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You, O God, will never leave me. Never
will You forsake me. (Heb. 13:5) You are the only absolute guarantee I
have in all of life. Help me cling to the one thing I can never lose.
What an amazingly powerful word. There is a
lot in this world that we try and cling to, but none of those things can
hold us up in a storm. God is the one absolute we have and if we will
hold tight to Him, He promises to never let us down.
We often see ourselves as fragile,
breakable souls. We live in fear of that which we are certain we can't
survive. As children of God, we are only as fragile as our
unwillingness to turn and hide our face in Him. OUr pride alone is
fragile. Once its shell is broken and the heart is laid bare, we can
sense the caress of God's tender care. Until then, He holds us just the
I am so thankful that God holds me no matter
what. He is there through the good and the bad and carries me when I
just can't stand.
If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O
Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You
are feared. I wait for You, Lord. My soul waits for You, Lord, more
than watchmen wait for the morning. With You, Lord, is unfailing love
and with You, Lord, is full redemption. You Yourself will redeem me
from all my sins. (Ps. 130:3-8)
What are you waiting on? God is wanting so
badly to fellowship with your heart right now. Today is the day of
decision. Choose to wait for Him, and He will make a way!
Have a blessed day.
Truth: I love Spring Break!!!!
I hope that this email finds you all doing
well. My church is involved in revival this week and God has really
been doing some amazing things. We still have tonight and tomorrow
night, so please be praying for us and all that God has planned for us.
It is really awesome to be standing on the
brink of something amazing, please pray that we as a church are willing
to take the next step and be obedient to what God has for us.
So often what keeps all of us from taking
that next step is fear. I know that fear is one of Satan's greatest
tools against God's people. My question is what are we afraid of? Why
as Christians when we know how amazing God is, do we fear taking steps
One of the things that God revealed to my
heart is the trick that Satan used in the very beginning. He planted a
seed of doubt in Eve's heart. He caused her to believe that God was
keeping something good from her, he caused her to fear missing out on
something. Instead of seeing God as a God that gives, Satan caused her
to see Him as a God that either keeps good things hidden or takes them
How often do we hold back because we are
afraid God is trying to take something away from us. We're afraid of
what He is going to ask us to give up. Our God is not a God that takes,
our God is a God that gives. He has so much that He wants to give us
and whenever He does require something of us, it's because He has
something even better waiting to take its place.
So, we need to stop being afraid of what God
wants to take from us, we need to stop believing the lie that God is
holding out on us. HE'S NOT!!!! Jesus said, I have not come into the
world to judge it, but have come so that you might have life and that
life to the fullest!!! Jesus offers us abundant life, and anything we
have to leave behind to have that life is worth it.
Awesome God, Your Word says that knowing
Christ Jesus my Lord is so wonderful that I can consider everything a
loss compared to its surpassing greatness. Help me to consider anything
rubbish that I have to lay down in order to gain (more knowledge and a
more abiding presence of) Christ. (Phil. 3:8) Beth Moore's Praying God's
May our Lord bless you and keep you. May He
through His loving presence, show you the abundant life that is
available in Him. Don't be afraid!
More from Praying God's Word by Beth Moore.
Father God, I ask You to lead me when I'm
blinded by ways I have not known, along unfamiliar paths please guide
me; Lord, turn the darkness into light before me and make the rough
places smooth. I pray these are the things You will do; I know You will
not forsake me. (Isa. 42:16)
Lord God, I am hard pressed on every side,
but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, by not
abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. I always carry around in my
body the death of Your Son, Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be
revealed in my body. (2 Cor. 4:8-10) Lord, help me always to remember
that if I am truly crucified with Christ, I am also raised to
resurrection life! Help me never to forget that the purpose of
crucified life is to walk in the power of Your resurrection. (Gal. 2:20)
O, Lord, cause my soul to yearn for YOU in
the night and long for You in the morning. (Isa. 26:9) Please transfer
my yearning and longing to You because I can have You to my fill! You
will never be a detriment to me!
The amazing, awesome, total power of God's
May these prayers be a blessing to you.
More cool stuff from Praying God's Word.
You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my
darkness into light. With Your help I can advance against a troop; with
my God I can scale a wall. As for You, my God, Your way is perfect; the
word of the Lord is flawless. You are a shield for all who take refuge in
You. For who is God beside You, Lord? And who is the Rock except my
God? It is You, God, who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
You make my feet like the feet of a deer; You enable me to stand on the
heights. You train my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of
bronze. You give me Your shield of victory; You stoop down to make me
great. You broaden the path beneath me so that my ankles do not turn. (2
Bottom line, I either trust Him or I don't. I
either believe in Him and who He is, or I don't. If I want certain
victory, there is only one choice, I have to believe. When I believe,
then He will stoop down to make me great. As I looked over these verse, I
noticed a reoccurring theme, it's all about Him. It's all about what He
wants to do in our lives. He is so willing to go the distance for us.
