Our True Defender

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In the most sacred parts, of our everyday hearts,

lives our True Defender,

ready to guard us,

walk us through

to safety.

If only

we will let Him in,

and walk with Him

each day.

 

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He Delivered Me

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“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, 

and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him

are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.”

Psalm 34: 3 – 5

Here the psalmist exalts God, remembering the great things He has done!

When we remember what God has done, several things happen within us. Fear gets pushed aside as our faith becomes stronger! 

Our trust also becomes stronger because we know with confidence that God has been faithful to us in the past. Hallelujah!

Notice that this section begins with praise and exalting God! If there is a sure fire way to beat fear and being down, it is by praising the One who made us all! Hallelujah!

And I love the phrase of “those that look to him”. Look what happens when we keep our focus on Him. We become radiant!!

Hallelujah my King!

Lord God You are so awesome! Help us to keep our focus on You, and deliver us my God, from all that tries to hinder us in our daily lives!

Amen! Say amen somebody!

 

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Closer Walk

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A closer walk is not always on the easy trail My God,

but I will do my best

not to stumble,

as I receive strength

through Your words

and courage

through prayer.

 

Note: I will be here on a reduced level for the next couple of weeks, due to my wife being diagnosed with cancer – again. I hope to post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We appreciate your prayers!

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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

The Parable of the Growing Seed

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“He also said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.

Night and day whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.

All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the harvest is ripe, he puts the sickle to it……'”

Mark 4: 26 – 29a 

The beautiful thing about the Messiah teaching us about the Kingdom of God is that there are these illustrations known as parables to help us understand God’s reign in our lives.

I think this portion is pointing out that we have the initial work to do of preparing the soil (our hearts) but that He is the One that causes faith to grow as we follow Him.

When we follow Him, God’s kingdom lives and grows inside of us!

Lord God thank You for working in our lives. May Your kingdom continue to grow and be strong within us!

Amen and amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

In Those Valleys

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It is in those valleys where I can hardly hear You

where my thoughts overtake Your streams,

and worry blinds my eyes

to Your strength already given

it is there Lord God

that I need You to teach me,

to show me how

to let go of the noise

and listen

to the peace

You have already planted

deep within

my being.

Amen.

     

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As We Walk Together

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A slower walk, a quieter heart

a pause

in between pages turning

as I begin to look up,

and forward

I see the gift given

a faith most ancient

and yet

stronger than the mountain

leading me into the confidence

of hope building

firm foundations

as we walk together

you and I,

O Lord my God.

      

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world…….

Psalm 19: 1 – 4a

Have you ever noticed how the sky has no limits, and covers the earth in an unlimited and beautiful way? I think we all have. Sometimes it’s called the expanse. No matter the time of day or night, the beauty of the sky can be clearly seen somewhere on our planet.

And here God says the magnificent sky is a sign to us. The sky is indeed a declaration to the magnificence, the very glory of God! The sky declares that God made everything, and knows everything! Hallelujah!

What I love about these verses too is that the sky speaks volumes and yet says no words. So cool! Sometimes the silence within the beauty of nature, can say more spiritually than any words, even more than a beautiful poem!

H’mmm it makes a blogger think, maybe they should place the word “sky”, or “skies” in the title of their blog! 😊 Hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for the beauty of nature, and in particular, the magnificence of the sky. Help us to worship You, including as we look up and dwell on all that You have made! Speak to us in the silence.

Amen and amen.

       

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quote from the NIV Bible

Listening and Doing

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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

James 1:22-24

Here the Book of James challenges us to follow after the Lord God! Have you ever read something, then forgotten all about it and you don’t remember what it says? I have!

If we don’t practice our faith by following and applying the Scriptures to our lives, watch out. We can even wind up deceiving ourselves, believing we are “ok” with God, when in reality we are not.

When I was growing up as a boy, one of the things that kept me away from the faith, was people saying they were believers, and they were actually hypocrites! Our house on Sunday mornings, usually meant some of the most horrendous fights would take place, between my mother and stepfather, all while getting ready to go to church!

I was like, no thank you! And some confuse “Churchianity” (going to church) with having faith and loving God. My wife grew up in a church where you could do whatever you wanted Saturday night, including getting drunk and having wild parties, as long as you were in your seat for church on Sunday morning. No thank you!

My heart now is to follow Him, being pleasing to Him!

Heavenly Father thank you for leading us and guiding us through the Scriptures! Help us to follow You, by doing and not just listening to Your words. Amen and Amen!

P.S. I really love the Book of James!

        

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Walk of Faith

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A walk of faith is never marching blindly, into the scorching sun

instead a strengthening

of our hearts, our legs

in the steep mountain trails

courage for floods

taking over the valley

a quiet peace of knowing

with confidence walking

our pathways given,

an assurance really

in trusting the One

Who made us all.

      

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