SUNSETBREEZE05's SparkPeople Blog SUNSETBREEZE05's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2 Samuel 22:36 (WEB) <BR> You have also given me the shield of your salvation. <BR> Your gentleness has made me great. <BR> <BR> Promise #109: My gentleness will enlarge your life. <BR> <BR> In today's Scripture verse, King David is making a declaration that God's gentleness has made him great. The Hebrew word for 'great' is pronounced 'rabah' and means to increase, excel, abundance, ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:46:05 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 3:17 (WEB) <BR> that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; <BR> to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, <BR> <BR> Promise #327: I will root your heart in the depths of My love. <BR> <BR> 1 John 4:16 says that God is love. The Triune God... Father, Son & Holy Spirit is the perfect expression of love and we are caught up in the very center of their ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:07:48 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 30:18 (WEB) <BR> Therefore Yahweh will wait, that he may be gracious to you; <BR> and therefore he will be exalted, that he may have mercy on you, <BR> for Yahweh is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him. <BR> <BR> Promise #317: I will wait for opportunities to show you My compassion. <BR> <BR> The Amplified version of the first part of Isaiah 30:18 this ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:21:31 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 34:8 (WEB) <BR> Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. <BR> Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. <BR> <BR> Promise #316: Taste and you will see that I am a good God. <BR> <BR> When I think of today's promise, I think of the difference between looking at a shiny red apple and tasting it. No matter how tasty the apple looks on the outside, the only way that I will truly ex... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:37:36 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 27:1 (WEB) <BR> Yahweh is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? <BR> Yahweh is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid? <BR> <BR> Promise #313: I am your light and your salvation, the strength of your life. <BR> <BR> There is a confidence that the Lord wants us to walk in that will cause fear to flee from our lives. It is the confidence that the shepherd boy... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:35:19 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (WEB) <BR> 4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. <BR> Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, <BR> doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; <BR> <BR> Promise #312: My love is patient and kind, and does not keep track of wrongs. <BR> <BR> Since the Bible says in 1 John 4:16 that 'God is lo... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:55:46 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 2:24 (WEB) <BR> who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, <BR> that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; <BR> by whose stripes you were healed. <BR> <BR> Promise #310: Jesus bore your sins on the cross so you would be healed. <BR> <BR> Thank God for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who took upon Himself all of our sin so that we could receive ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:40:13 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:2 (WEB) <BR> For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus <BR> made me free from the law of sin and of death. <BR> <BR> Promise #309: The Spirit of life in Christ has set you free from sin and death. <BR> <BR> In life as we know it, there are two laws at work. The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus and the law of sin and death. There are many other analogies in the Bib... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:15:59 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 139:1-3 (WEB) <BR> 1 Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know me. <BR> 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar. <BR> 3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. <BR> <BR> Promise #308: I know everything about you and am mindful of all your ways. <BR> <BR> Have you ever walked into a room full of pe... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:48:34 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 7:6 (WEB) <BR> For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God: <BR> Yahweh your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, <BR> above all peoples who are on the face of the earth. <BR> <BR> Promise #307: I have chosen you to be My own treasured possession. <BR> <BR> This declaration of love was spoken over the nation of Israel. God had set them apart for Hi... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:49:28 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 36:5 (WEB) <BR> Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens. <BR> Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. <BR> <BR> Promise #306: My love stretches to the heavens and My faithfulness extends above the clouds. <BR> <BR> How great is the love of God? Just look up in the sky. How faithful is our Father? Keep looking up. Look past the clouds and into outer space. Find the most... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:16:05 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hebrews 12:28 (WEB) <BR> Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can’t be shaken, let us have grace, <BR> through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, <BR> <BR> Promise #303: I am giving you a kingdom that can never be shaken. <BR> <BR> Even the most rock solid mountains on this planet can be shaken. The highest mountain can crumble at the blast of our Father's nostri... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:38:13 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:16-17 (WEB) <BR> 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; <BR> 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; <BR> if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. <BR> <BR> Promise #300: Jesus is happy to share His inheritance with you. <BR> <BR> This is one of my most favorite passages in the ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:00:13 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 3:12 (WEB) <BR> For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer; <BR> but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” <BR> <BR> Promise #299: I watch over you and I listen for your prayers. <BR> <BR> God never slumbers and He never sleeps. His eyes are always watching the righteous and His ears are always listening for their prayers. ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:43:30 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:7 (WEB) <BR> And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, <BR> will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. <BR> <BR> Promise #298: My great peace will guard your heart and thoughts in Jesus. <BR> <BR> God wants to impart a peace to us that is so deep and so profound that our minds can't actually fathom it! The Prince of Peace Himself is offeri... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:04:56 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 4:8 (WEB) <BR> And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, <BR> for love covers a multitude of sins. <BR> <BR> Promise #297: My love covers a multitude of sins. <BR> <BR> I like how the NIV Bible translates this verse... Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (NIV) When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden, they... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:58:31 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19 (WEB) <BR> Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, <BR> which you have from God? You are not your own, <BR> <BR> Promise #296: I have given you My Spirit, so your body could be My temple. <BR> <BR> God's Holy Spirit is the very core of His being, just like our spirit is the very essence of our existence. It is amazing to th... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:15:28 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 29:11 (WEB) <BR> Yahweh will give strength to his people. <BR> Yahweh will bless his people with peace. <BR> <BR> Promise #295: I will give you My strength and bless you with My peace. <BR> <BR> Two things that we all need in our lives every day are strength and peace. There are so many challenges that life presents that will 'zap' our strength and steal our peace. The world ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:42:54 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 9:8 (WEB) <BR> And God is able to make all grace abound to you, <BR> that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, <BR> may abound to every good work. <BR> <BR> Promise #294: I will meet all your needs so you can overflow with good works. <BR> <BR> It is by grace that we are saved and it is God's gift to us so that we won't be able to boast about it. (Ephesia... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:49:13 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 34:7 (WEB) <BR> The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear him, <BR> and delivers them. <BR> <BR> Promise #293: My angels will surround all who fear Me. <BR> <BR> There are many references in the Bible that talk about angels and how they relate to God's people. In Psalm 91:11 we read that God commands His angels to take care of us. In Hebrews 1:14 angels are called mini... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:51:16 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 91:4 (WEB) <BR> He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. <BR> His faithfulness is your shield and rampart. <BR> <BR> Promise #292: I will cover you with My feathers and protect you with My wings. <BR> <BR> Psalm 91 is one of my favorite psalms that speaks of Almighty God's protection and covering. I love the imagery of this verse in particular... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:54:38 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (WEB) <BR> 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, 5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:24:24 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Exodus 14:14 (WEB) <BR> Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still.” <BR> <BR> Promise #290: If you remain still, I will do your fighting for you. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, we have an amazing assurance that the God who spoke the entire universe into existence will fight for us if we will only remain still. The NIV Bible says this verse this way...The LORD will fight for y... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:06:43 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 3:19 (WEB) <BR> “But I said, ‘How I would put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, <BR> a goodly heritage of the armies of the nations!’ and I said, <BR> ‘You shall call me “My Father,” and shall not turn away from following me.’ <BR> <BR> Promise #284: I am happy to treat you as My child, and I hope you will call Me Father. <BR> <BR> In the Old Testament, ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:55:29 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:1 (WEB) <BR> There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, <BR> who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. <BR> <BR> Promise #283: Because of Jesus, you are free from all condemnation. <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful promise that we can all take to heart. There is therefore now NO condemnation! Many of us struggle with feeli... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:50:22 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 John 1:9 (WEB) <BR> If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, <BR> and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. <BR> <BR> Promise #282: If you confess your sins, I will be faithful to forgive and cleanse you. <BR> <BR> God is faithful. God is just in all that He does. God promises to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. All t... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:13:03 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Acts 17:28 (WEB) <BR> ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ <BR> As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ <BR> <BR> Promise #280: Your life comes from Me because you are My offspring. <BR> <BR> Today's promise comes from a passage in the Bible where the Apostle Paul is debating with Greek philosophers on Mars Hill about the existen... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:46:31 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> John 17:23 (WEB) <BR> I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; <BR> that the world may know that you sent me, <BR> and loved them, even as you loved me. <BR> <BR> Promise #276: I am your Father, and I love you even as I love My Son, Jesus. <BR> <BR> For those reading this devotional thought who might not be familiar with this expression, this verse really, rea... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 11:41:59 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 145:17 (WEB) <BR> Yahweh is righteous in all his ways, <BR> and gracious in all his works. <BR> <BR> Promise #275: I am righteous in all My ways and kind in all that I do. <BR> <BR> I really like how the NIV Bible says this verse... The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. (NIV) The NLT says that God is 'filled with kindness'. Isn't it wonderful... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:16:45 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 90:2 (WEB) <BR> Before the mountains were brought forth, <BR> before you had formed the earth and the world, <BR> even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. <BR> <BR> Promise #274: I am the everlasting God. <BR> <BR> As human beings, we are used to things having a beginning and an end. We are born, we grow up and then we die. While the human heart never really gets u... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:41:19 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 1:3-4 (WEB) <BR> 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became our father again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, <BR> <BR> Promise #272: You have an everlasting inheritance reserved in ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:24:14 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 51:17 (WEB) <BR> The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. <BR> A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. <BR> <BR> Promise #267: I will not reject the sacrifice of a broken spirit and a contrite heart. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful that the sacrifices that God accepts are those of a broken and a contrite heart. Psalm 34:18 says... The LORD is close to the broken... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:47:43 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 103:5 (WEB) <BR> who satisfies your desire with good things, <BR> so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. <BR> <BR> Promise #266: I will enrich your life and renew your youth like the eagle's. <BR> <BR> Eagles go through a molting process where they shed their old feathers and grow new ones. This process is necessary in the rejuvenation of the eagle so it can continu... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:10:33 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 4:8 (WEB) <BR> In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep, <BR> for you, Yahweh alone, make me live in safety. <BR> <BR> Promise #265: I will give you a peaceful sleep surrounded by safety. <BR> <BR> There are many things in this world that cause us to be afraid and to not feel at peace. As a result, many people struggle with sleep at night because of the numerous anxious... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:30:33 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 40:31 (WEB) <BR> 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up <BR> with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. <BR> <BR> Promise #264: If you wait for Me, I will renew your strength. <BR> <BR> When we think of waiting, whether it is waiting in a car for a friend, waiting in a doctor's offic... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:56:36 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Proverbs 3:9-10 (WEB) <BR> 9 Honor Yahweh with your substance, <BR> with the first fruits of all your increase: <BR> 10 so your barns will be filled with plenty, <BR> and your vats will overflow with new wine. <BR> <BR> Promise #262: If you honor Me with your firstfruits, you will overflow with abundance. <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture passage is a wonderful picture of abundance and ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:24:44 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 3:9 WEB <BR> not rendering evil for evil, or insult for insult; but instead blessing; <BR> knowing that to this were you called, that you may inherit a blessing. <BR> <BR> Promise #261: I have called you to inherit My blessing. <BR> <BR> In this Scripture passage, the Apostle Peter is encouraging us not to repay evil for evil, but rather be a blessing instead. If we are livi... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:57:13 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 68:19 WEB <BR> Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, <BR> even the God who is our salvation. Selah. <BR> <BR> Promise #260: I carry your burdens every day. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that our God promises to save us and continually bear our burdens. When we feel the weight of the world on our own shoulders, may this promise encourage us that we are not called to carry... