Pleasant Grove Community Church
May 27, 2020

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A Devotional Thought by Rhonda Williams

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” 
Matthew 6:12  

Remember back to when you were a child and you first played the game, “Simon Says?” It’s a fun, easy game and helps in developing listening skills. Here’s a refresher on the rules. “Simon” is the leader who gives the command and action to be taken by the other players which should be followed only if “Simon” prefaces the command with the phrase “Simon says.” I’m sure you can remember playing this game.

Now think of Matthew 6:12 in this manner:
“God says” we are to ask Him to forgive us of our debts (sin) and “God says” we are to forgive our debtors (those who have sinned against us). 

God has a lot to say about asking for forgiveness:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

“Blessed is he whose transgression (sin) is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Psalm 32:1

God is truly clear about sin, and He willingly offers forgiveness when we approach Him with a repentant heart and wholeheartedly seek His forgiveness.

But there’s more. “God says” to forgive others just as God has forgiven us.

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses (sin). But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26

When we gather in corporate prayer, The Lord’s Prayer is quickly prayed uniting us as believers in Christ and directing our focus towards God. However, we would be remiss in thinking that the simplistic utterance of Matthew 6:12 in prayer is sufficient in and of itself.

We must be in daily communion with our heavenly Father, wholeheartedly seeking His forgiveness and seeking his grace to forgive others. This practice will keep hidden sins from becoming greater problems and enables the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

The invitation to regular repentance is not a means of renewing your salvation, but rather a maintenance plan for your fellowship with the Lord. Dependence on the Lord is central to an abundant life. By allowing the Holy Spirit to live through us, we will find our lives characterized by significance and satisfaction. We maintain this fellowship through a regular practice of confessing sins, receiving forgiveness and forgiving others.

In closing here is another “God says.”
“Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

PRACTICE
The hardest part of confessing sins, is recognizing and admitting your sins. Our tendency is to want to excuse our actions and thoughts. So, make it your prayer habit to ask God to reveal to you sins that need confessing. Then confess them by praying something like:

“God, I confess _____________ I renounce it as wrong, and turn to follow you in obedience.”

Whenever, a sin comes to mind, don’t wait, confess it on the spot before it has a chance to burrow into your soul.

To learn more about the practice of forgiving others, see Pastor Phil’s earlier Spiritual Growth Saturday video on the subject by CLICKING HERE .

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GIVING THURSDAY!

Our God is so faithful especially as we come to Him, spending time in His word and in prayer, communing with Him and praying for those He puts in our life, as well as giving to support the ministry of our church. He is good!

Give time to reading your Bible and prayer
Did you know that there is power in prayer? Look at this passage in James 5:13-16:

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.   And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective .”

Even though God knows what we need before we ask, it is like the gates of Heaven open up when we share our requests with Him. 

I just received an email this morning from one of the ladies in my Bible study that two of her prayer requests were answered that we had been praying over for several months. The first request had to do with the safe arrival of this woman’s grandson. The baby was born on April 1, shortly after the pandemic became a reality…a really scary time. Today he is happy, well and flourishing as are his parents!

The second request was for a niece who has been battling cancer. The update is that her niece has completed treatments and while the tumor is still there, doctors suspect it is just “dead tissue” because all the tests show no sign of cancer in her body! The niece is feeling great and enjoying life. Wow! That is definitely God at work in this young woman’s life. Praise His holy name. The moral of the story is to not forsake time in God’s Word and in prayer with Him. 

Give time to reach out to someone
While the pandemic appears to be drawing to a close as the curve of new cases and deaths decreases, we want to continue to be a light to the world around us. When we see a need, we should respond to it. The biggest need I am hearing is for prayer. I continue to reach out to a number of you just to check in and see how you and your extended families are doing. What I am hearing is that many of you are exhausted by the distancing and extra steps required to get things done during the pandemic and as a result are feeling emotionally and spiritually fatigued. People need prayer! We can never pray too much for one another. So please continue to focus on your prayer life this week as we touch on the different components of the Lord’s Prayer.

Continue to give your offering to the Church
This has been a long haul for all of us but you have been faithful each and every week. Thank you for continuing to give your tithes and offerings to support each one of us and the ministry of Pleasant Grove Community Church. 

Please continue to give your tithes and offerings in one of these two ways:  

Mail
Send your check to PGCC, 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Online
Go to our website,  www.pgcc.church , select the COMMUNICATE tab at the top right, then select “ Giving Made Easy ” from the drop down menu. Have your checking account number and bank routing number handy then follow the directions through the process of setting our online giving up. Be sure to fill out the profile form before entering the amount you want to give. It is easy, fast and secure.
STAY IN TOUCH
Call us at 916-771-4447 (Please leave a message if no one answers.)
Email us at  1730pgccoffice@gmail.com
Prayer Requests to  prayerandpraisetree@gmail.com
Write us at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747


Blessings, PGCC staff


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