Ecclesiastes 7:13 ” Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what He has made crooked? “

Look around and you can see the hand of God at work.  Whether it be a mountain range with its craggy peaks, or a winding river with its uneven banks, or the ragged clouds above you, God’s workmanship is evident.  And try as we might, man is incapable of changing what God has designed bent and twisted…from contorted tree limbs to the path of mighty rivers, the all powerful hand of God dictates the earth.

Psalm 123:2 ” As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy.”

We are your servants, O Lord, and we look to You in total reliance.  In Your hands is the power and strength we lack…in Your hands is grace and mercy.  We will  keep our eyes fixed on You, Lord…for only in You can we fully put our trust.  You are our Rock and support in time of need…our confidence is in You.  Amen.

I Corinthians 2:7 ” No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”

The indwelling Holy Spirit reveals to all  Believers the sacred mysteries and hidden truths of God’s own revelations.  We are then privy to visions, prophesies, and insights that the world can never be part of.  The Lord’s glories teachings and principles all afforded to us as Believers,  by way of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 46:10 ” Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Though the Lord is too great to be fully understood, knowing Him to the very best of our ability is key in our relationship with Him.  For like any loving, intimate relationship…we should do less talking, and more listening.

Psalm 90: 17 ” May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

When you have favor of God…His kindness, delight, and support in all situations, you will  receive something else.  Because God’s favor rests on you, you will also have favor before men.  And there’s nothing more powerful than to find favor before God and man.

Joshua 24: 15 “…then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

A simple statement, but with  very profound and eternal consequences within it.  Has your family made such a commitment to serve God?  Have you consciously made a covenant with the Lord to worship Him, and Him only?  Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.

Revelation 21:3-4 ” And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ “

Our body is the Temple of the living God…with the Holy Spirit  residing within our hearts.  We are a new creation…our old self has fallen away and we can stand before the Father free from the chains and baggage that have hindered us in the past.  The Lord will wipe our tear-stained face and smile lovely into our eyes…and all the past will be gone.

Ephesians 6: 16 ” In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

The shield of the Roman soldier was long and rectangular in shape…and almost as tall as he was.  Its protection was superb, and when groups of soldiers closed ranks, fit the shields together, and advanced as one, the line was impenetrable.  They would also hold the shields overhead, forming a circle of protection from arrows flying down from enemy walls above.  Our saving faith…that firm and confident belief in Jesus and His Gospel covers us with complete protection from the devil.  And when the Body of Believers band together  with our shields of faith…we are unstoppable…we are victorious.

II Peter 2:20 ” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.”

So why do Believers fall away…even after experiencing the saving grace and mercy of Jesus?  Is the pull of the world too strong, or is their confidence in this new-found faith too frail?  Has the self-centered human nature triumphed over  the newly gained eternal perspective?  And why does Peter tell us they are worse off than before they knew Jesus…could it be that they may spend eternity lamenting their decision?

I Peter 4:14 ” If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

If someone makes a rude comment because you’re a Christian…if they belittle or demean you for your stand for Christ –  count yourself blessed!  It demonstrates that the hand of God is present and involved in your life with a divine purpose.  It shows that the Holy Spirit is actively dwelling within you,  imparting glory…And in the eyes of God, you are honored.

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