The Lord Your God Will Be With You

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“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them,

because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”

Deuteronomy 20:1

So how does this apply to us today? Well not too many of us have horses or chariots, and fortunately the majority of us (thank you God for our military) do not have to fight wars, at least not physically.

But all of us face battles, every day, and many different types! And you know what? We’re not really fighting people, even though we may disagree with them, no our battles are different.

We battle against the anger, fear, frustration, etc., and sometimes these enemies can be great! So, God is encouraging us here not just to hang in there, but that He, the Creator of the universe is with us! Hallelujah!

And notice also that God reminds His people of a great victory in the past. He is the One that set them free. Again hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for the freedom You have given us! And be with us in the battles we face each day. Give us the victory over the issues of fear, anger, frustration, or whatever we face, so we can continue to follow You! Amen.

    

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Yet I Will Rejoice

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Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes

on the vines, though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God

my Savior.

Habakkuk 3:17, 18

Barren. Nothing, but emptiness. Sometimes things don’t go well, and it seems as if it’s all over. People get sick, marriages fail, jobs can be lost, or one disaster hits after another.

And yet here, in this little known book of the Bible, and elsewhere in the Scriptures, God often reveals that there is light, there is hope, because God is in the midst of us. We can still be joyful!

I’ll admit I’m not good at this. When you experience one trauma after another it can be so difficult to stay positive, but perhaps it’s a decision on our part to remain open.

Look at what Habakkuk writes at the end “….I will be joyful….” What?? How?? Everything is in ruins and we’re to be joyful? And yet with God all things are possible.

Heavenly Father help us to see that we can be encouraged when disasters strike, by focusing on You. And Lord remind us to reach out to others when we are in need, or when people we know, need to be encouraged. Amen.

   

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Walk Humbly with Your God

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“He has shown you, O mortal,

what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly

with your God.”

Micah 6:8

This is such a powerful verse. Too often we say there is no grace in the Old Testament. This is one of those examples of grace that I love.

And we are not only to accept mercy, we are to give mercy to others.

And we are supposed to be humble. Ever met a proud religious person? It’s awful! Sometimes a proud person can do more damage in the name of God, than anyone else.

Lord God, please help us to be humble, full of mercy, and to walk humbly with you! Amen.

    

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Soaring on Wings Like Eagles

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“…but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings

like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk

and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40: 30, 31

Note: The word for hope here is not a passive term, as in waiting for a bus. It is an active word, as in seeking and trusting in.

I believe this is the essential part of having faith.

 

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The Lord Looks at the Heart

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“When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.’

But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”

 

I Samuel 16: 6, 7

    

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His Love Endures Forever

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“Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments,

they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang,

‘He is good, his love endures forever.’

Then the temple of the Lord was filled

with a cloud, and the priests could not perform

their service because of the cloud,

for the glory of the Lord

filled the temple

of God.”

 

2 Chronicles 5: 13b, 14

     

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