Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meditate with Power!

Ultimate Trust!

Isaiah 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Meditate on God’s Word!  One of the hardest things to do in life is to trust that God is in control of everything in our lives. We are encouraged by these words of Isaiah, written over 2700 years ago to let go of our worries and fears and to trust God is in control of every detail of our lives. Trust in the Lord forever, For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:4

The words are not suggestions but a command from God to totally trust in His power, not our strength or our planning. Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.13 O Lord our God, masters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name. Isaiah 26:12-13

Even in our pain and sorrow, God is aware of our cry for help, as He was with the nation of Israel. You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land. 16 Lord, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.17 As a woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her pangs. Isaiah 26:15-17  Cry out to God for help and trust Him to lead you to the place where He wants you to be. That is His promise to all who trust in Him!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Giving Thanks!

Psalm 116:16-17  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.

Meditate on God’s Word! Having just returned home from a long overseas trip I am reminded of God’s hand of protection in our lives as we move from place to place. I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

Just meditating on the goodness of God and giving thanks. 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

Just give God thanks today for His love and mercy as you meditate on the goodness of God. 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 95:6-7

Thank you Lord for your hand of protection, blessing, grace and mercy in our lives. Help us to remember your faithfulness. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1

Monday, August 25, 2014

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God’s Grace and Mercy!

Psalm 116:5 . Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.

Meditate on God’s Word! This psalm written by King David gives us some unique insights into the character of God that we need to meditate on often as we think about the character of God. What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? 13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord. 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people. Psalm 116:12-14

David knew that he would one day see God and trusted in God to deliver him, even from death. Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. 16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:16-17

David knew that no matter what happened it was the hand of his God that kept him, protected him and would ultimately deliver him to his final peace with the Lord.  I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! Psalm 116:18-19

Peter summarized this very simply and powerfully in his letter to the suffering church during a time of great persecution. Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. I Peter 1:5 Experience God’s grace and mercy today and just say thank you!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Remember God’s Presence!

Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

Meditate on God’s Word! As we look back at our life most of the time we are quite self sufficient and forget how many times God has carried us through life. I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2

Think of the times where God pulled you from disaster and perhaps even death. The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord:“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Psalm 116:3-4 Remember the goodness, the graciousness and the love of God for you. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:5-7

Just take a moment today to thank God for delivering you from harm, from evil and perhaps even from death. I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people,19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
 the Lord! Psalm 116:18-19  Remember God’s presence, the Lord is good to all who call on Him!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Simple Prayer!

Psalm 94:18 “My foot slips”

Meditate on God’s Word! What a simple and beautiful prayer to say when you just don’t how to pray as King David did. If I say, “My foot slips” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. Psalm 94:18 Such simplicity in acknowledging our utter and total dependence on God. To know that it is only God that can quiet the worry, stress and anxiety within us. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19

David knew that God would never abandon him. For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. 15 But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. Psalm 94:14-15 In time God will avenge you and perhaps in time the person who has wronged you will seek forgiveness from you. But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He has brought on them their own iniquity, And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off. Psalm 94:22-23

When you don’t know how to pray, remember these three words and eleven letters and let God carry, comfort and strengthen you as only God can do! "My foot slips”

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Noah Found Grace!

Genesis 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Meditate on God’s Word! What an amazing story of how God reaches out in the darkest places and darkest times of history to extend His grace to mankind. The story of Noah and the time of Noah happened over 5000 years ago. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7

Does this description of time sound familiar to some of our major cities in the world today? Yet, in spite of the continual sin, God reaches out! But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8 The time was evil and God wanted to protect Noah. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. Genesis 6:11:14

God protected Noah and his family with a giant ark, made of wood from the destruction that was coming from the flood. God is reaching out to a lost world and to individuals with the same protection He offered to Noah but through His Son, Jesus Christ!   Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he 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 8:32-34 Let God’s grace reach out to you today as it did to Noah and enter into the ark of protection that only Jesus can and will give to you by faith in His name. For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Yearning for God!

Psalm 42:1  As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

Meditate on God’s Word! In this beautiful psalm David cried out to God during a difficult time of his life. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
 shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?” Psalm 42:2-3

David remembered, even during the tough times of life that God was always there. O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar. 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 42:6-8

The key was to remember that God understands and in His timing will lift you and carry you, as you trust in His love for you. 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 Let the memory of God and His love for you carry you today!