Hebrews 13:5b …for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

What precious words these are to the Christian! Can one say for certain that their child will never leave them or forsake them? Can it be said of a dear friend? I’m sure we can all say that a friend has abandoned us at the worse time in our lives! But not so with the Lord.

My friend, Christ promises to always stay with us and never forsake us. Noah Webster’s definition of the word forsake is as follows:

1. To quit or leave entirely; to desert; to abandon; to depart from. Friends and flatterers forsake us in adversity.

We can feel as though we have lost our way and that God would never forgive us, but the Word says otherwise. If I were to re-phrase Hebrews 13:5, I could say that the Lord will never leave us entirely – or the Lord will never abandon us – or the Lord will never depart from us. I don’t know about you, but this is eternal security in a nutshell!

There is nothing more encouraging to me when I am discouraged than to remember that the Lord is right there with me. My position in the family of God once I am born-again is sealed, according to:

Ephesians 4:30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 Noah Webster says that the word sealed means:

Furnished with a seal; fastened with a seal; confirmed; closed.

My salvation is confirmed in Heaven and the matter is closed! Enough said! My Father in Heaven will never leave my side, His Son’s Spirit lives within me and will never leave me – no matter what state I am in.

~Matthew 28:20 …and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Praise the Lord that I can encourage my heart by dwelling on the permanency of my salvation!

~James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Everyone changes in life. We are not the same person we were 20 years ago. Those closest to us change throughout the years. Those we were able to count on a year ago are not always there today.

However, God never changes. He will never let you down. What He said He would do 20 years ago, He will do today. When His Word gives a promise, you can bank on it!

~Malachi 3:6a For I am the LORD, I change not;

God is always the same and will continue to be the same – He is not subject to change … EVER! That is why He is referred to as a rock in the Scriptures. A simple search in your Bible software or Concordance will show countless references to God being a rock.

It is comforting to know that our unchanging and unmovable God is in control. The Captain of our ship is ever waiting to take the helm and lead us. Look at your life with an honest heart. Is the path that you are on going in a direction that brings you peace? There is peace even in the midst of a storm with Christ at the helm. The storms of life are still there but He provides inner peace. We know that nothing will happen that He hasn’t already given the go ahead.

Take comfort, Christian. These are tumultuous times and the Word says that we are in for far worse storms in the years to come. But we have the God of comfort at the helm and He will direct our ship!

~Isaiah 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 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.

~2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Psalm 119:81-88

CAPH
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened t
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Today’s text is precious to me! Each verse not only voices a complaint to God about the Psalmist’s circumstances, but also teaches us that he faithfully turned to God’s word through it all. He could have been like many of today’s “supposed Christians” who go through the fire and can’t take it so they abandon God. Not this man! It’s as if he was continually trying to convince himself that despite his battles, God’s word promised comfort and help and, therefore, he would thirst for it.

I especially love verse 83! In my research, I learned that bottles of that day were made of animal skins. When these bottles were exposed to smoke, they would dry out and lose their softness, would become hard and useless. Wow! Isn’t that beautiful? The Psalmist is pouring his heart out to his God and telling him that he really needs His help! As well, the Psalmist hoped to find that help in God’s word (Psalm 119:81)!  It’s as if the Psalmist is saying, “Lord, I don’t want my heart to get so hard that I cease to seek after You!  Lord, Your word has always helped me before and I’m turning to You again!”

We have the same wonderful privilege today! God’s very words in the Holy Bible contain everything we need to encourage our hearts during each and every trial and tribulation. We are able to encourage our hearts by taking the time to read!

What hope does the Christian have today? Our hope is eternal, my friend! Our hope is that today is just but a fleeting moment in eternity’s time span – but eternal life with Christ is promised to be glorious!

~Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

~2 Corinthians 4:16-17 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Many “Christians” harden during severe testing. I know of one particular woman who is so bitter toward God that she is no earthly good to anyone. She has ruined any testimony for God (IF she is even a Christian at all), ruined her marriage and has managed to keep friends at bay because they do not want to be around her bitterness. This is the type of hardness that our Psalmist is referencing in verse 83. HOWEVER, dear friend, the big difference here is that he stayed in God’s word and this kept him from turning his back on God. This lady did not stay in God’s word even though she was encouraged by many to do so.  When God’s word was presented to her by concerned friends, she had quick retorts filled with bitterness.

