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I Extend Peace to Her like a River

May 28, 2016

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I Extend Peace  to Her  Like A River

As Christians,  we can face  some horrendous times.     Sure,  everyone  of whatever faith  faces tough times.     But,  Christians realize  that the Lord  is the one  and only true God  and they might agonize  over thoughts  of God  having left them.     They might desperately feel  that God does not love them  any more.

Israel felt that way  during the times  of Isaiah.     They had sinned terribly  and were going through times  of judgment  from the LORD.     God used the tough times  of His discipline  to draw them back  to Him.     But,  as they suffered,  they wondered  if God could ever love them  any more,  forgive their sins,  and take them back  into His tender care  once more.     So,  the prophet Isaiah wrote  about how God  would destroy  all their enemies  and provide a Savior  in His time,  as they humbly turned back  to Him.     Isaiah 66:12-14  reads,

For thus says the LORD,  “Behold,  I extend  peace  to her  like a river,
And the glory  of the nations  like an overflowing stream;
And you shall be nursed,  you shall be carried  on the hip  and fondled  on the knees.
As one  whom his mother comforts,  so I will  comfort you;
And you  shall be comforted  in Jerusalem.”
Then you shall see this,  and your heart  shall be glad,
And your bones  shall flourish  like the new grass;
And the hand  of the LORD  shall be made known  to His servants,
But  He shall be indignant  toward His enemies.

It takes time  to unfold  all the mercies  of God throughout our lives.     We go through times  of suffering,  but God’s love  for us  is everlasting.     He will not  forsake us.     We have left Him  time and again — only to face  the consequences.     But,  He will always take us back  when we turn  to Him.     All God’s discipline  is given  in an eternal love  that claims us  as His own dear children.     He will not give up  on His children.

So,  as God extends out His arms  and asks us  to return  to Him,  let us not waste  any time,  but let Him give us  His love  and “peace  like a river”.     It is only  in returning  to God  that we will ever have peace.     God has promised  to comfort us  and make us glad  to be  in His presence  and safety.     Christians over the years  have experienced God’s loving discipline  and comforting peace  in their times  of devastation.

That’s how it was  for Horatio G. Spafford  in 1871,  when he lost his whole business  in the Chicago Fire.    Shortly after that  he lost his four daughters  in a ship collision  in the Atlantic.     Then,  in memory,  he humbly wrote  \”It Is Well With My Soul\”.

When peace  like a river  attendeth my way,
When sorrows  like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,  Thou hast taught me  to say,
It is well,  it is well  with my soul.

Refrain:      It is well  with my soul,    It is well,  it is well  with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials  should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded  my helpless estate,
And hath shed  His own blood  for my soul.

Refrain

My sin — oh, the bliss  of this glorious thought —
My sin — not in part,  but the whole,
Is nailed  to His cross  and I bear it  no more,
Praise the Lord,  praise the Lord,  O my soul!

Refrain

And Lord,  haste the day  when the faith  shall be sight,
The clouds  be rolled back  as a scroll,
The trump  shall resound,  and the Lord  shall descend,
Even so — it is well  with my soul.

Refrain

With faith  in the LORD  by our side, we have the peace  and comfort  of trusting His love  and guidance  through whatever happens  in this life.     Then,  He will cause  all things  to turn out well  with our soul.     And,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for holding onto us  through thick  and thin.     Your love  is everlastingly faithful.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Better to Take Refuge in the LORD

May 27, 2016

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Better  to Take Refuge  in the LORD

We all need someone  we can trust implicitly.     That can be hard  to find  in this world of sinners,  each with their own priorities,   belief systems,   ideals,   morals,   agendas   and values.     In people  we will see weaknesses,  faults,  lack of knowledge,  lack of strength,  and lack of ability — failure after failure.     In other people  we see the same faults  we ourselves might have,  so we cannot honestly trust them  for the guidance  that is impossible  for them to rightly provide.

But,  there is one  we can confide in.     There is one  in whom  we can put our hope,  trust,  and confidence.     In Psalm 118:8-9,  we read,

It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD
Than to trust  in man.
It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD
Than  to trust  in princes.

When we need  to confide  in someone  about our very deepest,  most intimate feelings,  needs,  fears,  doubts,  and longings,  we need  to run  to the LORD.    He even wants us  to come  to Him.     The LORD can definitely  be trusted  because He is our Creator  and Redeemer.     God’s wisdom created all  that we see, and He alone  already intimately knows  our thoughts  and the details  of our predicaments.     He alone  has the power  and ability  to guide us rightly  in all our ways  because He knows  the right way  to go.

