Nehemiah 8: 10 “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Gladness of heart in the Lord is your support…it’s your anchor  in times of trouble…it’s the strong tower you can run to in the middle of the storm.  Delight and happiness in knowing Him will be your mainstay and comfort  forever.

John 16:23 ” In that day you will no longer ask Me anything.”

The longer our journey with the Lord, the fewer the questions we have.  The more and more we trust Him, the less we query His Will in our lives.  There will come a day, when faith and peace become such an attitude of your heart… that there’s no more questions to be asked.

Acts 3:16 ” By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.”

The crowd and religious leaders couldn’t dispute the fact that just earlier they had all walked by this beggar at the entrance to the Temple…they had in fact passed by him for years, and were well acquainted with his deformities.  So it had come as a complete shock when they saw him running, jumping, and dancing in the Temple court.  It was Simon Peter’s healing faith, coupled with the beggar’s faith – all in the name of Jesus –  that had healed him.

Isaiah 64:1 ” Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before You! “

Almost everyday we learn of earthquakes around the world…or we hear about volcanoes erupting and spewing smoke far up into the atmosphere.  But these  all pale in comparison to the Lord’s mighty power…when the heavens will be torn apart as He descends to earth…” the mountains melting beneath Him.”  (Micah 1:3)

I Timothy 6:17 ” Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

If the Lord has prospered you here on earth, your trust cannot be in your wealth, but rather in the One who has given it to you.  Riches are fleeting…here today and gone tomorrow, but the Lord’s loving kindness is the only unchanging  constant you can truly trust in.

II Kings 4:3 ” Elisha said, Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.”

When I bring my requests before the Lord,  am I truly  believing He will grant them?  Or am I just going through the motions of asking, not really expecting the Lord to come through.  Have my  low expectations limited God to what He can accomplish?  This verse just reminds me again not to put limits on God.  I may be praying this tiny, feeble prayer,  while God’s  ready to do a HUGE work… despite me and my pitiful faith.

Acts 3:2 ” Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.”

The beggar had been crippled from birth…maybe from some congenital defect such as Spina Bifida or an injury that occurred during the birthing process.  His physical impairment was apparent to all, but how many times  do we have invisible handicaps and defects?  Many  walk around emotionally crippled at the hand of abusive parents or spouses.  Many are mentally crippled by poverty or social injustices that they were powerless to change.  But just like this crippled beggar,  we too can be healed  in the name of Jesus  to live a full and joyous life.



Psalm 84:11 ” For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

The glory of the Lord is our light.  Our path is ever illuminated by His majestic power.  We never need to fear the darkness, for Isaiah said it best…” The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” (Isaiah 60:19)

John 11: 25-26 ” I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? “

Do you believe this?  Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins so you may have eternal life?  What distinguishes us from the world is the unique characteristic of believing in Jesus.  Our faith and trust in Him goes far beyond what the world will ever understand or comprehend.  As Believers, our confidence is not in man, but in the  Son of Man…Jesus.   Do you believe this?

Isaiah 12:3 ” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

There’s nothing sadder than what is written in Jeremiah 2:13,  ” Forsaking the spring of living waters, they dug their own cisterns.”  We can not, and will never be able to save ourselves…for it’s only by the blood of Jesus that we are saved from our sinful existence .   And it’s then with unspeakable joy that we can  drink from that fountain of eternal life.

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