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Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. When things go wrong our first inclination is usually to look for someone to help us. We think of friends, people with money and power, doctors, lawyers, etc. The psalmist said that the Lord was the best to trust. Men will fail you. The Lord God of heaven will never fail you. Men will say what you want to hear, what you need to hear. God has written His Word and will keep His promises. The key word here is trust. Who are you trusting? I hope it is not your parents, your pastor, your friend, or even yourself. You can know God. You can learn what He says and what He does. You can trust Him. Get into the Bible. Study it and learn about God and His working in your life. You can trust Him! Photo by Z H on Unsplash
Psalm 109:21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: Because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. The psalmist asks God to do things for Him. He is unashamed to ask God to work on His behalf. He knows that the reason God would do something is because of who He is. God is good. God is concerned about His reputation. God is at work because that is His character. The psalmist knows that God works because of His mercy. It is not that he deserves God to answer at all. It is that God is merciful. He asks God to work and deliver him from his enemies because God is a God of mercy. He asks God to deliver him because he is living a life that would do honor to God. You can pray. You can ask God. You can't ask selfishly. You need to be living for Him. You need to live doing something that brings honor to Him. But when you pray He answers because He said He would. He responds because He is good and full of mercy. He answers because of who He is. Photo by Jon Tyson […]
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; And his truth endureth to all generations. We worship Him with thanksgiving. We are grateful for the opportunity to worship Him. We praise Him. We honor and glorify His name. He is good. He is full of mercy that lasts forever. He keeps His Word to all, for all, and forever. He is to be worshipped as the great God of Heaven. When you show up for your next worship service, be sure and come in the doors with thanksgiving. Be sure and plan now to praise. Be sure to lift His name high. He is worthy of all that we are, that we have, and that we can do for Him. Be careful not just to take for granted that we serve and worship Him. This applies to our private as well as public worship. He is good. Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. God is just so full of love. He feels for you. He hurts when you hurt. He is full of goodness. He is friendly. He is courteous. He is good. He is very patient with us. He is full of mercy and truth. He is wonderful. I do not know what attitude you have towards God, the God of the Bible but very likely it is not the right attitude. He is all that the verse says He is. All the words I use above are just the meaning of those words given in the verse. You can share the love of someone like Him. You can be excited to know Him and serve Him. He is just so sweet, gentle, and kind. How can anyone not love Him? Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
Psalm 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. We need to stop and think about all that God is and has been doing. He has been so good to us. Count your many blessings and see what God has done. As the song says, you might be surprised. Think about how He created the world. Think about how He died on a cross for you and then sought you out to save you. Think about how He has heard and answered your prayers. Think about all these things. Then tell people about your great God. Be careful not to think that these things just happened. Be careful to consider that God is at work in your life. We often think we deserve it or it is only a coincidence. We think, well, it was going to happen anyway when it was God. Think on Him. Think about what He is doing. Get ready to give Him glory for who He is and what He has been doing.
Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. There is no doubt that there will be times when we are afraid. Getting scared is a given. It will happen. What we do when we are so scared is what matters. We need to make a decision. We will trust in the Lord. The minute the fear hits us; seizes us, we make a decision. We do not know what to do. We are afraid. We tell the Lord that but then we trust the Lord. We decide that we are unable to deal with this fear, but we will trust Him. He has promised to keep us in perfect peace if we keep our hearts and minds centered on Him. We are told to take all of our anxiousness and lay it at His feet. We ask Him to meet the need. We thank Him for meeting the need. Then we leave with peace. So we will be afraid but we decide that when we are worried, we will take it to the Lord. We will trust Him. We will believe that He loves us and will take care of us. So fears will come, and […]
Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: For he it is that shall tread down our enemies. Victory in Jesus is one of our theme songs. We have victory through what He did on the cross. We win through Him. He is the One that defeated sin, Satan, and hell. It is through the Lord that we have all that we have that is of any value. I can also live a life of victory thanks to what Jesus did on the cross. I can see God do ministry in and through me. I can have victory over temptation. I can see Satan defeated. There is no reason I shouldn't live in victory because I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It is He and His power that gives me victory. Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash
Psalm 39:4 LORD, Make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is; That I may know how frail I am. God help us to know that we are weak and in desperate need of you. Our human bodies are fragile. We have a very definite limited lifespan. We get confused though. We begin to think that we are something. We think we are strong. We believe that we will live so much longer than we will. We do not expect to get old and weak. We do not expect cancer or other health problems to hit us. They get others, but we are not expecting them. Because we do not see the frailty of our lives, we do not think about God enough. We believe that we will get around to putting God first. We are not old like our parents or our grandparents. We have plenty of time. That causes us to make foolish decisions. That causes us to live with pride and arrogance. God help us to count our days. Help us to realize that things will soon be over on this planet. Help us to think about what matters, and that […]
Psalm 37: 21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: But the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. We are not wicked if we have been born again. In this verse, you see what we do that have been saved. We pay our bills. We do not borrow and not pay it back. We are givers not takers. We might forgive a debt but would never ask for others to loan us money wanting to take advantage of their kindness. How are you handling your money? How is your money handling you? Are you in control? So just a simple lesson, pay your bills. Be generous. Be a giver. Photo by Olga DeLawrence on Unsplash
Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: So shall I be saved from mine enemies. When the psalmist was in trouble, he knew to call upon the God of heaven. He knew that God exists. He knew that God did hear and answer prayer. He knew that God would reward those that diligently sought Him. He knew that God was worthy of our praise. He was in trouble. He needed help. There was no one else who could help him. He turned to the only one with the power to make a difference in our lives. We need to learn to pray. We need to believe God and ask Him. Are you dealing with things that are bigger than your abilities? Do you need God to step in? Why don’t you realize that He is worthy of your praise? He is who He says that He is. The psalmist knew that he would pray and God would rescue him. I want to live with that kind of faith! Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash
Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; But he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. Believers should despise a vile person. We should have no respect for them. This is a person who has rejected God. They know the truth and reject it. We do not show honor or respect to this person. We honor those that fear the Lord. They respect God for who He is. They know that God is the Lord of the universe. This is the person that the godly man respects. This godly person or person of integrity keeps their word even when it hurts. They may swear to something without the proper amount of thought but they will still do what they say. Their yea is yea and their nay is nay. It doesn't matter what it cost them they will not lie or deceive. We should each decide that we will tell the truth. We will live loving God and those that love God. It is time to live out what the Lord has for us! Photo by Tanner Larson on Unsplash
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job had been in captivity. He had been suffering at the hands of Satan in a contest of wills between God and the devil. Job had lost most everything he had. After losing everything Job had terrific friends that spend the entire book of Job not being such good friends. They criticize Job. They try to show Job what he has done wrong. Job doesn't believe that he has done wrong. Now the test is over, and God tells Job to pray for his friends. This had to be super hard. These men had ridiculed Job. Job prays, and God frees Job from captivity. Job then gets twice as much as he had before. God abundantly blessed Job. You must know that you are going through testings. God is with you and will not leave you. He will bless you in the end so keep trusting Him. You will eventually see how God worked even in this apparent disaster. Photo by Matteo Catanese on Unsplash
Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. There is no place to hide our sin. There are no deep dark corners of the world where we can hide. Sin has horrible consequences. Sin lies to us making us think that we can get away with our rebellion but that is not true. We are like the little girl in the picture who thinks no one sees her because she has covered her own eyes. We see her. She is just too young to know the difference. Don't be so foolish. Come to the Lord Jesus Christ. Confess your sin. Your sins will be forgiven. You can enjoy knowing that you do not have to hide at all. God forgives sin, atones for sin, pays for sin. He removes the sin from our past and replaces our past with His perfection. No need to hide but rather a desire to rejoice in all the great things that He has done in our lives. Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash
Job 31:29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, Or lifted up myself when evil found him: Job had not been glad to see his enemies suffer. He had not hoped to see God get even with those that hurt him. That is a tremendous truth. Many people have others that have injured them. We can long to see God give them what they deserve, but that is never His will. He wants us to live in mercy and kindness. He wants us to trust that He will bring about what is needed in their lives. We are not to rejoice. Job was doing exactly what was right: Proverbs 24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, And let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him. Do you enjoy seeing those you dislike get hurt? It is time to change your attitude. We do not seek vengeance. We do not get even. We trust God to take care of any injustices. Photo by Stephen Radford on Unsplash
Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, And that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: In the middle of all the storms and troubles Job still knows that his Redeemer lives. He knows that somehow God will win in all these problems. This faith and hope in the middle of everything falling apart is a great comfort to all of us. Job knew God. Job knew that God would win even in the most terrible events of his life. Job believed God. That is what I have to do. I have to stay focused on the Lord and what He is doing. I have to focus on His goodness in my life. I have to stay focused on His power. There are things that we know even if we do not feel them. He is alive. He will win. He has victory. I can find hope in Him! Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash
Job 17:15 And where is now my hope? As for my hope, who shall see it? Job is suffering horribly from all that is going wrong in his life. His children are dead. His financial losses are astronomical. His friends are tormenting him about how it is all his fault. He feels like there is no way forward, no way out, he feels doomed to suffer. The truth is that there is hope even in the darkest moment. His life is upside down for sure. He can't see the way forward but God can. God is working in Job's life even in these dark moments. It will soon be alright. I need to know that I have my hope in the Lord Jesus and what He is doing in my life. I know that nothing happens that He is not allowing. I can trust that even in this He will bring me out and give me victory. Our hope is in the Lord Jesus. Never forget that hope. Never forget how He loves you and has not abandoned you. You can know that He will work all this out for His glory and your good. Photo by Annie Spratt on […]
Job 8:6 If thou wert pure and upright; Surely now he would awake for thee, And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 7 Though thy beginning was small, Yet thy latter end should greatly increase. The first thing that impresses me here is the way God will make this hurtful comment come true. If you were right then, God would bless you, and you would end up better than you started. That is precisely what will happen with Job by the end of the book. He will end up much better off in every way. God will vindicate him also. This friend must have felt like a fool at the end of the story. It would be better for me to keep my thoughts to myself instead of making such a fool of myself. I do not know what God is doing in the life of my brother. I would do well to worry about my own spiritual life more than trying to correct my brother. You might wonder why God isn't coming through for you. You might be considering why things are not working out as you wanted. Give God time to do what He is going to […]
Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, And sow wickedness, reap the same. It has been pretty evident throughout history that you reap what you sow. If you plow twisted sin, and plant wickedness you will receive the same. You get back what you dish out. What goes around comes back around to you. Sin will always hurt us. We can't escape that reality. We must realize that sin has consequences. The only way that cycle is broken is by Jesus taking our sin on Himself and paying our sin debt. Thank God that He loved us enough to send Jesus to die for us and to pay our sin debt. Lessons are be saved and get the forgiveness of your sins. Another lesson is to break the cycle by not sowing more sin. Let's begin to sow righteousness and allow that to be our harvest. Photo by Kees Streefkerk on Unsplash
Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. The king couldn't sleep. Unable to sleep he called for one of his men to read to him out of the books that recorded each day's events in the kingdom. As they read the books, he heard about how Mordecai had helped him and realized that he had not be rewarded. It might seem like a coincidence that he can't sleep but God is actually at work in the affairs of men. He causes the king to realize what a friend he has in Mordecai. He is being prepared for the day he will need to hear from Esther and save the Jewish people. God is working in the smallest details in our lives. He is keeping us awake sometimes to hear from Him. He is showing us what we need to see. We need to be more attentive and sensitive to His movings and dealings in our lives. Photo by Corey Blaz on Unsplash
Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Solomon was the wisest of men, yet he sinned because of the women in his life. He knew better than to have all those wives. He knew that God intended for a man to have one wife for his entire life yet he chose to obey. Solomon preferred to be like the other kings of the world. He saw his value in the number of women that were his. Many women led him to destroy much of the excellent work that could have been accomplished by his life. Today we all must decide to avoid this same sin. God meant for us to have one spouse and to love that person all of our lives. God intended for us to focus on him and not on sexual pleasure. Today I believe it is clear that we should live to honor God by honoring our wife. Be careful to stay away from other women. Do not […]
Nehemiah 7:5 And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein, I love realizing that God was working in Nehemiah's heart. God put it into his heart. Nehemiah had an idea that came from God. Nehemiah recognized that it was God that put the idea in his heart. We should learn to recognize that God is at work in our hearts and lives as well. When you have a thought that brings great honor and glory to God you might consider if it is possible that God is putting that into your heart. God can work in us. He can place things in our minds. If we are not sensitive to the Holy Spirit, we might think that we are just coming up with good ideas. We might try to take credit and glory for something God is doing. Pray and seek His face. Listen and watch to see what He might do in your heart. Be open to His working in your life. […]
Nehemiah 2:2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, Nehemiah couldn't hide the anguish he felt. He was hurting because of the condition of his home city of Jerusalem. The walls were broken down. Jerusalem was in horrible shape. News had arrived. Nehemiah hearing these truths felt his heartbreak for his people, their city, and the work of God. I wonder how often I feel the broken heart that I should for the work of God. I seem to be able to be fine as long as things are going well for me. How often do I put myself in the place of God's work? How often do I hurt because of all those that will die without hearing the gospel message? How often am I bothered by the lack of revival among God's people? God help me to be broken for the things that break your heart. Help me to feel compassion for lost souls. Help me to hurt so deeply that it can not be hidden. Photo by Cooper Smith on Unsplash
Ezra 1:4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem. This passage of the Bible illustrates the concept of Goers and Senders. They were setting out to build the temple in Jerusalem. Some would have a desire to go. Others would not. Those that did not go promised to help those that went. They might remain in their homes, but they wouldn't be out of the work of the Lord. Some sacrificed by going and others by helping financially. Some were senders or assisting the goers. We should all be involved in world evangelism. Getting the gospel to the world should be on all of our hearts. We should hunger to see others find the joy that we have found in Christ and salvation. Some will go. Many will not go. They will remain in their place. They should realize that they too are responsible for getting the gospel to the world. If they get to stay home, then they should sacrifice to get the gospel to […]
Ezra 6:22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. God had heard and answered their prayer. They recognized that it was God who had turned the heart of the king. It was God who caused the king to help them instead of hinder them. Instead of thinking that the king was just a nice guy they looked to God to move him. The king had assisted them financially. The king had given them the freedom to do the work of God. They were full of joy. Their joy was in what God had done more than in what any man had done. Too often we see things happening as coincidences. It just turned out that way. We little think of the hand of God at work in our lives. We are just lucky. That is simply not a biblical way to look at what is happening in our lives. We need to realize that God is at work. We need to see […]
II Chronicles 33:16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only. He repaired the altar. He made sacrifices. He commanded the people to serve God. But, the people still offered their sacrifices to the Lord in the high places. They should have taken their sacrifices to the temple. They were not to offer their sacrifices. They were not supposed to offer them in the high places, but they still did. They compromised. They improved but didn't really obey. They went to the same old places and only changed which God they worshipped. Compromise! Now, look at how we do things. We tend to want to do right but on our terms. We want to serve God but only if we can do it our way. We will do right but just as we see it. God had a way He wanted to receive sacrifices and worship. It wasn't up to the men to choose how the offering would be given. When I accommodate to […]

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