A Friend Loves at All Times

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“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

Have you ever been through a tough time, and friends were there to help you through it? I have too.

And like wise have you ever been through something horrible, and even life changing, and there was no one there to help you? Yep, I’ve been there too! I think it depends on what period of our life we are in.

But a friend, a true friend is there regardless of our life circumstances. And you know what? We are to be there for them as well. That’s what friends are for, that’s what friends do.

So be there when you’re needed, even if it does cost some time, maybe some inconvenience. Your friend is worth investing in.

And when this verse mentions a “brother”, this is a about a blood brother. Family is to be and should be there for us, in times of adversity. If that doesn’t happen in our life or if our family is gone now, we should not give up. Pray instead. Perhaps God would send some people to be part of our life as a type of family.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the people in our lives, both friends and family, that can be a support for us during our times of need. And thank You Our God, that we can be part of their circle of support as well.

And Lord God we lift up to You those that have no one. Please give them the strength they need to make it through their circumstances. And if it is Your will, please give them some good people, give them some good friends, as part of their circle.

We trust in You God. Amen.

   

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Let Them Pray

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“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs

of praise. Is anyone among you sick?

Let them call the elders

of the church to pray over them

and anoint them with oil

in the name of the Lord.”

James 5: 13, 14

I love how the Book of James is so practical, and really meets us right where we are.

Here are wonderful instructions on what to do in the different circumstances we face each day!

If we are happy we can praise God. If we are in trouble we should pray for help! He hears our prayers.

And notice too we can seek the help of others, when we are sick. There seems to be something special about leaders praying for us.

Some churches save this type of prayer for people on death’s doorstep. But perhaps the intention here is to keep us from getting to that point!

And the oil? I’m told this is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful and encouraging illustration of God’s care for us.

Lord God thank You for these beautiful verses, instructing us about the different forms of prayer and when to use them.

We praise You, our God and thank You for working in our lives! Lead us and guide us each day. Amen!! And amen!!

   

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The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine

upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord

turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 22-26

In countless churches and Jewish congregations, around the world this beautiful and timeless prayer is recited each week.

God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    

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Give Thanks to Him

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise

his name. For the Lord is good

and his love endures forever…” Psalm 100: 4, 5a

Psalm 100 is one of those wonderful psalms that combines giving thanks to God and praising Him.

And if you think about it, that makes perfect sense. I love how being thankful to God fills our hearts with praise for Him!

Now many will be thankful, without acknowledging our Creator. Let’s not be too critical of them though.

Many of us were in the same place not too long ago, and maybe God is working in their lives more than we know or realize.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge You, and thank You from the bottom of our hearts. And we praise You Lord God! Hallelujah, and amen!!

    

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In the Secret Place

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“Whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High,

will rest

in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 

Isn’t it great to know that God is the all mighty? But what does it mean to dwell in in His secret place? 

There could be a few possibilities, but I think this is talking about prayer.

When we pray, only the Lord knows, what we pray for. This is especially true when we pour out our hearts.

And when we do, He stretches out His wings as a way of protecting, and blessing us within His shadow!

And He gives us beautiful rest! Praise the Lord God!

Heavenly Father, thank you for the secret place of prayer, where You protect us! Guide us and lead us in our daily lives. We trust in You! 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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Blessed Are They

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek…..

Matthew 5: 3-5a

My reason for sharing this portion is twofold. It shows that even in the most difficult circumstances, God is at work.

Secondly, these words also show us that He cares, and of course there are many other verses in both Old and New Testaments that indicate God loves us.

So why do bad things happen to good people in the first place? Many books have been written on this topic, and I’m not a theologian, but the best book I have found on the topic was written by C. S. Lewis.

Lewis tackles many of these questions in his book, The Problem of Pain. He explains that in addition to the laws of nature, natural disasters, humanity’s inhumanity to each other, there are still a few unexplained tragedies, that we may never know the reasons for.

God is high above all our circumstances, and we cannot see the big picture. I think its important to remember the concept of “trust”. If everything always went great would we really know what trust is?

Heavenly Father, Abba, please help us through these circumstances, where all we can do is trust in You. You know the ones we face, sometimes daily. Give us the insight we need to push through, with hope.

And bring healing to our spirits, because we know that You care about each one of us. Amen.

    

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Pain and Suffering

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“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death

or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

So we know in the end how things will turn out! I’m looking forward to no more death, or pain, or suffering. Thank you God!

Ok, but what about right now? Many believers encourage us to keep going, no matter what happens in our lives. Ever heard the phrase, “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”? But no one can really say that about what we face, because they are not in our shoes.

And we know there are people that are so traumatized, by events occurring in their lives, they either don’t recover, or it is a long process to recovery. I was surprised to find out recently that mental illness can happen, from trauma in a person’s life.

The human spirit is so fragile, we should not judge people that are internally shattered.

Lord God, help us to be compassionate regarding people who need help, For the mentally ill, help us to have a heart of compassion, without judging them. Help us to also realize they may need more help than we are able to offer.

And Lord, we look forward to the day, when there is no more pain or suffering! Amen.

 P.S. I will continue a little more with this topic, next time. Be blessed!

     

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