Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 5)

Hello all,
Hope you are enjoying these summer days! Today we will look at Psalm 27:11-14-
"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."
This is such an awesome passage of Scripture to me, and I love that we have had the chance to really look at it in depth together! Today as we look at the last 4 verses, focus on how God can change you through this beautiful Psalm.
Verse 11 is a cry for help that we should all have.  David is asking God to teach him and lead him along the path that God has for him.  He also says at the end of the verse, "because of mine enemies", this is a truth that we all need to learn- we have to allow God to guide us, because if we do not we will fall prey to the enemy (the devil) and possibly begin going opposite of what God has for us.  David may not have been speaking of the devil as his enemy in this text, he had several earthly enemies in his life trying to destroy him, but as Christians, our biggest enemy is ---the devil.
He goes on in verse 12 to ask God to not allow what the enemies in his life wanted for him because what they wanted is cruel.  The devil wants cruelty for us.  Try praying that God would not allow the devil to get what he wants in your life and ask God to help you stay close to Him!
David explains his feelings in verse 13 and oh how many times do you feel like you are fainting or going under in this life? Remember just as David did, that God is still with you and that HE will prevail.  Don't ever give up or give in....keep pressing onward with what you know God wants you to do even if it is the smallest step.  Everyday you face decisions, think about what God would want you to do in those small decisions as well as the big decisions.
Verse 14 is great...it says to wait on God, keep the faith that He will do what He says He will do, and then if you do that, God will give you strength to wait for what He has planned for you!
I hope you have enjoyed our study of Psalm 27 and I hope you will continue to read it and keep it close to your heart as it gives so many truths about our walk as Christians.

If you do not know for sure that you are a Christian, 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.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 4)

Psalm 27:7-10-
"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."

In verse 6, which we discussed in the last post, David spoke of singing praises to God.  In verse 7, David is asking God to hear him, have mercy on him, and to answer his prayer.  God hears us every time we speak to Him as long as there is no known sin in our life, He is ever so merciful and He always answers us with a yes, no, or wait.  I think David was longing for God's presence in that moment.  Verse 8 shows obedience to God from David.  David obeyed when God told him to seek His face.  You see this verse shows us that God heard David's prayer, had mercy on him, and answered him.  What is the significance of seeking God's face?  I think that God's answer to David's prayer was to seek His face and David's worries/concerns would fade. Verse 9 goes on to show praise to God for His salvation, His help, and the fact that God never forsakes us.  Verse 10 is encouraging to know that as long as you are on God's path, no matter who forsakes you, even if it is your mom and dad, God will be there for you.  No matter how much you have been through with physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional struggles, GOD is bigger and will never leave your side. David knew that no matter what happened God would be there.  He felt secure in God's arms.  Do you feel secure in God's arms?  Can you let go and let God...can you trust Him that much?  Our answers should be yes, but oh how many times, do we answer those questions with no.  Ask for forgiveness for not trusting God and turn your worries over to HIM today and let go!

If you are unsure where you will spend eternity after you die, 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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

"The Lord is the strength of our life" (Part 3)

Psalm 27:4-6- "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."

Do you desire to be with God every day, to really enjoy Him, and seek Him with your whole life? I think this is something that we all need to work on...seeking God 100% of the time.  GOD never changes! We always need Him whether we think so or not! Verse 4 shows a desire to follow God...maybe we need to check up on our desire to follow God wholeheartedly. 
Verse 5 helps us know that God is our final authority.  He controls every situation, and He will be with us even in troubled times.  This verse says HE will hide us.  You know, in a battle, I would want to be hidden.  I don't think I would be the person that volunteered to be in the front line.  I like the fact that God can hide me when the devil comes after me to attack me and destroy me.  In our spiritual battles every day...we have a place to run and hide...and that is in the love and provision of GOD! You can do this by asking God to help you in this area and running to God's word instead of giving into temptations.  This verse also says, "HE shall set me up upon a rock", sometimes I am oppressed with spiritual struggles and daily battles with the devil.  We all are at times.  I like to know that God can bring me back up and encourage me to keep fighting the fight with faith because He lifts me up to encourage me.  He is always there to pick us up and help us follow Him again, we just have to ask for forgiveness and help!
Verse 6 explains that our head will be lifted up above our enemies even when they are all around us.  God can and will help us even when we feel like the devil is attacking us way too much.  In the last post, we discussed that as Christians, our biggest enemy was the devil. So even when we are surrounded by temptations, fear, failure, or anything else you may be facing, GOD will lift us up.  But, we must go to Him, confess our sins, and ask for help.  Maybe we even need to seek after the LORD more just as verse 4 says! Then we should sing praises unto the LORD because HE will do what HE says HE will do! You can live in joy and victory over the devil in your Christian life because GOD is the winner!

If you cannot live in victory over the devil because 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.