Sunday, November 18, 2012
Psalm 46:1-3 GOD is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
God is......what is God to you? Is He all that He says He is? Can He be trusted to do what He says He will do? What do we use as a measuring stick to verify His credibility?
We have to go back through the years and look at the reliability of God. He is everything that He has said He would be. He has been proven through the years to stand the test of time. There are multitudes of prophecies about Him that have proven true. His credibility stands and rests on His faithfulness to continue being God even in the face of opposition who would try to destroy His name, His reputation and His people!
God is our refuge! This Hebrew word for “refuge” is the word “machseh” and it means a shelter, refuge, protection, fortress; a hope; a place of trust; a shelter from storm. God is a place of trust where we can run to when we need hope for tomorrow; protection from our enemies and a shelter from a storm. He has made provision for us to be safe!
God is our strength! The Hebrew word for “strength” is “'oz”. This noun comes from the verb 'azaz, “to be firm and strong”. It carries the meaning of being powerful and having security; to be firm and strong. God is powerful; He stands firm and is strong enough to provide the security that His people need to meet the challenges of life. He is the anchor for our souls! He never changes or turns His back on His people. He is there for them!
God is a very present help in trouble! The phrase “very present help” means that it is abundantly available help; a help that has been found to be reliable, or proven to be a reliable stronghold in the past, so that any future calamity is no reason to fear.
One thing that I've learned about God through the years is that I can count on Him to provide for me, to help me through difficult times and to bring me through in better condition than I was at the start.... because of His faithfulness! When you see that He's done it for you once, you can know that He'll do it again when you get in another rough spot!
Therefore.....because He is our strength and refuge and a very present help in trouble.....we will not FEAR!
What is fear? False evidence appearing real! Why.....because it comes telling you that the extreme worst case scenario is going to happen to you; the thing that would be the worst in the whole world. It magnifies it's ability to frighten and paralyze you so you will not take action against it. Webster's 1828 dictionary defines fear as a painful emotion or passion excit6ed by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger. Fear is an uneasiness of mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us. It brings anxiety, dread, terror and fright. It removes any sense of security from your heart and tells you that there is no way out of this situation.
But God......says that He is our protection; He is our refuge; He is our security; He is our hope; He is our help! Even though the earth be removed, and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Even though it looks as if things are not going to work out or there's a possibility that we might not win this battle we have a choice to make; we can either choose to allow fear into our thought processes, to take up residence there and build a stronghold that reinforces it's plan to steal, kill and destroy us, or we can remind ourselves that God is on our side; He is taking care of us; He is our Source and Provision; He is working this problem out for our good; He is fighting for us and with us! He is our very present help right now; proven to be strong and secure, over and over again! We determine the outcome of this battle in the mind. It comes as we choose to fear or believe and trust God!
Selah.....pause and thing about that!
Psalm 46:10,11 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
God's Word Translation 1995 says of Psalm 46:10: Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.
Barnes' notes on the Bible commentary says “Be still - The word used here - from רפה râphâh - means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands: It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would express the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue.”
Be still doesn't mean to just cease from activity. It means to cast down the fear and let go of your concerns about the situation you are facing or the difficulty you are currently in. It means that you quit trying to figure it out and relax, resting in God's arms. He rules the nations! He will be exalted! He rules the earth! There is no one bigger than our God! If you're fighting against God you might as well give it up before you ever start because you won't win! God will be exalted in the earth! He will be magnified in the nations! All eyes will see that God rules! He is the LORD! And He is our refuge!
Selah....pause and think about that!
Father, I thank You for ruling the nations! I thank You that when we are troubled we can rest in You and know that You will fight for us! I thank You for being the Lord of hosts; the Captain of the Army of God! I thank You that You are greater than what we see going on around us and that we can place our trust in You knowing that You will come through for us. You are a very present help in the time of trouble. Father, I rebuke fear in the hearts of Your people this morning. I command fear to leave their minds right now, in the Name of Jesus! Fear, you are a spirit with no power! You have been defeated by the the Lord of All! The Lord God Almighty rises up against the spirit of fear and casts you down. You must leave, in Jesus' name. Father God, I thank You that we can know that when we place our faith in You we will see change in our situations. I thank You for giving us the freedom to choose faith over fear. Father, we resist the temptation to fear right now! We stand against it firmly planted in You with our eyes focused on You. Father, I ask You to give peace now into the hearts of Your people as they focus their eyes and hearts on You. Let them feel Your presence and know that You are right there with them. Calm the storm in their hearts and minds as well as the storm that rages about them. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Psalm 71:15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.
