A Summer of Psalms

God will not deal with you the same way He deals with me.  Whatever is going on in your life, good or bad, the LORD will accomplish what concerns you.  You can have friends close by, go on a rant, beat on your desk and make a dozen whiny posts on facebook – but if you want something accomplished in your situation, you need to hit your knees and talk with your Shepherd.

I’m a sheep too – I have issues!  I’m raising my hand – I’m raising it really high!  I HAVE ISSUES!  I have concerns and people, I have some problems.  Even with all that baggage, I have a God who loves me and cares enough to not only hear my prayers but bring comfort and courage and build character in me as He helps me through my difficulties.  I can see the works of His hands along the pathway my life has taken.  I trust His answers to all the questions I have in life.

If I had a recording of my life and played it back, I could detect exact moments in that movie where I knew for a fact that Jesus intervened and helped me.  I’d take my little red laser pointer thing and circle certain parts of the movie and say, “I prayed for help in this situation, and God came through!”  Knowing the Lord makes my life richer and I place my total confidence is in Him.

His strength has made my soul undaunted.

I love that lyric in this song!  Not only do I love the Lord for helping me, but I love Him for being so patient and kind to me while I was going through some self-inflicted painful times.  We do bring some of our pain on ourselves by doing stupid sinful stuff.  In the beginning, I thought God was really angry at me after that and I could never be made “right” in His sight again; however, I eventually concluded that it was the enemy who wanted me to think that – and give up.  

Now, when I think back, I believe God was weeping for me during those times.  I had strayed so far away and I knew it but didn’t know how to find my way back home to God.  Once I stopped behaving so horribly, it was amazing how quickly it was put under the blood of Jesus and God forgave me!  I haven’t looked over my shoulder.  I keep moving forward, knowing that Jesus is my Lord and there’s no longer any known sin between my Lord and me.

If you have known sin in your life, it’s getting in the way of a relationship between you and God because you see, He’s perfect and cannot look upon any sins.  It’s His desire that you repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of them.  To repent just means to turn away from the sin and turn toward your loving Savior, Christ Jesus.  He will come into your heart and life and save you, just like He saved me.

To be saved means you will have a personal relationship with Him and live in Heaven with Him when you die.  You see, just being a good person in this life is not enough.  Your name must be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Only Jesus can save you, through the blood He shed on Calvary.  A Holy God won’t accept a sin-filled soul.  I hope and pray you will accept His pardon and trust Him to help you with your issues today.  🙂

 

 

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JUST PRAY NO! WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING

TL JUST SAY NO WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER & FASTING

Against the persecution of a tyrant, the godly have no remedy but prayer.  – John Calvin

This is the last day of the JUST PRAY NO!  WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING.  Right now 200 million people face persecution for believing in Jesus and 60% of those people are children, according to Christians in Crisis International Ministry, a prayer advocacy ministry for persecuted believers.

If your faith won’t fit in the door that opens, then, I argue, do not walk through that door.  – DeVon Franklin

As Christians are being persecuted and killed for their faith around the world, it’s easy for us to feel helpless and defenseless – but when you stop to think about it, we have the greatest defense available – prayer!  We are a non-violent people, and we put our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world in God’s hands.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  – Philippians 1:21

We know that if we follow Christ, we win regardless.  That’s not the point.  The point is, even children are having their lives cut short because of such evil in the world – evil that believes there should be one religion – and it should not be Christianity.

I can’t think of any decision in my life big or small that I have not prayed my way through. – Roma Downey

I know many of you have a medical condition that keeps you from fasting for long periods of time.  You can still pray along with everyone else.  Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is much like the season of lent – where for a while we give up physical food and replace it with spiritual food.  I have to be careful because my blood sugar can dip down too low.  God takes very good care of me though because I’ve not had any dangerously low blood sugars.

It’s important to stay well hydrated, so keep a bottle of water with you during a fast.  Your body can live without food for a few days, but it can only go without water for a few hours.  Don’t let yourself get dehydrated.  I have a water bottle that is BPH free – it was not all that expensive.  I think I found it at Wal-Mart or somewhere like that.  It’s a good investment if you want to measure how much water you’re taking in.  Mine holds a liter.

Choose an instance where God’s people have been in peril, but God has seen them through safely.  There are many accounts, but here’s where my focus has been this weekend:

Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”  – Book of Daniel

If you didn’t get to start yesterday, you can begin today.  Pray the Scriptures for those around the world who are suffering and dying just because they claim the Name of Christ.  I never dreamed I’d see such terror in my lifetime – but here we are.

We have to stay strong and remember to read our Bibles and pray.  This weekend is just one more opportunity to join together and lift our prayers to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.