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:51:12 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 33:27 (WEB) <BR> The eternal God is your dwelling place. Underneath are the everlasting arms. <BR> He thrust out the enemy from before you, and said, ‘Destroy!’ <BR> <BR> Promise #259: You will find safety in My everlasting arms. <BR> <BR> God is our eternal refuge. Just think of that for a moment. There will never be a time in all eternity where you will ever be unp... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:38:52 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 5:17 (WEB) <BR> Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. <BR> The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. <BR> <BR> Promise #253: Your old life has ended and now everything is new in Christ. <BR> <BR> Just think of this promise. Everything from your old life has ended and all things have become new. In this Bible passage, the Apo... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:56:09 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hebrews 8:12 (WEB) <BR> For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. <BR> I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.” <BR> <BR> Promise #252: I will forgive your sins and then forget them. <BR> <BR> God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. He is all powerful, He is everywhere and He is all knowing. Yet the God who created the heavens and the earth with just the sound... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 13:11:55 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 61:7 (WEB) <BR> Instead of your shame you shall have double; <BR> and instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their portion: <BR> therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be to them. <BR> <BR> Promise #250: I will give you a double portion of your inheritance in exchange for your shame. <BR> <BR> In the Hebrew tradition, the eldest son of t... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:26:08 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> John 14:2 (WEB) <BR> In my Father’s house are many homes. <BR> If it weren’t so, I would have told you. <BR> I am going to prepare a place for you. <BR> <BR> Promise #242: There is a special room in My house prepared just for you. <BR> <BR> This is part of Jesus' last address to His disciples before He goes to the cross. It is interesting that Jesus actually assumes that the disciple... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:59:41 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Luke 10:20 (WEB) <BR> Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, <BR> but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” <BR> <BR> Promise #241: You can celebrate because your name is written in heaven. <BR> <BR> In this Scripture passage, Jesus is telling His disciples not to rejoice because the demons submit to their authority, but rather rejoice beca... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:33:53 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Matthew 5:7 (WEB) <BR> Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. <BR> <BR> Promise #238: I will show mercy to those who are merciful to others. <BR> <BR> Even in secular surroundings, there is an often quoted verse from Jesus that we call the 'golden rule'... Do unto others as you would like others to do unto you. Even the world recognizes that this is a universal princi... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:36:07 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 John 5:18 (WEB) <BR> We know that whoever is born of God doesn’t sin, <BR> but he who was born of God keeps himself, <BR> and the evil one doesn’t touch him. <BR> <BR> Promise #237: I will keep you safe from the evil one. <BR> <BR> I really like the second part of the NIV Bible translation for this verse - the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot ha... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:24:35 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Matthew 18:19 (WEB) <BR> Again, assuredly I tell you, <BR> that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything <BR> that they will ask, it will be done for them <BR> by my Father who is in heaven. <BR> <BR> Promise #230: If two of you agree in prayer, I will do whatever you ask. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and is encouraging them about ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:29:53 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Luke 11:13 (WEB) <BR> If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, <BR> how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” <BR> <BR> Promise #224: I will gladly give the Holy Spirit to those who will ask. <BR> <BR> The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both God the Father and God the Son. In Matthew 10:20, Jesus tells His disci... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:41:58 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 3:3 (WEB) <BR> But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, <BR> my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. <BR> <BR> Promise #223: I am your shield, your glory and the lifter of your head. <BR> <BR> The Hebrew word for shield in this promise is a substance so thick that it is likened unto the scaly hide of a crocodile. God is our shield and our protector. Nothing can get throug... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:49:01 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 John 1:7 (WEB) <BR> But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, <BR> we have fellowship with one another, <BR> and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. <BR> <BR> Promise #220: If you walk in the light, the blood of My Son Jesus will cleanse you from all sin. <BR> <BR> Jesus is called the Light of the World. In Him is no darkness, only brilliant, g... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:45:41 EST