The question is, are we willing to go the distance for Him.
I pray that our God has blessed you this day
with His presence, His joy, and His peace.
More from Praying God's Word.
God, I pray that out of Your glorious riches
You will strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith. And I pray that I,
being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all
the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of
Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-- that I may be
filled to the measure of all of the fullness of God. Now to You who are
able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to Your
power that is at work within me, to You be glory in the church and in
Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph.
More from Praying God's Word.
Lord God, I believe that Your feelings toward me
are consistent with Your feelings toward Your people, Israel, for You are
the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore I believe You will hear
me and bless the praying of Your words to Israel as words over my own life
too: This is what You, the Lord, say-- You who created me, who formed me:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are
mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you
pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk
through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you
ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
I am precious and honored in Your sight. (Isa. 43:1-4)
It is such a comfort to know that no matter what
I pass through, God will walk with me and give me everything I need to
This is the most amazing prayer. (Again from Praying God's word.) The
stronghold this prayer is meant to tear down is feelings of being unloved.
Father God, according to Your Word, the angel of
the Lord encamps around those who fear You, and You deliver them. Continually
whet my appetite and woo me to taste and see that You are good; blessed am I
when I take refuge in You! Lord God, please continue to develop in me the right
kind of fear of You because Your Word says that those who fear You lack
nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek You, Lord,
lack no good thing. (Ps. 34:7-10)
How amazing. To ask God to whet our appetites, to
taste and see that He is good. And believe me, I can testify to the fact that
God is good, and He is faithful!!!
Have an amazing day and remember, CERTAIN VICTORY
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This is such an awesome prayer and I really feel
that there are people who could be freed from so much if they prayed this and
allowed God's Word to minister to their hearts.
Father, You have warned me for my own good not to
trust anything about my heart unless it is fully surrendered to You. My heart
is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. I will never be able to
understand it. You the Lord search the heart and examine the mind. (Jer.
17:9-10) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit
within me. (Ps. 51:10) Help me, Lord, above all else to guard my heart, for
it is the wellspring of life. (Prov. 4:23) Please help me to recognize that
the primary target of deception is my heart. In other words, I must be
careful not to trust feelings and emotions on their own. I must wear the
breastplate or righteousness so that I will do the right thing even when I
don't feel the right thing. In the meantime, I ask You, Lord, to knead the
right kind of feelings into my heart.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make
His face shine upon you and give you grace.
The journey through Praying God's word continues.
The next stronghold to go is deception. Here are
a few of the prayers that I thought were awesome.
Glorious God, in Your majesty ride forth
victoriously in behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness; let Your right
hand display awesome deeds. (Ps. 45:4) I don't need to be afraid of truth.
It is the key You will use to take me forth to victory.
Lord God, surely You desire truth in my inner
parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place. (Ps 51:6) Please expose to me
the deeply embedded lies I've believed and replace them with permanently
Teach me Your way; O Lord, and I will walk in Your
truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. (Ps. 86:11)
Father, You have said in Your Word, "Whoever
invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an
oath in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the past troubles will
be forgotten and hidden from my eyes. (Isa. 65:16) Lord, I have plenty of
past troubles. They seem to continue to be right before my eyes. Please, God
of truth, invoke a blessing over my life and release me from my past.
O Merciful Father, please help me never to
exchange the truth of God for a lie. (Rom 1:25) If any area remains in my
life where I have made such a tragic exchange, reveal it and set me free.
God, according to Your Word, people perish because
they refuse to love the truth and so be saved. (2 Thess. 2:10) Please, Lord,
give me a love for truth! Immeasurable fruit is produced by the love of
I pray that these prayers are able to touch your
heart as they have mine.
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My Name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny... because
you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment... because you
"deserve better than thins"
I cheat you of knowledge... because you already
know it all.
I cheat you of healing... because you're too full
of me to forgive.
I cheat you out of holiness... because you refuse
admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision... because you'd rather look
in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you out of genuine friendship... because
nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you out of love... because real romance
I cheat you out of greatness in heaven... because
refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory... because I convince
you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking
out for you. Untrue.
I'm looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don't
If you stick with me
You'll never know.
