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"Year-End Blow Out"

December 30, 2004

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If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 8-9

Year-end sales. Clearing out the inventory. Everything must go! I remember working one Christmas break doing inventory at a department store. Everything—every last item—had to be counted before the year ended. It was tedious work.

What do you have left over from 2004? Are there mistakes that still haunt you? Arguments that still cause tension? Words you wish you had eaten instead of letting them out? And that’s just what you can remember!

If you are like me, the list of what you regret doing or saying or being is too long to write. And even then, the list would miss most of it. And the work would be worse than tedious. As the Psalmist asks, “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults” (Psalm 19:12).

Today God’s mercy calls us to clear out the inventory of our sin and guilt. And it doesn’t need to be counted to be forgiven. Instead, we count the blessings of Christ’s forgiveness. He was born to live the sinless life before the Father for you. He died to clear out all that could stand against you. Jesus lives to blow out the guilt of this year too!

Prayer: Blessed Lord Jesus, grant me the eyes to see that even though my sin be as countless as sand on the seashore, Your grace is greater still. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Lose track of any wrongs you have been collecting and counting—whether yours or those done against you.
Rev. Warren Hamp

Today's Bible Readings: Malachi 1-2    Revelation 21

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