You Are Mine

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“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name;

you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers, they will not

sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned….”

Isaiah 43: 1b, 2a

In this portion God speaks of Israel going through a tough time, but He reaffirms his faithfulness to His people.

Ain’t it so cool when God says He is with us, and He encourages us to not be afraid? We need to hear that I think, on a regular basis, especially in today’s world.

And I love how He illustrates here the trials we face, and yet He says, “I will be with you!” We are His! Hallelujah!

Lord God thank You that You are not only all powerful, but You are with us, all the way, every day! Our God, please continue to watch over us and keep us safe. Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

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I Will Sing of Your Love and Justice

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“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord I will sing praise.

I will be careful to lead a blameless life……”

Psalm 101: 1, 2a

Sometimes we have the wrong impression about God don’t we? We can often think of Him only as a loving God, where is like a doting Grandfather, winking kindly if we do wrong. Nope, that ain’t it!

But sometimes well-meaning people can be too harsh! They can almost sound glad that God will judge those wicked sinners! That ain’t it either.

We are each accountable for the things we do in this life. God is both love and justice, in fact, the perfect balance of the two.

Here’s an example: What parent would be a good parent if we allowed our children to play in a busy street, where there are cars going back and forth? We keep them safe by giving them parameters to live by.

And notice the response of the psalmist here. He praises God and wants to live a blameless life. He is very much connected in his relationship to the Lord God.

Heavenly Father, help us to live for You, remembering You want the best for us! Amen, and amen!

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Faith and Good Works

20170916_124237“What good is it my brothers and sisters,

if someone claims to have faith

but has no deeds?

Can such faith save them?

….in the same way, faith by itself,

if it is not accompanied by actions

is dead.”

James 2: 14, 17

So according to James, we need faith in order to be pleasing to Him. But this wonderful book of the Bible also tells us that good works are incredibly important!

We need faith and good works – both at the same time.

Did you know that some of the early church fathers wanted to remove this book from the Bible, and do you know why?

Because it focuses so much on doing right, and in their minds not enough about “grace”. 

Heavenly Father, help us to do good, so that we can show we have faith, not to simply be religious, or proud in any way, but to lift up Who You are!

Amen! Be blessed this weekend!

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

I Will Give You a New Heart

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“For I will take you out of the nations; gather you from all the countries…..

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean….

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…. “

portions of Ezekiel 36: 24 – 26

You know sometimes the Old Testament can seem so foreign to us, as if it is for someone else, or perhaps it is too ancient for us today.

And yet often this part of God’s word has such power, that we realize it was for the people back then, and it is also for us today.

Here in Ezekiel we see so much of God working in a group of people, making them clean, giving them a new heart, and blessing them so that they can have a new outlook, a new life of walking with Him!

It kind of reminds me of the New Testament!

Lord God thank You that Your word is very consistent, and that You give us a new heart, a new spirit, so that we can walk with you through the challenges of life. Hallelujah!

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Resting in the Shadow

 

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“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalm 91:1

    

What a wonderful beginning to a wonderful Psalm! Did you know that when we follow Him, love Him, and trust in Him, we are very much dwelling in His shelter??

And dwelling in God’s shelter, brings much needed rest to our spirits. Resting in His shadow is an expression here of the peace of God, His protection, and blessing. He watches over us, and we are under His wings.

And I love the expressions in this verse, that He is the “Most High”, and the “Almighty.” When we say things like that, our confidence in who God is, gets boosted! He really is the Most High, and there is no one mightier than Him!

Heavenly Father thank You for who You are, and that you watch over us, and that we can rest in You. And that we can have complete confidence in You, and in Your power and protection! Amen!

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

Confident

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“I remain confident in this: I will see the goodness

of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord; be strong

and take heart and wait

for the Lord.”

Psalm 27: 13, 14

Have you been praying for something for a long time, and yet you’re still waiting? This is difficult! And most of the time we can’t understand why our prayers are not answered.

But we can be confident! Our trust, and even our waiting, can actually make us strong. If we allow ourselves the time, our faith will grow and our confidence can increase.

And following God is not only about enjoying His presence when we pass away. He is very much a God of the here and now, and He knows everything we go through.

Lord God, please increase our faith, our confidence in You, even as we wait for our prayers to be answered, or even if they will not be answered at all. We know You have our best interest in mind, in Christ’s name, amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Walking with You

100_1584As the evening sky turns a darker blue,

I’m blessed my God, that I can walk with You.

Direct my prayers tonight, and strengthen me.

Forgive me for being so cynical,

bring peace into the circumstances

I cannot control.

I trust in You, Lord God Almighty.

I’m so glad

that I can walk with you.

Amen.

   

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