Worry is a kind of pride. When we worry,
essentially we are trying to find a solution to our own problem. A like of
anxiety shows that we have humbled ourselves before God, and have put
confidence and faith in Him.
That's why I like this particular prayer.
Father, according to Your Word, in his pride the
wicked does not seek You; in all his thoughts there is no room for You. (Ps.
10:4) Please help me to always make room in my thoughts for You, God. Don't
allow me to continue on in pride that stops me from seeking You.
Hi to everyone. I pray that this email finds you
all knowing how much you are loved by God.
I've just finished the Unbelief Chapter in Praying
God's Word. There are some amazing prayers in that chapter. Unbelief stunts
our growth as Christians. Where God would have our faith grow, so that we can
mount up with wings as eagles, we hide behind unbelief and doubt. The prayers
in this chapter are awesome, and I still recommend the book to everyone. Here
are just a few that God really impressed upon my heart.
Remember that the word of God is sharper than any
double edged sword, able to divide soul and spirit, joint and marrow. It will
show us the motivations of our hearts. As you pray, expect God's word to be
put to the test and grab hold of the fact that God will do all that He has
promised to do.
Dear Jesus, You told Your close followers, who
were taught how to seek the Father's heart, that whatever they asked for in
prayer they were to beleive they received it and it would be theirs. (Mark
11:24) O, Father, help me to know Your heart intimately so that I'll know how
to pray, what to pray, and believe in advance that I will recieve it!
Father, Your Word says that if Your disciples
believe, they will receive whatever they ask for in prayer. (Matt. 21:22)
Lord, as you mature my faith, also teach me how to pray and what to ask of You
in prayer. I have so much to learn. Keep teaching me, Father.
Father, in the parable of the sower, You teach us
that the seed of Your Word that falls along the path represents the ones who
hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so
that they may not believe. (Luke 8:12) Lord, please help me to actively
receive Your Word into my heart upon hearing it so that the devil cannot come
and take it from me before it has had time to take root.
Lord, if You speak to me regarding earthly things
and I do not believe, how then will I believe when You speak of heavenly
things? (John 3:12) Help me to believe You here and now and not just believe
you in things concerning heaven. You are God of heaven and earth!
Lord, though I have not seen You, I want to love
You deeply; and even though I do not see You now, I want to believe in You and
be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. (1 Pet. 1:8)
Father, I want You to be able to look at my life
as You did Stephen's and be able to say that I am full of the Holy Spirit and
faith, and that many people were brought to the Lord through my witness. (Acts
O, God, how I thank You that a lack of faith will
never nullify Your faithfulness. (Rom. 3:3) If I am faithless, You will
remain faithful, for You cannot disown Yourself. (2 Tim. 2:13)
Lord God, You don't want me to be persuaded just
by the wise and persuasive words. You want me to be persuaded by the
demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that my faith will not rest on men's
wisdom, but on God's power. (1 Cor. 2:4-5)
Lord God, help me draw near to You with a sincere
heart in full assurance of faith, having my heart sprinkled to cleanse me from
a guilty conscience and having my body washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:22)
Lord God, You have said that Your righteous one
will live by faith and if he shrinks back You will not be pleased with him.
(Heb. 10:38) Lord, I want to live a life that is pleasing to You. The life
that pleases you is also a life that You so readily bless. (Heb. 11:6) I
don't want to miss the great adventures You mapped out for me by shrinking
back from a walk of faith.
Father, according to Your Word, faith is being
sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not see. (Heb. 11:1) Please
increase my assurance and certainty of the things You've promised but that I
Lord, please help me to be like Abraham who, by
faith, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,
obyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. (Heb. 1:8)
Help me not to miss future blessing because I refuse to go to a place with You
that I've never been before.
Hello to all,
A good friend of mine recommended a book to our
Wednesday night study group. It's called "Praying God's Word" by Beth Moore.
Beth Moore says something in the first chapter
that confirms something that God has been trying to teach me this year. God
has given us weapons to battle the thoughts in our minds and the war that is
being waged around us by the enemy, those weapons are His Word and Prayer.
She describes them as two sticks of dynamite that we can lay at the foundation
of any stronghold and watch the stronghold fall. So what she has done is put
together a group of prayers based on scripture. God has given us His truth to
battle the darkness and when we pray His word we release a power into our
lives that we can't even begin to hope or imagine.
The first chapter is on idolatry and here are just
a few of the prayers. I know that we are all facing difficulties in our lives
or have friends or family who are facing difficulty. I would encourage you to
pray these prayers over yourself and them, allowing God to shine His light
into the darkness.