There is no intelligence,  rank,  or strength  in man  that can equal  the Lord’s intelligence,  rank,  and strength.     So,  no matter what we are facing,  “It is better to take refuge in the LORD.”     God’s intelligence  is witnessed  in all  of creation.     Since God is the LORD  of lords,  God  of gods,  and King  of kings,  He alone  out-ranks every single one  of us.     We are only a small part  of His creation,  so we should  not  be so audacious as  to suppose  we are stronger  than the LORD  in any way,  manner,  shape,  or form.

Taking all things  into consideration,  there is no doubt  that “It is better to take refuge in the LORD.”     So,  let us not imagine  that we can live  without paying respect  to our Refuge  and Strength,  our Fortress  and our Rock of Salvation,  our Savior  and God.     It is nothing short  of pure foolishness  to refuse “to take refuge in the LORD”  when are needs  are so great.

We are better enabled  to trust  in the Lord  as we listen  to His word  and study His word.     Learning God’s word needs  to be a daily experience,  so that little by little  we can gain the wisdom  of His ways  and become sanctified  in the truths  of His salvation  in Jesus Christ.    It is the sum total  of all  of God’s word  that guides us  and draws us close  to the Lord  in a stronger confidence  and faith.     Then,  as we go  to God  in prayer,  we can better understand  the right way to go  and have the courage  to go  in that right way.

At peace  in the righteousness  of the Lord’s trustworthiness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You alone  are able  to protect us and lead us  in righteousness.     Thank You  for faithfully caring  for our needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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You Have Rescued My Soul from Death

May 26, 2016

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You Have  Rescued My Soul  from Death

We have only one life to live on this earth.     But,  much more important,  we have a soul  that lives through eternity — either in heaven  or hell.     Obviously,  what happens  to our soul  needs to be  of much greater concern  than anything that happens  to our physical body  or property.

That is why  the psalmist,  in Psalm 116:7-11,  was obliged  to sing,

Return to your rest,  O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have  rescued my soul  from death,
My eyes  from tears,
My feet  from stumbling.
I shall walk  before the LORD
In the land  of the living.
I believed  when I said,
“I am greatly  afflicted.”
I said  in my alarm,
“All men  are liars.”

This psalmist  had just faced  all sorts  of liars,  who were misleading him  in such ways  that he was actually about  to lose  his soul  for all eternity.     He was headed  for hell  and he suddenly realized it.     Such an awful realization  frightened him,  as it well should have.     He was totally helpless   before those who were determined  to take him away  from the LORD  by hook  or by crook.

When God rescued him  from the web  of lies  that he was getting sucked into,  he realized  that he was actually rescued  from eternal death,  i.e.  eternity  in hell.     He had almost been stuck   on the path  of no return.     Had God not rescued him,  he would have been crying agonizing tears  of regret  as he stumbled away  from the LORD.

But,  now that God opened his eyes  to see his hell-bound path,   he was ever so glad  to have the opportunity to “walk before the LORD  in the land  of the living”  once again.     What a relief!     Saved from an eternity in hell…

As he thought about all the peer pressures  and deceitfulness  that he had been enduring,  he had to cry out,  “I am greatly afflicted.”      And,  when he realized  how deceitful these people were   in trying  to destroy the truth  about God,  he was so alarmed  and horrified,  he had to say,  “All men are liars.”      Who could be trusted  if these so-called  “friends” of his  actually had an agenda  that would rob him  of truth  and eternal life?

But,  now that he realized  the truth  of all these earthly matters  and returned  to the truth,  he could finally breath  a sigh of relief,  and say,   “Return to your rest,  O my soul,  for the LORD  has dealt bountifully  with you.”      It was God  who was lovingly looking  for his return  all that time.     It was the LORD God Almighty  who cared so much for him  that He sent messages  of warning  that finally enabled this psalmist  to realize the absolute importance of living  in God’s word  at all times.

God does the same  for all of us today.     When we stray  from our heavenly Father’s truths  and salvation,  we get these little taps  on the shoulder,  telling us  we need  to stick strongly  to the truth  and get away  from every one  who is trying  to convince us  that the LORD God  is no different  from any philosopher  or other religion.     Their lies  will invent  all sorts of  pretentious intellectualisms  that are dangerous  and confusing.      They are dangerous  and confusing  because they have nothing  to do  with the truth.     All lies  are confusing  because of their untruthfulness.

