A Personal Responsibility for Sin

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​Ezekiel 18:1-32, Ezekiel 19:1-14, Romans 1:16-17, 2 Peter 3:9

Think about hugging a robot. Creepy, right? Today, robots are programmed to assist with everything from performing intricate surgeries and exploring outer space to delivering pizza. Still, I wouldn’t want to hug one. Void of emotion and volitional thought, even extraordinary robots remain cold, mechanical, and lifeless. 

God does not manufacture robots when He creates humans. By His own desire and design, He breathes life into every person and makes us in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Each of us is more than a pumping heart muscle and a neuron-firing brain. We miraculously embody qualities of our Creator. We think, feel, and have opinions. God gives us agency: the ability to make decisions and the freedom to make personal choices. We are not programmed robots; we are alive and free. What a gift!

In today’s reading, Ezekiel explains the consequences of personal choice. God does not declare someone sinful or righteous based on anyone else’s conduct. Rather, He judges each person individually. The one who sins is the one who will die, and the one who is righteous will surely live (Ezekiel 18:4,9). As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” Each of us is responsible for our actions. If we choose to live in obedience to God, we will flourish with Him forever. If we choose to disobey God, we’ll be separated from Him forever. We are not robots; we have agency. With freedom comes responsibility.

This gift of freedom can be terrifying. To live in unity with a perfect God requires choosing obedience in our every thought, word, and deed. Good grief! I can’t even scroll through social media without being jealous, critical, or fearful. I can’t meet the requirements of freedom, and neither can anyone else. This is no surprise to God, and, if we’re honest, it should be no surprise to us. His Word confirms what we experience every single day, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). 

God knows we’re crushed under the weight of freedom and responsibility. He takes no pleasure in our deadly predicament (Ezekiel 18:23). On the contrary, He lovingly urges us, “Repent and live” (v.32)! How do we turn away from choosing sin and death? Only by putting our faith in the only One who did obey God in every thought, word, and deed. The only One who did carry the weight of sin of the world and not be crushed. We choose life by placing our faith in Christ. “…the righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17). 

“Repent and live!” is not a command for a robotic response; it is a soul-deep call to humbly turn towards our Creator and receive the gift of salvation. Depend on Christ and live. 

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  1. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord you are good and your mercy endureth forever!

  2. Lisa Daigneault says:

    How do you make notes in that section?

  3. Leigh Bennett says:

    Yes-thought this same thing as I was reading….

  4. Elizabeth Lawrence says:

    Yes. I thought about it too. When it’s talking about sins affect the next generations, I think about how sun causes cycles of brokenness that are passed down. One has an alcoholic father and then as he is dealing with that in an unhealthy way, he isn’t present for his children, so in turn they suffer with more anxiety and insecurity, etc and generations suffer the consequences. I think here, what is being referenced is a matter of personal righteousness.

  5. Jenette McEntire says:

    Like many of you, I am experiencing powerful spiritual breakthrough and holy break down of the “concealed” sins of my heart and mind because of this time in Ezekiel. Praying for this community, for you sisters in Christ. To God be the glory!

  6. Jenette McEntire says:

    Like many of you, I am experiencing powerful spiritual breakthrough and holy break down of the “concealed” sins of my heart and mind.

  7. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Leigh Gorham: Great question! I have not looked up specific passages (but I can if you want me to) but my understanding is that God does hold only individuals accountable for their own sin. However, but by His grace and mercy, the consequences may last for generations. Let me know in a post on “Grace Day” if you want specifics.❤

  8. Leigh Gorham says:

    Does today’s reading bring to mind for anyone else other places in scripture that DO say that the sins of one generation will fall to the next generations? It even says this earlier in Ezekiel. So how do answer those in the world who try to say that the Bible contradicts itself? I know his word is consistent, but things like this are confusing & I want to speak with wisdom when questions are raised.

  9. Paola Hidalgo De Lara says:


  10. Adrienne McPherson says:

    Amen! I am relearning today that God is doesn’t enjoy death or punishment and in my mind and heart I had this idea of God without realising. Thank you Lord as I read about you , my heart and mind are being reformed. I repent Lord for choosing myself my hopes, desires- guide me Abba provide for me all that I need today to follow you.

  11. Tonia says:

    Praying for all the SHE’s prayer request. May God restore, heal, deliver and give us peace that passes all understanding.

    Praying that God meet us at the point of our needs.

