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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You Lord are Mighty

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“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?

You Lord are mighty, and your faithfulness

surrounds you. You rule over

the surging sea; when its waves

mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89: 8, 9

Here is some of that wonderful praise language I mentioned yesterday. Did you know too, that God’s faithfulness surrounds Him? And of course, there is no one like Him!

Notice too that God rules over the surging sea. Have you ever been in rough waters, metaphorically? I have! Sometimes life tosses us around and we feel beaten up.

But He stills the surging sea! And He will bring calm into your life too.

Heavenly Father, thank you that we can focus on You, Your glory and majesty, and be encouraged. And we know that You are all powerful. We praise you. Please calm our storms in this life. Amen!

    

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I Will Not Be Shaken

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“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night

my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always

on the Lord. With Him at my right hand

I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16: 7,8

When times are tough, is often the right time to praise the Lord, even when we don’t feel like it!

But notice also, the Psalmist is saying how he keeps his eyes on the Lord. In other words, he is not ruled by his circumstances, and he is trusting the One who made him.!

And notice the result – he has confidence now that God is with him, and he will not be shaken. Everything is going to work out for the best.

Lord God thank you for being there for us, each and every day. Help us to focus on you, and not our circumstances. We trust in you Lord, so strengthen our faith. Amen.

     

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The Glory of the Lord

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“…I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Isaiah 6: 1b – 3

Sometimes God can seem scary. In this call of Isaiah as a prophet, God decides to bring a revelation to him, of the majesty and holiness of who He is. It is very much like the final book of the Bible, the book of Revelation.

So why does God do this? Well sometimes people need to understand the holiness of God in order to be reminded of how great He is, and that we as humans need to follow Him from our hearts, and sometimes we need to be cleansed. We need a greater awareness of who He is.

Further in this chapter Isaiah says, “I am undone!”. He realizes he needs to be cleansed, and God does cleanse him in an unusual way.

But it is not a matter of God being mean, it’s a matter of Him being far above His creation.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the reminder of Your holiness, and that there is cleansing when we need it. And thank you for so many examples of people following You, seeking to do what is right, and doing great things – living for You. Amen!

     

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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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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs:3, 5, 6

These verses are famous and many have heard them quoted. But they are so well known because of their truth, and they meet us right where we are. To be honest it is tough when things happen and we don’t understand why!

People get sick, relationships end and we are baffled! What happened!! Or how did this happen? In the times and experiences that are traumatizing there may be no answers. So, that is where trust comes in.

When we do trust Him, even within the traumatic experience, He will lead us, and make a way for us, maybe differently than we thought, but He will lead us.

Lord God Almighty, please help us in circumstances we cannot understand, that You would guide us, strengthen us, and lead us when they happen. Amen!

   

P.S. My friends I ask for your prayers as I continue to pray and contemplate how this blog should be done. I never thought of posting poetry here, and yet poetry is so much a part of who I am. It just flows.

I also did not seek to create a blog simply to attract Christians only. My vision has always been that all are welcomed here, and I seek to attract people of different cultures, and faiths, yes right here. I am a student really of cultures different than my own. I would love for this blog to broaden its scope, to an international community.

Pray that I would be led, and use the talents God has given me, to be a vessel for Him.

     

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The Way of the Lord is a Refuge

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“The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.”

Proverbs 10: 29

      

Did you know following God is a type of refuge? Yes, and by “blameless” this verse does not mean absolutely without faults, and perfect. Otherwise our faith would be only based on how many good deeds we do, and that’s not it.

But blameless does mean trusting, with a determination to do what is right. It means allowing God to work in our lives. And God is pointing out a principle here, that those who do evil need to stop, quick, fast, and in a hurry. Otherwise they will be ruined for an eternity.

Heavenly Father, help us not to be self-righteous, but to trust in You! Continue to work in us, as we follow You, and be our refuge in times when we need protection! Amen.

    

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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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