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Scripture at Sunrise 02.16.2021

“I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man.” -Hosea 11:9

The Lord thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The Lord now invites you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are his ways above your ways.”

You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keepeth not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath. Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you, even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing father; but God is longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from your evil way, and you shall be saved.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture after Sunrise 2.3.2020

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster.” -Joel 2:12-13

God is fighting for your whole heart. He disciplines those He loves to turn us from trusting in self to being dependent on Him consistently. God uses different things as tools to punish His people if there is no repentance.

-Steve Wainright (excerpts from Wednesday evening sermon from Joel 2:1-32 — “Fighting for Your Whole Heart)


Scripture after Sunrise 1.27.2020

“To You, O LORD, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned all the trees of the field.” -Joel 1:19

Don’t wait for disaster to hit before you turn to the Lord and call upon Him. Don’t wait for the trial. Seek Him now.

-Steve Wainright (excerpts from Wednesday evening sermon from Joel 1:1-20 — Locusts, Locusts, Locusts)