PATIENTS AND CONFIDENCE – IN THE LORD OF COURSE!

 

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

 

 

Have you learned to wait with confidence?

 

O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.… Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:1-3 NLT

Waiting expectantly

In World War I, Field Marshal Foch, the Allied commander in chief, could not be found when a military conference was about to start. An officer friend said, “I think I know where he might be.” Foch was found praying nearby at a bombed-out chapel.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I would be the greatest fool on earth if I did not realize that I could never satisfy the demands of the high office without the help of One who is greater and stronger than I am.”

David realized this truth too. Although he was a powerful king, he daily acknowledged his dependence on someone far greater and stronger than he was. Not only did David begin each day depending on the Lord, but he waited expectantly throughout the day to see how God would work on his behalf. When you live each day looking upward, God often sends delightful surprises.

When we don’t pray, we quit the fight. Prayer keeps the Christian’s armor bright.  And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees. WILLIAM COWPER

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen,, Tyndale House Publishers (1999), entry for February 7

 


Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. GEORGE PATTON JR

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Give Worries To The Lord

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusa...

Man reading Psalms at the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine, March 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Give your worries to God, for he cares for you

Why worry?

 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Psalm 136:1 NLT

The unforgettable responsive reading

 

It was midnight on Thursday, February 8, A.D. 356, and Athanasius, a leader in the early Christian church and passionate defender of the deity of Jesus Christ, was leading a worship service. Suddenly loud shouts and clashing armor could be heard outside the church. Soldiers had come to arrest him.
But Athanasius said, “I didn’t think it right, at such a time, to leave my people,” so he continued the service. He asked a deacon to read Psalm 136 and then requested the congregation to respond with the refrain, “His faithful love endures forever,” which they did twenty-six times over the din of the soldiers outside.
Just as the final verse was completed, the soldiers rushed into the church, brandishing their swords and spears and crowding forward up the nave toward Anthanasius. The people yelled for Athanasius to run, but he refused to go until he had given a benediction. Then some of his assistants gathered tightly around him, and, as he recounts it, “I passed through the crowd of people unseen and escaped, giving thanks to God that I had not betrayed my people, but had seen to their safety before I thought of my own.”
Athanasius was portraying to his people God’s love, which endures forever. He was willing to lay down his life for his flock — just as Jesus had laid down his life for his flock a few centuries earlier.
Since God’s “faithful love endures forever,” why is they ever any need to worry?
Adapted From The One Year Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for November 8.

Author’s Note: I’m sitting here praying for a financial blessing as things are so tight for my family I don’t see in the natural how rent, car payment, and general bills will be paid the 1st of January, 2014.  Doubts beget negative thoughts and they lead a believer to doubt the Word of the Lord.  But, then the Holy Spirit comes on the scene and reminds me of God’s Word and His Promises!!  The Lord as my witness the above scripture/email popped up on my screen as I was sitting in my chair in prayer with the Father.  Praise God!!!!  The Holy Spirit reminded me that what I see in the natural “does not” reflect what’s going on in the supernatural by the Hand of the Lord!  He knows my family’s needs before I do and already has the provisions we require for simple living.  He also reminded me of my family’s “total” dependency is to be on Him and not the governance of the land.  Amen.   ladyinwaiting2012   Dec. 15, 2013

 

 

May 30, 2013 Let Not Your Faith Waiver



2 Corinthians 4:18 
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen,
for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.





Hebrews 11:6
 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must
 believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

I SAID I WAS SORRY BUNNY

 Hebrews 11:3 
Through Faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. So that things which are seen,
 were not made of things which are visible. 



 Hebrews 11:1 
Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


 


Hebrews 12: 1-3 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


Romans 3:4

Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:

“So that you may be proved right when you speak
    and prevail when you judge.”Psalm 51:4



2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.





Mark 11:22-23
 And Jesus answered them saying "Have Faith in God! For surely I say to you,
that whoever shall say to the mountain, Be removed, and cast into the sea, and shall not 
doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatever
 he says."
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MAY 07, 2013 IT’S TRUE!

So good, it has to be true!

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

Psalm 32:2 NLT

No, it’s so good it has to be true.

George MacDonald (when someone protested
that the plan of salvation is too good to be true)

I never paid the bill

When I was boy, my mother would go to Margulie’s grocery store, get what she needed, and tell Mr. Margulie to put it on her bill. Every once in a while, Mama would send me to Margulie’s for something and tell me to put it on our bill. As I got older, I realized that Daddy had paid the bill. By the time I charged the next piece of bologna, the first piece had already been paid for.

