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God is Faithful

How wonderfully less stressful it can be for us if we truly understand that our great God Jehovah is indeed faithful to His children. He may not always answer when or how we think He should, but remember, He knows everything. We do not.

Today’s verses are more of God’s faithful promises to us as expressed by David the Psalmist. Isn’t it uplifting that with all of God’s promises, come His blessings as well?

Psalm 40:1-4:

1 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (It can be very difficult for us humans to wait patiently on the LORD, especially in times that we think are times of dire need. If we will stop in those moments and turn to His promises in His Word, we will see these promises and therefore we are more able to wait patiently. I could not help by notice how David used the word ‘inclined’ -Bend or turn (one’s ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well. I am ever amazed at how our Lord God and Creator of all things values each and every one of us so much that He is ever listening well to our petitions and our thoughts. Oh how He loves us!)

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.” (There are times in ALL our lives when we may stumble or wander off the straight and narrow. The consequences can hold us in sinful bondage that is likened to a horrible pit of miry clay. When I think back on those times in my own life, I still experience the darkness that came with the sin of having returned to the evils of this world, and I tremble and pray, “Lord please never let me go there again, no matter what happens in this life.” It was His Spirit that convicted and convinced me of my need to repent and remember my First Love in Christ, and He did indeed set my feet upon His Rock, just as we as parents pick our children up when they fall, and set them back on their feet. He establishes my goings each day. I just need to spend time with Him and listen.)


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.” (Oh my, how He does put a new song in our hearts, and when we sing it, or live it out in our lives, others notice and have a reverencing fear that leads them to trust in God also. They want what we have. “Oh How He Loves You and Me!”)


4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Once we decide to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, we will be constantly attacked by our enemy and God’s enemy whom I will not even name. We all know who that is. Many times he will work through the pride and lies of others. But, if we make the LORD our trust, and give no ear to them, His power will overcome. The enemy is very good at placing thoughts in our minds, but we must remember that Jesus gave us His helmet at our Salvation. He won the battle of the mind on the Cross! We must daily put on the whole armor of God as laid out in Ephesians 6. At the name of Jesus and Jehovah God, evil MUST flee!)

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Posted by on February 19, 2020 in God's Love

 

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God is Our Refuge and Strength

Wow! Another wonderful promise from God’s Word! How comforting and stress-free it is when we take hold of promises like this instead of trying to muddle through life on our own. I am trying to get better at memorizing verses God leads me to in areas He knows I need help in; things I need to totally give to Him. He calls them to my mind when I need them most.

I also started a little book of promises from His Word that has been so very helpful to me when my mind will not shut up and listen. This is one of them:

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

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Posted by on February 4, 2020 in God's Love

 

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If the Lord is for me Who can be Against Me?

We can all take much comfort from this promise! We must really try and understand that God is always in control, even when we go outside of His protection. He allows all things, sometimes to teach us lessons and sometimes to make us more like Jesus.

The LORD truly is on our side. Man can only harm us emotionally if we allow it. Thank you Jesus for this reminder:

Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

I am learning more and more that when I am feeling hurt or offended by others, I can just lift the others and the situation up to the Lord and He always, always takes care of it. Sometimes it is to teach me to be a better friend, and sometimes it is to teach me that maybe I should not be so quick to call some friend. The only true friend we will ever need is Jesus.

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Posted by on January 13, 2020 in God's Love

 

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Loving God’s Promises

Each New Year brings me reminders of the many wonderful promises God gives us in His Word. I cannot think of a better way to begin afresh than to look at some of those promises.

Today’s promise comes from Psalm 145:13, 18

“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations…The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Isn’t it great to know that God’s Kingdom is everlasting (forever and ever) and that His dominion (God has all power and authority) endures throughout all generations.

Notice how David did not stop at, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,” he added “to all that call upon him in truth.” God is always near and ready to hear and answer our prayers. If God answers the desires of all living things, as it is written in verse 16 of this chapter, how much more will He fulfill the desires of those who fear (reverence and obey) Him?! As Matthew Henry said, “…he that feeds his birds will not starve his babes.” He will hear the prayers of His children who are striving to live right and obey His Word. We cannot hold on to any sin and expect God to hear our prayers. All sin breaks our fellowship with our Holy God.

So we can trust that God Jehovah will always be in control and have all authority over all things in this world. I know there are times when we find that hard to believe. Times when it may seem as though evil is winning. Trust me, it is not! God promises us that He is THE authority. And we know how the story ends!

Thank you Lord for your promise that your great kingdom and your control and authority will reign forever! We have an enemy and he knows that his time is short. We have a wonderful hope that his time will end and he is the great loser!

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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in God's Love

 

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An Everlasting Joy!

It may be difficult for our human psyche to grasp the word everlasting. Our finite minds just cannot completely understand. It is forever and forever and forever…

I am reading Isaiah and part of this morning’s reading was Chapter 51:9-11:

“9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

Now if those words do not get your hearts pounding with great hope for our eternal destiny as children of God Jehovah, I don’t know what ever would! And look at the last phrase – “sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” What great hope we have in God’s wonderful promises!

