Friday, November 29, 2013

God's Promises 4 What 2 Do When..

=========  Often in life, we are faced with situations that are difficult. We do not know which way 2 turn, nor how 2 handle the decisions we must face. The best Source are from those who have faced what we now face. What did they do? And how did they get victory? Ecclessiastes has one of the most profound statements I have ever Joyfully discovered in the Bible. It is 4 us, This Generation of people from people we never knew 'our' past, but they give us the answers we also now seek.  Most are familiar with Eccles 3, That there is a SEASON 4 everything under Heaven...but lets look at this marvelous verse below..

Ecclesiastes 3:15 says, "Whatever Is, Has been Long Ago; AND, Whatever is  going 2b HAS been b4; It is GOD Who brings 2 pass AGAIN What Was in the Distant Past and Dissappeared.
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What a helpful marvelous statement that is 2 read! It tells us that no matter what problem or trial we face today, SOMEONE in the Past faced the very thing. We do not need 2 re-invent the wheel coming up with a solution, the Answers are all Hidden, waiting 4 us 2 Search them out and receive our answer in making the right decisions we now face; Knowing also...that This To Shall Pass. Be encouraged today as u spend time w/Jesus, learning His ways and drinking the Living Water He offers u. Be encouraged today, no matter how busy u matter how matter how painful and upsetting your circumstances may be, go 2 Him and drink deeply from His Word. Let His Holy Spirit Refresh and Restore your weary soul. When u do, God's Word promises that out of your life will flow rivers of Living Water- pouring out on your loved ones and a needy world. As God promised Father Abraham, He is also saying 2 u today: "I will bless u...and u shall be a blessing" [Genesis 12:2].

Contents 4 'What 2 Do When': 
01. Deserted by Loved Ones
02. Experiencing Marital Problems
03. Financially Troubled
04. Grieving
05. Overwhelmed by Circumstances
06. Sick
07. Spiritually Lukewarm
08. Uncertain About God's Ways
09. Waiting On God

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01. Deserted by Loved Ones - IF YOU'VE BEEN rejected or deserted by a friend or loved one, JESUS knows exactly how u feel. He had the same experience when His disciple Judas Iscariot betrayed Him, and His other disciples forsook Him and fled. Was this betrayal of Jesus a random event, outside the Father's loving control? Not at all. In fact, this experience was foretold in a Messianic psalm 100s of years earlier: "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against Me" [Psalm 41:9].

This psalm continues with a wonderful word of Encouragement 4 all who have suffered abandonment or betrayal: "But You, O Lord, be merciful 2 me, and raise me up" [v.10]. No matter what kind of unfair treatment you've rec'd from a loved one, God's plan is 2b merciful 2 u and RAISE YOU UP!

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.  Psalm 27:10

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed. Psalm 37:25-26

Whereas u have been forsaken and hated...I will make u an eternal excellence, a Joy of many generations.  Isaiah 60:15

The Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance.  Psalm 94:14

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but u shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; 4 the Lord delights in u, and your land shall be married.  Isaiah 62:4

The  Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not forsake u nor destroy u, nor forget the covenant of your fathers [Abraham, Isacc, and Jacob], which He swore 2 them.  Deuteronomy 4:31

You are God, ready 2 pardon, gracious and merciful, slow 2 anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them.  Nehemiah 9:17

Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget u.  See, I have inscribed u on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually b4 ME.  Isaiah 49:15-16

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes w/u. He will not leave u nor forsake u.  Deuteronomy 31:6

The Lord will not forsake His people, 4 His great name's sake, bcoz it has pleased the Lord 2 make u His people.  ISamual 12:22

It is better 2 trust in the Lord than 2 put confidence in man.  Psalm 118:8

Surely your Salvation is coming; behold, His reward is w/Him, and His work b4 Him. And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and u shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.  Isaiah 62:11-12

Those who know Your Name will trust in You; 4 You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.  Psalm 9:10

Prayer:  FATHER, Your Word says You are able 2 work all things together 4 good 2 those who love You. I call on You today 2 honor Your promises and work these painful circumstances 4 my good and 4 Your Glory.  Thank You, Lord, that nothing is outside of Your knowledge or control. In the midst of every difficult experience, You are able 2 fulfill Your purposes and lift me up!  Father, I forgive ALL those who have treated me unfairly, just as You have graciously forgiven me 4 the ways my actions have sometimes hurt You.  Thank You 4 opening my eyes 2 new hope 4 Restoration and Victory! In Jesus' Name. AMEN.

