Psalm 91: 1 & 2 are two verses I love. There is a secret place that is only found under the shadow of the Almighty. It is a place no one else knows of. None but the redeemed can walk there, no fowl of the air has seen it, nor beast (whether natural or spiritual) has trod that path. But as we dwell under His shadow, that secret place of the most High, we gain confidence and assurance to face the things that lay before us. My confidence no longer comes from what others say of me, but what He says to me when I'm in that secret place, that altar of my heart. Then the psalmist goes on and writes, "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust." It is never what others say, but it is always what you say! What will you say of the Lord in your present circumstance? I know what I will say: "He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I put my trust!" May God bless you.
We had a wonderful service tonight at church. Bro. Jeff ministered about David. He was able to slay Goliath the giant, but years later another giant came against him. The Scripture says he was faint and David needed the help of his men to defeat this foe. God puts people in our lives to help us win battles we are unable to. The prayers of those who sit next to you in the pew helps bring forth victories you cannot attain by yourself alone. Look around about you the next time you are in church. That person beside you may be the one who will be used of God to help you! Then you can say, like Paul of old, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" May God bless you.
Years ago I was blessed to be part of Blue Grass group in our church. We had a lot of fun doing It. We sang a song once that was called "I Found A Hiding Place." It reminds me of the verse in Isaiah 32: 2 that says, "And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert form the tempest..." Jesus Christ is that hiding place for our souls! When the winds are howling outside (just like this morning!), and the storms are wildly raging, I have a peace on the inside of my life. he gives my heart rest when I'm weary and strength when I'm faint. When you get to church this morning, let me encourage you to enter into the presence of the Lord with thanks giving and praise, and He will bring you into that covert, that place of rest under the shadow of His wings. May God bless you.
Tonight at our Friday night Christian activity the discussion came up about the difference between the Old English word "thou" and the modern "you." One brother pointed out that "thou" is a personal address, whereas "you" is formal. When the Lord says (in the KJV) "thou" He is saying it on a personal level. We are not acquaintances but close friends. It's kind of like the Spanish "Tu" and "Usted." The Lord is not impersonal towards us, but is very personal. When He came into my life it was a personal experience! When He speaks to His people it is as friend to friend. May God bless you.
We had a wonderful service tonight at church. Sis. Anna spoke about thinking the way "I Am" thinks. He is a very present help in times of trouble. Through Christ I need not look back at my past and the things that have hindered me, for I Am is my present. I need not dread tomorrow because I Am said in His Word He will be with me! So today we can do all things because the great I Am is with you and me! You can be all the great I Am intended for you to be. It may look impossible to you, but all things are possible to them that trust I AM.! May God bless you.
This title comes from the book of Ruth, chapter one. It is when Naomi felt bad that her widowed daughter-in-law desired to remain with her. She thought she had nothing to offer her. But Ruth loved her mother-in-law. She loved to hear about the God of Israel and all He did for them. Ruth refused to go back to where she came from, the gods of her people. She desired to know the living God! She made a vow, and said, "Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." Sometimes there needs be decisions to follow God all the way. In the end, Ruth was brought into the lineage of Christ because she married Boaz. She became King David's great-Grandmother! Oh the places faith can bring us! May God bless you.
Psalm 89: 19-29 this Psalm gives us an insight of how God found David and why he was chosen to lead Israel in his day. He was exalted out of the people. He loved the people of God, despite all their idiosyncrasies and quirky ways. The Lord looked for someone who was willing to lead the people, someone who knew the people, and who loved them for who they were. Because of the task at hand, God anointed David for this ministry. So it is today. The Lord is looking in all the congregations across the world for someone who will care for His people and lead them and speak to them; not from their own heart but from God's heart. A minister said once, "I didn't come to speak about God, but for God." And God made promises to David because they were partners in that ministry, all because David could be found among the people of God. Where will He find you today? Will you be available for Him to anoint you for whatever task He has for you? May God bless you!
II Corinthians 9:15 says a simple statement that holds such depth: "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." The word unspeakable here means that it can't be expounded in full. We'll never ever know the depth of God's gift of grace towards us! It is indescribable in English, Spanish, French, or any other language you can think of. The gift of God's grace is deeper than the deepest ocean. It is wider than the expanse of the heavens. His grace came to change us into the image of Christ Jesus, a work that we cannot possibly do on our own. It can reach the unreachable and save the unsaveable. None of us are deserving of His grace and mercy, but the only thing we can do is thank Him for all His gifts to us. I cannot add to it or subtract from it. No wonder the song writer penned these words: "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound; That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Twas blind but now I see!" May God bless you.
We had a wonderful service tonight at church. A family came for the first time and were blessed. The message was about the kingdom of God. Jesus taught the disciples the talk of the kingdom, the thoughts of the kingdom, and the ways of God. We too often think we cannot approach God, but all throughout the Bible He tells us to come to Him. He is telling you and me to come to Him, even now. He that comes to Jesus, He will in no wise cast out! May God bless you.
Every day is a day of Thanksgiving. Today I feel so blessed because the Lord takes care of us in every aspect of our lives! He is there when things aren't good and He's there when things are great! He is an ever present help in times of trouble and we can put our complete trust in Him! As you go through your day, please remember to be thankful to Him and bless His name! May God bless you.