    May God’s mighty hand carry us through difficult times and may Victory be ours in Christ Jesus. And may we always feel His presence in Jesus name Amen

  12. Kristen StLaurent says:

    Ezekiel 18 is probably my favorite chapter by far! Such wonderful revelations about the importance of turning away from our sinful ways and truly living with God, each and every day!

  13. Amanda Afshar says:

    Praying for sweet Milo ❤️ and all who love him dearly!

  14. Sarah Morrison says:

    Soul deep call!! Yes!! The more I read Ezekiel the more I need Jesus

  15. Lexi B says:

    Hi Heidi,

    Reading what you’re going through reminded me of what Neimiah was going through buidling the wall. When the enemy knows that you (praying and supporting your niece) or your niece (moving towards sobriety) he’s gonna come and try to stop progress. Continue to push through in prayer as you have been doing. God hears you and is fighting for you and your niece. I pray that He softens her heart so that she will be able to hear His voice and know the truth. Praying for you- supernatural peace, endurance, encouragement as you pray for your niece and balance all the other things you have going on in your life. God is with you and will carry you.

    And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up- Galatians 6:9
    Praying alongside you Heidi!

  16. Tamiym says:

    Jesus Christ answered, I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the father except through me. John 14:6

    God bless you.

  17. Michael Frankowski says:

    I recently commented to relatives that I would want to be able to gruesomely kill Vladimir Putin due to what he’s doing in Ukraine. I think I’m in the company of millions. Does God really expect us to NOT think this way? If yes, and if what you say is true, then I and probably millions of other people have our tickets to hell punched!

  18. Ash H. says:

    Please lift up my nephew, Milo, and his parents. He is 5 years old and was diagnosed with leukemia last week. His treatments started yesterday, along with various procedures. They are believers and are begging for spiritual support. Thank you!

  19. Katie Jorgensen says:

    Dear Lord, help us to change our ways and act by faith to you. Give us life in your heavenly name.

  20. Terri Baldwin says:

    Soul-deep call humbly turn towards our Creator and receive the gift of salvation. Depend on Christ and Live!! “The righteous will live by faith.

  21. Rhonda J. says:

    Hi SHE”S! I really appreciate the scriptures today and I’m so glad I am in Jesus’s arms, Hallejuh! Yesterday morning I was really in a funk, the night before I was in a debate with my young nephew (yes, part of my sister’s family) who “argues” that God isn’t real basically. He says of course all religions think they “know” theirs is right. So basically none are right. That he has read the bible and studied it all for a couple of years when he was searching for answers! I thought I would have more wisdom and the right things to say, but felt I failed miserably. :( AND my son was sitting just listening to the back and forth, and when the nephew left, he didn’t have much to say. I asked why He doesn’t defend his faith?! He seems to be wishy-washy as well these days. It just made me cry.
    And today so many of you have the same sorrow for your loved ones. But at the end of the day- we all have heard and we all get to chose. I am glad I chose to believe. And I read my bible every day to learn more and grow closer to HIM. God has worked in my life and so many others, so we must just share our testimonies (which I didn’t!).

    Prayers for your requests. So excited for you tomorrow Victoria E!!!

  22. Sandi Wellnitz says:


  23. Megan Kaiser says:

    Yes! I can’t wait to listen. I always listen the weekend after it releases because I like to do the reading first, then listen to the conversations. It’s soooo good!

  24. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I’m so glad that we don’t have to depend on ourselves to get everything right; I know too often I act like I can be perfect without God. We have to depend on Jesus to become the person he has called us to be. I also appreciate that I don’t have to pay for someone else’s sins. I answer to God for the individual decisions I make in my life.

  25. Mercy says:

    Heidi: praying for you and more strength, capacity, grace to be poured out onto you. May God restore your strength and give you help. It is a lot of work. Thank you for sharing the update, you are an inspiration.
    Maggie Ham: Isaiah 61 is one of my absolute favourites. Thank you so much for making the connection.
    Sharon Jersey Girl: joining with you praying for the injustice and tragedy for the people in Ukraine.
    Julie A: praying for you and your plan to open your home for the Ukrainian refugee lady. May God lead you to the right decision and provide every single need (including peace and harmony, everyone to get along in your home during the process if you choose to go through).
    Victoria E: praying for your big day tomorrow. May everything go well. Can’t wait for your updates to come.