You, my Lord, are the everlasting God, the Creator
of the ends of the earth. You will not grow tired or weary, and Your
understanding no one can fathom. You give strength to the weary and increase
the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men
stumble and fall; but when I hope in YOu, O, Lord, my strength will be
renewed. I will soar on wings like eagles; I will run and not grow weary, I
will walk and not faint. (Isa. 40:28-31)
My God, since the creation of the world Your
invisible qualities-- Your eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly
seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without
excuse. (Rom. 1:20) O, merciful God, help us not exchange the truth of God for
a lie, and worship and serve created things rather than You, our Creator-- who
is forever praised. Amen. (Rom. 1:25)
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your
faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
Your justice like the great deep. O Lord, Your preserve both man and beast.
How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge
in the shadow of Your wings. I want to feast on the abundance of Your house;
I want to drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of
life; in Your light I want to see light. (Ps. 36:5-9)
My God, whom have I in heaven but You? And earth
has nothing I desire besides You. (Ps. 73:25)
My Lord, where can I go from Your Spirit? Where
can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I
make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast. (Ps. 139:7-10)
My Father and my God, You are not a man, that You
should lie, not a son of man, that You should change Your mind. I thank You
that when You speak, You act. And what You promise, You fulfill. (Num.
I pray that God can use these prayers in Your life
to bring victory and draw you closer to Him.
I love the hope that theses verses give.
Psalm 124: 1-8
"If the Lord had not been on our side-
Let Israel say-
if the Lord had not been on our side
when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us, they would have
swallowed us alive; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have
swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away."
What a discouraging picture. Swallowed
alive, flood waters engulfing. How often does it feel like that is exactly
what is happening in our lives. Our circumstances or emotions, just become
too much for us to handle and we feel as if they are going to burry us alive.
We feel like there is nothing we could possibly do to stand against such
odds. But the beauty of these verses is the word "if".
"Praise be to the Lord, who has not let
us be torn by their teeth. We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler's
snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the
name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
PRAISE THE LORD, WE HAVE ESCAPED. The
verse before talks of if the Lord were not with us, but the truth is that God
is with us, and He has provided a way of escape. The Psalmist talks of the
bird escaping, to escape usually a bird flies. That is what God wants us to
do, He wants us to soar. He wants us to fly. But to do that first we must
see and understand that God has broken the snare. Nothing can hold us captive
if we are a child of God. The Lord is on our side. What good news. What
"I lift up my eyes to the hills--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let you foot slip--
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you--
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm--
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:1-8
I think that I will just let the word of God speak
I have a prayer request in regards to my family.
I'm not going to go into a lot of details now, but just please be remembering
I have a confession to make. Lately I have had a
lot on my mind and have been more than a little distracted. The reason for my
distraction bottom line is worry. I have really been worrying lately about the
future and a 100 other things.
The root of all anxious thoughts and worry is
control. I want to have control so I meditate on things that are
out of my control like that is going to make me feel better.
God gave me an amazing word last night and it was
so cool I just had to share it, especially since we are going into a hectic
holiday season when it is so easy to be busy and to worry.
"Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me
neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread." Proverbs 30:7
Only my daily bread. This verse reminded me that
God gives me enough joy, grace, patience, hope and courage to make it through
today. My daily bread from Him is like the manna from heaven, He wants me to
trust Him with my tomorrows, so He only gives me enough of what I need for
today. I can't live on past manna but I can't live on future manna either. I
have to take the manna for today, and live out that verse, "This is the day
the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." Bible
So for all of us worriers of the future this is my
prayer for us.
"Be anxious about nothing, but in all things, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the
peace of God will guard your minds and your hearts in Christ Jesus." Bible
The Almighty Word of God, something so timeless
and so beautiful, yet many people see it as just a bunch of stories about a
bunch of people who lived a long time ago.
One of the things to me that is so amazing about
God's word is how easily it applies to my life today. When I find myself in a
stressful situation or I find myself forgetting who I am in Christ, God's word
leads me back to where I belong. It really is the lamp unto my feet guiding
No verses illustrate this point more than the
verses from Psalm 119. From beginning to end all the verses outline the
beauty and need for God's Word. I hope that these scriptures can bless your
heart as much as they have blessed mine.
"Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who
walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart."
Psalm 119: 1-2
We are all looking for a little more blessing
in our lives. God's word in and of itself is a blessing.
"How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do
not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that
I might not sin against you."
