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The City Whose Architect and Builder Is God

July 22, 2016

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The City  Whose Architect  and Builder  Is God

Hebrews 11  gives us a long list  of God’s children  who lived  by faith.     One hero mentioned  is Abraham.     By faith,  Abraham obeyed God’s call  to leave his home  and go  to an unknown place,  where he would be given  an inheritance.     So,  he went  to live  in a foreign land,  trusting God’s promise.     Sure,  he lived his whole life  in tents,  but Hebrews 11:10 tells us,

…he was looking  for the city  which has foundations,  whose architect  and builder  is God.

In his lifetime,  Abraham never received  a bunch  of earthly land  that he could call his own country.     And yet,  he trusted  that God was keeping  His promise  in the way  that was best.     Owning earthly land  was not Abraham’s goal.     Much rather,  Abraham wanted  to live  with God,  in His house,  in the city  which has  foundations,   whose architect  and builder  is God.

Abraham wanted  to be God’s obedient child  in love and faithfulness  —  and always live  with God.     He understood  a spiritual truth  that is expressed in Psalm 89:14,

Righteousness  and justice  are the foundation  of Your throne;
Lovingkindness  and truth  go before You.

All  of God’s gifts  to us  —  “righteousness“,  “justice“,  “lovingkindness“,  “truth“,  mercy,  salvation,  and so much more  —  are what God’s “foundation”  of authority  are built on.     No earthly chunk  of land  is worth  anything near  to what God’s  “foundation”  is worth.     So,  Abraham  was righteous  in his faith  in God.

We, too,  need  to look  for  “the city  which has foundations,  whose architect  and builder  is God.     We need  to look  for our eternal home  in heaven.     The “foundations”  of God’s city  are strong  and eternal.     The stuff  in this world  will all  pass away.

Humbly  and gladly  living by faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing us  what is worth living for.”

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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The Righteous God Tries the Hearts and Minds

July 21, 2016

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The Righteous God  Tries the Hearts  and Minds

The holy LORD God  is righteous  in absolutely all  He does.     That truth  might bug us  a bit  when we’re experiencing  all sorts  of overwhelming troubles.     But,  when King David  experienced life-threatening troubles,  he ran straight  to the LORD  for help.     David prayed  that if he was guilty  of any crime  —  even against his enemy  —  that God Almighty would let  that enemy  “trample my life down  to the ground.”

That’s a courageous prayer.     But,  David knew  in his heart  that he had not done evil,  even to his enemy.     That is why  he could bravely pray  that God would judge  the evil attacks  of his enemies.          David confidently prayed  in Psalm 7:8-9,

The LORD judges the peoples;
Vindicate me,  O LORD,  according to my righteousness  and my integrity  that is  in me.
O let the evil  of the wicked  come  to an end,  but establish  the righteous;
For the righteous God  tries the hearts  and minds.

David praised God  for shielding him  and righteously judging the unrepentant.     He acknowledged  God’s battles against all  “wickedness”.     And then,  David sang  about how the falsehood  of the wicked  brings a violent judgment  upon their own heads.

David glorified,  praised,  and thanked  God Almighty  for assuredly bringing about justice  in the end  according to God’s righteousness.

That’s something we need  to remember  in our trying times.     It is God  who has always proven  to be true,  faithful,  and righteous  in all His ways.     We just need  to remember that  as we glorify,  praise,  and thank the LORD  for His righteousness.

Resting  in God’s love  and power,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for ruling  over all things  in righteousness.”

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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I Shall Mention Rahab and Babylon Among Those Who Know Me

July 20, 2016

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I Shall Mention  Rahab  and Babylon  Among Those  Who Know Me

The LORD  knows every  itsy-bitsy thought  and tendency  of absolutely everyone.     No one can hide anything  from Him.     People tend  to judge one another,  but they don’t really know what they are judging.     God knows  what He is judging.     And so,  Psalm 87:1-7 says,

His foundation is  in the holy mountains.
The LORD loves the gates  of Zion
More than all  the other dwelling places  of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken  of you,
O city  of God.     Selah. 

