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God’s Love – Pull Up A Chair

~Deuteronomy 11:12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. 

~1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

The word “careth” appears six times in the King James Bible. Only twice is it used in reference to God. In Deuteronomy, God tells Israel that He cares for their land and that His eyes are always upon it – every day throughout the year. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5 that we are to cast all our cares upon the Lord because He cares for us!

The God of yesterday is the God of today and the God who holds tomorrow! What greater comfort can a believer have then to know that the God who told Israel He had His eye on them 24/7 also cares for our needs today? This same God is aware of every detail of our future!! His eyes are on us 24/7 and He never sleeps! In fact, while we sleep, He is taking care of us!

~Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 

What encouragement and comfort we are privileged to have when we are born-again children of the King! Worry should not even be in our vocabulary! Rejoice, oh Christian! Your Father never sleeps and is looking out for you, ready to guide you and protect you! Thank You Lord!

Come With Rejoicing
Fanny Crosby

Come with rejoicing, come with delight,
Nature in waking, glad and bright;
Hearts overflowing gather today,
Fill us with rapture, Lord we pray.

Refrain

Praise our Redeemer, tell of His love,
Praise our Redeemer, God above;
Tell of His mercy, boundless and free,
None can protect us, Lord, like Thee;
Tell of His mercy, boundless and free,
None can protect us, Lord, like Thee.

Guarded from danger, sheltered and blest,
Under His banner, calm, we rest,
Come we before Him, come with a song,
Tell how He leads us all day long.

Refrain

Oh! what a Savior, gracious to all,
Oh! how His blessings round us fall,
Gently to comfort, kindly to cheer,
Sleeping or waking, God is near.

Refrain

Still may His mercy tenderly flow,
Still may He guide us here below;
Then when our journey safely is past,
May we be gathered home at last.

Beautiful bench at lake with Fall colors

~Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

~Psalm 37:28a For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever:

~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.

No matter how low we get – no matter how discouraged we feel – the child of God has been promised that God will never leave us or forsake us! In the midst of the most turbulent storms of life, we can feel His presence.

As you sit on the bench in today’s picture and behold His beauty in the colors of Fall, allow Him to minister to your aching heart and heavy spirit. When we learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord, we can rise above any circumstance and look up!

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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