Jun 302017
 

“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:31).

When bewilderment enshrouds you,

– and despair looms at your door,

– when trials storm the beaches of your life-

– you may want to ask God:

“Why?”

You may never understand why things are happening the way they are in your life.

But that’s not your job.

It is not necessary for you to know why.

That is God’s question!

Your response is all that matters.

When we can’t feel His hand-

We must trust His heart!

Our job is-

– to simply trust and obey!

Is there something happening in your life-

– for which you have no explanation?

But longing for answers?

Ask God to give you peace and grace to trust Him!

He is working out the details of your deliverance!!

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Jun 282017
 

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves” (Psalm 93:3).

What do you do when you find yourself threatened by the floods of wickedness?

What did the psalmist do?

He looked at God’s throne!

“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty. The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.” v. 1.

No waves or floods can disturb the throne of God.

But often we don’t look high enough.

We see the floods, but we don’t see God.

We see the waves getting higher and higher, and we don’t lift up our eyes by faith and see the eternal, established, secure, strong throne of God.

He heard God’s testimonies!!

He didn’t listen to the sound of the waves.

Today, you might hear a lot of threatening sounds.

Don’t pay any attention to them.

“Your testimonies are very sure.” v. 5.

The psalmist heard God’s testimonies and said, “I can trust the Word of God.”

He remembered God’s trust-worthiness!!!

Peter when he walked on the water.Matt. 14:28-31.

He took his eyes off the Lord and forgot His promise.

Jesus said to him, “Come!”

That’s all Peter needed.

He should have said to himself, “If Jesus says, ‘Come,’ I can come!”

Because-

His commandments are always His empowerments!

God’s throne is established!

And His testimony is sure!!

When you see the flood approaching-

Lift your eyes higher to see the throne of God.

Open your ears to hear His Word.

Fearing any flood?

Put your faith to work and trust His promises of power and protection!

(PA)

Jun 162017
 

“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—’and let us serve them, ‘you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3). 

It is not uncommon to read of a police department-

– working on a baffling case to consult a psychic!

The “just the facts” approach to crime-

– moves to an “I have a feeling” process of investigation!

Sometimes it works!

The psychic leads the police to a key piece of evidence!

How should a Christian respond to those times-

– when the paranormal is portrayed as normal?

Realize that sometimes they may be right.

God’s Word tells us that and gives examples of prophets and magicians whose advice was taken and signs believed.

Deuteronomy 13:2 says, “And if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place…”

Refuse to follow that path.

God’s instruction is “you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer”.v. 3.

In other words, do not add Tarot cards to your daily reading.

Skip the horoscope.

Recognize that it is a test.

Our hearts are tested through these seemingly inexplicable happenings.

But God explains them.

He says they is a test to see if you love Him with all your heart.

Review your commitment to read and learn the Bible.

Stay true to God and His Word!

Do not let appearances deceive you.

The better we know the Word-

– the better we can discern truth and error.

(PA)

May 182017
 

When the weather is wonderful, temperatures are pleasant, and a gentle breeze blows, people will sing: “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

But-

When the weather is horrible, temperatures are at the extremes, and perhaps the wind is a

gale force, people aren’t as likely to sing.

Yet-

God makes both kinds of days! We need to remember that God is good all the time. His goodness is not dependent on how much we like our current situation! That must have been Jeremiah’s perspective.

At a time when his soul was “downcast” within him-

– he could look beyond the immediate to the eternal! (Lamentation 3:20).

Rather than allowing his circumstances to drag him down-

– he focused his attention on God’s faithfulness and said, “I have hope” (v. 21).

You probably know the next verse: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (v. 22).

It’s easy to sing the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” when things are going well! Yet-

– the verses from which that theme is taken do not come from a time of smooth sailing for the prophet.

Instead, it was a time of extreme difficulty. Jeremiah knew that God is good all the time!

And that even in the worst of times He is faithful. Even when life looks hopeless-

Remember that looks can be deceiving. Hope in the ever-faithful God.

Ask God today to help you be a person of hope.

Don’t let the immediate cloud your view of the eternal. Hope in the ever-faithful God!

Read Lamentation 3:19-26

(PA)

Nov 122016
 

05-nutricion-960x450(Continued from Yesterday)

Second-
Adversity
teaches us!
It teaches eternal truths that we would not otherwise learn.

I avoid pain at all costs.
I avoid things that cause pain.

We want to get into shape, but we want a pain-free workout.
We don’t want to hurt.

No pain, no gain.
If you are looking for a pain-free life, then you are not going to grow spiritually.

Pain reminds us of a deeper need, which is a need for God.
And he will teach us lessons in the valleys that we never would have learned on the mountaintops, things we need to know and things we need to share with others.

Think about some of the greatest lessons you have learned in your life.
They have come through adversity, haven’t they?

And those are the things that you pass on and share with others.
You remember those times when God came through for you.

Third-
Adversity
trains us!

It gives us compassion to counsel and comfort others who are in pain.

When you go through adversity, you have a new consideration of others.

It has been said that success builds walls, and failures build bridges.
If everything is always perfect and life is always firing on every cylinder, people don’t relate to that.

But they do relate to a person who is going through or who has been through pain.
The apostle Paul said, “(God) comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4.

We need to continue in the faith.
Some may say, “Well, my faith has been tested, and I can’t handle this.”

But the faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted.
With all respect, the faith that cannot make it through adversity is not real faith.

Real faith gets stronger through hardship, not weaker.
It becomes more resilient.
It doesn’t fall apart.

Emotions come and go.
The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17.
It doesn’t say the just shall live by feeling.

So press on.
And when you are facing adversity-
– don’t focus on emotions that fluctuate.

Remember that God is there with you.
And remember that he is in control.