Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 2)

Hello all! Hope you have read Psalm 27 from the previous post.  This week we will take the first few verses of Psalm 27 and really think about what they say!

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?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident."
Verse 1 tells us that God is our light and salvation.  He has already sent Jesus into this world to save us from our sins...He ultimately has sent salvation to the entire world; HOWEVER, you MUST accept Jesus into your life and accept the fact that HE paid your price for your sin or you will not be saved.  (If you have not asked God to become your Lord and Savior, there is more information at the end of this post).  As God's children, once you have accepted Christ, we ultimately have nothing to fear! I fear a lot of things...worry is hard for me.  But God tells us here "whom shall I fear?" Then the verse goes on to say that God is our strength...so we don't have to fear because God is our strength and if God is our strength, then He will help us not worry if we ask Him for help.  The verse then says "of whom shall I be afraid?" Here again...nothing to fear.
Verse 2 explains that when our enemies come after us, my biggest enemy is the devil (and yours is too if you have become God's child), so he tries to destroy me with different things in my life.  But here this verse says that when your enemies come up to eat you, yes eat you, that because of God and His strength they stumbled and fell (they were destroyed). Wow. Don't know about you, but I want the devil to be destroyed when he comes to attack me!
Verse 3 explains that even when a whole host comes to attack you, maybe it is the devil and demons coming after you, that you don't have to fear.  You can be confident that God has got the whole situation and sit back and relax because you know who holds you and protects you!
These verses can encourage us to not only be confident in God to help us in time of spiritual battles but in times of rough patches in our lives.  He got everything in His hands!


If you are not sure you have become God's child...continue reading below :)

1. Realize that God loves you
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.

Monday, May 20, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of my life" (Part 1)

Hello all!
Today I want to begin a small "series" of related posts that are from Psalm 27. As the first post in this series, I just ask that you read Psalm 27.  It is posted below...think about the verses and how they may relate to you at this time in your life. Remember these are God's words and not mine!

Psalm 27-
"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?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

If you cannot say that the Lord is the strength of your life because you are not sure if you have accepted Him as your personal Saviour please continue reading below....

1. Realize that God loves you
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.
 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Lord is our strength

Psalm 18:1-3 says "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies."
 
The Lord is the strength of our life.  When you accept Christ as your Saviour, He becomes your strength.  He is your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, your God, your strength, your trust, your buckler, your salvation, and your high tower.  God is all of this to us and more! I don't know about you, but this verse is so encouraging to me.  The third verse goes on to tell us to call upon God and praise Him and it tells us that we can be saved from our enemies.  Our biggest enemy as a Christian is Satan.  Satan will try to destroy us in any way he can, and sometimes it seems as if he may succeed.  However if you are a saved child of God, remember that Satan will not ever completely succeed in destroying you because God has already won the battle between Himself and Satan.  We can claim victory in knowing that God is in complete control and has victory over Satan! When the devil tries to tempt you this week, think about all the wonderful things this specific verse says that God is to you- your rock, your deliverer, your strength, your trust, your salvation....

Maybe you can't know that God is all of these things to you because you have never asked Jesus to be your Saviour. Please read these simple steps to know how you can become God's child.

1. Realize that God loves you
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
2. Realize that you are a sinner.  Sins are anything that you do that is wrong, examples are lying, lusting, being jealous, etc. 
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
3. Know that you are a lost sinner.  Realize that you need Jesus to get to Heaven.  Nothing you do is good enough.  Sin must be paid for, but Jesus paid the price for sin. 
Romans 6:23- "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (You must accept that gift)
4. Believe that God sent Jesus, His Son, into the world, and believe that He died on a cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose from the dead 3 days later.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Matthew 28:6-"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
5. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and ask Him to enter into your life and save you.
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Acts 2:21-"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you do that or have done that already, you are a child of God and you have begun your journey of following God's plan for your life.