In Your Light

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In Your light Lord God we can see ourselves, and our need for You

without You shining in our hearts, we lose direction

we lose the meaning of who we are, so shine

Lord God, forgive us for being so dim

at times, may we be the light

You made us to be,

fully and completely.

Amen.

    

Prayer Poem, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

 

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Blessed Are They

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek…..

Matthew 5: 3-5a

My reason for sharing this portion is twofold. It shows that even in the most difficult circumstances, God is at work.

Secondly, these words also show us that He cares, and of course there are many other verses in both Old and New Testaments that indicate God loves us.

So why do bad things happen to good people in the first place? Many books have been written on this topic, and I’m not a theologian, but the best book I have found on the topic was written by C. S. Lewis.

Lewis tackles many of these questions in his book, The Problem of Pain. He explains that in addition to the laws of nature, natural disasters, humanity’s inhumanity to each other, there are still a few unexplained tragedies, that we may never know the reasons for.

God is high above all our circumstances, and we cannot see the big picture. I think its important to remember the concept of “trust”. If everything always went great would we really know what trust is?

Heavenly Father, Abba, please help us through these circumstances, where all we can do is trust in You. You know the ones we face, sometimes daily. Give us the insight we need to push through, with hope.

And bring healing to our spirits, because we know that You care about each one of us. Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Teach Me Lord

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“Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it

to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep

your law and obey it with all my heart.”

Psalm 119: 33, 34

For those of us following the New Testament, we don’t talk much about decrees or law do we? In fact, we can often have a negative feeling about these types of terms.

And we often, in a good way, replace these terms in our minds with “God’s word”. We want to follow His directions, He is after all our Creator, and knows each one of us so well!

But remember the context here, there was at this time the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, also known as the books of Moses. The psalmist wanted to follow the laws of God.

Laws can be beneficial to us, to all of us. For instance, we have traffic laws and without them there would be complete chaos! So many people would get hurt.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow you and your ways, because You only want the best for us! Help us to do like the psalmist did, having a heart that says, “give me understanding, so that I can follow You!” Teach us Lord God. Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Quick to Listen

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“…Everyone should be quick to listen,

slow to speak

and slow to become angry.

Because human anger does not produce

the righteousness that God desires.”

James 1:19b, 20

So if we want to show that we are Godly people, we need to listen more and talk less!

And we need to get less angry when people do or say something we don’t like.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow You by listening better, and getting angry less, even in tough circumstances (which is not easy). Amen!

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Your Word is a Lamp

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

I have taken an oath and confirmed it,

that I will follow your righteous laws.”

Psalm 119: 105, 106

    

One of the reasons I love the Psalms is you can really sense the heart of the Psalmist. He frequently asks God to teach him His ways.

And here we see a guy sold out, so intent on following our Creator that he takes an oath to follow Him and His ways.

Heavenly Father help us to have the kind of faith that actively seeks You, and that seeks to know You better. We love You God, help us to live for You. Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

God is Light

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“…..God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

I John 1: 5b, 6

Have you ever met someone that talked a great deal about faith, and never really lived it? What a mess that can be!

We know that God is perfect and yet we are not. So, some may look at this verse and ones like it, and say that if there is any sin in our hearts at all, we are doomed!

And yet this is more of a warning to all of us, not to lie to ourselves. It does not speak to our occasional mess ups, it does speak though to being phony, or not living out our faith, not living for Him. That really is walking in darkness.

Fortunately there is forgiveness, and we have an advocate with the Father!

Heavenly Father help us to live for You and rely on Your grace working in our lives. Forgive us when we do mess up, and help us to live for You! In Christ’s name, amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

To Do What is Right

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“A person may think their own ways are right,

but the Lord weighs the heart.

To do what is right and just

is more acceptable to the Lord

than sacrifice.”

Proverbs 21: 2, 3

Have you ever noticed there are times when we think we are right, and what we are doing is ok, only to find out later we are wrong! Yep, I think we all have those times.

And I love how the Lord weighs our hearts. That means He examines us, or measures our hearts – to see what is in them.

And doing what is right is more important than sacrifice! Now for us I think that means prayer. What?? Doing what is right is more important than prayer?? Yes, especially if that involves forgiving someone, or being forgiven.

That’s what Matthew 5 is all about. Forgive first – then pray! Ain’t that cool?

Heavenly Father, thank You that you love us so much, that You want what is best for us. And You want us to do what is right! Thank You God, in Christ’s name, amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Day of Rest

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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a sabbath….” 

Exodus 20: 8-10a

Some say the Sabbath day is on Sunday now. Others are adamant that it has to be on Saturday.

And still others say, we don’t need that anymore, because we are under the New Covenant, and everything should only be internal now.

But if we look at the spirit of the law, God is simply saying here that one day a week is to be put aside for rest! Aren’t you glad?

Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about every detail of our lives, and for revealing Your will, about us getting some much needed rest. Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

This Little Light of Mine

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“The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.” 

Proverbs 20: 27

I think this verse is telling us that God works through us, and specifically through our spirits (the internal part that we cannot see).

Our spirit is so important, that it serves as a lamp. Remember the children’s song “This Little Light of Mine”?

And when He does work through us, we indeed become light for ourselves and for others.

Heavenly Father, help us to live for you and be a light shining brightly! Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible