Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Always There!



Psalm 94:18  If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
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Meditate on God’s Word!  The writings of King David in the Psalms contain some of the most powerful prayers that you can use to reach the ear and the heart of God, even though they were written 3000 years ago. If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. 19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:18-19

David knew the key to peace in life in any circumstance was to just praise God. Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3 Real power comes from understanding who God is and the magnitude of His power.  In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:4-7



Take a few moments today to take your concerns to Jesus and to get lost in the wonder of God’s power!  Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 95:1-2

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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God of Hope!



Psalm 42:11  Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God
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Meditate on God’s Word!  King David would know sadness, sorrow and betrayal in his life. Every time it happened, he was devastated by the event but always turned back to God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42:11


King David was saddened but he always went back to the Lord in his pain. Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Psalm 43:1-2 He kept his perspective each time by crying out to God and then by praising God, even in the midst of the storm. Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. Psalm 43:3-4



As King David found solace in God’s strength so my we find our strength in these words from Paul to the church of Rome.  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope strengthen you today!

Monday, August 21, 2017

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God’s Quiet Presence!



Psalm 30:5  Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
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Meditate on God’s Word!  Is it possible that God allows us to experience the depths of fear, sadness and even death, that we may experience His presence in a way that we never knew before?  Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:2-3

During the depths of sadness David cried out to God. I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication:“What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;Lord, be my helper!” Psalm 30:8-10 God’s presence is always with us. Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:7-8



No matter the circumstances always remember God’s faithfulness and presence. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42:11 Meditate on God’s presence and faithfulness today!

Sunday, August 20, 2017


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Crying Out to God!



Psalm 30:2  Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.



Meditate on God’s Word!  All of us in life will go through the dark nights of sorrow, sadness and illness where we just cry out to the Lord for help.  King David had many such moments in his life and often cried out to GodLord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:2-3


Sometimes we are taken down to our knees because we forget the many hours we spent on our knees asking God for help and then forgetting His mercy and grace in our lives.  Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. Psalm 30:6-7 Although we may have forgotten His love for us He is always there for us, in our time of trouble.  Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.  5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4-5


Whatever your need to the One who loves you more than you will ever know.   Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” 11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. Psalm 30:10-12

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Victory in Death!



Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 



Meditate on God’s Word!  The Apostle Paul knew that even in the toughest times Jesus was right next to him, even during times of persecutions and beatings.  For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:19-21


We in the church desire constant victory and sometime expect more than what God will really do in that moment. Paul knew the great victory wasn’t during life but during death.  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 We often find and experience the peace of Christ during suffering and pain. Perhaps as Peter also wrote the greatest victory comes in pain,  Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. I Peter 4:12-13



God’ faithfulness was revealed in the life and death of Christ for us.  His grace sustains us in everything we go through until we return to be with the Lord. Rest and let these words carry you today. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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God is For You!



Romans 8:31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 
  

Meditate on God’s Word!  We must always remember that no matter how far we may have strayed from God in our daily life, He is always there as an anxious father who waits for their son or daughter to return home.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 The Bible teaches us about the compassion of our God.  David gave us this beautiful description of God, written 3000 years ago which hasn’t changed. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:11-14 Because of Jesus they are renewed each morning, like the early morning mist on the field. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-13



Whenever in doubt know that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are but a prayer away because of what Jesus did for you. Who ishe who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Romans 8:34 Always remember God is for you, don’t avoid Him in times of trouble but come!