I shall mention Rahab  and Babylon  among those  who know Me;
Behold,  Philistia  and Tyre  with Ethiopia:
This one  was born there.”      

But  of Zion  it shall be said,
“This one  and that one  were born  in her”;
And the Most High  Himself  will establish her.
The LORD  will count  when He registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.”    Selah        

Then those  who sing  as well as those  who play the flutes  shall say,
“All my springs  of joy  are  in you.”

There’s a lot  to think about  in this whole Psalm.     In God’s view,  a person  is “born”  when they come  to a true faith  in the LORD.     Note  that the LORD  lists “Rahab”“Babylon”“Philistia”“Tyre”,  and “Ethiopia”  as  “This one  was born there.”      Those were all heathen places  —  but there were believers there  —  and God treasures all  who come  to Him  in faith  when they learn to  “know”  Him.     By faith,  we become God’s children  —  no matter who we are.

“The LORD loves the gates  of Zion.”     Zion means  a waymark,  a monument  that shows the way.     God loves it  when people pay attention  to His waymark  to show us the way  of salvation  through Christ Jesus alone.     People from around the world  have been born  into God’s family  by believing  in the waymark  of His eternal word  in the Bible.

Knowing our Savior,  we become God’s children,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for leading us home.”

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

.

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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He Formed It To Be Inhabited

July 19, 2016

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He Formed It  To Be Inhabited

When the LORD  was assuring Israel  of their “everlasting salvation”,  Isaiah  gives us  a beautiful detail  about God’s  eternal power  in Isaiah 45:18,

For thus says  the LORD,  who created  the heavens  (He is the God  who formed  the earth  and made it;  He established it  and did not create it  a waste place,  but formed it  to be inhabited),   “I am the LORD,  and there is  none else.”

We look around us  and see the trees,  flowers,  sky,  sun,  moon,  mountains,  valleys,  plains,   oceans,  rivers,  animals,  and multitudes  of people  —  just to mention   a little bit.     It’s all  a part  of life.     God “formed”  our world  “to be inhabited”.     This comparatively  small earth is not  “a waste place”  of any sort.

But,  all the other planets are  “a waste place”  of various sorts.     They have no atmosphere  —  no water  —  no means  of supporting life.     They cannot sustain life  —  so they cannot  “be inhabited”.

So,  the earth is different  from other planets.     The earth  is wondrously sustaining life  of every sort  —  life in the arctic regions  —  life in the deserts  —  life on the mountain tops  —  life in the valleys  —  life in the oceans  —  and life in small water puddles.     It’s all beautifully miraculous  as it demonstrates God’s power  in vast things  and things  of the tiniest detail.

In all  of that special attention  to the smallest details,  we need  to humbly see  God’s condescending love  to each  and every one  of us.     Let us not arrogantly act blind,  deaf,  and dumb  to the almighty power  of God’s love  to save us eternally.     God’s love and salvation  are real  in every detail  of our little lives.

In humble awe  of being  so greatly loved,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord God,  You certainly are LORD  of lords,  and there simply is none else.”

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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**************

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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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Love Her, and She Will Watch Over You

July 18, 2016

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Love Her,  and She Will Watch  Over You

When King Solomon  taught his son,  he remembered what his father,  King David,  had taught him.     Solomon’s proverbs were written  for everybody  to learn from,  so we do well  to pay attention  to what is written  by the inspiration  of all  of God’s word.

In Proverbs 4:4-6,  Solomon wrote,

Let your heart  hold fast  my words;
Keep my commandments  and live;
Acquire wisdom!     Acquire understanding!
Do not forget  nor turn away  from the words  of my mouth.
Do not forsake her,  and she will guard you;
Love her,  and she will watch  over you.

Many people desire  to become smart  in their various lives.     They want to be smart  on the computer,  smart  in their business,  in their educational pursuits, etc.     Worldly smarts  are worthless  when they forsake  the Lord.     So, Solomon really emphasized  getting the right kind  of “wisdom”.     It’s not street smarts  —  the ability  to gain power  over other people  —  or the ability  to get rich.