Let us return  to our Creator  and Savior,  who has proven His love  and truthfulness  since the beginning of time.     Then,  we will be able  to sing  with the psalmist,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have rescued my soul from eternal death.     Thank you  ever so much  for loving me so faithfully  and giving me  the peace  of Your presence.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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All That God Has Prepared for Those Who Love Him

May 25, 2016

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All That God Has Prepared  for Those  Who Love Him

Sometimes we look  in total dismay  at the things  in this world.     The rich seem  to get richer  and the poor poorer.     The “successful” seem  to get more  “successful”,  while others  just get by.      Some people seem  to have all sorts  of  “blessings” — and they certainly don’t have  any regard  for the Lord  or His ways.     So,  what gives?     What are we missing?     Why don’t we have  all this stuff?

In 1 Corinthians 2:9,  Paul quotes Isaiah,  saying,

“Things which eye  has not seen  and ear  has not heard,
And which have not entered  the heart  of man,
All  that God has prepared  for those who love Him.”

There is a wisdom  of God  that is hidden  from the people  of the world.     The world revels  in material riches  and all sorts of worldly ideals,  but everything they have  is short-lived.     They are fooled  into thinking  they have everything  anyone could ever desire — but,  what they think they have   will all be taken away  in the twinkling  of the eye.

The Christian realizes  that none  of this stuff  on earth  can be taken with us  when we die.     So,  all the so-called riches  on this earth  are not important  to God’s children.    We contentedly live  from day to day  trusting  in the Lord’s  care  and guidance.     With God  by our side,  we are on our way  to heaven  where all our eternal riches  and glory  are waiting.    We can be totally content  and satisfied  passing by everything  that pretentiously glitters  in this world.     None  of what is in this world  is appealing  because it has no lasting value.     We don’t have  to try  and be “King-on-the-hill”  for anyone   in this dying world.     We don’t have  to feel troubled  about not having worldly things.     Worldly things  have absolutely nothing  to do with true success  in life.

Our riches on earth  include the wisdom  of having God  for our Friend — having the forgiveness  of all our sins — having the assurance  of God’s faithful love — having God  as our Rock  and Fortress  in this life — knowing Jesus  is our Good Shepherd  and that He will  safely guide us  through our trials.     This  and so much more  is all ours  when we put our faith  in our Lord and Savior.

These are the kinds  of riches  everyone should be  striving for.     If we don’t possess  all these spiritual blessings,  we are poor indeed.     In actuality,  those who are tied  to their earthly possessions  are the most unwise  and poverty stricken  in all the world.

It is all  as the psalmists writes  in Psalm 119:57,   “The LORD is my portion.”      When we have the LORD  as our God  and Savior,  we have all that we need.

In our dying hour,  our popularity,  gold,  successes,  houses,  cars,  clothes,  and whatever  will be of no comfort  to us.     Over and above  all this stuff,   we need God  in our lives.     With God our Savior,  all things  are ours  for all eternity.     When we treasure God  now,  our earthly dying hour  will actually be  a grand home coming,  filled with joy  and peace.

Let us always stay close  to our Savior  by sticking  to His word  and spending time  in prayer.     The better we get  to know our Lord,  the more content  we will be  with His care.      Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are our Treasure.     There is no greater possession  in all the world.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Balaam and His Donkey

May 24, 2016

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Balaam  and His Donkey

In the Old Testament,  in Numbers, chapters 22-24,  we read the story  of a well-known prophet,  Balaam,  whom the heathen Moabites wanted  to hire  to put a curse  on the Israelites  as they were coming up out  of Egypt.    The Moabites were afraid  to see Israel  traveling their way.     They knew that Israel  was mighty  and they wanted  to have them destroyed,  instead of having  to encounter them.

There’s a lesson  in this story  for our everyday lives.

Balaam was a prophet  who was noted  for his “ability”  to curse  and bless.     Balaam knew the LORD  as God,  but he was also prone  to thinking  he could outmaneuver the LORD.     Plus,  Balaam was greedy  for money.     So,  when the Moabites wanted Balaam  to come  and curse Israel,  Balaam had to truthfully tell them  he could only say  what the LORD  told him — and,  he could not go  with the Moabites  because God said so.

That sounds good.     He was obeying the LORD.     But,  he sure wished  he had all that money  they offered him.     When the heathen Moabites came back  with even greater promises  of money,  Balaam again reminded them  that he could only speak  what God told him  to say.     But,  this time God gave Balaam permission  to go with the Moabites,  on the condition  that he only speak  what God said.

Ka-ching!     Ka-ching!     Balaam’s heart looked forward  to money  and riches.     He gladly saddled his donkey  in the morning,  eager to get on  with his venture.     He thought  he had hidden  all his greedy desires  from the LORD,  but no one can hide anything  from the LORD.     God saw  what was in his heart,  and we read  in Numbers 22:22-30,

But God was angry  because he was going,  and the angel  of the LORD  took his stand  in the way  as an adversary  against him.     Now he was riding  on his donkey  and his two servants were with him.   

When the donkey saw  the angel of the LORD  standing  in the way  with his drawn sword  in his hand,  the donkey turned off  from the way  and went  into the field;  but Balaam struck the donkey  to turn her back  into the way.

Then the angel  of the LORD stood  in a narrow path  of the vineyards,  with a wall  on this side  and a wall  on that side.     When the donkey saw the angel  of the LORD,  she pressed herself  to the wall  and pressed Balaam’s foot  against the wall,  so he struck her again.

And the angel  of the LORD  went further,  and stood  in a narrow place  where there was no way  to turn  to the right hand  or the left.     When the donkey saw the angel  of the LORD,  she lay down  under Balaam;  so Balaam was angry  and struck the donkey  with his stick.     And the LORD  opened the mouth  of the donkey,  and she said  to Balaam,  “What have I done  to you,  that you have struck me  these three times?”

Then Balaam said  to the donkey,  “Because you have made a mockery  of me!     If there had been a sword  in my hand,  I would have killed you  by now.”

And the donkey said  to Balaam,  “Am I not your donkey  on which you have ridden  all your life  to this day?     Have I ever been accustomed to do so to you?”      And he said, “No.”

It was then  that the LORD enabled Balaam  to see the angel  with his sword drawn ready  to kill Balaam.     The angel told Balaam  how his donkey had just saved his life  these three times.     The angel would have killed Balaam  because his heart  was inwardly contrary  to God.

We,  too,  encounter obstacles  in our lives.     There are times  when nothing seems  to be going right.     There is just one problem  after another  and we don’t understand  what is going on.     The good ol’ faithful donkeys  in our lives  can seem  to get so ornery,  we wouldn’t mind  getting rid  of them.     It can really tick us off  and we can get really angry  at what is happening.     Maybe  we’ve got an angel  of the LORD  blocking our sinful ways.

That’s when we need  to look at what is  in our heart.

Are we honestly letting God  lead us  through this life?     Have we sneakily allowed  some sin  into our life,  feeling God  doesn’t know about it  or doesn’t care?     Are we  in the process  of purposely trying  to outwit the Lord  so that we can meet  our selfish desires  no matter what  God has said?

God loves us  very dearly anyway.     He knows  our every thought  and feeling — and He cares  about how we are straying away  from what is good  and right  for us eternally.     God cares when we are falling  into a pit  of sin — sin  that can destroy us.     We have obstacles  because God loves us  and is trying  to get our attention.     So,  let’s pay attention  to our donkeys.

Whatever our troubles,  it is always time  to turn to the LORD  for guidance  and forgiveness  for our wayward ways.     God will gladly help us  get back  on the right track.

As we firmly take hold  of God’s hand again,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba!     Father!     There is joy  and peace  in doing things  Your way again!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Works of Your Hands

May 23, 2016

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The Works Of Your Hands

How we love  to look at what we’ve accomplished  and proclaim,  “I did that!”     And,  we’re given just so much more reason  to be proud  when someone else  pats us on the back  and exclaims,  “Good job!     You are so talented  in everything you do.”

It all shows our desire  to be approved of  and  victorious  over all odds.     But somehow,  it’s strangely hollow.     There’s still  something missing.     We ponder all the struggles  we endured — with troubled feelings,  we think about how much  we really needed help  and guidance — we try  to dismiss all the things  that really still are not right  or well-done.     There was a lot  of stumbling  going on.     Was it honestly something  well-done,  even though someone else is now patting us  on the back  and assuring us  that it is?

Maybe the problem is  that the Lord was not  in any  of that work.     It does not feel right  because God was not sought out  for help  and guidance.

We are all  a part  of God’s creation.     He created us as beings that must depend on Him  for all of our needs  and desires.     Most of the world disregards  their need  to lean on the Lord,  and because they reject God’s guidance,  they will pay  for that rejection  in eternity.     They will mull their way  through this world,  doing all they can  to build themselves up  and pat themselves  on the back.     But,  when it comes down  to the nitty-gritty  of reality,  they are as nothing  and all their work is  as nothing.     It will all be destroyed  on Judgment Day.

