Psalm 18: 2

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There is a lady, who attends our church, that I’ve known since I was a young girl. Her resilience, humility, and reliance on the Lord is resounding. She doesn’t mind telling you her testimony – how she used to be on drugs and how the man she loved and trusted tried to kill her and left her for dead. She’ll tell you how she reached a point where she was resolute in her determination to trust in God and to turn her life around.

To this day, she still says that she feels she needs to work on trusting God more and not worrying. But the thing is, every time she says what she’s concerned about, she follows it up with “I know God can do it because He’s done it before”.

Though your testimony may not be like hers, I’m sure God has done something for you. Time and time again, God has shown Himself to be “my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength” (Psalm 18: 2 KJV) and yet sometimes I still wonder or worry if He’ll do it another time. When I think about it though, when has He truly ever let His people down?

He wants us to trust Him so that He can show who He really is. He wants us to trust Him so He can show His might and His power. So He can show His divine sovereignty and protection over us. To show how He can be solace in the midst of grief, providence in the midst of lack, a ruler in the midst of chaos, a healer in the midst of sickness, a hiding place in the midst of attack, a defense when all else is against you. He wants to prove that He will be the one to never turn His back on you, that one constant in your life, the one you can always go to.

He’s simply waiting on you to trust Him. We have to stop thinking with our fleshly minds and remember the things that He’s done for us. He’s shown Himself countless times. When we finally put all faith and confidence in Him, He then can be our salvation, our high tower, our stronghold. That’s Good News.

#RockFortressDeliverer #ForgivenFriday

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Psalm 18: 2 (AMP) The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me; My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower—my stronghold.

Psalm 18: 2 (TLB) The Lord is my fort where I can enter and be safe; no one can follow me in and slay me. He is a rugged mountain where I hide; he is my Savior, a rock where none can reach me, and a tower of safety. He is my shield. He is like the strong horn of a mighty fighting bull.

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Hebrews 6:10

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Have you ever done something for someone and they acted very appreciative? Maybe they said something like “I won’t forget this” or “If you ever need anything, I’ve got you!” Then when the time comes, they have forgotten or they can’t quite seem to come through for you like you did for them.

Good News: God is the polar opposite.

He tells us to go “into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16: 15) in order to bring His lost sheep home. He understands that ministry is not to be taken lightly and that it can be challenging. Not everyone will want to hear the Good News. Heck, they didn’t even want to hear it from Jesus! He knows there will be some who have an open and ready heart while some couldn’t care less. There will be some who will thank you for the life-changing word and some who cuss you out and tell you that you have no idea what you’re talking about. Some will be grateful that you helped them continue to trust God in their moment of doubt or weakness while some will laugh in your face and ask how you can believe in a god, in some mystical unseen being.

It will not always be a bed of roses, so He urges us to “not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in” (Galatians 6: 9 AMP). God wants you to know that He won’t “forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people)” (Hebrews 6: 10 AMP). He restores all things, He provides all things, He exceeds all expectations, and He loves you. When He says “I won’t forget”, you best believe that He has something beyond amazing in store.

#HeWontForget #ThankHimThursday

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Hebrews 6:10 (AMP) For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people), as you do.

Hebrews 6:10 (TLB) For God is not unfair. How can he forget your hard work for him, or forget the way you used to show your love for him—and still do—by helping his children?

1 John 1: 7

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Scriptures urge us to walk in the light. The thing is you have to want to walk into the light. It has to be a desire and true intention of yours. A lot of times people want to yell, “THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!” when in reality they just wanted to do it. We were born into sin, so our flesh craves all kinds of things. God understands that sometimes we may stumble and fall. He understands that we will make mistakes. Walking in the light means you are wholeheartedly trying to walk according to His Plan.

Where we, as people, stumble is in the true intentions of our heart. We cannot walk in the light and continue to do actions of darkness. For one, it’s completely dishonest. God will not be made a mockery of. He will bring your darkness to light and make an example of you for others. (I definitely wouldn’t want to be in those shoes.)

Secondly, walking in your filth while claiming to be the light is not how you share the Good News. You’re bringing confusing news. You will draw people only to cause them to stumble and be worse off than they originally were. The world already has plenty of lost souls, sad souls, lonely souls all yearning for the light, yearning for something to warm them and make them whole. When you walk according to the Word, you do so not only for yourself but also for others. People want to be drawn to something real. Everything else in the world draws people in and lets them down or disappoints them. Let them see how God will never do that.

#WalkInTheLight #WitnessingWednesday

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I John 1: 7 (AMP) but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]

I John 1: 6-7 (MSG) If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

John 16: 33

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We are witnessing terrorist attacks on foreign soil and here at home. Countries are in the midst of civil wars. People are struggling to stay alive. Innocent people are being murdered by police. Countless children are going missing. Leaders who are supposed to be our voice instead go after their own agendas. Riots have broken out. Hate fills people’s hearts. Fear fills others. Some have reached a breaking point. When will it all end?

If we focus on all that is taking place in the world around us, our hearts will be grieved. We’ll wonder why it’s happening or what’s the point of it all.

The Good News is that in the face of distress and suffering we can have peace. If you put your trust in God and rest fully in Him, there is a peace that can be found. Some may wonder: why should I trust something I can’t see?

