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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Lead Me Lord

Before you begin your day ask God to order your steps according to HIS plans for you. This is essentially asking for His will to be done on Earth, like in the Lord's Prayer.

When we fail to ask for God to intervene, we fail to fall into position. For example, our daughter loves to help with the dishes, but I don't need her to help with the dishes ... I need her to take a shower. Sofia believes in her heart she is helping, but she is not doing what I need her to do. However, when she asks me for direction I can direct her. The same is for us. God knows the plans for us, but we don't  know his plans. 

If we never ask Him to guide us, we are blindly walking a path, instead of walking with His provisions. Wouldn't life be better served with the guidance of a God that seeks to guide you through to His promises?
Order my steps in your word dear Lord. Lead me, guide me every way.  Order my steps in your word.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

God is my helper

3For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah. 4Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. 5He will recompense the evil to my foes; Destroy them in Your faithfulness. Ps 54:3-5

After a pause in verse 3, David expresses his exuberance. "THIS is remarkable. God is MY helper. He is here to help and support me." The Psalmist is amazed himself. He is probably thinking, Who is God that is mindful of me (Psalm 8:4)?

In verse 4, "the Lord is the upholder of my life." Samak (saw-mak) is the Greek word for 'sustain', which means to confirm or support, lean, or rest. If we are for God, He is for us, and if He is for us, we do not need to fear our life's problems. Like David, at some point we need to stop trying to do everything ourselves and let The Lord God who desires to uphold our life, do so. Let God, be God. Let God, stand in the midst of battle to defend us, to sustain us like a judge upholds a law. He defends us with honor. Wow! Praise God!

It would be foolish for us to continue to think we can handle our problems on our own. Our situation is nothing new. We are not the first one in debt, the first one with a struggling marriage, or broken home. Which means, God's seen it all. He's the professional's, professional.  It is time we become God's shadow. Let Him walk in front so He can make a path and at the end we can lay down in peace.

Will you do this today? Will you say Father, take my burdens? Take my struggles Lord. Take my situations and my worry. I want to worry no longer because you are with me. I desire to lack nothing. Restore my soul and guide me in the path of righteousness.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

If the Lord Had Not ...

Our children will wake up in the middle of the night, petrified, and realize no one present to comfort them. Our youngest will brave the walk across the house and down the stairs to cuddle with mommy and daddy. Either way he is looking for someone to ride this out with him and comfort him for a restful night. At some point in our lives, we have to examine our fears, otherwise it poses the ability to grow and multiply. Deuteronomy 33:26 says, “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty."

Moses is painting a picture of God's ability to be the eternal Refuge and the saving Help for the people of Israel. God's shows His sovereign rule and willingness to help His people. When stress, worry, pain, hurt, trials, and tribulations come about, instead of leaving you to fend for yourself, God desires to ride it out with you. Except you must go to Him like a child. When we retreat to God like an adult we tend to have a certain amount of pride which causes us to rationalize our situation(s), therefore, preventing total surrendering.

When our son comes running across the house, he knows we will respond. He calls for us boldly and loudly in need without any care. He looks for his refuge and strength. Lastly, in Psalm 94:17 after the psalmist had been comforted, he writes, If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence."

Do not let your fears silence your way to Victory ... turn to the Rock.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A God That Is Not Remote

Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God who is only close at hand?" says the LORD. "No, I am far away at the same time. 24"Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.

God is addressing the lying prophets in this passage, but the same thought process should be aimed at us as well when it comes to being uncomfortable. God is saying, "Am I a God that only sees what happens in heaven? Am I a God that cannot see, hear, and be aware of various persons and things?" Fact is, God was aware of you before you were consummated in your mother's womb (Jeremiah 1:5). 

It would be illogical for God to have the Son of God die for our sins and not care enough to be watchful over us. That being said, we would have to be ignorant of who God is to allow the situations we struggle through to break us and not help us get to a deeper level in relationship. When you hide and run away from the uncomfortable, we are stunting our growth and proclaiming God is too remote to aid in our situations. We are proclaiming who God is not.

It's time to stop running away from things that are uncomfortable and difficult. It's time to confront issues in our life. At some point we ha
ve to humble ourselves, realize God is a God that loves from afar and close by and desires to comfort. John 14:1 says, "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me." Jesus said this to his disciples. When you are feeling stretched the response is not to flee but to cling. Cling to God and let Him come through on His promises. YES, uncomfortable situations are scary, but living daily without God is scarier.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Commit Your Works to the LORD

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives. Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established. 4 The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

With use of the Hebrew language, let us break down verse 3. Commit is galal (gaw-lal') in Hebrew. It is a primitive root, meaning it is not developed or derived from anything else. It means to roll (literally or figuratively), to commit, roll (away, down, together), run down, trust, or wallow.
When you commit there needs to be a level of trust. When you commit you are secure with your decision. Your mind and soul say YES. When it comes to commitment, there is a ​willingness, it is something that you ​believe in. For example, players must make a commitment to ​play for a ​full ​season. A judge commits to uphold the law, because they believe in the justice system.

Verse 3 can be read "TRUST ... whatever actions are being offered to the self-Existing God and YOUR intentions WILL be established.  Look at the word actions (intentions). For most of us, we do not qualify for something unless we are "in the situation". For example, you do not qualify for a promotion unless they see you are doing the work already. There has to be evidence. God says your plans will be established. In Hebrew, plans can be translated as something that you ​intend to do; a goal, an ​aim, a desire. God, the Creator said he will establish your intentions. He will make an ​arrangement if you will simply commit whatever is it you desire to do to Him. The glory of our actions should always be God's. It is not about us.  It is all about Him.  

Rely on God as your source. He will honor your trust and arrange success in your purposes.