I'm so thankful that I know the Lord and that every day something new about Him unfolds before my very eyes. The Psalmist said of the Lord's righteousness and salvation: “For I do not know their limits.”
God is so vast and multifaceted that we can never exhaust His greatness. We can never know Him completely. There is always something new and exciting that He wants to reveal to us.
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah
God daily loads us with benefits! Every day is a new day with the Lord, filled with His goodness that He longs to bestow upon His children!
Lamentations 3:22-24 Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed,Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
It's easy with all the turmoil that is going on around us for us to take a negative outlook at our future. It's at these times that we need to look into God's Word and see His character and nature. He is a loving Father who longs to bless His children. When it looks like things are going down the tube, we need to reach out and take the hand of the One who loves us the most and died that we might live!
Psalm 91:1, 2 HE who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Do you dwell in the secret place of the Most High? That simply means that you have a living and vital relationship with Him; that you know Him and commune with Him regularly; that you share your heart with Him and seek Him as your all in all and live your life as unto the Lord. God desires that we trust Him; that we look to Him for direction and seek His face, His will and not just come to Him in the time of trouble. He wants to commune with His children! We can trust Him to take care of us!
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
The word “deliver” in Psalm 91:14 means “to carry over the trap to a safe place; to a high place. When we come to the Lord in fear of what is happening to us or around us and place our trust in Him, He comes on the scene to help us. Now in verse 15 we see the same word “deliver”, but this is a different Hebrew word and it means “to equip for victory in battle.” God not only runs to our rescue in the time of trouble, but He equips us to win the battle; we are assured of the victory when we place our trust in Him.
When the battle is raging around you; run to the Rock of your salvation!
In my younger years when I was just beginning to walk by faith, when I would be afraid, I would find scriptures that told of God's goodness and faithfulness and highlight them in my Bible. Then I would read them out loud to strengthen my spirit man. It's what you focus on that will become the biggest in your mind. If you don't stop the negative, fearful thoughts from coming into your mind and replace them with positive, faith-filled thoughts, you will find yourself fearful and expecting the worst all the time. Fear opens the door for the enemy to come in because it is like faith to him. Job feared what would happen in his life and then said that it was his greatest fear that had come upon him.
Job 3:25, 26 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”
Are you expecting bad things to happen in your life? Or, are you placing your trust in the Rock of your salvation?
I got up this morning with this song on my heart. I pray that it will bless you as much as it has me.
Psalm 118:21, 22 I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
Jesus was rejected as Messiah by His own and yet He died to save each and every one of us. He has become the chief cornerstone; the One on which all of salvation is built. His gift of redemption is so vast we can't, in our finite minds, even imagine the broad scope of it. But, even though we might not comprehend it intellectually that doesn't stop us from receiving it because everything that we receive from God comes through faith. Faith is not an intellectual assent or knowledge that we possess, it is a trust that believes what God says over our circumstances and then acts on that belief until we see it with our natural eyes.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
Are you safe in the strong tower of the Lord this morning? Or do you feel like you are out there in enemy territory just waiting for your demise? Run to the Lord; He will save you!
Psalm 61:3,4 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
Father, I come before You this morning to declare that You are my hiding place. You are the Rock of my salvation, my stronghold in the time of trouble, my refuge from the storm and my high fortress in which I hide from my enemies. I thank You for providing so great a salvation that I can run to You and be safe. Thank You for loving me and saving me. Thank You for daily loading me with good things to benefit me. Thank You for being my God, the One that I can run to when I am afraid. Thank You for delivering me from my enemies and for protecting me from those who seek to harm me. Thank You, Lord, for being the chief cornerstone upon which I can build my faith. You are worthy to be praise and adored, for You are My Savior and my Lord!
