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PRAISE AND PRAYER


Psa_40:3, – And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Psa_40:13. – Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

What the Lord has done for me brings songs to my lips. When my end on earth was destined to be a place of horror, God sent His Son for my salvation. He brought me out of a place of damnation and put me on a solid rock, His own Son, the sacrifice without sin that I might be saved.

He gave me purpose and reason for living. He has established my path that I might not stray. His words thrill my soul and challenge my life and living to become acceptable to God. That is why I sing a new song of praises unto Him. He is my everything, my reason for living. God Bless this Day.

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FOLLOW THAT GOOD THING


Psa 38:20  They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. 

21  Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 

22  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation. 

How many have adversaries, enemies do we have in this world today. Do not be misled, those that ridicule you are your enemies. They stand against you. They will label you as “conspiracy theorist.” By labeling you with names they are setting you up as deranged and demented. There are not 80 million nor 40 million nor 10 million conspiracy theorists today. This simply an attempt to shut people up and cause people not to express what they believe the truth is.

David said, “because I follow the thing that good is.” David is making a statement that even though he is a sinner and does commit sin, that he will confess that sin before God. He wants to live a life that is good but occasionally slips. He declares his iniquity and is sorry for his sin.

His enemies use his mis-steps against him. His enemies rejoice over his mistakes. This is a common malady to this day. There are those that are hateful from their youth. There are those that are deniers of God and live a contrary life. Then there are those that know better but will attempt to tear down any that attempt to live a life that they envy and mock and ridicule.

David said, “Forsake me not,” and, “Make haste to help,.” We must always remember who created us, who saved us and who we serve. God almighty stands with us and for us. NEVER BE SHAMED BY FOOLS

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Prosperity of the wicked and the Affliction of the Righteous


Psalm 37:1-8

There are several explicit statements that begin the thirty seventh Psalm The first eight verses really define what a Christian should be.

  1. Fret Not
  2. Trust in the Lord
  3. Delight thyself also in the Lord
  4. Commit thy way unto the Lord
  5. Rest in the Lord
  6. Cease from anger and forsake wrath.

Let me cover this real quick.

  1. Do not let the success of the wicked bother you, because their end is terrible.
  2. Trust in the Lord because He will always stand with His faithful servants to protect and bless them.
  3. Be happy that you are a child of the King and receive His blessings and an inheritance that fadeth not away.
  4. Give yourself completely to the Lord. Allow Him to direct your path through the pitfalls of this degenerate world.
  5. Take a break in the Lord, not from the Lord. Get away from the noise and bustle of the world. Settle into the arms of the Lord and find rest and peace.
  6. Quit being mad at everyone. Realize your own faults and failures and you can better understand that others are not perfect. Get over yourself.

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CRY AND THE LORD HEARS


Psa 34:6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 

David refers to himself as he shows God’s response to those that cry unto God. Now he sees the need to praise God. Many times, we are stressed because of events that are, seemingly destroying our lives and the lives of family and loved ones. David experienced these things and always “cried” unto God.

We must understand that God desires to help us through the tough times, through the difficult times, through the distresses and turmoils of this life. We must communicate with God and call upon Him. Through out the Old Testament and New Testament, we find the saints calling upon God. God is waiting for our call and then He will respond to our need. He already knows our need. Much like our earthly father that knows our need but patiently waits for us to express that need and then responds to the call we give unto he as our earthly father.

David praises God for His response. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. He is there in the morning. He is there at noon. He is there in the evening. He is there at night. Let us praise Him at all times for the marvelous work He does for us. He brings us through the valley of the shadow of death. Praise God and Give Him all Glory.

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BLESSED FORGIVENESS


Psa 32:1  A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 

2  Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 

The wickedness of sin is apparent in our lives. Then we need to come to the Lord and confess that we have been sinful. Confession brings the forgiveness of the Lord. This Psalm tells us what happens when we neglect confession of our sins. This is a confession, not to man or priest or rabbi, but to the Lord.

Sin brings guilt into our lives. Guilt can cause misery and bring sorrow that mars our spirit and our days and nights. David describes the lack of confession of sin and how miserable he was.

The Lord is our hiding place. A place of forgiveness and rest. A place of ease and comfort. To the Lord is where we need to rush and confess our sins and be healed of guilt in the precious arms of Jesus. In His arms we find mercy, and gladness and shout for joy. We have been forgiven.

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FOR THY NAMES SAKE


Psa 31:3  For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. 

4  Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. 

5  Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. 

…for thy name’s sakeNotice this statement. For thy name’s sake, I live my life, I walk the path that God has prescribed for me. My life is not lived for my self, my life is lived for God so that His name is exalted.

God is our rock and fortress. He is ready to help us as we slip into the net that the enemy has set for us. There are those that are active in setting traps for the children of God. We cling to God and He will bring us out of the snares of the world.