Real wisdom  is only  in loving everything God teaches us  in His word.     We should never “forsake” the wisdom  of God’s word.     Only God’s word can “guard”  over our lives  and lead us safely  through this sinful world.     Instead of loving the things  of this world,  we need  to “love”  God’s wisdom  in His word.     Loving God’s wisdom  enables God’s word to  “watch over you.”     That’s where our safety,  peace,  and true joy is.

Loving all that God  teaches us  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for teaching us  Your wisdom  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

.

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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Do Not Add to His Words

July 17, 2016

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Do Not Add  to His Words

Proverbs 30  was written  by a man named Agur.     He said something  very important  —  and has been important  since the beginning.     Agur wrote  in Proverbs 30:5-6,

Every word  of God  is tested;
He is a shield  to those  who take refuge  in Him.      

Do not add  to His words
Or He will reprove you,  and you will be proved  a liar.

God’s word is “tested”  in a number  of ways.     It’s prophecies  have been accurately fulfilled  to the smallest detail  at their proper time.     Archeology has shown  that the word of God  has not changed  over the years  —  so what we see today  is what God had written  for us thousands  of years ago.     That means  Jesus Christ’s whole life  has been tested  to prove  that He is,  indeed,  the prophesied  one-and-only Savior.      And,  God’s children  also testify  as to how they have been shielded  from harm  in many ways  throughout their lives.     By what happens  in the lives  of God’s children,  they know  they can always go to  “take refuge  in Him”.

Because  of the surety  of God’s eternal word,  we lovingly  and respectfully  “do not add  to His words”.     He’s our heavenly Father  whose word is eternal truth.

There have been many  down through the ages  who have added  “to His words”.     Most of them  we’ve never heard of  because they have been  “reproved”  and  “proved a liar”.     In time, they have fallen by the wayside  and met their doom.     More recent false prophets  have been taking their place  with different lies  and changes  to God’s eternal word.     When the time is right,  they too,  “will be proved  a liar”  —  and they too  will meet their eternal doom.     In the meantime,  they are a test  to us.

And us?     We need  to make sure  we don’t get suckered in  to any false teachings  —  whether it be a cult,  New Age,  heathen religion,  or any sort  of “politically correct” worldly interpretation.

Praising God’s eternal truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for teaching us  Your truths  day by day.”

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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So That in Me You May Have Peace

July 16, 2016

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So That  in Me  You May Have Peace

If we’re the least bit aware  of all the horrendous happenings  around this world,  we will know  that we are living  in a world  of many “tribulations”.     It might remind us  of what Jesus said  in John 16:33,

These things  I have spoken  to you,  so that  in Me  you may have peace.     In the world  you have tribulation,  but take courage;  I have overcome  the world.

Jesus has already “overcome  the world”  —  even though  it might not seem apparent  to us  —  or the rest  of this world.     Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection  won the whole victory  over sin,  death,  and the devil.     Yes,  we do have  to go through “tribulation”  until the final Judgment Day.     But,  we can actually  “take courage”  and  “have peace”  no matter what happens,  because  this is all  a part  of God’s plan  —  and He can be trusted  to care  for us  in every situation.     His promises  and love  are sure.

So,  in all this turmoil,  we can look  to our LORD,  and gladly say  with Psalm 66:1-2,

Shout  joyfully  to God,  all the earth;
Sing the glory  of His name;
Make His praise  glorious.

We don’t have  to pretend  to understand all  that is taking place  in this world  —  but we need  to understand  that God is God  —  He always has been God  and He always will be  the one-and-only God.     There simply is no other  —  and His word  has proven  His trustworthiness.

That is why we can  “have peace”  and  “shout joyfully  to God”  in every situation.

Having  “peace”  and  “joy”  in the LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is so good  to know  that You will work  all things  for our good  in the end.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

.

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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