Blessed

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Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

How many times have you read this Psalm? For me, probably thousands of times. However, let’s take a fresh look at it today. Forget what you’ve meditated on in the past and let’s revisit these verse 1.

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. - Imagine your Christian walk if you had never walked with the ungodly. I take this to mean walking “intimately” and not just a casual relationship – a close friendship, if you will. Imagine your Christian walk if you had never hung out with sinners by backsliding in a weak moment. As well, imagine your Christian walk if you had never made yourself comfortable with people who mock your God (i.e., watching a movie where the Lord’s name is used in vain).

What would your life be like had you obeyed verse 1 from the time you were saved until now? I know that I have fallen under deep conviction as I look back at my 34 years of salvation and judged those years according to this verse. I have failed miserably! And, as a result of that failure, I’ve paid the price. I reaped what I sowed and grieved in my heart over my bad decisions! :’(

God tells us that we are blessed, Christian, if we don’t do any of those things! The peace that comes with staying focused on our faith is beyond our understanding! God gives permanent peace through salvation, yes. But the peace of obedience to His Word brings daily peace!

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Praise the Lord for 1 John 1:9 and the forgiveness that comes when we have failed Him! Praise the Lord that God is the God of second, third, fourth, etc. chances! Amen?

We’ll cover verse 2, and the others, in the next posts to follow so stay tuned. :-)

Teaching Children

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Psalms 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

What a beautiful blueprint for teaching children, amen? God wants us to have His Word out in the open in our homes, not hidden under a bushel. I can see where Bible verses prominently displayed on the walls and throughout the home would fit this statement, can’t you? Even post-it notes on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror can fulfill that.

The verse continues on to say that when the Word of God is not hidden, it shows the praises of God, His strength and His wonderful works. Having God’s Word as an integral part of our daily lives yields this type of fruit. We can’t help but sing praises of all that He does for us!

What are we showing our children? Today’s verse even talks about teaching them to future generations – our grandchildren! Are we showing them how defeated we are by the world? Or are we singing praises of His goodness? Are we showing them stability through trials? Are we sharing the victories where we have overcome those trials? Children are so easy to teach to praise the Lord! I dare say if Christian parents had done more of this in our day, we wouldn’t have so many ungrateful teenagers and young adults today! This simple verse is packed with wisdom, amen?

Not everyone has children, but everyone has a child in his/her world, whether it’s a relative or a Sunday School class. Start there – teach, teach and teach some more. Your time and effort will not be wasted. :-)

Assured I’m His!

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Psalms 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

As Christians, there is nothing that you and I can do or say that will be righteous 100% of the time. Amen? Today’s verse would be quite discouraging if we could only be the Lord’s through our own righteousness! Thank the Lord Jesus, our Saviour, for His righteousness!

2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

It is His righteousness that the Heavenly Father sees once we are saved! Therefore, the end of that verse applies to us! God will hear us when we cry out to Him.

Aren’t you glad that you have this assurance? The Father has set us apart in Christ for Himself!! He will hear us when we call! No maybes there! This verse is a wonderful promise to the children of God who rest secure in the Father’s hand. (John 10:29)

Hallelujah!

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

God is Good

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Psalms 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

A dear sweet lady in our Ladies Sunday School class brought up this statement:

God is not only Good, but He is ONLY Good!

Pause for a moment and think about that comment. Is there anything, then, that can happen to you that won’t be for your benefit? I’m not talking about repercussions from sin. I’m talking about those trials and tribulations that come your way, as in Job’s case. No matter what you go through, remember that the Lord God of Heaven can ONLY do good because He is only Good. Do you get it? Now look at today’s verse. Knowing that God is only Good, can you now see how He is gracious? Why? Because graciousness comes from good. Can you see how He is full of compassion? Someone who hates cannot be compassionate. Can you see how He is slow to anger and full of mercy? Oh my! Remember this when you are in the midst of trials. Know that since God is ONLY Good, He won’t give you more than you can carry on your precious shoulders, Christian. He can’t and won’t do that. Why? Because He is only Good! :-)

Needed Strength

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There are times in life where we reach a point where we just can’t go on anymore. We are at the end of our rope and that’s it! We realize that we cannot go on by our own strength. You’ve been there, haven’t you? For years you’ve reached down deep inside you and pulled out every ounce of strength you had to make it through one more day.

Wouldn’t you like to be able to go to the store and buy a can of strength right off the shelf? :-) I wish it would be that easy! But you can find super human strength right there in the privacy of your own home, dear Christian. Your Bible has verses just waiting to be read that will encourage your heart and give you exactly what you need … when you need it!