Purity of mind and purity of heart is a
difficult thing to find in this world, but with the help of God's word purity
is attainable. That which is inpure hinders us, but that which is pure sets
"Your statues are my delight, they are my
We make 100 decisions every day. Through the
help and guidance of God's word it is possible for us to make the right ones.
"My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me
according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me
through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set
my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statues, O Lord; do not let me be
put to shame. I run in the path of your commands for you have set my
It's nice to know God has set my heart free.
But the freedom comes only after the choice.
"Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are
good. How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your
righteousness." Psalm 119: 39-40
More than anything in this world, I want to
make a difference. I have one shot, one life, one chance. I want it to count
for something beautiful. God's word and His righteousness in me, cause my
life to be something beautiful for Him.
Greetings from the home bound, on a rainy
This is a long Psalm so I'm just going to let The
Word do the talking. I will say that freedom is what Christ came and died
for, so today if you are feeling a little bound, or a little entangled then
let the word minister to your heart. If today you have come to a place where
you are beginning to feel true freedom for the first time, then let this Psalm
be your praise to Him.
I love the Lord, for he
heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came upon me;
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord;
'O Lord, save me!'
The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the
when I was in great need, he
Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
For you, O Lord, have delivered my
soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stubbing,
that I may walk before the Lord in
the land of the living.
I believe; therefore I said, 'I am greatly
And in my dismay I said,
'All men are liars.'
How can I repay the Lord for all
his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of
salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints. O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your
servant, the son of your maidservant;
you have freed me from my
I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call
on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the
presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord--
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.
Life and the circumstances of life can make the
existence of God a questionable issue. When life is tough it is easier at
times to turn to the things that we can see and touch for comforter. That is
why I love this Psalm. It reminded me of how real my God is. No matter
whether I can see Him or not.
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we can not see." Hebrews 11:1
"Why do the nations say, 'Where is their God?' Our
God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver
and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes,
but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot
smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can
they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them." Psalm 115:2-8
WHAT MY LORD JESUS CAN DO
"They have mouths but can't speak."
Jesus speaks to us. He speaks to our hearts and
to our lives. He speaks to our pain. We have a whole 4 books filled with
words taken directly from His mouth, and everyone of them is just as vital
today as it was 2000 years ago. Jesus speaks.
"Eyes that can't see."
Think of all that Jesus sees. He sees our hurts,
both big and small. He sees our victories and rejoices with us. He sees the
broken and weary. He sees his child running home. Too make it a little more
personal, He sees the flooded homes and the ruined cities. He sees the
desperate families. Jesus sees.
"They have ears, but cannot hear."
Jesus hears our laughter. He hears our singing.
He hears us when we weep. He hears the angels singing, but would trade all
that to hear the smallest of prayers from His children. He hears the damn
busting and the water rushing in. Jesus hears us.
"Noses but they can not smell."
Jesus smells the bread baking, the coffee brewing
and the flowers in the field. He smells the begger and the homeless and does
not turn away. He smells the fragrant offering of our praise.
"Hands but can't feel."
Jesus' hands touched the eyes of the blind.
Wiped the tears from a mother's eyes. His hands broke bread and gave thanks.
And even now His hands are handing out bottled water and food. His hands are
outstretched offering people homes. His hands bore the nails that set me
free. His hands hold me even now.
"Feet that can't walk."
Jesus walked on water. He walked beside his
disciples. He walked into the synagogues and into the houses of sinners. He
walked into a garden and up a hill carrying a cross. Today he walks down
flooded streets, and he walks with me through the valley of the shadow of
"Not a sound within their throats"
When I have no words to speak to express my joy or
my pain, Jesus' Spirit intercedes with groans that words can't express.
Thank You God. Thank you for being more real than
anything else I will experience.
At a time when so many people's lives have been
shaken and there is no lack of bad news, I thought these scriptures would be a
blessing to our hearts.
"Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds
great delight in his commands." Psalm 112:1
When we have the fear of the Lord in our hearts,
it will be harder for us to fear anything else.
"Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man
will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is
steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes." Psalm 112:6-8
What amazing promises and all this stems from fear
of the Lord and trust in His commands. Imagine never being shaken, having no
fear of bad news, going through life with a secure heart, and knowing that we
will triumph over our foes.
I know what it means to be afraid. Sometimes I
feel like I'm afraid of everything, but when I put my perspective where it
needs to be; when I look into the face of God and give Him all my fear, then
there is little room in my heart for anything else. So remember, blessed is
the man who fears the Lord.
When ever you feel yourself growing afraid, return
to His word and He will give you a heart that won't be shaken.
