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Gbenga OwotokiWednesday, May 14, 2014
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here was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Linda had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Linda, let's wash the dishes." But Linda said, "Grandma, Mark told me he wanted to help in the kitchen. Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Mark did the dishes. … Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Linda to help make supper." Linda just smiled and said," Well that's all right because Mark told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Linda went fishing and Johnny stayed to help! After several days of Mark doing both his chores and Sally's… he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Linda make a slave of you."

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc). Whatever it is….You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life; He wants you to know that He loves you and will forgive when you come to Him. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

Don't allow the devil to hold you down. Yes, you might have fallen into sin but if you will get up and make a u-turn and confess unto the Lord, you will receive forgiveness from Him. That our God is forgiving should not give you a license to sin. God expects a perfect walk with Him. Remember Abraham; after all the years of walking with God, the Lord still saw that He wasn't walking with a perfect heart with Him. Holiness is the lifestyle of Heaven and for anyone to make it there; we must live a holy life here on earth. God will never compromise His standard of holiness for anyone. What He said to Abraham, He is still saying to us all "Walk thou before me and be ye perfect." Think about it! God bless you big.

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