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02.  Experiencing Marital Problems -  JESUS SAID He would build His Church on such a strong foundation that "the gates of hell" would not be able 2 prevail against it [Matthew 16:18], and He wants 2 build our marriages on that same kind of foundation- the foundation of His Word.  If your marriage is struggling today, it probably would be easy 2 find someone or something 2 blame. Perhaps there are financial problems..or infidelity..or substance abuse..or uncontrolled anger...or some other factor that has brought your relationship 2 a crisis point.  But Proverbs 24:3 makes an important statement about what it takes 2 have a strong marriage and family: "Through WISDOM a House is Built, and by understanding it is Established." In order 2 have a healthy marriage, we need God's Wisdom and Understanding! 

Wives, submit 2 your own husbands, as 2 the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is Head of the Church; and He is the Saviour of the Body.  Therefore, just as the church is subject 2 Christ, so let the wives be 2 their own husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself 4 her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her w/the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her 2 Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be Holy and w/o blemish. So husbands ought  love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wive loves himself...Let each one of u in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects he husband. Ephesians 5:21-33

The Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable  him." Genesis 2:18

A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined 2 his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

Let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render 2 his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife 2 her husband. ICorinthians 7;2-3

Wives, likewise, be submissive 2 your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the Word, they, w/o a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives. Husbands, likewise, dwell w/them w/understanding, giving honor 2 the wife, as 2 the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may NOT be hindered.  IPeter 3:1,7

All of u be of one mind, having compassion 4 one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil 4 evil or reviling 4 reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that u were called 2 this, that u may inherit a blessing.  IPeter 3:8-9

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from u, w/all malice. and be kind 2 one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave u.  Ephesians 4:31-32

LOVE suffers long and is kind; LOVE does not envy; LOVE does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the Truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS.  ICorinthians 13:4-8

Prayer:  FATHER, I acknowledge today that You are the One who created marriage, and You're the One who knows how 2 fix marriages when they're struggling. Forgive me 4 the ways I've failed 2 seek Your Wisdom and obey Your Instructions 4 my marraige. I acknowledge that my own ways have failed, and I need Your Help and Wisdom 2 bring Healing 2 my marriage. Today I re-commit myself  Your Lordship. I ask You 2 change my heart and re-kindle the love in my marriage. I look 2 You as the only reliable source 3 unselfish LOVE.  Show me Your ways, Lord, so my Home is built on a firm foundation. Thank You 4 giving me Hope today- the Hope that can onlly come from You. In Jesus' Name. AMEN.

My God shall supply all your need according 2 His Riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

03. Financially Troubled - GOD HAS A PLAN 4 your finances. His heart is 2 bless His children, so they can be a blessing 2 others [Genesis 12:2]!  Your primary need today is 2 truly SEEK HIM, 4 His Word promises, "Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing" [Psalm 34:10]. Whatever u need from Your Heavenly Father, He wants 2 give u--but u must ASK..Seek..Knock until your breakthrough comes [Matthew 7:7].

Dont sit back passively, hoping God's Provision will come. You must be aggressive and fight 4 it, crying out 2 Him until u receive the Provision u need.  Remember, If you're expecting a miracle financial Harvest from God, u must first trust Him by Sowing fnancial Seeds into His Kingdom [Luke 6:38]. If you're in need, --4 hoarding lead 2 poverty and lack.

