Jonah 2:8 ” Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”

When we forsake the Lord and run after worldly things, we lose the right to all the mercy that is ours. Suddenly we’re by ourselves, with only the emptiness of the world to hold on to…grasping at nothingness like fog.

II Samuel 24:14 ” Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercy is great.”

The Lord’s compassion and love towards us is unfathomable. When we least deserve it, His forgiveness and tender love comes to our rescue…delivering us from the mess we’ve created for ourselves.

James 1:2 Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

The devil tempts us – God tests us…and out of this furnace of adversity we emerge purged and refined. And with every trial we face, we build a little more endurance, a little more patience…a little more purification.

II Corinthians 6:18 ” I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

If I asked you to describe your father, what would you say? Would you use words such as loving, fun, and good-hearted? Or would you say, rigid, disciplinarian, and distant? If I asked you to tell me about your Dad…you may say – absent, either physically or mentally from the family unit. Regardless of how you regard your earthly father…your Heavenly Father will always be there for you…He will never leave or forsake you…He’s calling you His son or daughter today, and wants to be a part of your life forever.

Proverbs 24: 3-4 ” By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

For any house to stand – whether a family home or a government institution – it must be founded on sound judgment and good principles. Armed with wisdom, open communication, and awareness for each other, this house can then accomplish great things.

Romans 9: 31-32 ” …but Israel, who pursued a Law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.”

We like to take the commandments from God and embellish them…piling on things that were never given in the first place. Then if we can only keep this long list of “don’t does”, we can somehow “work” our way to heaven. But this will never happen, and we will fail spiritually…our eyes on our works, and off of Jesus.

Jeremiah 5:14 ” I will make My Words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.”

God’s Words are the very essence of Him. When we speak His Word, all of the Lord’s mighty power is released and goes forth to do His will in people’s lives. Today, speak out loud His Word…proclaiming what He has said…and watch the change it will make in the people and situations around you.

Revelation 19:6 ” Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”

Look around you…all you see is under the rule and reign of the Lord. Everything is firmly under His control…nothing ever happens without God allowing it first. We praise you Lord for your magnificent and just sovereignty over the earth!

A reason for hope…

I can still hear the Cardiologist’s voice telling my husband that he had less than three months to live…” You need to go home and put your affairs in order.” He said. These kind of words will force you one direction or the other…either it plummets you into sadness, anxiety, and depression, or it sends you running to the Lord seeking peace and healing. I must confess that for the first weeks, my life was on hold…waiting. But as the weeks became months, I realized that God had done a mighty miracle before my very eyes. Now, sixteen years later, this once doomed man celebrates his birthday, keenly aware that but for God, this would not be happening.

Hebrews 13:5-6 ” …because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘ The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’ “

If God, Himself, has told us that He will absolutely never abandon us…why, oh why, don’t we believe Him? Rather, we allow fear and apprehension to creep into our minds – clouding over His Words. It’s at that moment that we need to stop…take a deep spiritual breath…remembering what He’s promised…and then proceed boldly forward holding on to His Word.

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