Psalm 22:19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

Psalm 28:7-8 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

The Lord God is a compassionate God. He could destroy us in a heartbeat but His nature is such that He looks upon His creation like a father looks upon his child. God is merciful and sees our plight and is there to strengthen us.

Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

What it takes, Christian, is taking time to read your Bible! It’s a simple solution – the remedy awaits you! Encourage yourself and turn to the One who is able to give you that strength. Our Father won’t give you more than you can bear! He will give you that much-needed strength to make it through one more day. Then tomorrow, you can ask Him all over again and He will supply your need. God is faithful and will not fail you!

Great is Thy Faithfulness

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Are You Afraid Today?

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Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

How many times do you stop and think about the Lord when your heart is gripped with fear? To many Christians, God is not the first thing that comes to mind. But He should be! What would happen to you if you heard that negative comments were made about you by your closest friend (your husband, parent, dear friend)? What would be the first thing to come to your mind? Would you deny that your friend ever made those comments because you trusted him/her? Or would you be quick to judge the situation as well as your friend? Most times, you would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your spouse, or your friend, would never speak ill of you and, therefore, you would dismiss the situation.

Why then, can you not trust God? Would God do anything to harm you? Of course not. When we strive to walk in His will, everything that happens to us in the course of the day happens for a purpose: to bring glory to His Name!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

We don’t need to doubt – we don’t need to be afraid of anything! No matter how unknown your future is, you are still God’s child. God’s eternal love is unconditional – He died for you while you were yet a sinner. That should speak volumes to your heart! He has your best interest in mind when He allows trials and tribulations to come your way. Think of Job for a moment. Job was put through the ringer, wasn’t he? Yet he was not afraid and he trusted in the Lord.

God won’t abandon you – He won’t allow anything more than you can possibly bear. Don’t be afraid. Praise Him in all things and acknowledge the blessings you have. That will put a new song on your lips and encourage your heart. Fear will simply vanish away! :-) It may try to creep back in but start the process over and praise Him!

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long.

Refrain:
Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;
Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong.

Satan’s Discouragement

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Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Does the child of God have a right to be discouraged? It’s a good question. There are times that we allow ourselves a brief moment to sit in our pity party pool of tears. But normally, we snap out of it and move on. However, there are some good Christians out there who stay in their little pool a little too long. This is a dangerous place to be, Christian.

The Psalmist says that the Lord hears our cries and brings us out of our horrible pit and out of the miry clay. One cannot “hear” unless there’s something TO hear, amen? There must be an action of crying out first. Therefore, this is conditional upon the child of God crying out to Him first. He then places us on a rock and establishes our goings. Furthermore, the Lord puts a new song in our mouth – rather than complaining of our discouragement, we have a new song of praise to Him. This is a testimony to the lost and a testimony to the weaker Christian. Notice that the byproduct of discouragement is fear and the byproduct of praise is trust in the Lord.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

One thing we can definitely count on is that God already knows the outcome of our situation.  He walks right there alongside us! And the best part is that He has promised that He will NOT fail us nor will He forsake us. Also notice that we are then exhorted that we shouldn’t fear nor be discouraged! How can one fear or be discouraged if he truly believes that God WILL NOT fail him or forsake him?

Here’s a wonderful little fable called, “Satan’s Discouragement.” It goes with today’s devotional so well and I hope it helps you to see that discouragement serves no purpose but to bring glory to the devil. The total opposite, encouragement, brings glory to the Lord Almighty!

Satan’s Discouragement

There’s an old fable that says the Devil once held a sale and offered all the tools of his trade to anyone who would pay the price. The tools were spread out on the table and each one was labeled: hatred, malice, envy, despair, sickness, sensuality – all the weapons that everyone knows so well.

Off to one side lay a harmless-looking, wood-shaped instrument marked “discouragement.” It was old and worn looking but it was priced far above the rest.

When asked the reason why, the Devil replied, “Because I can use this one so much more easily than the others. No one knows that it belongs to me, so with it I can open doors  that are tightly bolted shut. Once I get inside I can use any  tool that suits me best.”

Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

I stand amazed at how many traditional hymns are based on God’s word! Isn’t this one below just so appropriate for today’s devotional? I hope you have been encouraged today, dear Christian!

Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary

Days are filled with sorrow and care,
Hearts are lonely and drear.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Calvary, Calvary;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is very near.

Our Helper

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Psalms 46: 1-3 (To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 [Though] the waters thereof roar [and] be troubled, [though] the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

The storms of life happen to everyone.  No one escapes it. The only difference is how one handles these storms.  We can either moan and groan about a storm in our life or we can do what the Psalmist recommends.

