What God Says Goes!

Daily Reading

89 LORD, your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven. 90 Your faithfulness is for all generations; you established the earth, and it stands firm.91 Your judgments stand firm today for all things are your servants. 92 If your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction. 93 I will never forget your precepts, for you have given me life through them. 94 I am yours; save me, for I have studied your precepts. 95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate your decrees. 96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your command is without limit. Psalm 119:89-96 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Be encouraged! God’s Word is firmly fixed in heaven.

What does David mean when he says, ” LORD, your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven” (89).  Eugene Peterson’s rendering illuminates the meaning of this verse. Peterson translates it as, “What you say goes, GOD, and stays, as permanent as the heavens.” Psalm 119:89 (MSG)  In other words, God is sovereign and what He decrees is settled. Nothing can change it!

What difference does that make for us as believers? God’s Word is full of promises for us. Paul says, “For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in him. Therefore, through him we also say “Amen” to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 (CSB) If you find a promise in the Bible, then you can stand on it. God will come through for you! We should all be encouraged by the fact God’s Word is firmly fixed in heaven.

 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for His sovereign decrees and ask for the faith to keep believing! 

 


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Don’t Give Up in Dry Spells

Daily Reading

81 I long for your salvation; I put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes grow weary looking for what you have promised; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke, I do not forget your statutes. 84 How many days must your servant wait? When will you execute judgment on my persecutors? 85 The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate your instruction. 86 All your commands are true; people persecute me with lies — help me! 87 They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon your precepts. 88 Give me life in accordance with your faithful love, and I will obey the decree you have spoken. Psalm 119:81-88 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Don’t give up in dry spells because God is working.

As Christians, we all face seasons of spiritual dryness. There will be dark days where God seems aloof. However, He is present. Even, David – a man after God’s heart – experienced feeling “like a wineskin dried by smoke.” 

What are we to do when we walk through a spiritual drought? We are to put our hope in the promises of God. God will not break His assurance of salvation. Regardless, if fierce adversaries surround us, God will come through for us. Don’t give up in dry spells because God is working. He will use drought to grow our roots deeper. It is one thing to hear that God will send refreshing rains of deliverance and quite another to be drenched in the downpour. Don’t give up for I hear the sound of abundance of rain. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the season you are in regardless of how you feel. Ask God to give you the grace to endure times dryness of soul.

 


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Our Father Knows Best!

Daily Reading

73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn your commands.74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in your word.75 I know, LORD, that your judgments are just and that you have afflicted me fairly.
76 May your faithful love comfort me as you promised your servant. 77 May your compassion come to me so that I may live, for your instruction is my delight. 78 Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you, those who know your decrees, turn to me. 80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutes so that I will not be put to shame. Psalm 119:73-80 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Our Father Knows Best. 

You were created on purpose and for a purpose. Humanity’s ultimate end is to glorify and enjoy God forever. But how do we glorify God and enjoy Him? Each person’s path is different. We must seek God on how to fulfill our purpose because our Father knows best. David writes, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn your commands” (v. 73). Since we were created for a reason, it only makes sense to consult with the Creator to find our reason for living.

Why has God placed you here? That’s a huge question and the only one that can answer that is God. Maybe you’re a painter or some other creative type, how could God use you to bring glory to His name? Or perhaps you work a nine-to-five blue collar job, how are you to lift up Jesus in your work? We all have a unique path to find. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with what others are doing. We should seek our Father for help to make sense of our journey. In fact, another translation of v. 73 states,  “You made me; you created me.Now give me the sense to follow your commands.” Psalm 119:73 (NLT)

It’s true, there are not direct messages in the Bible concerning who to marry, where to live, or what career path to take. However, there are universal commands to follow. If we obey the words that are spelled out for us, the other details will work themselves out. If we seek our Father’s will, He will show us. Indeed, He gave the perfect example to follow in Jesus Christ’s submission and obedience.  Remember He created us and He knows what is best for us. Find your purpose and go glorify God today!

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for being created on purpose and for a purpose. Seek God God counsel on what that reason is and how you may go about fulfilling your God-ordained destiny. 


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Affliction Can be Good for Us?

