Tag: Psalm 16:11

Experiencing the Abundant Life in 2022

Theme for 2022: Experiencing the Abundant Life!

Key Scriptures: John 10:10-11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Psalm 16:5-6, 11 “The Lord is my chosen Portion and my Cup; You hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” . . .”You make known to me the path of Life, in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Dear Friends and Lovers of God’s Holy Word,

Shalom! Greetings and a blessed and abundant New Year to each one of you! As we embark on a new journey into the future in 2022, we don’t know what this year holds, but we do know the One Who holds on to us and promises an abundant life. It is on the Word of Jesus Christ that we victoriously proclaim a thriving and prosperous new year.

Mary has already and I will soon join her to begin walking through the 75th year of our lives. We are committing to each other and the Lord to live our life fully in His Presence this year. We want the abundant Life promised by our Lord and provided by His life laid down for us, His sheep. Even though we have lived a long and blessed life, we know that God has more for us to learn and do, to enjoy and to experience until He takes us home. Join us as we journey through our 75th year seeking to know Jesus more fully and to increasingly enjoy His peace and Presence. We are going to thrive, not just survive, as we live in His Presence and are filled with His Holy Spirit! Onward and upward, all to His glory!

In His love, John and Mary Morse

Philippians 3:8, 12-13 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, . . .” Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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Holding fast to Life Eternal

Scripture reading for January 11th: 1st Timothy 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 6:12-16 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, Who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, Who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time–He Who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”

Paul ends his letter to Timothy where it began in the first chapter. He encouraged Timothy to hold fast to eternal life by living by faith. He encouraged him to live a holy life in expectation of Jesus’ promised return and ended with worship of the King of kings and Lord of lords! Honor and eternal dominion are found in Him alone! He dwells in unapproachable light and is without beginning or end! What a blessed Lord we serve!

Leviticus 11:44 “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy for I am holy.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, crucified for my sins, buried in a tomb, raised on the third day to eternal glory at God’s right hand. I praise and worship You as King and Lord! Give me grace to hold fast to eternal Life and enjoy eternal pleasure with You!

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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Giving God His Due!

Scripture reading for April 7th:  Judges 1-3, Psalm 16, Luke 20

Key Scriptures: Luke 20:21-25 “So they asked Him, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God.  Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?”  But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Show Me a denarius.  Whose likeness and inscription does it have?  They said, “Caesar’s.”  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s”

Some religious Scribes came to Jesus to try and trap Him by asking a leading question concerning paying taxes to Caesar.  Jesus was not fooled by their trickery, but turned the tables on them, asking them for a Roman coin, the denarius.  He asked them to read the inscription and state what likeness it contained.  It was a likeness of Caesar, the Roman ruler.  He then instructed them to give to Caesar what belonged to Him and to God what He rightfully had coming.  That would be respect and obedience!

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word, teaching me truth to live by.  May I always please God my Father by giving Him what is due and respect earthly authorities He ordained.

Judges 3:1,4 “Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars of Canaan.  . . .They were for the testing of Israel, to know whether Israel would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.” 

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Jesus is the Christ, Son of God!

Scripture reading for January 22nd:  Matthew 16, Psalm 16, Prov. 16

Key Scriptures: Matthew 16:13-17  “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus had been with His disciples for some time and they had beheld the miracles and heard His wisdom.  He had created a buzz among all who had met Him.  Asking His disciples who the people said He was, there was a variety of answers.  Then He asked them directly who they thought He was.  Simon Peter spoke out in simplicity of faith, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  Jesus commended Peter, telling him that His answer came from the Father.

Faith’s Confession:  Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of the Living God, my Savior.  (Action step:  If you have never confessed Jesus as Lord and Christ, do so today.  Make it personal and from your heart!)  Your Father in Heaven is drawing you because He love you.

Psalm 16:1-2 “Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.”  vs 16 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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Rejoicing in His Presence!

Scripture reading for November 9th:  Acts 1-4
Key Scriptures:  Acts 2:24-28 “But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.  David said about Him, “I saw the Lord always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because You will not abandon me to the grave nor will you let Your Holy One see decay.  You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.”” 

Peter, in his sermon on the day of Pentecost, quoted from Psalm 16 to illustrate God’s foreknowledge of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  It was impossible for death to hold Him because He was walking in the path of Life–total obedience to His Father!  David had written of this over 1000 years earlier and it now had come to pass!  David held the hope of resurrection for his body as well and all Christians now share this same blessed Hope!

Rejoicing in God’s Promised Presence:  “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”  (Psalm 16:11)

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