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Drunk on the circumstances?

Scripture reading for June 10: Psalm 36-41

Many people battle depression. A heaviness and a cloud of negativism hangs on their life and their conversations.  They can’t seem to move into a positive attitude.  They seem to live in a pit that holds them in spiritual bondage. When I talk to someone with depression, I sometimes tell them to take their open hand and slap their face and say to themselves, “sober up–you are drunk on the circumstances!”

Psalm 38 recorded David’s battle with depression and desperate circumstances.  David was sick in body with festering wounds because he had sin and guilt in his life.  He had back pain that penetrated his being. (Psalm 38:5-7)  He was feeble and crushed in anguish of heart.  People avoided him because of his wounds and there were those plotting his ruin and destruction.  He had trouble hearing and speaking in response to those who hated him!  He called upon God to help, and quickly!  (Psalm 38:22)

In Psalm 40, David stated that after patiently waiting on the Lord, God heard his cry and responded by lifting him out of the slimy pit that held him.  He set David’s feet on a firm rock and put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to our God!  The man who trusts in the Lord will never be put to shame!

Some practical advice for dealing with depression comes from these psalms.  First, David told the Lord exactly how he felt in body and soul.  Honest evaluation and casting on the Lord all our cares is a good thing to do.  Notice how the psalmist always comes back to faith and belief in the Lord. (Psalm 38:22. 40:17)  Second, patience is necessary in trials.  The psalmist could not help himself–he had to wait on the Lord patiently! (Psalm 38:15) (Psalm 40:1)  Even though he asked that the Lord come quickly, God’s time is not always the same as ours. (Psalm 38:22)  Last, David sang a new song of praise after the rescue.  Praise and testimony of God’s goodness and deliverance always blesses the one who does it and then blesses the Lord Who came through and encourages those who hear!

Even before the answer came, the psalmist was praising God!  Why not apply these truths today if you are in a pit?  God loves to save and deliver!  If necessary, give yourself a little slap to remember not to be drunk on your circumstances!

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Love is Supreme!

Scripture reading for July 23rd: 1st Corinthians 13, Psalm 146, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. . . .”

As Paul writes to the Corinthians about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, he adds this special word concerning love.  The love that Paul speaks of is God’s amazing love given to believers as a fruit of the Holy Spirit indwelling them.  This love is patient and kind not arrogant or boastful.  It rejoices in truth and goodness.  This love is not pushy, irritable or resentful.  It bears all things and believes all things. Grounded in hope, it never fails or ends but confidently waits for God’s Word to come to pass.

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for Your amazing love, shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit empowering me to live and act in the manner of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 146: 4-7 “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.”  

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Kind and patient Love

Scripture reading for July 23rd:  Psalm 37-40, 1st Corinthians 13
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. . . .”

The more excellent way is walking by the Spirit in love.  God is love.  Paul’s great chapter on the enduring and powerful working of love stands as a beacon for all believers to walk in God’s great love.  God has demonstrated His patience, kindness, truth and overcoming love to us through Jesus Christ.  We rejoice in this truth and ask God to fill us with His kind and patient love.

Psalm 37:34  “Wait for the Lord and keep His way; and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your kind and patient love expressed to us so generously in Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Fill us with this love again today and let it overflow in our souls.  Amen.

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Love never fails!

Scripture reading for July 22nd:  1st Corinthians 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 13:4-8  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”  

Paul taught the Corinthians how to be over-comers through the powerful weapon of love.  Jesus, Himself, was God’s love gift to the world and He taught the world about God the Father who is Love!  We who now are baptized in the Holy Spirit are filled with a river of God’s love that can flow out and melt the hardest hearts and bring in a harvest of souls for our Lord of Love!  Biblical love (agape’) never fails to produce fruit for God!

Observations for over-comers:  All the gifts and powerful revelations of God and His kingdom will be of no value without God’s love flowing through us!  “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” (1st Corinthians 13:13)  “He has taken me into His banqueting hall, and His banner over me is love.”  (Song of Songs 2:4)

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