Beloved, I pray that u may prosper in ALL things and be in Health, just as your soul prospers. 3John 2

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25

"Bring ALL the Tithes into the Storehouse, that there may be food in MY House, and try ME now in this, " says the Lord of Hosts, "If I will not open 4 u the windows of Heaven and pour out 4 u such blessing that there will not be room enough 2 receive it. And, I will rebuke the devourer 4 your sakes." Malachi 3:10-11

All these blessings shall come upon u and overtake u, bcoz u obey the voice of the Lord your God...The Lord will grant u plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your groung, in the land of which the Lord swore 2 your fathers 2 give u.  The Lord will open 2 u His good treasure, the heavens, 2 give the rain 2 your land in its Season, and 2 bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend 2 many nations, but u shall not borrow. And the Lord will make u the head and not the tail; u shall be above only, and not be beneath, if u heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command u today, and are careful 2 observe them.  Deuteronomy 28:2,11-13

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully...And God is able 2 make all grace abound toward u, that u, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance 4 every good work. 
2Corinthians 9:6-8

God gives Wisdom and Knowledge and Joy 2 a man who is good in His sight; but 2 the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that He may give 2 him who is good b4 God.  Ecclesiastes 2:26

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The Lord your God is bringing u into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which u will eat bread w/o scarcity, in which u will lack nothing...

When u have eaten and are full, then u shall bless the Lord your God 4 the good land which He has given u...remember the Lord your God 4 it is He who gives u power 2 get Wealth, that He may Establish His Covenant which He swore 2 your fathers, as it is this very day. Deuteronomy 87-10, 18

Prayer: HEAVENLY Father, You know the financial needs and other concerns I'm facing today. Yet my greatest need is simply 2 seek You and Know You, and Your Voice, more intimately.  Acknowledging You as my Shepherd and Provider, I bring You my Tithes and Offerings. Your Word says You're bringing me into a "good Land' where I will lack nothing, 4 You give me the power 2 produce Wealth. When my financial breakthrough comes, I pledge 2 honor You w/the "First Fruits" and give You Glory 4 Your Blessings. As You bless me, Lord, I also pray You will make me a greater blessing 2 others. In Jesus' Name. AMEN!

Blessed are those who mourn, 4 they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

04. Grieving -  IF YOU'RE GRIEVING over the death of a loved one today, God wants u 2 enter His Presence and find a place of peace and safety. Let Him comfort u w/His loving embrace and restore His Joy 2 your soul.  God will not leave u in your sadness. He promises 2b right there w/u even as u "walk thru the valley of the shadow of death" [Psalm 23:4].  The Bible says God offers special healing balm 4 those who grieve, giving them "beauty 4 ashes, the oil of Joy for mourning" [Isaiah 61:3].  Yes, there may be weeping and pain 4 a Season, but He promises that a better day is ahead, a day of renewed hope and Joy: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces" [Isaiah 25:8].

I do not want u 2b ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest u sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,  even so God will bring w/Him those who sleep in Jesus...For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven w/a shout, w/the voice of an archangel, and w/the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together w/them in the clouds 2 meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be w/the Lord. Therefore comfort one another w/these words. IThessalonians 4:13-18

The Lord is near 2 those who have a broken heart. Psalm 34:18

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather 2b absent from the body and 2b present w/the Lord. 2Corinthians 5:8

Yea, though I walk thru the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; 4 You are w/me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

When u pass thru the waters, I will be w/u; and thru the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When u walk thru the fire, u shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch u.  Isaiah 43:2

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able 2 comfort those who are in any trouble, w/the comfort w/which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2Corinthians 1:3-4

He has sent ME 2 heal the broken-hearted...2 console those who mourn in Zion, 2 give them beauty 4 ashes, the oil of Joy 4 mourning, the garment of praise 4 the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3

O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be 2 God, who gives us the victory thru our Lord Jesus Christ.  ICorinthians 15:55-57

The Lord has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted. Isaiah 49:13

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, 4 the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

