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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quote from the NIV Bible

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Confident

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“I remain confident in this: I will see the goodness

of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord; be strong

and take heart and wait

for the Lord.”

Psalm 27: 13, 14

Have you been praying for something for a long time, and yet you’re still waiting? This is difficult! And most of the time we can’t understand why our prayers are not answered.

But we can be confident! Our trust, and even our waiting, can actually make us strong. If we allow ourselves the time, our faith will grow and our confidence can increase.

And following God is not only about enjoying His presence when we pass away. He is very much a God of the here and now, and He knows everything we go through.

Lord God, please increase our faith, our confidence in You, even as we wait for our prayers to be answered, or even if they will not be answered at all. We know You have our best interest in mind, in Christ’s name, amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Our Refuge and Strength

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“God is our refuge and strength, an ever – present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

 and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

Psalm 46: 1, 2

Have you ever had a really, really, tough day, and maybe you feel like your world is falling apart? I think we all have, but that is where faith comes in. It’s not that faith keeps us from having our natural emotions, but faith says we will keep going even if we don’t understand.

There is a strength within faith, that often seems supernatural. And you know what? The key really is trust.

Lord God, help us to trust You, even more than we have been. And there are times Father when we don’t understand, so help us to remain strong, and focused on you! Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

My Strength

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“I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer….”

Psalm 18: 1, 2a

 A fortress is a powerful illustration of Our God. He is so powerful that He protects us in many ways, 24/7. I think of solid, large stones when I think of Him as a fortress. His strength cannot be shaken. Certainly, He knows every trial we go through.

But when we say the Lord is our strength, do we mean only in the tough times? He should be our strength at all times, giving us a confidence that seems beyond our own strength. And in good times let’s give Him the credit for being the strength of our lives.

Heavenly Father, thank you for being our source of strength, that You are our fortress in the good times and in the tough times. Help us to trust in You more, even when we don’t understand what we go through, in Christ’s name. Amen.

    

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You Are There

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You are there My God, even in the midst of my ramblings,

my wonderings of where you are, when

I can’t see You, when I don’t understand, when

there is confusion, barely a light

You are there, I thank you

My God

that You will never

leave us.

 

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Abba

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No doubt, the concept of God as our Father, was a radical one in Biblical times. I’m sure Jesus called Joseph, his earthly father – Abba.

It is a Hebrew word, meaning Father, and some have said it goes deeper than that. It’s really more of “Dad”, or even “Daddy”.

I remember years ago hearing the word being used in a real setting, a Jewish bookstore. The son spoke to his Dad several times saying, Abba. Their relationship was close, and it was real.

Aren’t you glad God is like a father to us? He is close and He is real.

Heavenly Father, thank for loving us, and caring about every detail of our lives. Amen.

    

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Adonai Yireh

 

100_1837Adonai – from the Hebrew, meaning “the Lord”, the boss, the ultimate One in charge.

Yireh – also from the Hebrew, meaning our provider, the One who supplies our needs.

Some are familiar with the term Jehovah Jireh, which is not really Hebrew, and comes to us through German, but the meaning is the same.

By the way there is no “J” sound in Hebrew.

 Lord God we are so grateful that you are in charge, and that by your mercy and care for us, you provide for all of our needs. Amen.

 

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quote from the NIV Bible 

 

Be Still and Know

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“He says, Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Psalm 46: 10, 11

Thank you God that you are our fortress!

And that we don’t have to live in fear, even when considering our current events.

 

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quote from the NIV Bible