Father, I lift up to You those who may be in harm's way this morning; those who are fearful and distressed over what is happening in their lives or to their loved ones. Father, I ask that You would give them peace in the midst of the storm; that You would protect them from their enemies and deliver them from harm. Father, I pray for peace in the Middle East and that Your people would be able to dwell in safety! I ask You to stop the fighting and establish harmony in those countries. I pray that they would turn to the One true God and accept You, Lord Jesus, as their Prince of Peace, their Savior and Lord.
Father, I thank You for watching over Your children and for providing for their every need. I give You praise because I know You; I can trust You to rescue and deliver from harm. Thank You for hearing and answering the prayer that I offer up to You in the name of Jesus! Amen.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
“Let not your heart be troubled, Child. You are not responsible for giving a reason why I act in a certain way or why I allow certain things to happen. There are some things that are just mysteries to you; things that I have hidden from human knowledge. You are not responsible to explain My actions to anyone.
You are responsible to turn eyes to Me; to reveal the love that I have for My children. You are responsible to be the light that others can look to for direction into a relationship with Me. I have asked you to be a minister of reconciliation to those who are lost and without hope in a dark world. You are responsible for praying for your leaders and for speaking positive, faith-filled words that will encourage and uplift the hearers. You are responsible for praying.
Do the things that I have asked you to do, Child, and do not cross over the line to try to explain what only I know. Hold your position steadily and surely, firmly planted on the Rock of your salvation and I will reveal things as I see fit. Do not worry about tomorrow but live each day as if tomorrow will never come. I will take care of the rest. Trust Me and lean on Me. I will do My part if you will do yours. You do not have to know all the answers to everyone's questions. It is okay to be human and not divine! People look to you for answers but you simply must acknowledge that you are human and only the Divine holds all the answers to every question of mankind. You are My representative. Fulfill your purpose and responsibility with confidence for I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Father, I thank You that I do not have to give an answer for Your actions. Father, You are God and there is none above You nor beside You. To You belong the secret things and I am only responsible for doing what You have called me to do. I thank You that I am in partnership with You, Lord, and You are the One who calls the shots, who gives the orders and I am the one who follows Your direction. May I never feel that I have to be the One who is responsible for the results, for You have said in Your word that one plants the seed, another waters it, but You, Lord, are responsible for granting the increase. The results are Your responsibility, Father, and I am only responsible for what You have called me to do. Father, I pray that we all will realize that some things just can't be explained, but that we must always trust You to do what is best for us. Help us to rest in that knowledge, Lord, and to trust You to bring into our lives exactly what You have planned for us in the good plan that You have promised. Thank You, Father, for setting my heart at ease! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Acts 2:25-28 For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state]. Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection]. For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death]. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.
This scripture refers to David when speaking prophetically of the Lord Jesus when he says that he saw the Lord constantly before me. What a beautiful picture of trust! Can you say that you see the Lord constantly before you? Or is your constant image that of fear of what might happen in the future? He said that picture that He placed before Him is what caused Him to not be shaken or overthrown or cast down from His secure and happy state.
You know, some of the things that we see happening around us right now may have a tendency to cause us to be shaken from our security. It would be easy to focus on the impossibility of our world to ever change; but this scripture goes on to give us the anchor that we need to use to hold us in stability as we wait in constant anticipation of the Resurrection or the return of the Lord. That key is to encamp or dwell in hope in anticipation of what God is going to do in the lives of His children. To dwell in the hope that God is in control of the things that we see as enemies of our future security and happiness.
He goes on to say that the reason that Jesus could hope in anticipation of not being left in that helpless state is that He knew that God would not abandon Him. Do you rest in the assurance that God will not abandon you or leave you in a state of destruction?
“You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.”
You see the key to living in a state of security when it seems that all around you is falling down is to allow God to enrapture you with His joy with and in His presence.
Back in the 17th century there was a Frenchman who served as a cook in a monastery. His name was Nicholas Herman, or otherwise known as Brother Lawrence. He wrote a book called, “The Practice of the Presence of God”. In it he described how he wanted to live every moment with an overwhelming sense of God's presence and how that changed his life. He was consumed with love for God and wanted to perform every task, no matter how insignificant, purely for the love of God. He lived in God's presence, aware of Him in every activity of life and so was enraptured with the joy of the Lord that he had a calm assurance that God was with him through every activity of his life, both the good and the bad.