We see that God is always ready to lead and guide us in paths of righteousness for His names sake. Because of the faithfulness of God we have committed our spirit to Him. His redemption seals our spirit till the day of completer redemption. Our lives should be lived for His GLORY. Let us ever exalt His name by righteous lives, lived for God.

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MY ENEMIES


Psalm 27:12 – Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

My reading this morning is very interesting. This verse caught my eye. As I watch the swearing in of the new president, I contemplate who are my enemies? Will my country become my enemy? We find a new mind set that some in this new administration have a tremendous animosity towards Christians. There is a call, rather a written petition which has a thrust of re-educating Christians and denying them a voice. There is a call to roll back the pro-christian legislation. The executive orders that has allowed more freedom for Christians is under attack. The assault against Christians has begun.

I have no fear because God is with me. Psa 27:13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Though this nation moves farther away from God, I have his presence. If you know the Lord as Savior, he continually walks beside you. He is our fortress and our shield. He is our defense. My faith is built on nothing less than Jesus and His righteousness. I stand upon the Rock. This is the Rock that followed Israel from the Egyptian bondage and through the wilderness. He will be my guide, my light and my strength through these difficult days. I praise Him for His love. I pray to him for my help. I rest in His mighty arms of comfort. God Bless.

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Whose Creation in Christ


I was never privileged to serve in our military. However, I have been told by those who did serve (and have seen in numerous movies about the military) that soldiers are reminded from time to time that they no longer belong to themselves but are property of the United States government. They even wear uniforms that mark them as such and designate which branch of the service they belong to. As I thought about that I was reminded of Romans 13:14 where believers are told, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” The phrase “put ye on” has the idea of wearing as a uniform. We are to wear Christ every day of our lives. Doing so identifies us as belonging to Him, which reminds me of two more verses. First Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I have heard people say, “It’s my life, and I will do what I want.” But if you are a child of God, that simply is not true. Can you imagine a soldier saying that to his or her drill instructor, sergeant, or commanding officer? The simple fact is that we are bought and paid for by the “precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:19), and we belong to Him. Wear the uniform and wear it proudly! You belong to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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Fools For Christ’s Sake


“We are fools for Christ’s sake . . . “

I Corinthians 4:10

Why does the world largely reject the testimony of saved people today? I believe it is due to our lack of dedication to God. The radical terrorist is willing to give his life, to blow himself up, for his cause, yet the people of the one, true God are not willing to do the one thing He asks of them: “I beseech you therefore, brethren . . . that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice . . . “ God does not ask us to give our lives for Him but to give up our living for self to live for Him.

In I Corinthians 4:10, Paul stated that he had been called a fool because of his dedication to Christ. The word in the Greek is “moros,” meaning dull, not acute. We get our word “moron” from this Greek word. In Acts 17:18 the Apostle was called a “babbler.” That is literally a “seed picker.”  It was a reference to a small bird which picked up seeds and was also applied to the idle men of Athens who lived by collecting the refuse of the market place. Who of us would want to be thought of in that manner? In Acts 4:13 Peter and John are called “ignorant and unlearned men.”

In I Corinthians 4:10 Paul went on to say, “We are despised (without honor). And, in verse 13 he said, “We are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.” The “filth of the world” referred to that which is thrown away in cleansing. It was used in Athens of worthless persons who in plague or famine . . . were reserved to be thrown into the sea in the belief that they would cleanse or wipe off the guilt of the nation. The “offscouring of all things” speaks of the “scrapings from all around; scum, filth.” That surely doesn’t sound like the manner in which most church members want to be thought of today. Nor does it sound like the reputation that most preachers (especially the “joy boys” of television) want to hold in this present evil world.

Why did the world look upon Peter, John, and Paul in this manner. Back in verse 10, Paul gave the answer when he said, “We are fools for Christ’s sake.”  He was thought a fool for a lifestyle that did not promote self and self gain. Paul had completely surrendered himself to Christ and lived in that manner. One may be able to attend church occasionally and not be thought a fool. However, start really living for Christ, forsaking some things and giving all to serve Him, and see what happens. A careful reading of Acts 17:32-34 will reveal that most in the “intellectual community” have never considered the saved as worthy of being heard.

Paul may have been thought a fool for Christ’s sake, but he was never foolish for Christ’s sake. There is a vast difference between the two. Unfortunately, today in our entertainment oriented society there are many teachers, youth leaders, and, yes, even preachers who will act a fool to draw a crowd. They claim they do it so they can “preach the gospel” to a large group of people. However, resorting to the world’s tactics to draw a crowd only cheapens the message and the messenger. And, when the “show” is over, you can be sure the crowd will go away and, next time, seek a bigger and better show. “Preach the word” was the instruction Paul gave Timothy, and I believe that admonition is still good today. And, based on God’s Word, I am sure that if we will just dedicate our lives, homes, families — everything to Christ, we will, indeed, be thought fools . . . “for Christ’s sake.”

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Food


Thought for the day – Spiritual food is needed in hot weather as well as in cool.”There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother? (Proverbs 18:24)

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