Tag: trust

God speaks all languages!

Scripture reading for June 6: Psalms 19-24

Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.”

God speaks to all mankind through nature. In addition to nature, God also gave man His Law or Word.  (Psalm 19:7-11) The Law of the Lord is perfect and reveals God’s holiness and glory.  Those who will be instructed by it and warned by it will find revival of true life.  Light will enter their souls and wisdom for right living will bring joy to each heart.  It is truly more precious than pure gold and sweeter to the soul than honey.  It is able to discern hidden errors and keep man from willful sins that would cause him to be forever lost.  God truly has spoken our language and provides for our deepest needs.

Psalm 20 and 21 remind those who trust in the Lord that He will defend and protect them and that they will ultimately triumph over their enemies.  Life here on earth has warfare.  It often appears that the wicked and our enemies have power and equipment stronger than ours.  They trust in ‘chariots and horses’!  We, however, trust in the name of the Lord our God!  When we do, we enjoy victory!  (Psalm 20:7-8)  God is our strength and the source of all victory and blessing!  We can only praise Him Who will defeat our enemies! (Psalm 21:8-13) 

Psalm 23 tells of a Great Shepherd, the Lord, who will lead and protect his people.  This Shepherd will provide safety and green pastures to His people.  They will not need to fear, even when the ‘valley of death’ is ahead of them.  God our Shepherd is with us and leads us forward to a table of eternal blessing! 

Psalm 24 tells of God’s ownership and rulership over all the earth and universe.  He is the King of Glory!  This King wants all who come to Him to have clean hands and a pure heart! (Psalm 24:3-5)  When we go humbly to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He shows us mercy.  He has provided the sacrifice for our sins in His Son, Jesus Christ!    The doors of heaven open for the King of Glory!  Will you open your heart’s door for this amazing King to come in?  (Revelation 3:20)

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Believing the Word: Confessing Christ!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Romans 10, Psalm 127, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10: 8-11 “But what does it say?  “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the Word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God concerning Jesus Christ.  When we choose to put our trust in Jesus and His death and resurrection, faith has entered our heart and with our mouths we confess the truth: “Jesus is Lord.”  Everyone who believes is saved on the level ground of faith.  God is impartial and true to His Word!

Faith confession:  I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God and that He offered His sinless life on the cross for me and for the sins of all the world.  I believe He died and was buried and rose again the third day.  “Jesus is Lord” is my testimony and confession of my mouth.

Faith Confession:  I believe in the One True God, Jesus Christ, Creator of all mankind and my Creator and Father.  I know there is a day of appointed judgment set by God for all mankind.  Without repentance and faith in Jesus no one can stand at the judgment.

Psalm 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him; and He will make straight your paths.”  

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Pour out Your Heart to God!

Scripture reading for March 27th:  Luke 18, Psalm 62, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures: Luke 18:2-8  “He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'”  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?. . . I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?””

Jesus told this story to call His disciples to faithfulness in prayer.  Prayer calls for trust in God and His desire and ability to answer His people.  Jesus is concerned about finding His people living by faith when He returns for them.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I know that you hear and answer prayer.  You do it in a timely manner–‘speedily!’  I want to be found in faith when You return for Your people. I will pour out my heart to You alone!

Psalm 62:7-8 “On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty Rock, my refuge is God.  Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”   

 

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Breath on Me!

Scripture reading for October 4th:  Isaiah 25-28, 2nd Timothy 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 3:14-17  “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writing, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  

Paul told Timothy to hold fast to God’s sacred Word and profit by allowing it to make him wise for salvation.  Not only that he was to use the Word to minister to others, equipping them for every good work.  It is through the Word that we are brought into perfection and enjoy the peace of those taught by the Lord.

Isaiah 26:3-4  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I trust in You today.  You are my Rock.  Your sacred Word equips me for every good work.  Breath on me today.  Amen.

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Believe in God

Scripture reading for June 1st:  2nd Chronicles 20-22, Acts 21

Key Scriptures:  2nd Chronicles 20:20-21  “And he rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa.  And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem!  Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe His prophets, and you will succeed.”  And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise Him in holy attire, . .”

King Jehoshaphat had just held a prayer meeting interceding for God’s help against an enemy that had surrounded them.  There were lots of voices trying to keep God’s people from obeying.  The king warned them to believe in the Lord and trust His prophets!  He then sent out the worship team to do battle!

Acts 21:13-14 “Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your Lordship and prophetic word.  Help me to trust You and Your Word today.  Amen.

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Jesus brings spiritual conflict!

Scripture reading for January 12th:  Genesis 32-35, Matthew 10

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 10:34-38  “”Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.  Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”” 

Jesus was talking to His disciples after He had sent them out two by two to the land of Israel.  He warned them of the spiritual conflict they and future generations of believers would face.  Our love for Jesus must surpass all other relationships!  Conflict is inevitable!  God will protect and bless His own!

Genesis 32:9-11 “And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that You have shown to Your servant. . . . .Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children.  But You said, ‘I will surely do you good . . .'”

Prayer:  Lord, we are weak when it comes to facing opposition, especially from our own family.  May we be encouraged and made bold through Your Word and example.  Protect our family by Your blood.  Amen

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