Just reading today’s passage in Psalms calms my spirit. God’s precious words bring solace to a weary soul, doesn’t it? The Psalmist tells us that God is our refuge. When we fret about the day’s events or an upcoming battle, we should strive to run to our refuge. I picture a castle or some type of structure that is fortified and impervious to the enemy. God has chosen His words carefully and each word is in our Bible so we may glean and be encouraged. So it is no coincidence that God chose the word refuge. A refuge protects an individual from the enemy, the elements and anything harmful. Sometimes a refuge can be your spouse. But God clearly tells us here that He is to be our Refuge!

When we turn to Him during our trials, He promises us that we are now safe in His refuge, which is impenetrable, and He will protect us from the enemy. We are under His wings and protected from the elements and the enemy.  Are you not encouraged, even now?

Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

As if this weren’t enough to be on shouting grounds, the Psalmist continues and says that the Lord is our strength! I’m no longer the young pup I used to be. Even when I was, my strength could not match His. I’m thankful that no matter what my strength levels are, I don’t need to rely on my own but I can rely on God’s strength. There is nothing too difficult for the Lord, Christian. Amen? Jeremiah 32:27 says, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Amen and amen! No wonder the Psalmist was encouraged! I am encouraged! :-)

So now, Christian, we are in His refuge (under His wings) and we don’t have to face a trial in our own strength but can rely on His strength. As if this isn’t enough, we can now count on God helping us through that trial. He will provide the solution – He will provide the way to overcome – He will provide whatever is necessary for us to survive the storm! It reminds me of “Footprints in the Sand” where we see that God carried the Christian when the Christian could not go on on his own. I’ve felt this way, many a time.

I praise the Lord that I can count Him as my Refuge, my Strength and my Helper.  What encouragement that brings my soul today!!!  Thank You, Father! To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

A Might Fortress Is Our God
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

The Heavens Speak

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Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

The same God who came to earth to take on our sin created the beauty that is all around us. The Bible tells us that just looking up at the skies reveals God to the heart of man. The native in the deepest jungles of Africa and South America see the same heavens as we do. It has always been in man’s heart of hearts to search for a Creator.  The heavens declare this Creator and man is without excuse. People wonder about the natives and how they can possibly get saved. When looking at these beautiful heavens and creation, a native will sense there is a Creator. When there is a fervent heart, the Lord will send a missionary to this native to lead him to Christ.

John 1:3 – All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

What a praise this is, actually.  Our Lord and Saviour not only created all things but He reveals His nature to every man through that same creation.  He puts that desire in every man’s heart. God would not do anything contrary to His word. If man is created by Him, for Him, it stands to reason that Christ would do anything to draw man to Him. Amen?

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

All of creation waits anxiously for Christ’s return.  Yes, the heavens – animals – all creation!

Romans 8:21-22 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Sing out, Christian! Declare with the heavens and all of Christ’s creation in waiting anticipation for His return!! He will make all things new! Read Revelations, my friend! God wins in the end and His creation is brought into the beautiful Millennium period. Earth will once again be as Christ intended in the Garden of Eden. Look up! Our redemption draweth nigh! (Luke 21:28)

To God be the Glory

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

 

God’s GPS

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sunlit-road-6140-1024x576Psalms 119:105 Nun. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

God left us His word to give us direction for the here and now as well as to instruct us for the future. Today’s verse tells me that everything I need to direct me for today is in the blessed pages of my Bible. All I have to do is read it. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,” – God wants to teach us and show us how to live according to His will today! “…and a light unto my path.” – God wants to guide and direct us as we walk down life’s pathway.

Everything we need is right there at our fingertips, Christian. Do you need to be encouraged? Ps. 61:1-3, 1 (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Are you mourning at the loss of a loved one? 2 Cor. 1:3-4, 3 Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

No matter what life throws your way, God has a word WITH direction for you! You’re His child and He doesn’t want you to stray onto a wrong path.  He has given us the Light of the world (John 8:12) and a wonderful Teacher (Luke 12:12)!!  :)

Patience

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~James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Being patient in our “ministry for the Lord” is not always an easy thing. What is our ministry?  It’s not always a job, like a Pastor.  It is our path in life. For example, someone who has been through cancer can help others who are going through cancer.  Someone who has lost a child can help someone else who has lost a child.  Our life’s trials are a gift – a gift that we can share with others by helping them!  Yes, we tend to get weary at times. James encourages us to continue being patient – patient in our work – patient with our brothers and sisters in Christ – patient with being persecuted for righteousness sake.

~Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Through our trials, we build patience, understanding, compassion – our hearts become established in the Lord.  As we learn to immediately turn to the Lord in our time of need, we are able to teach another to do so. We are able to find our comfort, hope and peace in Him! How many Christians have you known who are going through major trials yet you see them surrounded by peace? This is that peace which cannot be explained!

~Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

As we await the Lord’s return for us, let’s strive to keep our hearts established and firm on Him! Let’s share this gift we have received as a result of our trials!!  Don’t give up, Christian!! Christ is near!

Faith

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~Psalm 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

~John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

~John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

~Isaiah 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

~Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

~Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

~John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Faith is like electricity. You can’t see it, but you can see the light.  The proof is in the by-product!

~Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

In Our Midst

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~Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Oh praise the Lord that our Lord and Saviour is right there with us, in our midst!

~Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

How can we be discouraged when our Lord and Saviour loves us this much and makes these types of promises to us? He says He will hold us up in these times! He actually rejoices over us with joy!  This personalizes our relationship with Him!!!

Thank You, Lord!

Time

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~Psalm 119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

When we find ourselves side tracked and spiritually distracted, we can trace our actions back to the amount of time we spent in God’s Word along the way. When we’re on track, we are in tune with His Word – our path is lit by It and we see clearly. This can’t be any more true than when we go through a physical trial. Rather than blaming God for our plight, we rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

The amount of time spent in the Word will directly reflect in our ability to cope with life’s curves!

Blessed Peace

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~John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

What kind of peace does this world have to offer? It comes disguised in materialism. However, “things” bring only temporary happiness. There is no permanent joy in “things.” They do not bring peace at all. In fact, the more stuff we have, the more we have to worry about. Isn’t it a conundrum?

Our precious Saviour is the only one who can truly give this peace and joy – and His comes with a guarantee of eternal life! What blessings! One can be in the middle of a spiritual battle, a physical ailment, or an emotional struggle – but yet, peace surrounds them like a warm blanket! Christ knows what we are going through every step of the way. As we ache when our children are hurting, so does He. He is always waiting to comfort us!

Let Christ work in your heart. There’s no reason to be caught up in worry and stress. Reach out to Him for the peace which is beyond your comprehension!!

~Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Strength

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~Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Oh that we would allow God to be our strength and shield in 2010! Let’s dedicate ourselves to this very thing this year. Why? Because the Psalmist explains that when his heart trusted in the Lord, he was helped! Who doesn’t want help from the Master Creator? No wonder the Psalmist continued and said that his heart rejoiced and he sang praises because of the Lord’s help!

Each of us is going to go through difficult times this year. There can be no denying it. Instead of fretting, turn to the One who can actually help! Turn to the One who has been to the future and knows the outcome. Turn to the One who can lead you through His Word to comforting words. What you read in God’s Word today will be exactly what you need for tomorrow. God loves you that much!

Don’t Be Afraid!

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~Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you prayed a similar prayer?

Lord, there’s a storm brewing and I can’t see through it to know how it’s going to come out. But Father, I know that You are with me and I know that You can calm those storms with just a word. I pray, Father, that You would guide me and help me to be a good testimony to those around me so they can see that You are with me!”

Just know, dear Christian, we do not go through the storms of life by ourselves. God has given us His Word – He has given us family and friends – He has given us the Holy Spirit who is within us and revealing God’s Word to us as He speaks to us. We are not alone! Ole slew foot, the devil, can stir up the storms all he wants. But we know that the Creator Himself is there with us and will not abandon us.

So what does the Lord tell us to do during these storms? He says to be strong, of good courage and not to fear! Our God, the One and only, has made a promise to us that He will not forsake us. So much so, that He has told us more than just this once in His Word:

~Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

~Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

~Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

~1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

~Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I don’t know about you, but God knows the frailty of man! In Bible numbers, man’s number is six. God placed this promise to His creation six times in His Word. Does this not encourage your spirit this morning? God cares for us and loves us so much that He has made a promise to us – He’s always with us and He will never forsake us!

Be encouraged today, my friend! Thank You, Father, for Your precious Word to encourage our hearts!

Shelter

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Lord open up my eyes
To behold Your wondrous skies
Keep my thoughts fixed on You
That I may walk in ways of truth

Refrain

You are my hiding place
In Your Word I seek your face
I hide it in my heart
And from it I’ll not depart

Teach me to turn away
From those paths that lead astray
Resting in Your shelter
And there I find peacefulness

Refrain

You are my hiding place
In Your Word I seek your face
I hide it in my heart
And from it I’ll not depart

The Rock that is Higher

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From my porch the tears flow as the rain
I wonder when they will end
Forlorn, deserted, forsaken
When will my groanings be silenced

So I continue to cry out
Believing that You will hear
As I beg for reprieve from this testing
A glimmer, a trace of expectation

Alas, hope springs from despair
Creeping in like a flickering candle
Bringing in light through the darkness
And flooding my heart with Son shine

My path becomes clearer with each step
As I walk to my harbor of rest
And meet with the Healer of my soul
At that Rock that is higher than I

~Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.