Defending the Oppressed

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“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.”

Deuteronomy 10: 18 

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed….”

Isaiah 1:17

When we help people in need we are actually doing the will of God. We don’t need to ever doubt that.

And notice the foreigner is mentioned here and that God loves them. Today we use the word immigrant.

Even though most people different from us have a different culture and may have a different faith, God wants us to realize they have value and that He will provide for them! He loves them!

I wonder if God would use you or I? If someone from another country came to your door in need, would you help them? Or would you call the police to have them removed?

It is God, the Lord Almighty, the King of All the Universe, that says yes to the immigrant. Do we do the same?

Lord God give us a heart for all people! Amen.

    

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Give Thanks to the Lord

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:1

This very beautiful verse is repeated many times in the Scriptures, including at the dedication of the Temple during Solomon’s time.

I think God is teaching us through the power and simplicity of these words. Perhaps one of the most important elements of our faith is being thankful to Him. Notice there is nothing here about being thankful to ourselves or that we are in control of our lives.

In a certain sense we are, but ultimately God is the One to be thanked because, He is in charge. An example? Yes, I can get into my car and drive to any store I want to, and I can even buy things there. But whether or not I make it there safely and back again, is not in my control. He sees the big picture, and He sees through time.

And notice part two of this beautiful verse – “He is good!” Hallelujah! Aren’t you glad God is good? Be encouraged today that whatever you are facing in your daily life, God loves you, He cares about every detail and He will never leave you!

Hallelujah!

Lord God help us to keep our focus on You! We give You thanks our God, and we thank You for Your goodness!

Amen.

     

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You Alone Are Worthy

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“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”

Psalm 128: 1, 2

It always amazes me how God blesses us, and watches over us as we follow Him.

Now this word fear is often misunderstood. This word means for us to respect and be in awe of the One who made us.

And even though the word obedience seems to be one of the most unpopular words in our age right now, we should be desiring to do what He says!

If He says to not steal, then we don’t steal. Adultery is out of the question, because God says don’t do it.

Another way of saying this is, we need to be faithful to Him! And you know what? He is faithful to us!

Ain’t that so cool?!!

This so much reminds me of the book of James.

Lord God thank You for these verses, and thank You for working in our lives.

We praise You God for You alone are worthy!! Hallelujah!!

Help us in our daily lives to follow You. Strengthen us in our faith every day!

Can somebody say amen?

    

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Worship at His Holy Mountain

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“The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim let the earth shake.

Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.”

Psalm 99: 1, 9

So Nico why quote verses that speak of God’s holiness? Does God really make the earth shake?

Have you ever heard loud thunder? So yes He does! Well Nico, can’t you just write about love?

Well I do write that God loves us! I’m so glad he does and He is full of mercy.

But I once heard a preacher say, that in order to understand God’s mercy, we need to get just a glimpse of His holiness. I think that’s true.

He is perfect and the Scriptures tell He is holy. One of the reasons we are given this understanding is so that we will worship and reverance Him for who He is!

He is both holy and He is love, at the same time! Not just one or the other. Ain’t that so cool?

I think if we only focus on one aspect of God we will either have a concept that sin is ok, or that God is always judging us, hammering away at us because we are sinful!

Lord God thank you that you are holy, far above all that is in this earth!! But thank You also that You are full of mercy and love for us!

We love You Lord God, help us to follow You each day! Hallelujah and amen!

 

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Priceless

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“The smallest thing when done for the love of God is priceless.”

St. Teresa of Avila  

So much wisdom comes down to us through the ages. This saint lived some 500 years ago, and yet……she was able to see with a different set of eyes, into the deep things of God.

Humility or surrendering ourselves, to God’s will isn’t always easy, but there is great value in the giving.

Small things……perhaps a prayer, a kind word, or even time spent with a sick relative, is worth more – has more value – than all the diamonds and gold in the world.

What small thing can you offer today? May you be blessed in the giving.

     

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Love is Our True Destiny

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“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.”

Thomas Merton

We know that God made us. He made us with the capacity to love. And perhaps love is the key component of faith. Without love would we ever have faith?

If we love God, and our neighbors as ourselves, we have followed the two Greatest Commandments. Let us love one another.

Have you found the meaning of life?

    

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Exalt the Lord Our God

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“Let them praise your great and awesome name – he is holy.

Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain,

for the Lord our God is holy.”

Psalm 99: 3, 9

This portion of Scripture points us to God’s holiness, as a way of teaching us that He is worthy of worship and praise. In fact, many places in the Psalms and in the Scriptures, teach us that God is to be exalted!

So what exactly is holiness? It’s the setting apart, the fact that He is far above all of us, in His majesty and purity. He is all powerful, all knowing, and quite plainly we are not! He is special indeed and worthy to be praised. Hallelujah!

Can people be holy? Well, not like God but in a way yes, in that we can be forgiven, our slates washed clean. But none of us is perfect, are we? We are simply humans, wonderfully, and beautifully made by Him who is perfect, the Creator of the universe!

Lord God Almighty, we humbly ask that you help us follow You. You know everything God. We know that You are worthy to be praised! We do thank You, we exalt You, and we purpose in our hearts to seek You, and Your will for us, each and every day! Hallelujah!

Amen.

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He Restores My Soul

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“He leads me beside the still waters He stores my soul.”

Psalm 23:3

When was the last time you read Psalm 23? Isn’t it amazing? So many beautiful verses in just one Psalm.

And even though we hear it a lot at funerals, it is clearly for the living!

So how does God restore our souls? Is this restoration, passive where we sit and wait like waiting for a bus?

No, we must seek God, not to earn His favor, but simply as a way of preparing our ground, our hearts, our lives for Him – to plant, to grow beautiful plants within us, and wonderful fruit in our lives!!

Hallelujah! (which means praise be to God!).

Heavenly Father, work in our hearts and lives so that we can be refreshed, and our souls restored. Help us to be filled with faith and love, as we follow You each day!

Amen and amen!

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