Christian, there is nothing that we are experiencing that God’s word can’t help us through. In its blessed pages are words of comfort and encouragement. We are not alone! For each type of difficulty or trial, there are verses to lift even the weariest of hearts!

Swipe your cursor: Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, Psalms 119:105, II Timothy 3:16-17, I John 1:9, Psalms 55:22, Matthew 11:28-30

The Psalmist repeatedly states that he kept turning to God’s word and trusting in Him to make good His promises contained therein. Do we do that while we are in the midst of our trial? Are we like the woman above who simply complains about her lot rather than doing like the Psalmist and seeking comfort from God’s word? Oh what a blessing we have! We have an opportunity to keep our hearts softened even though we are going through the fire! The only thing we have to do is to open the Book!

Gleaning Gold

~Ephesians 3:17-19, That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Nuggets of Truth

Rooted and grounded in love … just what is Paul teaching us here?  To be grounded in our faith is to base our faith on Jesus Christ, our foundation.

~1 Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

With Christ as the foundation, a believer now has the opportunity to grow as a Christian as he reads the Word and allows himself to be taught by the Holy Spirit.  Like a plant, as the believer grows, his spiritual roots grow deeper and deeper and he becomes stable and well planted in his beliefs.  As we glean from Ephesians 3:17-19, we find that the love of God is the center of the very life of the believer.  It is this love that permeates every level of the believer’s life.

~1 John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

When someone claims to be “born again,” it becomes evident in his actions.  The act of dwelling implies permanence in these verses in 1 John.  Anyone who has experienced the love of God cannot help but to expose that love in his actions and words.  Anyone who has experienced God’s mercy in their lives cannot help but share that mercy with others.

Refining the Gold

~2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

As we build on the foundation of Christ and root ourselves in His Word, we find ourselves dwelling in God’s love.  As a result, we are able to stand fast and hang onto what Christ has taught us.  We are not blown about with the wind of false doctrine but we hold to the traditions taught us in the Word.  Not the traditions of men, as some “religions” teach, but the traditions based on the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ.  Christ is seen in and revealed throughout the Old Testament and these “traditions” from the Word are the very foundation of the Christian church.

In these end times, it is all the more important for us to follow these instructions.  Let’s be rooted – let’s dwell in God’s love – let’s stand fast and hold to what we have been taught in God’s Word!  God, in His great love, has promised us consolation, good hope and comfort during these upcoming trials which will come upon the whole world.

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Psalm 23:2b “…he leadeth me beside the still waters.


When the storms of life are raging
And the trials are too much to bear
He leads me to that peaceful shore
Where He shows me that He cares

The waters there, so still and clear
Quench my thirst and calm my heart
My Shepherd waits there patiently
Assuring me He’ll not depart

As I sit along the water’s edge
I pour out my heart and soul
He puts His arm around my neck
And my tears begin to roll

His eyes tear up as I share each trial
It’s as though He feels my pain
My Shepherd gives my neck a squeeze
Giving joy which I can’t contain

A Friend, Brother, and Shepherd is He
His Word gives me strength and delight
He refreshes my poor broken spirit
And gives me songs in the night

My visits beside those still waters
Grow sweeter with each passing day
I eagerly run there each morning
To hear what my Shepherd will say

His Words bring refreshment and solace
The love in His eyes stir me so
May I always be found ever serving
Through my actions, His love will I show

Kate Plourde
October 6, 2006

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There are times when I’m so lonely
I can’t handle what I’m going through.
It’s as if I’m in a valley
Asking what am I going to do?

I feel so lost and so alone,
And my heart can’t take the pain.
I don’t know why this is happening…
That reason’s just not plain.

So I asked the Lord to answer me
and He spoke out loud and clear;
“The reason a valley is what it is
Is because there’s a mountain near”!

“When you feel like you can’t see Me,
It’s not because I don’t care.
Your eyes aren’t fixed on the other side.
If you looked you’d see Me there”!

“I’m always there, I’m right beside you.
And I’ll never let you down.
Man’s words and actions vacillate,
But My foundation is always sound”!

“Rest your life in My Hands always,
And I’ll bless you all the while.
Although I allow those wilderness times,
I’m always with you Child”!

“I was, I am, and will always be,
Right there when you call My Name.
Just wrap your life around My Word,
And great comfort you will gain”!

Kate Plourde

1983

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