Psalm 27:1, 3
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.
Founding Father Quote
“Under all circumstances, trusting in our Maker and through His wisdom and beneficence to the great body of our people, we will not despair nor despond.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Heavenly Father, we are plagued on every side by troubling circumstances. It seems that our enemies are shooting poisonous darts from every angle, and stealing our peace. Forgive us for allowing the Enemy to create unrest in our homes, in our schools, in our places of business. Forgive us for allowing the government to kick You out of places where we desperately need Your peace to reign. As ungodliness increases in our country, there seems to be little room for hope. As Christians, we know that the Scriptures say You are our Great Hope. Through the blood of the Lamb, we have assurance that You are in control, and that You have not given us a spirit of fear but of sound mind. Therefore, we will not fear but place our trust in You, until the time of Your Son’s returning. For in You we have our being, and through You nothing is impossible. Lord, have mercy upon us and grant us Your peace that surpasses all understanding, that we might be able to stand against the Enemy and boldly proclaim, “I will not fear any evil, for Thou art with me.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times I read the Bible, each and every day, something new surfaces. I don’t know if it is a heightened level of serene contemplation, therefore more aware of what I am reading, or just hungry. Either will do.
This time it is from the Joseph story. The Bible says Joseph’s family moves into Egypt. The district of Rameses was the best part of the land, the most suitable for raising a family and grazing livestock. The tribe was lost in delirious wonder as they recalled how the events of the past several decades unfolded. However, their expectation darkened into anxiety and evanescent shades of worry dominated.
Good morning Saints~
Thank you for sharing some of what Father is doing in your lives and hearts because of the challenge to read the Bible or fast something to start the year. I know that Father worked something special for each of you. Remember to continue praying for each other. Without the detail of prayer, anything we did would have been an exercise in futility. Otherwise our time of prayer and fasting really would have merely been a diet.
As I have spent the past several days working through Saul and David, the level of bloodshed has appeared greater this go round than times past. David’s nephew, Joab, the high ranking general in the duty of David, is a ruthless dude. He is fiercely loyal, cunning, unfalteringly obedient, and quite a warrior. Joab was more of a highlight for me, however, killing by others as well, was more dramatic and impacting. I have asked Father about the level of killing and think I come to some conclusions. See if you agree.
Am I loving reading through Deuteronomy! The thing that is striking me differently is the emphasis on repetitiveness. Moses says the same thing over and over. When he was preaching this he must have been doing it ‘no note style’ and forget what he said earlier and said it again. I was captured today with the following:
1. The number of times he tells us to teach our children, do not forget, to be carful to observe the all the commands, to love the LORD your God, reminders that the LORD brought them out of Egypt, and that He was delivering them in to promised land.
2. The use of the word ‘awesome’ six times in Deut.
3. 10:14-22 should be a song, it is sooo great. It needs to be composed so that we sing it over and over and over again to get it imbedded in our spirits. 17- ” For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, …” 22- “He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
4. I love the list in chapter 11 they saw. His majesty, his mighty hand, outstretched arm, signs he performed, things he did in the heart of Egypt, what he did to the Egyptian army, how he overwhelmed.
5. Anyone have any idea why the blessings were proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal?
6. I wonder how many sons would be rebellious today if all the men of his town could stone them to death for disobeying? Good deterrent?
7. I love the way Father wants us to honor each other and provide equity in situations. He is always looking to have folks respect each other and to look out for the dignity in folks. Good lessons.
Good Evening Saints!!~~
I pray for you daily as we push into relevant life with Father.
Paul’s life is a beautiful example of focusing on others ALL the time. As he wrote his letter to the church at Philippi, he was chained up in prison, far away from every possible comfort. While he had many prime opportunities to write and complain about the conditions of his jail cell, or the disgusting food that was occasionally thrown to him, or the fresh collection of bruises from his guards, he chose instead to encourage his readers – reminding them to put everyone else before themselves. His perspective is a rare and very valuable one.
-When we are feeling imprisoned by whatever life has handed us, how often do we choose to encourage those around us, instead of venting and complaining about our own situation? How do we show that the needs of those around us are more important than our own?
-Pray that God would give you a new perspective on your surroundings – and that you would begin choosing to put your friends and family before yourself.