Prayer:  LORD, You have walked thru the valley of death, and You know the way. In this time of sorrow, led me 2 Your secret place of comfort and healing. Sustain me w/You Love, and restore peace 2 my soul.  You are near 2 those who are broken-hearted, and I need You 2 wrap Your strong and comforting arms around me today. Replace my ashes w/Your beauty, may pain w/Your purpose, and my heavy heart w/Your oil of Joy.  Lord, bring me thru this dark valley 2 a new day of hope and peace. As You are comforting and blessing me, use me 2 be a blessing 2 others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Casting all your care upon Him, 4 He cares 4 u.  IPeter 5:7

05. Overwhelmed by Circumstances - WE ARE NOT promised a trouble-free life in this world, but we ARE promised God will be w/us all along the way. He promises 2 lead us 2 victory if we put our trust in Him [2Corinthians 2:14].  Trust God today. Fix your eyes on Him instead of on your circumstances. As u do, you'll find Him 2b trustworthy--even in your darkest hours.  Remember: The Lord is right there w/u! Draw near 2 Himm, and He has promised 2 draw near 2 u, and He beckons u 2 come.

The Lord is Good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust Him. Nahum 1:7

When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me 2 the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2

The waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul. Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth.  Psalm 124:4-5,8

Let not your heart be troubled; u believe in God, believe also in ME.  John 14:1

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  2Corinthians 4:8-9

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.  Psalm 138:7

When you pass thru the waters, I will be w/u and thru the rivers, they shall not overflow u. When u walk thru the fire, u shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch u.  Isaiah 43:2

We know that all things work together 4 good 2 those who love God, 2 those who are the called according 2 His purpose.  Romans 8:28

I will be glad adn rejoice in Your mercy, 4 You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities.  Psalm 31:7

I will lift up my eyes 2 the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth. 
Psalm 121:1-2

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient 4 the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.  Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey 2 their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.  Psalm 124:6-8

Prayer:  FATHER, I need 2 hear Your strong and comforting voice today. My problems seem overwhelming, but I choose 2 fix my gaze on You. I choose 2 trust in Your mighty power and Your faithfulness.  Come 2 my aide, Lord. Lead me 2 the rock that is higher than I. Teach me 2 find shelter in the secret place of Your Presence.  I know that nothing will happen today that is outside Your knowledge and control. This is the day You have made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;  save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.  Jeremiah 17:14

06. SICK - WHILE MOST PEOPLE today accept disease and death as 'normal' parts of life, they were never God's original intention. When the World was first created, the Bible records, "Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good" [Genesis 1:31]. Disease and death  only entered the World after Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord and allowed satanic forces 2 gain a foothold on humankind [Genesis 3].  When Jesus came 2 Earth, He announced that God's Kingdom was at hand. He healed the sick, cast out demons, fed the multitudes, and raised the dead. All of this was a demonstration of the Blessings God intended at His original creation.  If u or a loved one is in need of healing today, remember that Jesus is your Great Physician. When He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom, He healed "ALL kinds of sickness and ALL kinds of disease" [Matthew 4:23]. So no matter what kind of healing u might need, Jesus is ready 2b your Healer!

Beloved, I pray that u may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3John2

Jesus went about all the cities and villiages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35

The whole multitude sought 2 touch Him, 4 power went out from Him and healed them all. Luke 6:19

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday [Past], today [Presence], and forever [Future]. Hebrews 13:8.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.  Psalm 103:2--3

If u diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear 2 His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on u which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I AM the Lord who heals [continual process] u. Exodus 15:26

He was wounded 4 our transgressions, He was bruised 4 our iniquities; the chastisement 4 our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

My son, give attention 2 MY Words; incline your ear 2 MY sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 4 they are LIFE 2 those who find them, and HEALTH 2 all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

He sent His Word and Healed them, and Delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:20

Is anyone among u sick? Let him call 4 the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him w/oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 
James 5:14-15

These signs will follow those who believe...They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18

If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in u, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life 2 your mortal bodies thru the His Spirit who dwells in u.  Romans 8:11

LORD JESUS, You are the same yesterday [my past], today [my current day], and forever [my future], and nothing is 2 difficult 4 You! I bring You my physical ailment today, asking 4 You 2 mightily intervene w/Your healing power. Manifest Your Kingdom and replace disease w/wholeness.  Send Your Word and heal me, Lord. Deliver me from every attack of the enemy. I declare that You died 4 my sickness as well as 4 my sins!  I give You praise in advance 4 touching my body and restoring me 2 health. May You be glorified thru my body as Your holy temple! In Your Name. AMEN.

