Hope Beyond Guilt (4 of 14) by David Cawston

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Hope Beyond Guilt (4 of 14)
A People of Hope Series
David Cawston
I Peter 2:4-12

Introduction:
The Bible is filled with reminders of how much God cares for us, His plans for our welfare, and what our relationship with Him should be.
Look with me for a moment at the very familiar words of the Psalmist as he writes about God's love for us:
Psalm 103:1-5, 11-14.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Ps 103:11-14
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
(NKJ)

What a powerful list! What a relief!
Our Lord understands our limits.
He realizes our struggles.
He knows how much pressure we can take.
He knows what measures of grace, mercy and strength will be required.
He knows how we are put together.

Honestly, His expectations are not nearly as unrealistic as ours. When we don't live up to the agenda that we have set, we feel like we failed. We feel like God is going to judge us – but that won't happen! It says: "He knows our frame. He is mindful that we are but dust."

What is God's agenda for us?
What does He want for us today – tomorrow – next week?
His plans are clearly set forth in Jeremiah 29:11-12.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pra ...


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