  26. Dorothy says:

    “Depend on Christ and live.” So few words but WOW such great and wonderful meaning. Those five words say it all; all we need to know, do and rely on. Christ is the One to turn to when the going gets tough. Patti summed up everything about Christians and Christian living in those five words. I’ll be writing them down on several index cards and put them throughout my apartment to remind what I need to do everyday, every hour, every moment and every second of this wonderful life God has given me.
    Father, God, Thank You for judging me by my sins and ONLY my sins, not my parents, grandparents, siblings, children or other relatives. Thank You for allowing me to change my ways and return to YOU. God thank You for sending Your One and Only Son, Jesus to die for us. I know if I depend and rely on Christ, I will have eternal life, Lord I want that eternal life. Yes I stray, please forgive me when I do. Help me to show others Your love and why Christ died for us. AMEN.
    Sisters unfortunately, Finley had to go back to the hospital last night d/t having a fever and severe pain. So once again I’m asking for prayers for her and her family.
    Be blessed and “Depend on Christ and live.”, sisters.

  27. Shaena Elizabeth says:

    Heidi. Praying for you today. Walking with a loved one that struggles with addiction is a difficult path. It can be difficult to know what is our to do/where to draw the line in supporting them. Praying for The Holy Spirit’s guidance for you. A book that has helped me in discerning what is mine to do in supporting my son and where I need to hold boundaries is called The Language of Letting Go. It was recommended to me by a therapist. VICTORIA E prayers of praise that tomorrow is the day you will meet your son! Praying over this beautiful community. Please pray for my family this week. My son will be moving back home Saturday, we went over ground rules last night and that went fairly well other than him not agreeing with church attendance being a requirement.

  28. Beth says:

    Yes Heidi!!!! You are so right about the podcast. They are weekly, coming out each Monday and talk about that week of reading. Don’t miss them, you can listen at any time in the week or even go back any weeks before. Just go to the menu and click on podcasts and you will find the entire list that they have been making each week for over two years.

  29. Heidi says:

    I would REALLY STRONGLY ENCOURAGE all the SHE’s on here to find time in the week when driving, running errands, doing dishes, etc to listen to the She Reads Truth podcast (just search whatever podcast platform you use.). It answers SO MANY of the questions I see spoken out in this group and gives such expanded understanding to the reading and theme of the study… ❤️

  30. MARTHA HIX says:

    Praying for your concerns and the pleading of our hearts for those we love to desire a relationship with you Lord.

  31. Donna Wolcott says:

    Thank you Jesus for your mighty gift of grace! Lifting up all in prayer and Victoria E. may your son’s birth go well tomorrow.

  32. MARTHA HIX says:

    I am so thankful for your continued prayers and for your encouragement. It is and has been a continual blessing to me. Thank you SRT friends for sharing your wisdom and hearts daily as we lean on each other and study God’s word. I am grateful for SRT and the prayerful diligence of all those who make it happen! ❤️

  33. Morgan Latham says:

    I’m striving to be good, and I’m trying to stay away from sin. This world does a good job of masking what is right vs. wrong. This passage was brought to mind: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans‬ ‭7:15-20‬

  34. Laurel says:

    Amen, Churchmouse. Your prayer is also mine…as are the prayers of those who read/follow SRT.

  35. Teresa Donley says:

    My prayer today is that God will make me aware of every sin in my life and in today. When I think of the overwhelming amount of sin, I can either feel buried under its weight and punishment or I can come to Jesus and receive the forgiveness and life that he freely gives. I praise God today that he loves me enough that he made the sacrifice of his son to make it possible for me to not only have eternal life, but to also live an abundant life while I’m here on earth.

  36. Sky Hilton says:

    A very important and much needed read this morning!

    Sin is always bad, and will forever be bad. It’s what separates us from God, it’s what keeps our hearts closed to Him, but most importantly, it prevents us from having a relationship with Him.

    Too many times we tend to downplay our sin, and not own up to it. What breaks my heart is that sometimes, people would rather blame sometimes else from their wrongdoing then to own up to it. But sin will always have a negative impact and should never be taken lightly. We must do what we can in order to not get lost in our sin and be separated from God.

    God wants us to learn and grow from our mistakes, just like any loving parent would. I think it’s time we should do exactly that! We must be humble and acknowledge that we need God in every moment and second of our lives. We are His!

  37. Cindy Hanna says:

    The continual practice of seeking his presence in the present allows us the strength to overcome.

  38. Mari V says:

    I will repent and live! I choose Christ! I sometimes don’t like myself very much. I can be selfish and I don’t like that about me. And here is Jesus with open arms still loving on me even when I don’t deserve it.