Come, and let us return 2 the Lord.  Hosea 6:1

07. Spiritually Lukewarm - PERHAPS YOU'RE AT a place in your life today when you're crying out 2 God, as David once did: "Restore 2 me the Joy of Your Salvation!" [Psalm 51:12]. The Lord heard David's prayer, and He hears yours as well. Sometimes we can allow the cares and busyness of life 2 rob us of our peace and joy. Instead of the abundant life God intends 4 us, we experience drudgery and discouragement. Life becomes a rat race, and we lose sight of our calling and purpose in the Lord.  Come b4 God w/a humble heart today, and ask Him 2 restore your "first love" relationship w/Him [Revelation 2:4]. He will give u His Joy, rekindle your passion, and set u fre from lukewarm living!

Break up your fallow ground, 4 it is time 2 seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on u.  Hosea 10:12

I know your works, that u are neither cold nor hot. I could wish u were cold or hot. So then, bcoz u are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit u out of MY mouth.  Bcoz u say, "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing"--and do not know that u are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--I counsel u 2 buy from ME gold refined in the fire, that u may be rich; and white garments, that u may be clothed, that the shame of ur nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes w/eye salve, that u may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears MY Voice and opens the door, I will come in 2 him and dine w/him, and he w/ME. To him who overcomes I will grant 2 sit w/ME on MY Throne, as I also overcame and sat down w/MY Father on His Throne. He who has an ear, let him hear.  Revelation 3:15-22

Stand in the ways and see, and ask 4 the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then u will find Rest 4 your souls.
Jeremiah 61:6

My anger has turned away from him. Hosea 14:4

I will heal their Backsliding, I will love them freely, 4 "Return 2 ME, and I will return 2 u," says the Lord of Hosts. Malachi 3:7

Beware that u do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command u today, lest--when u have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that u have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and u forget the Lord your God who brought u out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Deuteronony 8:11-14

The backslider in heart will be filled w/his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above. Proverbs 14:14

Today, if u will hear His Voice, do not harden your hearts...Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of u an evil heart of Unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of u be hardened thru the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast 2 the end. Hebrews 3:7-8,12-14

Prayer:  FATHER, restore my passion 4 You and Your purposes. Deliver me from apathy and lukewarmness. Remove anything in my life that is hindering my intimacy w/You.  Lord, forgive me 4 the earthbound perspective I've had. Instead of living 4 the things of this World, I want my life 2 reflect Your eternal purposes.  I'm tired of just going thru the motions in my Christian life. Take me off my treadmill of mediocre living and give me new Vision 4 my destiny in You. I want 2 impact lives 4 Your Kingdom! In Jesus' Name. AMEN.

As 4  God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield 2 all who trust in Him. Psalm 18:30

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08.  Uncertain About God's Ways - THE BIBLE MAKES 2 important points about our knowledge of God's ways. On the one hand, His ways are clearly higher than our ways. But the Bible also reveals God's desire 2 show us His ways. realizing this, David prayed,
Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths" [Psalm 25:4].  And amazingly, the apostle Paul states, "We have the mind of Christ" [1Corinthisan 2:16].  God wants 2 show u His ways. He wants 2 reveal His great plan and purpose 4 your life! But u have a role 2 play in this too.  Take time 2 study and meditate on God's Word. Set aside a special time and place each day when u can come into His Presence and Listen 2 His Voice. Keep a Journal of the Direction He gives u 4 your life, and commit yourself 2 following His Instructions. The more u trust and obey Him, the more He will unfold a Revelation of His Will 4 u!