“The time of busyness does not differ with me from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were on my knees.” ~ Brother Lawrence
Can you say, as Brother Lawrence said, that you possess God in as great a tranquility whether you are experiencing the noise and clatter of things that try to shake you as you do when you are on your knees in prayer?
Paul said it this way when speaking of his trials and persecutions in Acts 20:24:
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,....”
Paul later went on to say to Timothy when encouraging him to preach the word, in season and out, that even though you experience adversity and people come against you, the key to his success was in the Lord standing with him and strengthening him.
2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also, I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
Paul knew the presence of God even when everyone else forsook him. He knew that God was right there in the midst of the trouble to strengthen him and deliver him. He had the calm assurance that the Lord would deliver him from the evil work that was trying to destroy him and that He would preserve him for His heavenly kingdom. That calm assurance came from practicing the presence of God in every moment of every one of Paul's days.
Stephen is another one that practiced the presence of God. His story is found in Acts 7:54-60:
When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said. “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
If you were standing before a group of terrorists that were intent on taking your life could you say as Stephen said “Lord, do not charge them with this sin”? The key to Stephen handing the crowd coming against him and stoning him is found in verse 55: “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit”. You become filled with the Holy Spirit as you receive Him in His fullness initially through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but also through your daily communion with Him. By practicing His presence you receive a fresh infilling on a moment by moment basis. Stephen, even while being stoned, was able to gaze into the heavenlies and see the Son of Man, Jesus, standing at the right hand of God. I think it's interesting that this scripture pictures Jesus standing when in Mark 14:62 Jesus, Himself, said that they would see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, or God. He said again in Luke 22:69:
“Hereafter the Son of man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”
And yet, Stephen saw Him standing at the right hand of God. I believe that when Stephen stood in faith for the truth of God and was stoned for it that he got the attention of the Son of God so strongly that Jesus stood up on Stephen's behalf. He stood to attention to receive Stephen into the presence of God as he was persecuted and stoned for his faith. You can be assured that if He did that for Stephen that He will do it for any one of His children who faithfully stand in their faith while being persecuted!
Paul told Timothy that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” But even in the midst of his own persecution he said, “And out of them all the Lord delivered me.” (2 Timothy 3:11, 12)
Regardless of whether we suffer persecution in the days ahead of us or simply experience the challenges of life, the key to us living in peace and security within ourselves is in practicing the presence of God; living a lifestyle of being constant in prayer. We can know that God is with us and will deliver us by either strengthening us through the persecution or removing us from it.
Father, I thank You for equipping us through Your presence to meet any challenge that might lay before us. Thank You for the fullness of joy that comes as we draw near to You. May we practice that presence of God every moment of every day that we might be able to stand firm in faith when we are challenged or persecuted for our faith. Thank You for fully equipping us to be victorious throughout all of life's tribulations. Father, I pray for my friends today who may be struggling with insecurities. Father, I pray that they will draw near to You and experience Your presence as a blanket of warmth and reality around them. Reveal Yourself to them at this difficult time in their lives, Father. Show them Your constant love that is around them to comfort and strengthen them. Thank You for making Yourself real to them through the presence of Your Spirit within. May we each be strong in You, Lord, for whatever may lay ahead of us. May we not give up and quit in our fighting the good fight of faith! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows, For so He gives His beloved sleep.
I had something on my mind as I went to sleep last night that caused me to stay up later than usual and when I went to bed I had difficulty going to sleep. Then I slept a little later than usual this morning so when I got up I felt as if I was already running behind and wouldn't have enough time to get everything done on my agenda for today! As I was praying about these situations the Lord reminded me that He doesn't expect us to solve the problems of the world; He expects us to trust Him and lie down to sleep in peace.
The word for “sorrows” in that verse means “anxiety”. Worrying causes people to lose sleep; valuable rest that their bodies need to function and keep them from succumbing to sickness and disease. Worry is like a cancer that grows without restraint. As Erma Bombeck and others have said: “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.”