Have a great week!!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love
endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this-- those he redeemed
from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from the east and
west, from the north and south." Psalm 107: 1-3
Sometimes life just feels scattered or shattered
one way or the other. Like there are just little pieces of me everywhere and
I'm constantly trying to gather them all up or put them back together, or even
just keep them under control.
What I thought was encouraging about this verse is
that no matter how scattered and stretched I feel, from north to south, from
east to west; I serve a God who is able to pick up all the scattered,
shattered pieces and keep me together.
The Psalmist uses the word gather. What a calm,
gentle word. It is so nice to know that God gathers me in His arms. No
matter how far I have stretched myself, no matter how far I have gone off the
beaten trail, He is able to gather me from the north and south, from the east
Praise Your Name Oh Lord, for the length of Your
arms. Thank You for always being there to gather me.
"Therefore the Lord was angry with his people and
abhorred his inheritance. He handed them over to the nations, and their foes
ruled over them and subjected them to their power. Many times he delivered
them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin."
What was the end result of everything? After all
that had happened from the Red Sea to 40 years in the desert to the walls of
Jericho and then finally as we saw in the earlier verse, a nation who had
chosen to worship other gods. Ultimately the nation of Israel returned to
bondage, just a different kind.
Eventually if I continue doing things my own way
I will find myself back in slaver and under oppression. God will hand us over
to the consequences of our own sin. Which will lead to the enemy oppressing
us and subjecting us to his power. This is not the kind of life I want to
What led to this? Grumbling and complaining,
disobedience and unbelief. God does not easily give up on us and He does what
He can to deliver us, but if I'm set on having things my own way then the
outcome is unavoidable and sad, "they wasted away in their sin."
"But he took note of their distress when he heard
their cry; for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love
he relented. He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive." Psalm
One bright note in a very dark place. "He took
note." After all they had done to deny Him, all they had done to rebel
against Him, He took note. He heard, He remembered and out of His great love,
Thank you Lord for taking note of me. For
remembering me and listening to me! Thank You!! Thank You for easing my
suffering! Even in the midst of captivity You won't let us go.
If today you feel forgotten, don't. God has taken
note of you.
I wish that I could tell you that things got
better for Israel once they entered the Promise Land but unfortunately that
was not the case.
I wish I could say that this email was going to go
back to the sweet mushy stuff and I believe there are a couple of hard truths
God still wants us to learn.
I will confess that this is probably the longest
and the toughest one yet.
"They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord had
commanded them, but they mingled with nations and adopted their customs. They
worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their
sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of
their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the
land was desecrated by their blood. They defiled themselves by what they did;
by their deeds they prostituted themselves." Psalm 106:34-39
The vicious cycle of sin. What began in the
desert continued in the Promise Land. There were just too many gods to
worship and the people of Israel just couldn't keep themselves separate.
Sin never stops with just you. They mingled, then
they adopted and finally they worshiped. And what kind of worship did they
give the god of this world? They sacrificed their sons and daughters to
If we are foolish enough to think that this can't
happen to us our church, or our nation then we are blind. The slow
progression of sin is evident and it all started with their disobedience.
Instead of going in and taking the land as God intended they left themselves
open by not clearing out the land completely.
So the question I ask myself is this. What am I
sacrificing to demons in my life? I may not be building an alter and
sacrificing children but what the Israelites were really doing, was
sacrificing their future, their next generation. They were completely blind to
what the enemy was doing. And that is exactly what I do when I'm not
obedient. When I choose to believe that I know better than God.
They prostituted themselves. A prostitute sells
what she has for what she needs. Am I selling myself out to Satan by the
things I do because I don't think God can meet my needs? I have been given
the abundance of Heaven. I should not live like a whore by worshipping and
giving myself away to the god of this world by the things that I do.
Help me Lord Jesus. Help me to set myself apart.
You have covered me with the blood of Your Son. You have given me all that I
need. Thank You! Thank You!
"Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise. They grumbled in their tents and did not
obey the Lord. So He swore to them with uplifted hand that he would make them
fall in the desert, make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter
them throughout the lands." Psalm 106:24-27
Imagine this: You're going on vacation.
You've been saving for this vacation for along time. You load everyone into
the car and head towards your destination. The trip doesn't go just like you
planned. The kids were a little cranky and don't like the food very much, but
you all persevere together and finally you make it to your vacation
destination. Everything looks great. The condo is right on the beach.