Only what is done  with the Lord  will last through eternity.

The things done  with the Lord  will obviously be things done  to please Him.     They will acknowledge  that the Lord is God  and that  there is no other God.     The things done  with the Lord in mind  are all things  that will cause one  to thank God  for all that He does  to work His salvation in us  and help us do  what is right and good  in His eyes.

There is peace and joy  when one works  with the Lord — instead of  against Him.

That is why the psalmist wrote  in Psalm 92:4-5,

For You,  O LORD,  have made me glad  by what You have done,
I will sing  for joy  at the works  of Your hands.
How great are Your works,  O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep.

When we let God  work through us  and guide us,  it becomes what  He”  has done.     What God has done  will always truly  be good.     We look  at God’s wisdom  in all that He has made  throughout all  of creation.     That wisdom  is so far beyond  our imagination  and ability  that it is only common sense  to go to the Lord  for all the help we need.     We are His creation  and He greatly desires  that we always go to Him  for all our needs  and desires.     In addition  to all that, the Lord is  our Savior  from all our sin.     He wants us  to come to Him  for forgiveness.

If we are too proud  to go to the LORD  for forgiveness,  we have got a serious problem.     But,  in spite of such a problem,  God is still  greatly desiring  that we turn back  to Him,  so that He can help us  in our needs.     God is still being faithful  in calling us.     We can still turn to Him  while we have breath.     If we continue  to refuse His love  and salvation,  it may get to be  too late.

God’s thoughts  towards us  are very deep.     We cannot comprehend the greatness  of His love  and sacrifice  on our behalf.     But,  we can remember  at least some of what  He has done  and let those things  bring us joy  and thankful hearts  that do include God  in our lives.

Let us turn to God  and thank Him  for His lovingkindness  and faithfulness.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  it is good  to give thanks to You  for Your faithful love  and grace.     You do all things well.     Work Your truths  into our hearts,  so that we  may sing your praises  forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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You Do Not Know What Your Life Will Be Like

May 22, 2016

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You Do Not Know  What Your Life  Will Be Like

With all our physical pursuits  from day to day,  we easily  get totally centered  on our desires.     Our thoughts  are only  on what we want,  how we want it  and  when we want it.     We set up goals  and deadlines  so that we can forge forward  to successfully obtain  what we want.

The reality of God  does not even begin  to enter the picture,  because we only consider  what we want  in life.     Knowing our sinful natures,  James wants to help us  keep our lives  within the perspectives  of what is right  in God’s eyes.     In James 4:13-17,  he writes,

Come now,  you who say,  “Today or tomorrow,  we shall go  to such and such a city,  and spend a year there  and engage in business  and make a profit.”

Yet you do not know  what your life will be like  tomorrow.     You are just a vapor  that appears for a little while  and then  vanishes away.

Instead,  you ought to say,  “If the Lord wills,  we shall live  and also do this  or that.”     But as it is,  you boast  in your arrogance.     All such boasting  is evil.     Therefore,  to one who knows the right thing to do,  and does not do it,  to him  it is sin.

When we leave God out  of the total picture  of our lives,  we are,  in essence,  setting ourselves up  as our own little gods.     It is arrogance that pushes God Almighty out  of the picture.

We are fully aware  that we are the ones  who can get sick  and die.     We know  we could get killed  in an accident.     We know  we could get a disease  that will wreak agony  in our puny bodies.    And,  we are very aware  that we are incapable  of creating stars,  planets,  sky,  grass,  or anything else  in all creation.

And yet,  we have the audacity  to leave God out  of our daily lives.     We know  God is God.     We know  He will be our Judge  for all eternity.     We know  Jesus is our one and only Savior  from all sin.     We know  only the grace  of God  can sustain us  through this life.     We are aware  of our propensity  to fail  when we try to do things  by ourselves.

But,  in spite of all this knowledge,  we proceed to do evil  by leaving God Almighty out  of our lives.     God is our heavenly Father,  who greatly desires  to lead us  in all righteousness  during this very short life  of ours.     In light  of the fact  that our life span  is relatively nothing  but a vanishing vapor  in all of eternity,  it only makes sense  to look  to the almighty Creator  of all things  for the guidance  we so greatly need — especially since  He really wants  to lead us  to our eternal salvation.

Daily  laying our lives  before the LORD of lords,  and depending  on His grace  to sustain us  in living  for Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  let Your will be done  in the life  You have given us,  that Your love  and salvation  may be glorified  forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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