Tag Archive | lord and savior

Nehemiah 9: 27-28 ” But when they were oppressed they cried out to You. From heaven You heard them, and in Your great compassion You gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies. But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in Your sight.”

We humans have such short memories.  When life is going well…we put God in the corner – kind of like disaster insurance…there just in case we need it.   And when we get ourselves in trouble, we call out to Him for help…only to quickly forget again when life quiets down.  This roller coaster ride isn’t what God desires for us.  He wants to be our focus in good times and bad…in happiness and sadness…in calm and chaos.

II Chronicles 20:15 “He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ “

In so many struggles we can find ourselves totally defenseless…outmanned and outmaneuvered.  And as the fighting escalates, we are worn down and demoralized by the toll it takes on us…mentally, physically, and spiritually.   For when you are ill-equipped for battle…you have no chance.  Why then do we think we have to do all the fighting,  when God tells us He’s got our back?  Spiritual warfare is His specialty, not ours.  All He asks of us is to stand and watch Him work.  For in Psalm 91:7-8 says, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only observe with your eyes…”

Psalm 18:1 ” I love You, O Lord, my strength.”

I praise You Lord.  For when I am weak, You are my source of power.  When I am frail in mind and spirit, You support me and give me endurance.  When I feel feeble and ready to give up, You reinforce my backbone and give me toughness  to move ahead.  In Exodus 15:2 it says, “The Lord is my strength and my song.  He has become my salvation.”  I will make music in my heart, for You have given me victory on all sides.  Amen.

Psalm 68:20 ” Our God is a God Who saves; from the sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

The Lord saves us from what?  In a single word – condemnation.   John 3:18 tells us that from the womb we are condemned already…destined to Hell.  No amount of good works will ever save you.  Nor will you ever make it to Heaven on your believing Grandmother’s shirt-tails. But most strikingly, you will never be able to save yourself.   Only the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver you from the wrath that is to come.  Only He can offer you freedom from an eternal sentence of Hell.

Malachi 1:14 “For I am a great King, says the Lord Almighty, and My name is to be feared among nations.”

You are the Lord Almighty.  The mightiest Warrior…the all-powerful King of Israel.  Your Rulership is over the entire universe.  By Your power,  You have created all things, and You stand ever ready to preserve their existence.  We thank You Lord for Your faithfulness, and stand in awe of Your total authority.

Zechariah 1:3 ” ‘Return to Me’, declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you’…”

Job 22:23 says, “If you return to the Almighty you will be restored.”  The responsibility lies on our shoulders…the decision, squarely on us.  For only we can resolve to turn around and come back to the Lord.  God’s position has never changed…it’s us that have wandered so far away.  But if we only turn our hearts back to Him, He will restore and rebuild our lives that are in shambles.

I Thessalonians 2:4 ” On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, Who tests our hearts.”

There will come a time when you’ll come to a crossroads and you’ll have to make a hard decision…do you please man, or  God.  Sure, pleasing man is easy, painless and non-confrontational…for the moment.  But it usually comes with compromise and difficulties in the end.  When we intentionally and deliberately focus our conduct on what the Lord would want us to do…people will  see that our walk matches our talk.