Are you lacking direction?

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Good morning!

This morning I am drawn to the following scripture. 

Psalm 34 ( The Holy Bible- NIV- near the front)

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;

  his praise will always be on my lips.

2 My soul will boast in the LORD;

   let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3 Glorify the LORD with me;

   let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;

   he delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant;

   their faces are never covered with shame.

6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;

   he saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,

   and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;

   blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

9 Fear the LORD, you his saints,

   for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,

     but those that seek the LORD lack no good thing.

11 Come my children, listen to me;

     I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Whoever of you loves life

     and desires to see many good days,

13 keep your tongue from evil

     and your lips from speaking lies.

14 Turn from evil and do good;

     seek peace and pursue it.

I woke up quite discouraged this morning. The above picture reminds me of God’s kindness welcoming me to follow him down the path that he has prepared before me. Without him I can do nothing. God is gracious and kind. He calms my fears and worries and even though I get upset, at the end of the day I can look back and see his reassurance and help.

May God bless us this morning in our weaknesses. May he give strength to us as needed. May you have a joyful day, in Jesus’ name, amen.

The Beatitudes.

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Luke 6 ( The Holy Bible- NKJV- near the middle )

The Beatitudes

20 The He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said:

     ” Blessed are you poor,

        For yours is the kingdom of God.

21 Blessed are you who hunger now,

         For you shall be filled.

     Blessed are you who weep now,

         For you shall laugh.

22 Blessed are you when men hate you,

          And when they exclude you,

          And revile you, and cast out your

          name as evil,

          For the Son of Man’s sake.

23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!

          For indeed your reward is great in heaven,

          For in like manner their fathers did to

          the prophets.

Good morning!

The above scriptures show God’s sense of justice and how He compensates for suffering. Of course it is painful to be rejected and excluded, but we can hope if this happens that one day we won’t suffer. We shall be filled!  

I pray as we continue our day that God blesses us with a sense to rejoice in Him. He gives us strength daily. May He grant us peace today as we all face various trials and difficulties. In Jesus’ name, amen.

         

 

The armour of light.

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Romans 13 ( The Holy Bible- NKJV -near the back)

10 Love does no harm to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill it’s lusts.

Good evening!

I think that the above scripture is self explanatory, but still requires much thought. What exactly does it mean to make provision for the flesh? As noted, strife and envy may seem like a natural, normal reaction, but it is sin. These sins are harmful to ourselves and others.

I was reading another sermon by Charles Spurgeon and I was relieved to read about sinning but not sinning with preplanned malice in mind. There is a difference between intentional sin and sin that is out of character. I know that no matter hard I try, I do still sin and it does cause bewilderment as I certainly don’t like to do wrong.

These days it seems like normal behaviour of the world to take part in drunkenness in the evenings while placing no restrictions on personal behaviour as though this kind of behaviour is freedom. Thank God for His wisdom that He shares with us! I thank God for changing my ways and helping me stay sober minded and grounded on His truth. God is good!

I pray this evening that if you are planning on partaking in any of the above mentioned behaviours that you take God’s word to heart with encouragement. May He grant us wisdom and hope for tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, amen!

     

Are you in prison?

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Psalm 142 ( The Holy Bible NIV- near the middle )

1 I cry aloud to the LORD;

I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.

2 I pour out my complaint before him;

before him I tell my trouble.

3 When my spirit grows faint within me,

it is you who know my way.

In the path where I walk

men have hidden a snare for me,

4 Look to my right and see;

no one is concerned for me.

I have no refuge;

no one cares for my life.

5 I cry to you, O LORD;

I say, “You are my refuge,

my portion in the land of the living.”

6 Listen to my cry,

for I am in desperate need;

rescue me from those who pursue me,

for they are too strong for me.

7 Set me free from my prison,

that I may praise your name.

Then the righteous will gather about me

because of your goodness to me.

Good morning!

When I read this scripture this morning I wondered how many people live in a prison. Whether it is a physical prison or a part of a person’s life that limits them. I know sometimes suffering from depression feels like a prison. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try to get out of my mental and physical state, I am sometimes limited as are others, which is why I am sharing this with you in hopes that it provides encouragement from God’s word and my own suffering.

God has been with me every day, with readings available to me that pertain to my situation. Yesterday, I read a letter sent to me from a well known pastor to all of the ministries’ followers. He explained that he had to take a lengthy amount of time off due to exhaustion, but through it he became closer to God. He described how his busyness detracted from his relationship with God. I heard 2 wonderful sermons about fearing depression. I don’t believe I find these articles and holy scriptures by chance. Thank God for His provision of the Holy Spirit.

I pray that if you are in need of a listening ear, that you turn to God. If you are in a crisis I pray you will reach out and call emergency services and/or friends and family. May we remember in our prayers today those who are homeless, in prison, defenseless, those suffering persecution and violent attacks and the oppressed. May God bless them with strength, comfort and the surrounding of His loving kindness. In Jesus’ name, amen

Decisions!

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Good morning! This morning as I am retyping my resume and cover letter I am torn between only applying to Christian places of employment and non-Christian. I pray to God for guidance and help as I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I have been suffering from a tiring bout of depression and sometimes in my eagerness and excitement I over commit myself. I need employment but I am not 100% healthy and this scares me. This morning the following scripture helps me and I hope it is beneficial to you as well, though your circumstances may be different.

Psalm 84 ( The Holy Bible- NIV- near the middle )

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

O LORD Almighty!

2 My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the LORD;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may have her young-

a place near your altar,

O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

4  Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

they are ever praising you.

5  Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

6   As they pass through the Valley of Baca,

they make it a place of springs;

the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

7    They go from strength to strength,

till each appears before God in Zion.

8     Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;

listen to me, O God of Jacob.

9     Look upon our shield, O God;

look with favour on your anointed one.

10   Better is one day in your courts

than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11   For the LORD God is a sun and a shield;

the LORD bestows favour and honour;

no good thing does he withhold

from those whose walk is blameless

12   O LORD Almighty,

blessed is the man who trusts in you.

We may not trust in our ability but God is trustworthy and faithful even when we make mistakes. May His will be done in our lives today, may we rejoice in Him and be thankful for His constant guidance and provision. In Jesus’ name, we thank you, amen.

Hope.

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Psalm 121 ( near the middle of The Holy Bible– NIV )

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—

   where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,

   the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip-

   he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

   will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you-

   the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,

   nor the moon by night.

7  The LORD will keep you from all harm-

    he will watch over your life;

8  the LORD will watch over your coming and going

    both now and forevermore.

What assurance we can receive from this passage of scripture! As I read this this morning I gain new hope for the day and receive strength. God is good! 

When in the throes of depression we can feel absolutely useless and/or helpless. It is reassuring to know that God is our helper, provider and comforter.

May God bless us today with full awareness of His loving kindness. In Jesus’ name, amen