God doesn't slumber or sleep. He keeps us safe. He doesn't allow our foot to slip. He won't let you stumble. He never loses focus; He always pays attention. He protects us from the enemy, He keeps our soul safe. He guards us in every part of our journey.
Our rest flows out of our confidence in God and what He wants to be for us. When we worry, it's a sign that we don't fully trust God to keep us. Our low threshold of faith often takes us out of God's care because we think we have to do everything ourselves. We run all over creation trying to get help even though God Himself wants to keep us. He loves to protect us.
Instead of giving in to our soul -- our mind, will and emotions -- we must lean on His everlasting arms. The first place we should go when we're in trouble is the heart of God. When we live under that umbrella of His keeping power, we no longer have to pray for His presence to come. It's already with us.
We can have this same type of relationship with one another. Just as God has made a covenant to keep us, so we can be Christ-like in our friendships and keep others. All too often, Christians have Kleenex relationships, using a person once or twice and then throwing them away. This was not the model Jesus taught. It cuts Him deeply when men and women use and abuse one another. We are not called to look for reasons not to love each other.
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him." Nahum 1:7
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
I am reading "God's Keeping Power" Learning to put your Trust in God as your "Keeper" by Graham Cooke so I have decided to share from that at the moment -- If anyone in the group would like to take over the daily devotional or share in the duties of that with me that would be great.
"One person, with God, is always in the majority. One person, with God, has all of the power and authority." Graham Cooke 2004
Who do you want to stand next to when life goes astray? A thousand people who can't defeat one, or one who can defeat a thousand?
I want to stand next to my keeper -- the person who gave Himself for me, the one who wants me to be more then i ever thought possible (more then I even know now).
Jacob experienced this when he feel asleep in the wilderness and God came to him. Gen. 28:13-22. He allowed God to become his keeper and he was a changed man. Because Jacob stepped into this relationship with God his life was changed forever and he became the father of many nations.
When God is our keeper, we can rest. We never have to fear or fret, we can confidently put everything into His hands and trust Him. Jacob did just that.
Who is your keeper today? What steps do you need to take to make God your keeper?
I encourage you all to click on this link to read "What's on God's Mind?" This is another devotion from "The Dieter's Prayer Book." This particular devotion and prayer goes right along with what we've been discussing; part of the prayer says, "Forgive me if I have focused on my body and eating to the exclusion of more important things."
I was surprised to google a line from this devotional and find the book online! It looks like most of the chapters from the book are here. I really like "The Dieter's Prayer Book" and you might too!
Here's the link:
Edited by: GAILCC at: 5/30/2011 (11:09)
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I really like that poem Gail. It would be so nice not to have to obsess so much about a "diet". I guess if we would ever stick to it, it would be a habit, and we wouldn't think of it so much! Yes, let's all pray that we can finally over come this battle and be healthy. :)
I have had times of great success, but now is not one of them. Here I am a mentor and an encourager in other areas of my life. I feel like a 'FAKE'. I have been such a martyr about something painful, but, try as I might (and I pray as much as I can), the truth is the wounds go deep and I fight to keep depression on the outside of the door. I started standing on God's promises and began writing my prayers back to God. Then I took a deep breath and began blogging my prayers. I figured, if I need God's intervention, maybe there is one more person somewhere who needs whatever it is God is teaching me. Thanks for coming by my page.
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I could have written this prayer if I could write that well! It is the first prayer in the Dieter's Prayer Book, and such a good one for those who are starting over again.
The word "diet" does represent hope for change to me, but even more, "FAILURE AHEAD!"
And that sure is not thinking of this venture in positive terms. So I need to pray this prayer, and let the words imprint themselves on my heart. Give all this dieting business to the Lord and let Him direct my paths, to put it simply.
Sometimes it seems to me that praying about losing weight is too trivial to bother the Lord with, but I angst about dieting so much, have struggled all my adult life with dieting, and all that does affect my mental well being! "Cast ALL your cares on Him..." Well, dieting sure qualifies as a care in my book.
In other words, "If it matters to you, it matters to God."
Excerpted from The Dieter's Prayer Book. Copyright 2000 by Heather Harpham Kopp.
I admit that I have come to both love and hate the word "diet." On the one hand, it represents hope for change. On the other hand, it's like a sign flashing "Failure ahead!" I don't want to simply embark on another faulty plan, Lord. I want to embark on a journey with You that is led by You and depends on Your power. I can do nothing on my own! Show me the right path that will enable me to change. Show me, as only You, who knows me so intimately, can what works for me, what is healthy for me. I want to think of this venture in positive terms, Lord-- not that I am signing up to be miserable or in want. I want to learn to redirect my thinking, to feed my body what it truly needs when it truly needs it. And to feed my soul with the Bread of Life--You! Today I place my future, my failures, my setbacks, all of my hopes and plans into Your hands. There alone will I find meaning and true success in my life.
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