Jesus was a little more adamant about worry and it's consequences when He gave us these instructions about it in Matthew 6:25:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
The Greek word for “worry” is the word merimnao and it means “to divide into parts”. The word suggests a distraction, a preoccupation with things causing anxiety, stress, and pressure.
Worry divides your mind into parts! It cause anxiety, stress, pressure. You aren't able to put things into proper perspective because your mind is flitting here and there, thinking about the “what ifs” in life. What if I can't make it through this situation? What if I don't have enough money to provide for what I need? What if.....what if....WHAT IF! And everyone knows that the “what ifs” are much larger at night than they are in the day. Our minds seem to run crazy with worry in the night hours. Problems are much more difficult when trying to solve them during the night!
Matthew 6:27-30 “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; “and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Can you change your height; add to it, or grow taller through worrying? No, we all know that worrying can't add an inch to our height. Jesus is saying that it's useless to worry because worrying doesn't change anything! God takes care of His own. The flowers out in the field don't do anything and yet God provides for them. He made them and He takes care of them. Don't you think you are of more importance to Him than a flower? Will He not be more diligent to care for His child?
He calls those who worry, “O you of little faith”. The Greek word for “little faith” in that verse is the word “oligopistos” It is a combination of two words “oligos” meaning “small” and “pistos” meaning “faith”. It describes a faith that lacks confidence or trust too little. Another way to term it is “under-developed faith” as opposed to outright unbelief or distrust.
We all grow in our faith walk through progression. Some of us may be strong in faith in one area and still have weaknesses that we are working on to develop a stronger faith. We believe for things as we have need of them. Faith to meet life's challenges comes through hearing the word of God.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Now I don't believe that means just hearing any part of God's word. I believe it's specific to your need. If you need provision for finances, then you need to search out God's word on how He provides for your financial needs and focus on those particular scriptures. Meditate on them; speak them over and over to yourself speaking out loud so your ears hear the scriptures until your heart receives them as truth and you begin to respond to your situation with faith believing that what God has said is true. The same thing goes for your need for physical healing. God has provided for all of our needs in the crucifixion of Jesus, His only Son. He paid the price that we might have the provision that we need. Get into God's word and find the scriptures that apply to your particular situation and then begin to claim them as yours.
Matthew 6:31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink? Or 'What shall we wear?'
Worrisome thoughts are made your own through what you say! “What are we going to do....” “What if....” “Are we going to have enough....” “Will I make it through this?”
Instead of taking the thought of worry captive and bringing it into obedience to the truth of God's word, we often dwell on the negative and speak out of our fears. That ties God's hands from being able to bring the provision for your need because He is moved by faith, not fear! Fear is “false evidence appearing real” and is to the devil what faith is to God. The devil is moved by our fears. He is ready and willing to bring into existence what we are fearing. God is pleased when we believe that He is who He says He is and that we believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Faith is the vehicle that brings into manifestation the promises of God in your life.
Matthew 6:31-34 “Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?” or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
God knows your needs. Seek Him first; seek His righteousness in providing for His own. He has the answer to all of life's problems. Trust Him to provide for you. Don't worry about the future because each day has enough challenges. Don't borrow from tomorrow's cares; take each day at a time. Worry robs a person of valuable strength that they could be using to plan wisely for the future. There are some things we can do to prepare for what lies ahead; we can pray; we can study God's word to know what is ours according to His promises; we can manage our finances well, planning for future expenses; we can take care of our physical bodies, eating the right things that bring good nourishment into our bodies; we can live wisely and we can REST; trusting Him to take care of the things that we have no control over!
Father, I thank You for providing for our every need. You have not forgotten anything, Father, and You know what lies ahead of us, the challenges that we will face. I thank You for going before us into each one of them and preparing us for success in them. Thank You for being our God; our Provider; our Healer; our Need Meeter! Thank You for blessing us with all good things. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may be facing challenges in which they see no way out. Father, I pray that You will give them the assurance that they can trust You to provide for this need in their life. Father, I ask You to give them the scriptures that they need to focus on that will give them peace and comfort as they stand firm believing in faith that You will meet this need. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer for I believe I receive when I pray. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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