Stillness


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He says, Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  Psalms 46:10

Sometimes we need to sit in quiet stillness and recognize the greatness of God’s creation.

All. The. Things


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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these, he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. II Peter 1:3-4 (NIV).

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep your from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:8 (NIV).

Our culture perpetuates a great lie – that we can have all. the. things.  No – it’s a lie.  We cannot have all the things and give all the things all they need.  If we have all the things, some (if not all) of the other things are going to suffer.  What we can and do have is all the things we need to make us effective and productive in God’s kingdom if we use them to glorify Him.  This is what He has promised us; just like he promised to Adam, and Moses, and Abraham, and so many others hundreds of years before us.

 

A Common Path


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I wish when we looked at others we could put aside our preconceived ideas and see another human soul – recognize that like us they have hopes and dreams, struggles and fears, and a need for forgiveness and compassion; and that we are all walking together on this journey called life.

Special Delivery Psalm 66:16-20


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Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.
I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love for me!  (Psalm 66:16-20, NIV)

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How awesome it is to know that God will deliver me from temptations, sins and trials that I face.

I must testify of this deliverance to others by praising God.

I recognize His power and how inconceivable it is that He would show me favor by not only hearing my prayer for deliverance, but granting his love and mercy to a sinner like me.

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Dear Father, Creator of all, I acknowledge your Almighty presence in my life.  Help me to always  recognize it is through your power that I will be delivered, and not through my weakness.  May I declare to all how you have delivered me, and thus glorify your Name.

 

 

He’s Got the WHOLE World in His Hands


 

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I, the Lord, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline as as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. Jer. 5:22

A WARNING FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.

Have you no respect for me?  Why don’t you tremble in my presence?  I, the Lord, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.  The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set.

But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts.  They have turned away and abandoned me.

They do not say from the heart ‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’

Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings.  Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They continually set traps to catch people.

Like a cage filled with birds; their homes are filled with evil plots.  And now they are great and rich.

They are fat and sleek, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.  They refuse to provide justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor.

Jeremiah 5:21-28 (NLT)

God has set the oceans’ boundaries.  Rest assured He is in control.  He uses those in power according to His divine plan which we cannot understand.  But as His people we are to shine His light in the darkness of the world by doing good.