God says blessed is he who goes down to Mr. Margulie’s store. When he gets there, his books are clean because Daddy has already paid the bill. God says that when you come before him and sincerely repent, the record of that sin is paid for in full. There’s no record of your past bill.

Kenneth G. Ulmer 
in Spiritually Fit to Run the Race

Some of us can confess to bringing home something from a toy store without paying for it. We were probably six or seven years old, and we thought we’d pulled a fast one. But, of course, Mom and Dad always found out. They warned us that we might be doing time on the rock pile for pilfering that box of Legos, and they dragged us back to the store. As we walked up to the owner with the Legos, we thought we were doomed. In most cases, grace entered the picture. The owner didn’t call the police, but he did scare us half to death with a warning never to steal again. For most of us, that fixed our wagon once and for all.

Like the storeowner, God could hold our sins against us, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t because Jesus has already paid for the Legos. For that, we “sing with joy to the Lord” (Psalm 33:1).

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 12.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

Fear of the Lord is The Beginning

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Proverbs 1:7 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 3

The benefit of wisdom is better than gold.

INSIGHT

Inherent within the human heart is a longing for peace, love, and joy. Among Christians and non-Christians alike, the desire is the same. Yet peace, love, and joy do not answer just any beck and call. They will come only by certain means; they are fruits on the tree of wisdom. Wisdom will bring length of days (v. 2), peace (v. 2), favor with God and man (v. 4), strength to your bones (v. 8), honor (v. 16), pleasantness (v. 17), paths of peace (v. 17), confidence in life (v. 26), and freedom from the snares of life (v. 26). Foolishness brings harm (v. 29), oppression (v. 31), and shame (v. 35). We all long for the benefits of wisdom. We must remember that she comes with a price: submission to the will of God and the truth of Scripture.

PRAYER

As you consider the benefits of wisdom, praise the Lord that we may share in His character:
Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness (Exodus 15:11).

You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You,
nor is there any God besides You, according to all that
we have heard with our ears (2 Samuel 7:22).

Pause for praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord:
Has the Lord as great delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams (1 Samuel 15:22).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
— Greater sensitivity to sin
— The ministry of your church
— Whatever else is on your heart

Offer this closing prayer to God:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever (Psalm 23:6).

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JUNE 9, 2013

 God‘s timing is perfect

Enduring love

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1 NLT

 

The unforgettable responsive reading

 

It was midnight on Thursday, February 8, A.D. 356, and Athanasius, a leader in the early Christian church and passionate defender of the deity of Jesus Christ, was leading a worship service. Suddenly loud shouts and clashing armor could be heard outside the church. Soldiers had come to arrest him.

But Athanasius said, “I didn’t think it right, at such a time, to leave my people,” so he continued the service. He asked a deacon to read Psalm 136 and then requested the congregation to respond with the refrain, “His faithful love endures forever,” which they did twenty-six times over the din of the soldiers outside.

Just as the final verse was completed, the soldiers rushed into the church, brandishing their swords and spears and crowding forward up the nave toward Anthanasius. The people yelled for Athanasius to run, but he refused to go until he had given a benediction. Then some of his assistants gathered tightly around him, and, as he recounts it, “I passed through the crowd of people unseen and escaped, giving thanks to God that I had not betrayed my people, but had seen to their safety before I thought of my own.”

Athanasius was portraying to his people God’s love, which endures forever. He was willing to lay down his life for his flock — just as Jesus had laid down his life for his flock a few centuries earlier.

Since God’s “faithful love endures forever,” why is there ever any need to worry?

adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for November 8

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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MAY 07, 2013 IT’S TRUE!

So good, it has to be true!

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

Psalm 32:2 NLT

No, it’s so good it has to be true.

George MacDonald (when someone protested
that the plan of salvation is too good to be true)

I never paid the bill

When I was boy, my mother would go to Margulie’s grocery store, get what she needed, and tell Mr. Margulie to put it on her bill. Every once in a while, Mama would send me to Margulie’s for something and tell me to put it on our bill. As I got older, I realized that Daddy had paid the bill. By the time I charged the next piece of bologna, the first piece had already been paid for.

God says blessed is he who goes down to Mr. Margulie’s store. When he gets there, his books are clean because Daddy has already paid the bill. God says that when you come before him and sincerely repent, the record of that sin is paid for in full. There’s no record of your past bill.

Kenneth G. Ulmer 
in Spiritually Fit to Run the Race

Some of us can confess to bringing home something from a toy store without paying for it. We were probably six or seven years old, and we thought we’d pulled a fast one. But, of course, Mom and Dad always found out. They warned us that we might be doing time on the rock pile for pilfering that box of Legos, and they dragged us back to the store. As we walked up to the owner with the Legos, we thought we were doomed. In most cases, grace entered the picture. The owner didn’t call the police, but he did scare us half to death with a warning never to steal again. For most of us, that fixed our wagon once and for all.

Like the storeowner, God could hold our sins against us, but he doesn’t. He doesn’t because Jesus has already paid for the Legos. For that, we “sing with joy to the Lord” (Psalm 33:1).

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 12.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

TRUST IN THE LORD MAY 01 2013

GLORY OF GOD

GLORY OF GOD

God will provide

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Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing. 

Psalm 34:10 NLT

Dear God, I know you will provide, but why don’t you provide until you provide? 

Jewish saying

 The empty basket 

When Palestine was partitioned, Maltar and his family were stranded in Jerusalem. Daily his family read the Lord’s promises, such as those of Psalm 34. One day Maltar said, “Children, we finished the last of our food for breakfast. We have no money. We’ll tell this only to the Lord, and I’ll go out with this basket.” So they prayed around the empty basket.

Maltar went to the bank, but there was still no money coming through. As he turned to go, he saw a friend from his hometown in the line. He’d left before the worst troubles and banked his money in Jerusalem. “Maltar!” his friend cried. “What are you doing here?”

“We were on holiday in our small house in Jerusalem and weren’t able to get back home,” Maltar said.

“Then you must be having money problems. How are you managing?”

“Fine,” Maltar told him and left the bank.

His friend overtook him: “You can’t be fine, Maltar, with nine kids to feed.” He dropped a handful of bank notes into the basket.

The children, waiting at the gate, stared in wonder as Maltar returned with an overflowing basket.

Patricia St. John 
in Finding God Between a Rock and Hard Place

David said, “Those who honor will have all they need” (Psalm 34:9). Why not claim that promise today?

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 13.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

LORD HELP MY THOUGHTS TO BE PURE!

Greater Than Our Dreams

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 NLT

I have found that the most extravagant dreams of boyhood have not surpassed the great experience of being in the will of God, and I believe that nothing could be better.

Jim Elliot 

No locked closets

 

What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? Seems to me, it means that your life is in harmony with the Lord. What is important to him is important to you. What burdens him burdens you. When he says, “This is wrong, and I want you to change,” you come to terms with it because you have a heart for God.

When you are deeply spiritual, you have a heart that is sensitive to the things of God. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely his” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

God is looking for men and women whose hearts are completely his. They have no locked closets. Nothing’s been swept under the rugs. When you do wrong, you admit it and come to terms with it.…You long to please him in your actions.

Charles R. Swindoll in David: A Man of Passion and Destiny

It’s no wonder that David moved from awe at God’s work to praising God himself (Psalm 19:7-14). He saw that a God who could create such beauty throughout the universe is a God who wants to create beauty in our own lives as well. But he can only create that beauty when we yield our hearts and souls completely to him. As we discover more and more about who God is and how much he loves us, obedience to him becomes less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 6.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

April 10, 2013 Word of The Day

God will help you understand his Word

How do you respond to God’s Word?

Let the godly sing with joy to the Lord, for it is fitting to praise him. Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing new songs of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy. For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. He loves whatever is just and good, and his unfailing love fills the earth.

Psalm 33:1-5 NLT

Praising God’s Trustworthiness

What does it mean to be trustworthy and true? In a society that insists that all truth is relative, many people have given up looking for truth, much less basing their lives on it. But Scripture declares that there is something that is completely true — no matter what angle you look at it, no matter what perspective you come from. God and his Word will always remain true. That facet of God’s character is what this psalm celebrates. It encourages believers everywhere to shout for joy, for their lives are securely established on God’s eternal truths.

Take a moment to reflect on how few things are certain in this world and how much change is a normal part of life. Then think about how God and his Word are forever trustworthy and true, and give him praise.

Dear God, your Word holds true, and everything you do is worthy of my trust.…

From The One Year Book of Bible Prayers , Tyndale House Publishers (2000), entry for October 7


Now what is food for the inner man: not prayer, but the Word of God; and here again not the simple reading of the Word of God so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.
GEORGE MUELLER