Daily Reading

65 LORD, you have treated your servant well, just as you promised. 66
Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. 68 You are good, and you do what is good; teach me your statutes. 69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies, but I obey your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in your instruction. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes. 72 Instruction from your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:65-72 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Affliction can be good for us.

How can a person view affliction as good? David writes, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes” (v.71). Trials tend to humble us. Humility softens the clay of our hearts, making it malleable in the Potter’s hand. 

The Bible says, ” God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”Psalm 46:1 (CSB) Unfortunately, many of us never search for God until there is a problem. We could spare ourselves a significant amount of pain if only we would seek God’s ways first. Nevertheless, our suffering brings us back to God, and some lessons are learned in the crucible of tribulation. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for being present in your afflictions. Ask Him for the grace to learn His ways. 

 


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3 Reasons to Attend Church (or Rather be the Church)

And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works,  not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)

It may not shock you, but I think people should be in church. But why? I could readily resort to the saying, “The Lord said so.” However, I will give more of an explanation. Although there are many reasons to attend church, I will narrow the focus on three ideas found in Hebrews 10:24-25.

Reason #1 – Accountability to Others

The author of Hebrews states, “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works…”  Accountability is key to living a fruitful Christian life. Without others to hold us culpable, we tend to fall into complacency.  The sad thing is we don’t recognize our worldly drift. We all have blind spots.

A spiritual gathering of the saints will keep us accountable. It aids us in seeing our shortcomings.   For example, has anyone ever pointed out a smudge on your face? It may make you uncomfortable at first, but you’re grateful for your friend pointing it out before it was a greater embarrassment. Church helps us be to stay focused by accountability.

Reason #2 – Encouragement of Fellowship

The biblical writer exhorts us to be “encouraging each other.” We all struggle. Often, our struggles hid under the mask of “I-got it-all-together.” Nevertheless, we grapple to stay afloat. Let’s be real. We all need a pat on the back or a kind word from time to time.

True Christian fellowship inspires and restores. It encourages us to keep pressing forward in faith. It restores a proper perspective of reality. The valleys we walk through are only temporary. Heaven is on the horizon. Genuine fellowship is truly divine!

Reason #3 – Jesus is Coming!

I believe this sums up everything. We should be busy provoking love, doing good deeds, and encouraging others because Christ is coming back. This is the hope we all have in Christ. We need the reminder that one day all wrongs will be right.

Of course, I could think of more reasons to gather together in Jesus’s name (Like the fact, Jesus promised to be in our assemblies.) However, I think these three will suffice for now. Where do you gather with the saints? Leave a reply in the comments below.

 

PS-

Ray, thanks for encouraging email. God bless!  😉

 


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Train Your Brain with the Bible

Daily Reading

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word. 10 I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. 11 I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you. 12 LORD, may you be blessed; teach me your statutes.13 With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:9-16 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

If you train your brain with the Bible, the Spirit will tame your heart.

Be honest. You struggle to do what is right. Me too. We struggle with thinking wrong thoughts, saying the wrong words, and even doing wrong stuff. We’re flawed humans. However, there is hope for us.

In today’s reading, the biblical author provides some valuable insight on how to live a godly life. He writes, “I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways” (15). This mediation is not that of Eastern religions but means merely to murmur or converse with oneself about the Scriptural precepts. (Yes, speak the word out loud to yourself. Don’t worry, people already think you’re crazy anyway.)

This process of “meditating” on God’s word or reading it out loud to oneself is what the Apostle Paul called “renewing your mind.” (see Romans 12:1-3). This discipline spiritually rewires your thought making process (Paul calls it taking captive every thought to obey Christ. See 2 Corinthians 10:5).  As you are thinking over and over again on the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit cements these things in your heart (i.e., internalization) and changes your behavior.  It has been said, “This Book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this Book.” Train your brain with the Bible, and the Spirit of God will tame your heart. Remember, a desire for a pure life should motivate us to memorize God’s Word by meditating on its precepts.

 Suggestion for Prayer

Ask the Lord to develop a hunger for his Word in your hearts and feast on his words. Find a verse or two to memorize this week. (Hint: There are some gems in today’s daily reading.) When you find a verse, comment below and let me know what your memorizing. 

 


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