Jesus.  Take comfort in these words dear brethren in Philippians 1:2-11 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 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; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.  For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.  And this, I pray that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

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