    1. Gwendolyn Vincent says:

      Amen ❤

  39. lucy rodriguez says:

    i pray that each of us would increase our dependency on our creator today & everyday through daily simple obedience and submission to Him.

  40. Paula Mullinax says:


  41. Ashlee Hickson says:

    Today was such a great study! It is so amazing that our God gives us the freedom of making choices. It is such a huge responsibility and a blessing

  42. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    The choice to live in peace with God is always up to us. Turn to Him and live. The urgency is now. God will judge us as He finds us. Where am I now? Am I at peace with God or at war with Him? If I am wrestling with God like Jacob, I won’t let go until He blesses me. Ask and receive from Yahweh. He does and will provide all that I need. The wrath of God as judge is necessary to right the wrongs and give mercy. Father, thank You for opening my eyes to see You as You are, not as I wished You to be. The hard and beautiful truth of Your ways are not for me to understand completely. But I love You and I trust You. “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus”. And as I go into the day, no matter how difficult the journey, I know I am one day closer to You Lord. And by this, I know I am going the right way.

  43. Maggie Ham says:

    Wow, what a powerful culmination! Isaiah 61 was brought to mind this morning as I considered the truths here. So often I live as though I am still under the wrath and judgment of God. No! Today is the day of SALVATION, the YEAR OF JUBILEE! Jesus took on my judgment and in Him, the wrath of God was FULLY satisfied. Wow. I now live to proclaim, along with Him, the YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR! Life, forgiveness, hope, and peace are found in Christ! Come all who are thirsty, come and drink from the well that never runs dry. So grateful for the cross this morning! LORD, help us to realize the fullness of what you’ve done and live it out. What would it look like if the church REALLY believed the message of the Gospel?! Holy Spirit, open our eyes! That the world would know You in all of your beauty, goodness, and truth.

  44. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, no pleasure in the death of one who dies. Ezekiel 18:23,32…I can think of some pretty wicked, evil people that have lived (and are living today) in this world. We see their evil, we hear of it, we read of it. I must confess, I don’t always have the reaction that God does – He desires they turn and live – I often desire that God would judge them immediately, and take them out of this world! God is so merciful!… All human kind are made in the image of God, all created to have fellowship with Him. He is grieved anytime anyone turns from Him. As I pray that God would intervene in this terrible injustice that is happening in the Ukraine, I also pray that the heart of the wicked one (that God holds in His hand) would turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God. (Acts 26:18) We all were once lost and destined for hell, but God in His mercy called us – we heard, we listened, we turned. Oh that all that are lost in the world would turn to Him! Thank you God for “soul-deep” call to turn to You.

    Praying for you @Heidi – don’t lose heart – this is a spiritual warfare! Satan wants to keep hold of your niece. Keep on praying, hoping, believing that God can change her heart!
    Also praying for Jack @Lynn, wisdom for @Julie and your friend “G” @Ally and for all requests as I read them. Have a blessed day!

  45. Taylor says:

    Thank you @Searching for your encouragement! I feel exhausted from a busy weekend in NYC for a friend’s birthday, the time change, and the stress of my car accident last week. I called the mechanic and he said the cost of the damages may be worth more than the value of the car. I hope and pray my insurance company doesn’t total my car – but now we wait to hear. I feel overwhelmed by all the things happening in my life at the moment, but trying to cling to Jesus for His peace and rest.

  46. Nancy Singleton says:

    4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die. 7 He does not oppress anyone,
    but returns what he took in pledge for a loan.
    He does not commit robbery
    but gives his food to the hungry
    and provides clothing for the naked. 8 It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine.’ 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! – Ezekiel 17:4,7-8,32 Our Father desires all to come to him, so we must continue to pray for & shine his light to all in our sphere of influence.

  47. Nancy Singleton says:

    4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die. 7 He does not oppress anyone,
    but returns what he took in pledge for a loan.
    He does not commit robbery
    but gives his food to the hungry
    and provides clothing for the naked. 8 It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine.’ 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! – Ezekiel 17:4,7-8,32

  48. Jennie Martin says:

    Praying for you. We adopted 3 children from Ukraine years ago. My heart is so sad for the Ukrainian people. And

  49. Jennie Martin says:

    Praying for you. We adopted 3 children from Ukraine years ago. My heart is so sad for the Ukrainian

  50. Ally M says:

    I am praying for all requests this morning. JULIE, for discernment and wisdom and guidance. CHURCHMOUSE, HEIDI (& all others!) for loved ones who do not have a relationship with Jesus. LYNNE FROM ALABAMA for healing and comfort in the Lord. If you could include in your prayers for those who do not yet believe my close friend, G. He knows God but has not yet accepted the gift of salvation. Thank you for your prayers. Have a wonderful day!

