Archive | January 2015

Thank you Lord!

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5  ESV

This is today’s verse of the day from Bible Gateway.  I love receiving a verse every day and read it usually first thing in the morning.  Today’s verse led me to read the entire Psalm 86.  What a blessing it is to know we have God’s steadfast love always!   He will forgive us for our wrongdoings, so long as we reach out to Him, confessing and repenting of them.  He is always there to listen to our prayers, never getting tired of them even when they seem to us to be repetitious and we are sure He is sick of us.  In fact, he delights in us when we reach out to Him.

It always seems amazing to see the wonderful things He does in our lives. I have experienced His love and His support through many trials.  I have learned that He sometimes will close doors on us, but he always will open a new door, a better door, when we put our faith in him.  How wonderful He is!

As I sit here writing this, I am looking out and enjoying the beautiful sunshine we have today–one of God’s great gifts of beauty he so freely gives us, of which there are many.  How can any of us look around us at the beauty He has created in this world and not know that there is truly a God in Heaven!

As a well-known hymn so simply says:

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.

I share with you here, from the English Standard Version (ESV), Psalm 86 in its entirety.   May it bless your day!

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

86 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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Stop praying for strength!

Good thing to think about.

Cannot Contain

I pray it a lot. “Lord give me the strength to get through this week, to endure this temptation, to sustain this whatever it is that I’m dealing with.” I got a pretty clear message from God tonight: Cut it out. Stop praying for strength.

This is not an all out declaration that no one should ever pray for strength, or even that I should never again pray for strength. But for me, right now, I don’t need to be praying for strength. I need to be USING the strength that God has already given me. I am using my prayers for strength as a crutch to avoid going and doing the very things that God has given me strength to do.

So today, in my current season in life, I need to stop praying for strength. Because the strength I seek has already been given to me. I keep…

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FALSE PROPHETS, FALSE TEACHERS, AND RECYCLED HERESIES

This is indeed a great reminder!

Samuel at Gilgal

Samuel A CainBut false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1 ESV)

Even in this modern age, we live with an abundant supply of false prophets, false teachers, and recycled heresies. Many in the church believe that God’s Holy Word may be manipulated to appeal to a new generation of people. We have preachers on television who distort the Gospel by appealing to men’s pride and wish for the pleasures of materialism. Truth is abandoned in order to enlarge membership rolls.

R. C. Sproul wrote these lines to discuss heresy in our day:

It seems that the only real and intolerable heresy today is the despicable act of calling someone a heretic. If the one accused is guilty of heresy, he or she…

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