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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in God's Love

 

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God Jehovah is in Control

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Oh my yes He is in control. He always has been and He always will be! Do those knuckleheads in our U.S. Congress not understand that?! Evidently not! I find it so very embarrassing to have the world see the complete and utter evil ignorance that is going on in our House Chamber for now over 3 years. All because they hate the man that God has placed in our White House because he is uncovering all of their crooked and corrupt policies that have made them so rich and powerful. Sadducees and Pharisees did the same garbage when Jesus came. BUT, the American people are not stupid as these evil ones in our congress would have us think! If you love America and you love the Lord God Jehovah, pray and get out and vote these fools out of office in 2020!

I am reading in Isaiah in my morning devotions and as I read Chapter 45, I could not help but see the similarities between when God used King Cyrus of Persia as His anointed vessel, and how He is using our President to accomplish His purpose. And, get this, King Cyrus did not even acknowledge Jehovah as God! Can we not understand that God always always always places those whom He wants in places of leadership in all the world’s countries/governments for His purpose.

It is obvious that the LORD has place our President Trump in position of President of the United States. I believe it has much to do with the remnant in this country of believers who are staying true to God and praying fervently for our country for the sake of our children and children’s children. We can hope that God will send His Son for His church soon, but in the meantime we must be about His work. Part of that work is getting His Gospel out and praying for our leaders.

Then there is the question, “Is Donald Trump a born again Christian?” Well it has been reported by very credible sources that he did, in fact, accept Jesus as his Lord and Saviour just prior to his winning the presidency. I believe he did, by his actions. But only he and God know that for sure. Do I like how he says things sometimes? Of course not. Remember, he is a babe in Christ and has much to learn. Either way, I see God’s hand directing our president and accomplishing so very much to truly make this country great again, and bring our awesome God back into so many areas that evil has used unbelievers to take Him out of; our schools for one.

I will add the Chapter 45 of Isaiah below for you to see for yourselves; if you truly know Jesus as Lord and Saviour and want to see truth.

In conclusion, I beg each and every one of my brethren to daily, fervently lift up our president and those who support him for guidance, direction, and power from the one and only true God Jehovah, to accomplish His purposes in our times!

Isa:45:1: Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2: I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
4: For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
5: I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
8: Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
9: Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
10: Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
11: Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
12: I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
13: I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
14: Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God.
15: Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
16: They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
17: But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
18: For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
19: I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
20: Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
21: Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
22: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
23: I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24: Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
25: In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2019 in Truth and Common Sense

 

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Healing from Shame

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God wants us to have a right understanding of self. When we let Him heal us, He gives us that understanding. Those who know me and my testimony are aware of my past abusive relationships. There were times that some would say to me, “No one can make you feel a certain way, it is up to you if you choose to feel ashamed or hurt or guilty.” To a point that may be true, but when you share your life with someone who repeatedly says abusive things to you and/or repeatedly physically abuses you, you will start to believe those things are true and that you deserve to be treated that way. When we decide that we do not deserve that treatment, and stick close to “the one who is closer than a brother,” and His Word, He will bring us up out of those relationships and lies that we end up believing about ourselves. God does not want us to be hurt by others and I do not believe He wants us to stay in those kinds of relationships.

Guilt is a God-given emotion that takes place when our mistakes and faults are revealed in our own minds or publicly exposed. It may be a personal reminder of our own limitations and sinfulness.

Shame, however, says that the individual person is bad, of no value, or unworthy to exist–that we are hopelessly abnormal, unlovable, of no value, and worthless. Shame begins externally with a subtle implication through silence and neglect or with verbal condemnation through words of abuse. When such messages are repeated often enough, whether through words or actions, they become internalized into a false belief about ourselves: “I must be bad to deserve such terrible treatment.” This becomes the heart and soul of our identity and the beginning of thousands of future, wrong choices for the one who is suffering from shame.

We can begin to heal from our shame when we identify and confess the lies that we have believed about ourselves. Then we must start to replace those lies from satan with God’s Biblical truths. Truths about who God is and who we are as His beloved children. We are of immeasurable worth in God’s eyes, righteous through the blood and Jesus and, therefore, without condemnation.

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Romans 8:31-39 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II Corinthians 5:17, 21 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new…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.”

Sometimes when we have been victimized over time, we become so shame-filled that we are emotionally bound by that shame, even though we may think that we mentally understand our worth in God’s eyes. Or, if we have actually committed shameful acts, a deep sense of shame may remain even after confession and repentance. Those acts, by others and/or by ourselves, must be brought into the presence of Jesus, and perhaps more than just one time. We need to remember that we suffered the abuse over a period of time, and it will not just go away suddenly. Ultimately, only God brings full emotional cleansing and freedom from such bondage.

I know that I would not be where I am in my walk with Jesus today had I not made the decision to leave the abuse relationship and cling to the Lord. There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel if we only trust Him.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in God's Love

 

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