The righteousness of the righteous man will not save him when he disobeys, and the wickedness of the wicked man will not cause him to fall when he turns from it. -Ezekiel 33:12
God is faithful and fair when it comes to judging His children. In this verse we are told that those who once lived righteous lives but fall back into sin will be held accountable for their sins, should they die without repenting. But, if they do repent and turn back to God they will be forgiven. We cannot count on our former acts of righteousness to save us, but repentance is foremost to salvation. On the other hand, if a wicked person, living a sinful disobedient life, turns away from his sin and asks God for pardon, He will surely forgive them. This happens through the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ and God remembers their sins no more. God wants our relationship with Him to be present, future, and forevermore. We must examine ourselves daily and ask Jesus to cleanse our hearts and make us pure before His eyes. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and will purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Dear Heavenly Father: Thank You for the gift of salvation in Your Son Jesus. Cleanse my heart today of any unrighteousness and unconfessed sin. It is You I long to serve and not the things of this world. When I struggle with certain areas of my life send Your Holy Spirit to walk with me so that I might become strong and not give in to temptation. May I be renewed each day and assured of my eternal home, forever with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Help me Lord to live for You, and turn from evil ways.
That I might surrender all, and serve You all my days.
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth ( bouillon cubes okay)
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 cups cooked rice
3 cups cooked chicken
8 oz. package fresh mushrooms, sliced
½ cup slivered almonds
1 (4 ounce) jar pimientos, drained (optional)
* 1 cup buttered bread crumbs
Melt butter over low heat; add flour and blend well. Add chicken broth, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir constantly over medium heat until thickened. Butter a 2-quart baking dish and spread half the rice on bottom. Top with half the chicken, half the mushrooms, half the almonds, and half the pimientos. Pour half of sauce over top. Repeat layers and top with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. * (Pulse 3-4 slices of bread in a food processor to make crumbs. Melt 1-2 tablespoons butter and toss with crumbs).