"MY thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways MY ways, " says the Lord. "For as the Heavens are higher than the Earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways, and MY thoughts than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:8-9

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the Wisdom and Knowledge of  God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out ! "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given 2 Him and it shall be repaid 2 him?" For of Him and thru Him and 2 Him are all things , 2 whom be glory forever.  Romans 11:33-36

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the hart of man the things which God has prepared 4 those who love Him. But God has revealed them 2 us thru His Spirit.  ICorinthians 2:9-10

The secret things belong 2 the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong 2 us and 2 our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.  Deuteronomy 29:29

We know that all things work together 4 good 2 those 2 those who love God, 2 those who are the called according 2 His purpose. Romans 8:28

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope w/o wavering, 4 He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your Truth and Teach me, 4 You are the God of my Salvation; on You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5

Come, and let us go up 2 the mountain of the Lord, 2 the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.  Isaiah 2:3

 I will make an everlasting Covenant w/them, that I will not turn away from doing them good. Jeremiah 32:40

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138:8

He has shown u, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of u but 2 do justly, 2 love mercy, and 2 walk humbly w/your God?  Micah 6:8

Fear not, 4 I AM w/u; be not dismayed, 4 I AM your God. I will strengthen u, yes, I will help u, I will uphold u w/MY righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Prayer:  LORD,  I want 2 know You better. I want 2 hear Your Voice and walk in Your ways 4 sure. Thank You 4 giving me Your Word as a roadmap 4 my life. Thank You that You want 2 reveal Your Will and open my eyes 2 the Hope of my calling. Thank You 4 allowing me 2 hear the Voice of Your Spirit and gain a greater portion of the mind of Christ.  Lord, I want 2 walk in confidence and faith rather than uncertainty and fear. Give me the courage I need 2 take bold steps of faith toward Your destiny 4 my life! In Jesus' sweet Name. Amen and AMEN.

My soul, wait silently 4 God alone, 4 my expectation is from Him.  Psalm 62:5

Catipillar from my friend in Belgium.
09. Waiting on God - ALMOST NOTHING is as difficult 4 most people as waiting. Whether we're waiting in rush hour traffic or in a grocery store line, impatience--or even anger--can engulf us.

However, God repeatedly tells us in His Word that we are 2 wait on Him.  This means taking time 2 enter into His Presence 2 worship Him...Listen... Meditate...and share our heart.  Why is this so important? Waiting is a Key that
unlocks greater intimacy w/Him. And the Bible describes many amazing benefits 4 those who take time 2 wait on the Lord: Strength, Hope, Courage, Provision, guidance, Encouragement, and Vision. all these-- and more--are the Rewardss you will receive when u wait on God!

Have u not known? Have u not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the Earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power 2 the weak, and 2 those who hav no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.  Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up w/wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:28-31

Lead me in Your Truth and teach me, 4 You are the God of my Salvation; on You I wait all he day.  Psalm 25:5

Our soul waits 4 the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  Psalm 33:20

The eyes of all look expectantly 2 You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.  Psalm 145:15-16

I wait 4 the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I do hope.  Psalm 130:5

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wat on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord!  Psalm 27:13-14

This I recall 2 my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, bcoz His compassion(s) fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!"  The Lord is good 2 those who wait 4 Him, 2 the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly 4 the Salvation of the Lord.  Lamentations 3:21-26

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch 2C what He will say 2 me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.  The Lord answered me and said: "WRITE the VISION and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.  For the VISION is yet 4 an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Tho it tarries, wait 4 it; bcoz it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:1-3

Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed...Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.  Psalm 25:3-4

Prayer:  FATHER, still my anxious heart and teach me 2 wait on You. I need You so much! Help me mount up like an eagle that is soaring 2 new heights.  Lord, I need fresh vision 4 my life. Show me Your ways, and show me Your plans 4 me. As I wait on You, give me new strength and courage 2 carry out Your Will.  Help me take time 2 meet w/You every day, Lord. I celebrate this day of new beginnings in my relationship w/You.  In Jesus powerful Name; AMEN!

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