Love and Faithfulness

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“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck, write them

on the tablet of your heart.”

Proverbs 3:3

What a beautiful way to describe God’s heart for us. We know that God loves us, so I think this is pointing us to the love and faithfulness that we should carry, for Him and other people.

Remember the two greatest commandments? They are loving God, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Binding them around our neck could mean several things. It could be an illustration for showing other people, our love and faithfulness, as in wearing jewelry. But in this context, it seems to be more of reminding ourselves, to love and to be faithful.

And I love the illustration of writing them down on the tablet of our heart – no not the electronic kind, although that could work! Here God is speaking of stone tablets and carving them or etching them onto our hearts! Sounds kind of permanent doesn’t it?

May love and faithfulness never leave us!

Heavenly Father, may we continue to develop in our love for You, and other people. Help us, and strengthen us in our faith, that we would carry around an attitude of being faithful! Amen.

   

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Keep My Words

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“My son, keep my words and store up my commands

within you. Keep my commands and you will live;

guard my teachings

as the apple of your eye.”

Proverbs 7: 1, 2

Once again God reminds us, to do more than just listen to what He says. There is blessing in the doing.

Does this sound like too much law, and not enough Spirit? Well, remember in the Gospel of John, we are told that if we love God, we will keep His commandments. And remember the book of James? We are to be doers of His word, and not hearers only.

Yes, there is benefit in following Him, but what is God really after? Well the whole point of this portion is contained in the last 2 lines.

Keeping or guarding His teachings as the apple of our eye, means simply we are to listen to and do His teachings, out of love, or because we love Him.

More than anything, God wants us to love Him. If we do that, the rest falls into place.

Heavenly Father help us to love You, even when we do not understand our circumstances. Help us to pray each day, and to trust in You, as we follow Your teachings. Amen!

  

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There is a River

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“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Psalms 46:4

So what is this river? Actually the river is not a what, but a Who! Water often symbolizes the Holy Spirit of God, and we sometimes forget the Holy Spirit is God Himself.

Ok, so the Holy Spirit makes the city of God glad, but where is this city? Which city? Well if we look further ahead in this verse we will discover the answer.

The city is where God Himself dwells. So where does God dwell now? Within each of our lives!! Wow, ain’t that so cool??

So the river is God flowing in us and through us, working in us, and yes making us glad!

Hallelujah!

Lord God, thank you for being in our hearts and lives. We praise you! And thank You for Your presence, Your Holy Spirit. Amen, and we say amen!!

     

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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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Teach Me Lord

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“Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it

to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep

your law and obey it with all my heart.”

Psalm 119: 33, 34

For those of us following the New Testament, we don’t talk much about decrees or law do we? In fact, we can often have a negative feeling about these types of terms.

And we often, in a good way, replace these terms in our minds with “God’s word”. We want to follow His directions, He is after all our Creator, and knows each one of us so well!

But remember the context here, there was at this time the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, also known as the books of Moses. The psalmist wanted to follow the laws of God.

Laws can be beneficial to us, to all of us. For instance, we have traffic laws and without them there would be complete chaos! So many people would get hurt.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow you and your ways, because You only want the best for us! Help us to do like the psalmist did, having a heart that says, “give me understanding, so that I can follow You!” Teach us Lord God. 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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Life, Prosperity and Honor

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“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life,

prosperity and honor.

One who is wise can go up

against the city of the mighty

and pull down the stronghold

in which they trust.”

Proverbs 21: 22, 22

Notice that there are two main areas where can find life, prosperity and honor. Righteousness here means in doing right, and of course there is love.

This reminds me so much of the Book of James! In other words putting our faith into action, not only walking around with having faith in our hearts.

And when we are wise in this way we have victory over powerful forces that attempt to hold us back!

Thank you Father God for these encouraging words! Help us to be living examples of Who you are, and help us to live victorious lives. Amen!

    

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Great Are the Works of the Lord

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“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all

who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

and his righteousness endures forever.

Psalm 111: 2, 3

As we think about all that God has done in our lives, and all that He is doing, our faith is increased. We can trust in Him like no one else, and praise will fill our hearts as we think of all He has done.

Lord God Almighty, we thank you and praise You! Amen.

    

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Quick to Listen

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“…Everyone should be quick to listen,

slow to speak

and slow to become angry.

Because human anger does not produce

the righteousness that God desires.”

James 1:19b, 20

So if we want to show that we are Godly people, we need to listen more and talk less!

And we need to get less angry when people do or say something we don’t like.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow You by listening better, and getting angry less, even in tough circumstances (which is not easy). Amen!

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You Lord are Mighty

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“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?

You Lord are mighty, and your faithfulness

surrounds you. You rule over

the surging sea; when its waves

mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89: 8, 9

Here is some of that wonderful praise language I mentioned yesterday. Did you know too, that God’s faithfulness surrounds Him? And of course, there is no one like Him!

Notice too that God rules over the surging sea. Have you ever been in rough waters, metaphorically? I have! Sometimes life tosses us around and we feel beaten up.

But He stills the surging sea! And He will bring calm into your life too.

Heavenly Father, thank you that we can focus on You, Your glory and majesty, and be encouraged. And we know that You are all powerful. We praise you. Please calm our storms in this life. Amen!

    

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