Rejoice in the Lord

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“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing all you who are upright in heart!”

Psalm 32: 1, 2, 11

Lord God, thank You for working in our lives. Thank You for Your forgiveness! We rejoice in You and all that You have done. Hallelujah!

My wife came home from the hospital today. Even though she is still recovering, and we are still waiting for test results, we are sure glad she is home!

Thank You God!

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And You Healed Me

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“O Lord my God, I called to you for help 

and you healed me.”

Psalm 30: 2

One of the great joys of the Psalms is that they often talk to God like we do. Every day average folks like us can relate so well to words like these!

Be encouraged and blessed!

Lord God we thank You for words of encouragement! Help us to look to You and to not be discouraged!

Amen and amen.

    

P.S. If you did not know my wife has been in the hospital. In some ways she is better but there is still an upcoming biopsy and the fear of cancer once again. We are trusting God. 

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The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life

of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1

Here, in such a beautiful way, the Psalmist encourages us to not be afraid. In other words He seems to say, “Don’t worry about that tough situation I’ve got your back!” Hallelujah!

Too many times others do or say things that are just devastating to us. But our confidence can be in the One who knows everything. Fear can often try to grab a hold of us, and words like these can bring us the freedom and confidence we need.  It’s not always easy though, is it?

Notice that light and salvation are placed together here. I think this means God reveals himself to us and our response should be one of loving Him and following Him. And the word stronghold here means He is our strength! Hallelujah!

I love how these words seek to inspire us and give us confidence!! Yahoo! So what areas do you need to trust God for?

Lord God Almighty, King of the Universe, we trust in You!! As Your people, we ask that You walk with us, through the tough circumstances. Thank You Our God, that we don’t have to be afraid.

Strengthen us as we follow You. Hallelujah (praise be to God) and amen!

     

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world…….

Psalm 19: 1 – 4a

Have you ever noticed how the sky has no limits, and covers the earth in an unlimited and beautiful way? I think we all have. Sometimes it’s called the expanse. No matter the time of day or night, the beauty of the sky can be clearly seen somewhere on our planet.

And here God says the magnificent sky is a sign to us. The sky is indeed a declaration to the magnificence, the very glory of God! The sky declares that God made everything, and knows everything! Hallelujah!

What I love about these verses too is that the sky speaks volumes and yet says no words. So cool! Sometimes the silence within the beauty of nature, can say more spiritually than any words, even more than a beautiful poem!

H’mmm it makes a blogger think, maybe they should place the word “sky”, or “skies” in the title of their blog! 😊 Hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for the beauty of nature, and in particular, the magnificence of the sky. Help us to worship You, including as we look up and dwell on all that You have made! Speak to us in the silence.

Amen and amen.

       

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Healing and God’s Will

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“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Filled with compassion, the Messiah reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”

Mark 1:40-42

So why does God not heal this way today? Some would argue that he does, and that we simply need faith to believe it, and receive it. Well it could be true that there is less faith in the modern world today, but we should never judge someone when they are sick.

And although faith is important it is not some type of energy force that can go up or down on some type of scale, when we have more or less of it. In this example from the Gospel of Mark, it was God’s will for the man to be healed. But how can we say that it’s God’s will for everyone? We cannot say that. Otherwise no one would die.

Do you know what? I think God uses doctors and nurses and medicine all the time, to bring healing to people. We have much more available in the way of miraculous medicine now. There are some miracles here and there, but its ok for God to bring healing differently today.

And besides, ever seen a minister with a healing ministry? There is tremendous pressure on that minister to think too highly of himself, and to enter into the sin of pride. God is not interested in ministers being exalted, no! People cannot handle and should not handle that much temptation to sin.

So maybe God heals people today the way He does, because of His great compassion, including for ministers.

God is to be praised forever and ever, amen!

  

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Slow to Anger

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“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding

in love.”

Psalm 103:8

There is so much in our world to get angry about, isn’t there? Everyday citizens being gunned down for no reason, budget cuts for programs to help the poor, political scandals and so much more.