Everything is beautiful, but the kids just aren't happy. As a matter of fact
they hate it. Their room's aren't big enough. The walk to the beach takes
too long. They don't have anyone to hang out with. They begin to ask why you
wasted your money and brought them on this dumb vacation anyway. How
Now this might be a bad comparison
simply because the Promised Land and a great vacation are on no where near the
same scale but just imagine how disappointed God was, they finally made it all
that way and then Israel just didn't want the gift He was trying to give them.
The progression of their behavior
started them not being satisfied which led to unbelief. Even after everything
they just didn't believe that God would keep His promise and so they began to
grumble. So unbelief leads to complaining which then leads to disobedience.
After they started complaining they decided to just not be obedient.
What was God's reaction? He had to send
them back out into the desert until an unbelieving generation died out and one
who was willing to follow had risen up.
Jesus came that we might have life and
life to the fullest. That is not something that will start in eternity, it's
already started now. Sometimes instead of heading into the Promises of God,
into what He has called us to, we decide to stay in our tents and grumble. We
become discontent with the way God has chosen to work in our lives. (God's
taking too long, I never expected it to be so hard. Etc.) Then that leads to
unbelief in what God has promised to do in the first place (finishing the good
work in us, working all things to our good, giving us abundant life). Then we
start to complain in our tents. The reason I think that tent is so important
is because that is temporary. God wants to build something eternal in us but
we would rather sit among the temporary things of this world and complain.
Which will eventually lead to disobedience.
What's God's cure? The wilderness. Now
I don't think we should see the wilderness as punishment. It is more like
discipline. The wilderness is a place where we have to depend on God or we
won't survive. It is also a place where the unbelief in our hearts can die,
so that God can raise us up to be believers in what He has promised.
We all go through wilderness experiences
in our Christian life and some can't be avoided. But this one could have been
avoided if the people would have submitted and accepted what God was doing in
their lives. Same is true of us. How much easier it would be for us to
submit and believe instead of grumbling in our tents.
"At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped
an idol cast from metal. They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull,
which eats grass. They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great
things in Egypt, miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
So he said he would destroy them- had not Moses, his chosen one stood in the
breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them." Psalm 106:19-23
Remember the part about the bad and
ugly. Well things just kept getting uglier. Even after a ravaging disease
(Numbers 11: 4-34) and an earthquake (Numbers 16:28-34) the people took it one
horrible step further.
A theme that seems to run through most
of Israel's history is idolatry. Not being happy with the God they have so
they decide to simply choose a new one. And that's what they did in these
verses. They gave up their Glory for an image that eats grass. What a sad
verse of scripture.
How often do we as children of the
living God give up our Glory for nothing? We just decide that the God we
serve is just not working for us so we trade Him in for something else. It
maybe a box that plays music, or a box that has pretty pictures on the
screen. Maybe we trade God in for a game where men chase each other around a
field or hit a ball. Maybe we trade God in for a human being, like our
children or our spouse. Maybe for a desk and computer at work. Whatever we
spend the most time doing whatever we put our time and effort towards, that is
what can become our god.
We look at the Israelites and say what
foolish people that they would worship an animal. How much more foolish are
the things we choose to worship? We trade God in for something that we think
can bring true happiness.
I don't know of anything that angers God
more than idolatry. He is a loving God but we would not be seeing the whole
picture if all we saw was His love. He is a God of wrath when it comes to
This makes me even more thankful for
Jesus. Because just as Moses stood in the breech, Jesus stands in the breech
for me today, whenever I make the mistake of trying to serve another god,
including the god of self. How awful it must be for those people who don't
have Jesus to stand in the breech for them.
One of the reasons that I enjoy
sending out emails is because it is always nice to share what God is
teaching me. It makes it more solid in my mind and it helps the truths to
become more ingrained into my spirit.
I pray that they are also encouraging
to the poor people who happen to be on my email list. I enjoy sending
things that can uplift people's hearts and show them how much God loves and
cares about us because it is so easy to become loaded down with the weight
of this world, we forget that God lifts the weight. So I hope that what I
send is in some way encouraging. I base whatever I write on what I read
during my quite times. I've been reading through Psalms and that is what
most of the emails have been about. Well the verses that I have been
reading lately have pretty much outlined the good, the bad and the ugly
about Israel, more emphasis on the bad and ugly.
Sharing the good stuff is easy, but
sharing the bad and ugly can be a little bit more difficult. Still God has
been teaching me things and I would like to share them but not without first
attaching the above disclaimer. The next few emails I send will be the bad
and the ugly and hopefully they will help us to not repeat the mistakes of
the past. Hopefully they will help us see how to keep the bad and the ugly
out of our lives.
