Psalm 107: 8-9 ” Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. “

We all need spiritual sustenance, because we all have a God-shaped hole inside that needs to be filled.  This inner hunger and thirst for God propels us forward in His Way and supports us in times of trials.  Life is sustained by food…but our spiritual life is nourished and maintained by the word of God.

I Thessalonians 4:1 ” Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”

It would be easy if living a Godly life was a once and done…or if we could somehow attain “Christian perfection.”   Unfortunately, our walk is a lifelong  journey…our race is a marathon not a sprint. What we learn one day…we apply to the next…and slowly we’re changed…day by day.

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.

Nehemiah 8:2-3 ” So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. “

The Israelites had gathered together and asked Ezra to read the Law.  Many had never heard the reading of the Word, for they had been born and raised in Babylonian captivity.  The Lord had been faithful in rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem…He had miraculously  aided them in rebuilding the crumbled walls…but now it was time to rebuild His people.  The  Lord is wanting to rebuild His people again…to reclaim, restore, and re-establish  Believers for His glory.  Now is the time for you to break off the chains of captivity and allow God to begin a new rebuilding project in you.

Isaiah 2:22 ” Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?”

Psalm 146:3 states it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men.”   We are all mere human creatures…here today and gone tomorrow.  None of us are that important or warrant historic distinction to be remembered  thousands of years from now…so putting your belief in man is worthless, for it’s only God that can be  fully trusted with your life.

Matthew 18: 2-4 ” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.’ “

This story actually started earlier as Jesus and the Disciples were traveling.  An argument had ensued among the Disciples of just who was the greatest.  So now Jesus was calling them out on it and extinguishing any  ego that was still lingering by having a little boy stand among them as an example of how He wanted them to behave.  Not as proud, honor-seeking men, but as  meek, gentle, giving children.

Romans 2:1 ” You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at what ever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”

We all give snap opinions mentally  everyday.  No one may hear them…but we’re constantly pronouncing judgment on those around us.  But for as harshly as we judge others…in the same way we will be judged someday…which kind of makes you think doesn’t it.

Isaiah 25:9 ” In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

Where is your trust based today?  If your confidence is in the world and its governing  bodies…you will be sorely disappointed.  But if you put your safety and security in the hands of the Lord, your hope will not be put to shame.

James 1: 6-8 ” But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a doubled-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

The Greek word for double-minded is very interesting.  The double-minded person not only believes in God and that all His promises are true…but he also depends on himself and what he can accomplish alone –  without God.  Such a person is spiritually unstable and prone to deceitfulness and deception.

Psalm 89:1 ” I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations.”

Just praising the Lord is a very effective way of taking our eyes off our own problems and focusing on Him.  Our pity party will end when we start thanking Him for His many blessings, known and unknown.  Elsewhere in Psalms it says,  ” I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love, for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”

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