  51. Searching says:

    HEIDI – just read your update. PRAYING for wisdom and guidance for you and praying especially your niece and also her friend. I thankfully did not have dependence/addiction issues when I was younger but turned away from God and lived my life with a determination to stay that way. When I think back at the heartache, destruction and problems that could have been avoided by simply turning back to the Lord … The lies can be so powerful. praying she and her friend turn to Him and His truth and love. Holding you up in prayer, Sister.

  52. Searching says:

    Thank you, KELLY (NEO), HRT was really good this morning (as it usually is).

    HEIDI, TONIA, ANGIE, CINDY HANNA – appreciate your touching testimonies

    Praying for:
    VICTORIA E – you and baby
    K WALLS – wisdom in job search
    CHURCHMOUSE – healing, salvation for family members. I have the same request for many in my family.
    DOROTHY – your sister – for help and lifting of depression. Praise for Finley’s recovery and healing
    LYNNE FROM AL – you and Jack, thank you for keeping us updated.
    KATIE – right buyer for farm, and wisdom to know. We sold a farm a few years ago and it took patience to wait for the right person. Once that connection was made, things just clicked. For us, it was very clear they were the right buyer, and also very clear that the previous lookers were not.
    NATALIE TUCKER – husband’s business and your job
    TAYLOR – strength and wisdom to turn away from the lure of the lies. 2 Corinthians 10:5 ” … casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” Turn to a favorite Scripture, praise/worship songs, a trusted friend. You can do this!
    VERONICA ELIZABETH – peace and guidance
    JULIE – wisdom and knowing God’s will as you consider this magnanimous act of kindness and generosity

  53. Nancy Ludrick says:

    Praying that God will confirm to you whether or not to do that. What an amazing step of faith you are taking!

  54. Heidi says:

    JULIE- most certainly praying for His wisdom in your heart and mind to guide your decision. It is definitely a big one… I clearly don’t know all of the contingencies involved (is she allowed to work, get any training, find a way to build a life for herself, etc…) but if it’s something that you do get invested in, perhaps getting her a trauma-specialized therapist would be a great place to start I helping her unpack what these past months have been for her. Praying discernment and confirmation in your decision.

    LYNNE- hoping with you that the results are favorable and the treatment plan will be manageable and turn out with the success I’m sure you are all hoping for!

    Lots of requests from yesterday being lifted up as well…❤️

    I am continuing to be obedient in prayer and staying consistent in sending verses/words of encouragement each day to my niece (and her friend). HOWEVER- I’m wearing thin/becoming discouraged with some of it. She called yesterday and we spoke for a WHILE and she is just so far from the Lord that she’s not taking any of the advice for Spiritual support seriously. She grew up in such a legalistic home that it just falls on deaf ears and a hardened heart… “Aunt Heidi, I know ppl should pray and stuff but it really never makes any difference…”. She is trapped in a mindset of disbelief. The idea of “Jesus is for getting into Heaven/try to be a good person while you’re on earth” is what she is fully invested in.
    Also- she has been using while in rehab. She’s gotten other ppl to give her some of their detox meds. She honestly believes it’s the only way to live life. She’s also very much wanting to leave the facility and, I would say, pretty much has her mind made up to it. Not sure when it will be but I can say I won’t be surprised to hear she has checked herself out.
    There’s a lot of anger (understandably) in her heart and she’s lived this way for so long, the concept of living clean and productive isn’t even a goal to her.
    She has no hope for any of that and I’m fearing she’s only “playing along” until she can figure out a place to go and temporary plan to get what she wants.
    I’m so tired. Along with all of this I run a very tiny practice and have 3 young kids and all of the “life and noise” that brings with it. It meant so much to see her and be with her and pray with her last week. There is zero doubt God was there and I know that’s why she was so encouraged. But she won’t engage with Him otherwise and doesn’t believe she can/should be living any differently than she is right now.
    I don’t know. I’m really conflicted on how to move forward. I of course will continue to pray and encourage. Praying for discernment on taking the long drive back up to see her, but not knowing if that is wise either. I really just don’t know…
    On the other hand I want to say- it’s been such an amazing thing to see all of the comments on how God has used this as a testimony for so many of you in so many different ways! What an amazing gift from God!!! Praying that our hearts continue to be sensitive to His call and that we can be bold and confident in our obedience to what He has for each of us… ❤️

  55. Stormi Messmer says:


  56. Melanie says:

    Julie-praying for peace in your decision. Church mouse- I to am praying for my and friends who don’t have a relationship with Jesus. Some know Him but no relationship. Praying God opens their hearts and minds.

