I Corinthians 16: 13-14 ” Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”

As a Christian, are you a leader or a follower?   If your group of friends are doing something that you don’t agree with, do you stand up for your faith, or do you just remain quiet and compromise?  This scripture tells us to be cautious on how we conduct ourselves and lead our lives.  In any questionable situation we should be asking ourselves…would Jesus do this?

Psalm 4:8 ” I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Have you ever gone into your child’s bedroom and just watch them sleep?  The picture is one of total security and tranquility  as you listen to their soft even breathing.  They are perfectly content and safe in their warm little bed with not a care in the world.  We too should be able to sleep with the same sense of well-being  and trust… for our Heavenly Father is watching over us.  So tonight be reminded…the Lord will be watching you sleep and smiling.

III John 11 ” Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”

“Has not seen God…”    A perfect case in point for this scripture is when the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord seated on His throne high and lifted up. (Isaiah 6:1)  At that moment Isaiah cried out, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” When we  perceive the glory, majesty, and power of the living God we suddenly become painfully aware of just how unclean and totally inadequate we are.  Our sinful life is laid bare before Him…we have no excuses, no defense before a totally righteous and perfect God. Our only hope then is in the Lord’s unwarranted grace and forgiveness.

II Samuel 22:29 You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”

I really hate getting up in the middle of the night and stumbling around in the dark.  It can be scary and potentially  dangerous.  But if I simply first turn on a lamp, it changes everything.  My fear of falling or tripping over some unseen thing goes away…for now I can see clearly  my path.  God’s light…His truth, is like a floodlight to our life’s path…illuminating all the precarious obstacles in front of us, so that we may walk in safety.

Psalm 33:4 ” For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.”

We’ve all been lied to…we’ve  all had trust issues. For we live in a fallen world where telling the truth and honoring your word are  laughed at.   And it’s the people we should be able to trust the most that hurt us the deepest.  But God is trustworthy and steadfast…He is faithful and just.  You can believe in His word and trust Him with your life.

Job 7:11 ” Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”

Only the Lord may know the personal suffering and grief you’re going through today.  And it’s perfectly OK to be completely honest with God and tell Him how you feel…even to the point of yelling at Him.  For the Lord has very broad shoulders and will never take offense…for only He can truly understand.

Matthew 9: 6-7 ” Then He said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’ And the man got up and went home.”

A group of friends brought a paralyzed man to the Lord and Jesus  gave him a three-stage command.  “Stand up on your once useless legs,  pick up and carry the mat you were brought here on, and go home and witness.   Jesus was asking the paralytic to do something he couldn’t do before …”Stand to your feet.”  Jesus then commanded him to pick up his only means of transportation and carry what had carried him in the past.  And finally, He said, ” Go home and testify of your  healing to everyone that  has only known you as a paralytic…and take the mat as a remembrance. “

Lamentations 3: 19-20 ” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.”

Life does not spare anyone from loss, sorrow, and pain.  So when we’re in the middle of  trials,  it’s difficult to take our eyes off the sadness and onto God. But here in Lamentations,  Jeremiah voices his grief and suffering, yet he reminds himself that God’s great love and compassion never fail…and thus there is hope.

John 6: 28-29 ” Then they asked Him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.’ “

God’s not asking for our toil and labor.  He’s not looking for elaborate and great achievements we can do in His name.  No, He’s quite simply asking us to believe…to believe that He sent His Son into the world to save it and give us eternal life.  But for many, it’s hard to just trust…for we think we have to “do something” to gain this pardon.  But it’s very true, the only thing God asks of us… is to believe.

I Kings 17: 15-16 ” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food everyday for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”

God had told Elijah to travel to Zarephath and a widow would supply him with food during a severe drought.  When Elijah asked the woman for bread she replied she had only a handful of flour and a little oil left.  Then Elijah prophesied that the jar of flour and the flask of oil wouldn’t run out until the Lord brought rain.  At that moment the widow had two choices…allow fear to rule in her life, or step out in faith and believe God.  Everyday fear will make us choose between Fearing the Enemy And Running  or  Facing the Enemy And Rising.

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