"But they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his counsel. In the desert they gave in to their
craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test. So he gave them what
they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them." Psalm 13-15
The saddest part of this verse is the
part about they soon forgot. God has done amazing things for us and how
soon do we forget. We forget about how He provided for us that time when
the money was almost gone. We forget how He worked all the circumstances to
our good when all we could see was the problem. We forget and then after we
forget we stop seeking His counsel.
When we stop seeking the counsel of
God we put ourselves in a very dangerous position. Because the next thing
we know we have given into our cravings and we begin to put God to the
test. So much of what I have seen in the psalms in progressive behavior
that leads from bad to worse. Forgetfulness leads to self-sufficiency (
stop seeking God's counsel), which leads to giving in to our cravings and
putting God to the test.
God's reaction to this behavior is as
follows: He gave them what they wanted. Now it says that God sent a disease
upon them, and I think the reason it says this is because nothing comes to
us that doesn't pass through the hands of God. So He allowed a disease to
come upon them and it killed many people. I found all this in Numbers
11:4-34. The people were not happy with manna so God gave them quail and a
plague was sent among them. The plague killed the people who were not
content with what God had given in the first place.
God does not desire to fight with us. He has given us all we have and need.
Sometimes the biggest enemy God has to protect us from is ourselves. We think
He is with holding something good from us, but His word promises that He will
with hold no good thing. We have to trust Him. Because if we get the thing
we think we want, the price that comes with it may be higher than we want to
I took this picture in my back yard.
I thought it was a really awesome reminder that
God desires to meet all our needs. Not only does He want to but He is more
Therefore I tell you , do not worry about your
life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is
not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they? Who
or you by worrying can add a single hour to his life. Matthew 6:25-27
I know this may sound really simple but I love
God's word and when I find something I love I just have to share it.
"Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your
people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of
your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your
inheritance in giving praise." Psalm 106:4-5
I am so thankful that God has remembered me. Just
a passing vapor but God has made a way for me to enjoy some amazing things.
He has come to my aid through the blood of His son
and hte indwelling of His Holy Spririt. I get to enjoy a prosperity because
He has allowed me to be in the number of His chosen ones. Not prosperity like
lots of money or giving me my every demand, but prosperity in love, joy,
peace, forgiveness. All those things that really make life worth while.
I get to share in the joy of His nation and join
in an inheritance. Not because of anything I have done. All this is given
freely through Jesus.
Satan likes to bind us with feelings of not
getting our fair share and we give into these feelings but feeling sorry for
ourselves. We have so much to be thankful for. We have been given so much.
Don't short change yourself today by feeling like
you have missed out on something. You are able to enjoy a prosperity, share
in the joy of a nation and join in an inheritance. Claim it and walk in it!!!
He brought out Israel,
laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one
faltered. Egypt was glad when they left, because dread of Israel had fallen on
them. He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.
They asked and he brought them quail and satisfied them
with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
like a river it flowed in the desert. Psalm
The first thing I really thought was cool, was
that when they left bondage they were loaded with silver and gold. That shows
me that when we leave any kind of bondage there are things we can take with
Lets say someone has been bond to an addiction
their whole life. When God delivers them from that bondage they have a right
to take back peace, joy and self-respect when they leave. We shouldn't just
settle for being set free. There are things that we can take back from the
Second, God will do miraculous things to provide
for our needs. The bread of Jesus that He offers from Heaven will still meet
our needs today.
Living water can flow from our hearts even when we
feel like we are in a desert. Our God is a miraculous God.
Lets live today enjoying the bread of heaven and
the water gushing like a river in the desert.
Time on my hands. That is one of the wonderful
things about summer. Being able to spend more time just getting to know God.
He is available all year round, but with a little less to do, it's just easier
"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being,
praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not His
Benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like
Sometimes I get so busy asking God for things,
that I forget about the benefits He has already given.
#1 Forgives all my sins. Key
word all. God is a god of completion and He forgives completely all that I
#2 Heals all my diseases. Those
things that people do to me that I have no control over. That is what I think
of as a disease. Something Satan will try to use to rot my soul. But God
#3 Redeems my life. Takes something He has
created and uses it to its fullest potential.
#4 Crowns me with love and compassion. Something
that I am able to give to others. Not something that can be earned but
something rightfully mine as an heir to Jesus.
#5 Satisfies my desires with good things. God
knows what I need! He has with held no good thing.
When I remember all that I benefit by being God's
child, then my youthful love for Him is renewed, which allows me to fly with