  57. Pam Seipp says:

    Lord, help me turn from sin! Give me a new heart and a new spirit! Amen.

  58. Tara Beatty says:

    Lifting you Julia A up in prayer for wisdom and discernment in this decision and for Churchmouse’ loved ones and all of our loved ones still walking in darkness. May God guide their hearts to the Cross and may He speak through our words and our walk to help light the way. Amen

  59. Rhonda Hendrix says:

    Julie I am praying for you. I pray the Holy Spirit will guide you to the right decision. What a generous thing to consider❤️

  60. Gayle Radavich says:

    It is God’s pleasure that we turn around, no longer living wrong but living right!

  61. Kristen says:

    Yes, Churchmouse. I too have been praying. May all the lost, by God’s mercy, be drawn. Let them feel the weight of their sin, and repent, cry out for forgiveness and help. May they be delivered from anything that hinders them from coming. As Churchmouse was asking for Your glory to shine so that’s it’s is undeniable You. Please let their blind eyes or purposely denying You end. We k ow that every knee will bow. Please let them bow now and be overwhelmed by Your grace and what Jesus has done. May this lead to a changed life and desires. With Your help, May we all walk in a way that is pleasing to You and hate what You hate and love what You love. Amen. Prayers for you all.

  62. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Amen Churchmouse. Praying for a quick and complete healing of your ear.

    DOROTHY – praying for your sister. May she heed your advice to seek help

    HEIDI – rejoicing with you for the connection you made with your niece and the others. Praying the Lord gives you more wisdom in how to cultivate those seeds.

    Shes if you have time read the HRT devotional too.

    Lord thank You that in Your mercy Jesus made a way for me to be righteous in Your eyes. I am nothing but a condemned sinner without Him.

  63. Lynne from Alabama says:

    Good morning, Churchmouse! I am praying for your loved ones who are still walking in darkness. May they come to the foot of the cross and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I have been praying for you daily for many months and am so glad you are back with us! Dear friends, please pray for Jack and I as we go back to the oncologist on Thursday. We should be getting all test results and his treatment plan. Thank you, dear friends! I’m praying for the many needs that we have here.

  64. Julie A says:

    Please pray for wisdom and discernment. I am seriously considering inviting a Ukrainian refugee to live with me, one young woman in particular who a missionary friend has met personally. I think God has been nudging me, and some friends have been very encouraging. My fear is firstly that it could be for a long time, secondly that I am not equipped to support someone who has experienced such trauma, and thirdly that we may not get on as I’ve had some very difficult housemates over the years and it’s horrible not having peace at home. Given what these people are suffering, my fears seem quite selfish. I have the space, the government are providing financial support and a friend immediately offered to give money when I mentioned I was considering it. Most importantly, I feel as Christians we need to sacrifice our own comfort and do what it takes to love others. When I see unbelievers being selfless, how much more generous should we be when we have the Spirit in us!

  65. Churchmouse says:

    Every life belongs to God. “The person who sins is the one who will die.” Jesus offered forgiveness of sin, once and for all. The only sacrifice required is a living sacrifice. By that I mean admitting
    I am guilty of innumerable sins and I need Someone to save me from myself. It’s relinquishing self control and yielding to God’s control. It’s accepting the truth of God’s Son being the only Way to eternal life. It’s living a life of gratitude by caring for others through His indwelling Spirit. It’s resting in the blessed assurance that this life is not all there is and that a perfect, harmonious world awaits. It’s being confident that, as a believer, I will live in the presence of God for all eternity. Not because of anything I’ve done but because Jesus did it for me. He lovingly and graciously offers this gift to every single human being He made. I’m praying today especially for my family members who still walk in darkness. Lord God, shine Your glory in their minds and hearts in such a way that it is undeniably You. Lord, open my mouth and give me the words to extend the invitation you gave me to them as well. That is truly loving my neighbor as myself. Amen.