Blessed is the One

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“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, 

and blessed is the one 

who trusts in the Lord.”

Proverbs 16:20

Do you ever think of yourself as being blessed because you trust in the Lord? Well it’s true!

It can be tough to realize how blessed we are, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances. But over the years I’ve seen God do some amazing things in my life, and in my family’s lives!

These types of faith boosters can actually strengthen us when we consider them.

And you know what? When we give heed to God’s instruction, we not only learn but experience first hand God’s faithfulness to us. And our faith is increased. Ain’t that so cool?

Lord God thank you so much for teaching us, building our faith and our trust in You!

Help us to continue to love and follow You! Hallelujah!

Amen.

 

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

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A Prayer to God, My Rock

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Lord God, You are my rock, my fortress, my deliverer

God I ask that You stand by me

be my shield,

my strong tower,

the One who lifts me up

because only You have the power

to encourage

as we walk through the fire.

There is no one like You My God,

no one.

Turn back the despair

and strengthen me.

Amen.

    

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The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life

of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1

Here, in such a beautiful way, the Psalmist encourages us to not be afraid. In other words He seems to say, “Don’t worry about that tough situation I’ve got your back!” Hallelujah!

Too many times others do or say things that are just devastating to us. But our confidence can be in the One who knows everything. Fear can often try to grab a hold of us, and words like these can bring us the freedom and confidence we need.  It’s not always easy though, is it?

Notice that light and salvation are placed together here. I think this means God reveals himself to us and our response should be one of loving Him and following Him. And the word stronghold here means He is our strength! Hallelujah!

I love how these words seek to inspire us and give us confidence!! Yahoo! So what areas do you need to trust God for?

Lord God Almighty, King of the Universe, we trust in You!! As Your people, we ask that You walk with us, through the tough circumstances. Thank You Our God, that we don’t have to be afraid.

Strengthen us as we follow You. Hallelujah (praise be to God) and amen!

     

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Healing and God’s Will

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“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Filled with compassion, the Messiah reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”

Mark 1:40-42

So why does God not heal this way today? Some would argue that he does, and that we simply need faith to believe it, and receive it. Well it could be true that there is less faith in the modern world today, but we should never judge someone when they are sick.

And although faith is important it is not some type of energy force that can go up or down on some type of scale, when we have more or less of it. In this example from the Gospel of Mark, it was God’s will for the man to be healed. But how can we say that it’s God’s will for everyone? We cannot say that. Otherwise no one would die.

Do you know what? I think God uses doctors and nurses and medicine all the time, to bring healing to people. We have much more available in the way of miraculous medicine now. There are some miracles here and there, but its ok for God to bring healing differently today.

And besides, ever seen a minister with a healing ministry? There is tremendous pressure on that minister to think too highly of himself, and to enter into the sin of pride. God is not interested in ministers being exalted, no! People cannot handle and should not handle that much temptation to sin.

So maybe God heals people today the way He does, because of His great compassion, including for ministers.

God is to be praised forever and ever, amen!

  

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quote from the NIV Bible

He Will Sustain You

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“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;

he will never let the righteous fall.”

Psalm 55: 22

This verse brings a world of comfort to me. But it’s not always easy to believe is it? Ever lived through something horrible? Oh yeah. Sometimes we wonder how we ever made it, how we even survived.

And yet, this is not a promise that everything will always go well, but there is a promise that He will sustain us! Thank You God. So many things can go wrong. Our bodies can become fragile and get sick, and other circumstances can be overwhelming at times. And yet He continues to give us strength, and faith when we seek Him.

And when I think of the last line here – He will never let us fall, I think of how He will not let go of us, even when all seems hopeless. I remember times when my wife was really super sick, I would hold onto her when there was snow or ice on the ground. Simply getting from the car to the house was dangerous! But I was determined that I would not let her get hurt! I would have fallen first and let her fall on me, if it had been needed! Her bones were super brittle.

So, God is holding onto us!

Lord God help us to come to you when times are tough. And hold onto us, if it looks like we might fall. Sustain us God, we trust in You, but help us to trust in You when we can’t see all the answers! Hallelujah and amen.

    

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Sabbatical

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Sabbatical is a word influenced by a number of languages, including Hebrew, French and Old English. Basically it means a period of rest.

I have stopped blogging, but for this site it is simply a period of rest. This site is an offering, and part of my faith walk, so it does not seem appropriate to stop altogether.

So what does one do, as they rest? Well there’s alot more time for reading! I have a list of books.

I’m no spiritual giant, but I do have more time now for prayer and meditation. 

And I’m also taking more time out to take care of my health, having a couple of chronic areas of pain.

I’m grateful for you being here, and would appreciate your prayers!

I’ll be back in a few weeks, posting Monday – Friday.

Spring is just around the corner!

Peace and be blessed.

    

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The Lord Protects

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“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them

in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them – they are

counted as blessed in the land – he does not give them over to the desire

of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them

from their bed of illness. I said, ‘Have mercy on me Lord; heal me

for I have sinned against you.’ My enemies say of me in malice, ‘When

will he die and his name perish?’ When one of them comes to see me

he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out

and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me;

they imagine the worst for me…….

I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy

does not triumph over me.”

Psalm 41:1-7, 11

      

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An Everlasting Kingdom

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“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion

endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy

in all he promises and faithful

in all he does.”

Psalm 145:13

Aren’t you glad God’s kingdom is eternal and everlasting? Me too! You see this sets God apart from the rest of us. And his kingdom never ending is not only inspiring, it helps us to understand more of Who He is. He sees the big picture!

And that’s why we see the next piece of this verse, He is trustworthy throughout all generations. From the most ancient of times, His promises have been faithful. When we look throughout history we can see His working in the universe, and closer to home, in our lives. He has been there, even in the tough times, hasn’t He?

Lord God we trust in You! We know that Your Kingdom is eternal, and that we are a part of Your plan in this big universe. Help us to look beyond what we can see. Continue to be there with us, in the tough times.

Thank you, that you are so trustworthy! Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

Trust in Him

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“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still

before the Lord and wait patiently for him….”

Psalm 37: 5-7a

Isn’t it wonderful how God rewards us for following Him? And yet sometimes it doesn’t seem like that in this life. Maybe there are family members, or people on our jobs that really don’t understand us, or even want to!

Here, and in many other verses, God encourages us that He sees us, and He knows our hearts. And in these verses, He encourages us that we will be rewarded for following Him.

And there is the exhortation to commit our way to Him. That’s another way of saying to trust in Him, which He mentions again further along in this portion.

So your reward is waiting, and your vindication, is just around the bend! The tough part for us is the waiting! Trust in Him……and He will do this!! Hallelujah!!

Father God, help us to trust in You, for each and every circumstance we face! Amen. 

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

Under His Wings

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“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day….”

Psalm 91:3-5

Ain’t this so cool, God protecting us under His wings, and covering us with His feathers?!! This beautifully poetic language is so encouraging and uplifting. This is the Psalms at their finest.

And notice there is further exhortation that we don’t have to be afraid at night, or day time or any time! His faithfulness will be our shield. Can someone say amen?

And what is a fowler? It used to be person that caught birds, and the snare is the trap to catch them. But we are safe in God’s care and under His protection.

Now this doesn’t mean that no bad will ever happen to us. But these verses are here to uplift our spirits, and to help us to trust in Him, no matter what our circumstances are.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for watching over us and protecting us. Help us to trust in You more, realizing we are under Your wings! Hallelujah!

    

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