For me personally, I am often tempted to rant and rave about injustice, and our political situation. And yet as people of faith our trust should be in God, and it’s hard to know how much we should speak out. We all have the responsibility to make our world a better place though. One person can make a great difference.

And look at God’s character here. This verse tells us that God is compassionate and gracious. In fact, he invented compassion! Now that doesn’t mean He says that sin is ok! No way. The Scriptures tell us many times that God is also holy.

The second part of this verse says though that He is slow to anger. I’m sure that the Lord God Almighty is not happy either, with all the wrong things, all the shenanigans going on down here! 

So rather than ranting and raving, like so many other people are doing already, we should reflect God’s character, yes even in our everyday mixed up world.

Heavenly Father fill us with compassion, and help us to be slow to anger even in difficult situations. Help us God to reflect Your character in our world, and to work for making positive changes. Only You can do this Lord God.

Amen and Amen.

    

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Friday Focus – Prayer

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“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all you heart.” Jeremiah 29: 13

So how much should we pray? Should we pray everyday? I once knew of a pastor that woke his family up at 4:00am everyday so they all could have Bible reading and prayer, for one hour together!

Now I did not know him personally but I’m sure his intentions were good. But we do need to be careful of spiritual burnout! And I hope his children did not grow up resenting their father or his faith.

So back to the question, prayer and meditation are always good. It’s a good habit too, for a daily time set aside. And we can pray during the day as we meet different challenges.

But in our busy schedules that can be difficult. Do not feel condemned though! Simply be consistent.

I once heard it put this way. We enjoy spending time with those we love. And we make time for our loved ones so we can build solid relationships.

Well, the same is true, perhaps even more so, in our relationship with God. Did you know our faith is based on our relationship?

I wish you peace.

   

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He is Faithful to Forgive Us

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

I John 1:9

So forgiveness is just a step away. God is so faithful to forgive us when we turn to Him. And you know what? God has always been that way. Ain’t that so cool?

So if God is so forgiving, why do we so easily, condemn others, silently pointing fingers? Sometimes we act as if we are judges, and better than other people!

But we are not better are we? Our brother has a speck in his eye, and we have a plank in our own.

And then there are times we condemn ourselves over and over again, instead of confessing our sins and moving forward.

Yes there are times we need to go to another person to make things right but even then, we need to have right attitudes and make sure our heart is right.

Lord God forgive us for condemning others and even ourselves, instead of seeking and accepting Your forgiveness.

Teach us to turn to You God when we need to. Forgive us our sins and help us daily to move forward.

Amen and amen!

   

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Friday Focus – Noah’s Ark

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So God started over, because He was deeply disappointed at the violence of men. In Chapter 6 of Genesis we see that humanity was always thinking of, and doing evil, so He was willing to try again – giving the earth a fresh start, with a small group of people. But they had to be different, they had to be people that knew and feared Him.

Noah was a man that loved God. I doubt if he went to church each week because places of worship had not been invented yet. And yet, we know that He loved God and followed the One who made us all.

We never hear much of the women, the wives of Noah’s sons. I wonder though if this could be where the different races of people came from. Perhaps one was black, another Asian and so on. One thing is for certain, and that is – we all come from the same roots, the same original people. That’s why people of faith should never have any racial prejudice. We are indeed wonderfully related.

And most people think the concept of food restrictions, the concept of “clean” and “unclean” came with Moses, and the “law”. Well no actually. God has always cared about what we eat.

Look at Chapter 7 of Genesis. God tells Noah what to bring into the Ark. Remember the two by two story? When it came to “clean” animals though, Noah was to take seven of each. Why? For food. So, seven goats, seven sheep etc. Other animals were two of each kind. We don’t eat vultures and cockroaches, do we?

And I love how God makes a promise to us as the waters receded from the mountains. He says He will not destroy all living creatures again:

“As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

day and night

will never cease.”

Genesis 8: 22

Amen.

Thank you, Lord God.

      

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Your Mercy and Forgiveness

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Lord God, may we not give too much credit to the devil, instead

accepting responsibility

for our actions then choosing

seeking, focusing

on Your mercy

and forgiveness,

encouraged

to walk

in the light.

Amen.

     

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