I put my trust in Him because He has continued show that in Him I can be victorious and overcome all that is thrown my way. When I had to deal with identity theft and false charges, He made sure that what I lost was replaced. When people wanted to treat me a certain way because of my skin color, He opened doors, created opportunities, and allowed me to succeed. When threats and insults were hurled my way, He silenced those mouths and comforted me. When lied to and deceived by people I thought could be trusted, He protected me from the drama and harm that could have come my way.

He’s done so much more.

In the face of a world that is chaotic, when havoc is all around, when life seems to be hopeless and days seem dim, I am confident and assured that I will find peace in Him because He is my resting place.

#PeaceInHim #TrustingHimTuesday

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John 16: 33 (AMP) I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

John 16: 33 (MSG) I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

Psalm 116: 1-2

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My mind goes to 1996, watching “The Preacher’s Wife” and listening to Whitney Houston croon: I love the Lord, He heard my cry and pitied every groan, long as I live and troubles rise, I’ll hasten to His throne.

At times we get so caught up in our own busy schedules that we forget about the Lord and all He’s done for us. We forget about how He comforts our lonely hearts at night. How He pays a bill when money is beyond tight. How He heals a cancer that others have died from. How He protects when we find ourselves in dangerous situations.

Because we are His and He loves us, He never forgets about us. He isn’t that parent who cut you off because you were a disappointment. He’s not that best friend that drifted from you. He’s not that “one” that broke your heart. God is not a man. He’ll never leave. We’re not too dirty, too ugly, too worthless, too broken, too guilty for Him. He desires us and nothing can separate us from Him.

He hears us and meets our needs. He’s just waiting for us to reach out to Him, to run back to Him. He’s waiting to hear from you.

#HesListening #MeditateOnHimMonday

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Psalm 116: 1-2 (AMP) I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear] my voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).

Psalm 116: 1-2 (TLB) I love the Lord because he hears my prayers and answers them. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe!

PSALM 59: 16

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The weather has been rough all day. Your area has been under a tornado watch. Fortunately, you’re at home when the tornado siren begins to sound. You have a tornado shelter, but instead you frantically run around the house to find a safe spot. Should you hide in the tub or the hallway? Should you bring the radio or turn the tv up extra loud to hear the meteorologist? Where’s your cell phone?

We tend to act the same way in our times of danger and desperate need. We worry; we get anxious. We try to figure out how we can solve the problem. What can we do? That’s the problem. Why would we try to do anything when we can just go into our storm shelter and be protected from what is to come? Why not simply run to God?

I’ve been guilty of it before. I once found myself in a situation where my mortgage company had dropped the ball and, unbeknownst to me, hadn’t paid part of my property taxes in years. The county was ready to put my home up for auction. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW!! I was beside myself and trying to figure out how in the world I was going to fix it. Would another job help? Could I put a pause on repaying student loans? How embarrassing is this? Losing my house! God why?!

God. I hadn’t stopped to talk to Him. Instead I was trying to figure it out with my brain instead of taking it to the Creator of not just my brain but of the entire universe. When I gave it to Him and took refuge in Him, He handled it. When I found myself in a relationship that was dark and abusive, I had to run to Him. When I was (and am) treated differently at work because some feel skin colors make you inferior, I go to my stronghold.

God has always seen me through. Despite my being hardheaded, He’s been there to shield and protect. He’s covered me through storms and allowed me to recognize that it was (and still is) all Him. I serve a Mighty God. A loving God. A God who will forever be my stronghold and refuge in the day of my distress. That sounds like Good News to me.

#GodMyRefuge #SetApartSaturday

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Psalm 59: 16 (AMP) But as for me, I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; Yes, I will sing joyfully of your lovingkindness in the morning; For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 59: 16 (TLB) But as for me, I will sing each morning about your power and mercy. For you have been my high tower of refuge, a place of safety in the day of my distress.

Galatians 5: 1

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You know what’s crazy? Sometimes we believe (in the moment) that tie to sin, that bondage to the things we used to do, that foolishness God has freed us from feels good. Have you ever been trying to do the right thing but it feels like nothing is working? Like everyone and everything is set against you? You feel frustrated and exhausted?

In that moment of weakness, you reminisce of those “good times” of sin. (You see I used air quotes.) That’s like me trying to lose weight. I’m not seeing results though I’ve been trying to eat right and exercise. I give in. I fall off the wagon. Demolish some fast food and a box of ice cream chocolate eclairs from the grocery store. Later, I feel a bit guilty because I threw my hard work away for a moment of pleasure.

Although convicted, my body begins to yearn for the junk I used to indulge in. I’d broken free and didn’t want it like I used to …until I gave in that day. Now I have to get myself back to where I was before. Sin is the same way. You give in. Feel that moment of pleasure. Then here comes the conviction. Ugh, why’d I do that? Now that habit, that person, that taste, that feel, that desire you’d been freed from keeps popping back into your mind. Your flesh wants it again just because you yielded in the moment of weakness.

It may seem hard but don’t. Galatians tells us to stand fast. Be strong. Talk to God. Seek Him. Meditate on His Word. Tell others what He’s done for you. Walk in that freedom that Christ gave His life for. Be patient. Trust God.

#DontYieldToSin #ForgivenFriday

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Galatians 5: 1 (AMP) It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed].

Galatians 5: 1 (MSG) Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.