Where You Are Standing is Holy Ground

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“Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals,

for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Exodus 3:5

God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, but why was Moses told to take his shoes off? Well some of the answer can be found in Asian culture. What?? Nico, have you lost it? Flipped your lid? No my friends, lets think about this for a second.

Many in Asia will take off their shoes at the door. You see, shoes are considered for outside. The home is held as being very special indeed, and the dirt from outside is to be kept outside. We do this at our house too, and it is a wonderful way of having a cleaner home.

So Moses’ sandals were not clean and to meet with God, he needed an awareness of the holiness of God. Remember all the verses about clean and unclean throughout the Old Testament? And the beautiful lesson that Moses learned that day, holds an illustration for us when we meet with God through prayer.

When we meet with God let us make sure that we have clean hearts, for God is holy. Yes, He is love also, but God never gave up His holiness. He is not one or the other, He is both at the same time!

Were the rocks and sand of that mountain holy? Probably not. The place was holy, simply because God – was there.

Are your shoes placed outside the door?

Heavenly Father, help us to be holy, to live holy lives. Thank You My God that You are both holy, and You are love. Thank you that we can each meet with You through prayer. Hallelujah!

Be with us and bless us with Your presence when we pray! Amen and amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

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Listening for Your Voice

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In humility may I walk with You My God, My King.

May I follow You through every path,

every turn in the road,

every woodland trail

listening

for Your voice

in the spring rain,

in the whispering wind

rustling

the leaves

that are so green now.

    

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An Everlasting Kingdom

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“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion

endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy

in all he promises and faithful

in all he does.”

Psalm 145:13

Aren’t you glad God’s kingdom is eternal and everlasting? Me too! You see this sets God apart from the rest of us. And his kingdom never ending is not only inspiring, it helps us to understand more of Who He is. He sees the big picture!

And that’s why we see the next piece of this verse, He is trustworthy throughout all generations. From the most ancient of times, His promises have been faithful. When we look throughout history we can see His working in the universe, and closer to home, in our lives. He has been there, even in the tough times, hasn’t He?

Lord God we trust in You! We know that Your Kingdom is eternal, and that we are a part of Your plan in this big universe. Help us to look beyond what we can see. Continue to be there with us, in the tough times.

Thank you, that you are so trustworthy! Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

King of the Universe

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“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

their starry host by the breath

of his mouth.”

Psalm 33:6

Do you ever think about the stars? So many billions and trillions of stars, and those are just the ones we can see! There are some so far away, not even the strongest telescopes can spot them.

And yet the same God, so magnificent, so much the King of the Universe, knows about every detail of our lives. Isn’t that amazing?? He even knows every hair on our head! What??

And so, this verse wants us to think about how infinite our God is. It’s meant to inspire us, and yes to even bring forth praise from our hearts. Praise the One who made everything!

I’m reminded here of Genesis and the creation – God spoke, and it was!

Heavenly Father, You are amazing. Help us to focus on what You have made, and also, how You care about every detail of our lives! We praise You and thank You, amen!

       

Prayer, and Commentary, Copyright© 2018, WalkingthroughPsalms

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On Earth as it Is in Heaven

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“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven….” Matthew 6 

These famous lines mark the beginning of the “Our Father” prayer, also known as the Lord’s Prayer.

Besides the setting apart of God’s name and praising Him, there is something very important for us to remember.

We should want it to be on earth as it is heaven. Now we know it won’t be perfect down here, until the end of all things, but we can still pray that it would be according to what He wants!

And you know what? The most important thing is – God’s will being done in our lives.

True we are not perfect, but do our lives reflect His kingdom on earth?

Heavenly Father, may Your will be done in our lives, and may we be a reflection of who You are! Amen!

   

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quote from the KJV Bible

 

Give Thanks to Him

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise

his name. For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever…” Psalm 100: 4, 5a

Psalm 100 is one of those wonderful psalms that combines giving thanks to God and praising Him.

And if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. I love how being thankful to God fills our hearts with praise for Him!

Now many will be thankful, without acknowledging our Creator. Let’s not be too critical of them though.

Many of us were in the same place not too long ago, and maybe God is working in their lives more than we know or realize.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge You, and thank You from the bottom of our hearts. And we praise You Lord God! Hallelujah, 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

 

Guide My Heart

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My God You know everything,

so please guide me, help me,

to make right choices,

to respond with faith

even in the most horrendous circumstances,

and may I always have the strength

to carry

compassion for others

within me.

Amen.

   

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I Am Your Shield

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“…Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Genesis 15: 1

Abram was not perfect and yet he was a follower of God. He loved God and had great faith.

These verses are just before God promises him that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars!

Later his name is changed to Abraham, and he walks even more closely with the God of the universe. And further on, in the New Testament, we see that Abraham was so blessed, because of his faith.

In many ways Abraham is an example to us all, a father to us, because of his great love for Adonai (the Lord).

Help us to love you Lord God, to have a great faith in You, for the big things, and for the little things! Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible