When temptation comes, just jump right out of the way, “God is faithful and he will make a way of escape for you” (1 Cor. 10:13).
“Help, Lord, Help!”
The mountains call to me. Sometimes I get a longing in my soul to ride through them and just stop and look out over the beauty and awesomeness of what God has created. And you know what, He created all of it just for us to enjoy. Imagine that, God created it all because He loves us and wanted to bless us. When I am in the mountains I just feel the majesty and glory of God more than any other place I have ever been. Maybe that is why I love the 121st chapter of Psalm so much. Let’s take a look at it for a few minutes.
Psalms 121:1 - I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
Where does your help come from. We know it doesn’t come from the physical mountains; but looking up causes us to think more about God, our Creator and Redeemer.
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The Mighty One who created everything is the only one who can give you the help you need, and He is ready to help you, if you will just cry out to Him.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
He will hold you tight and won’t allow you to fail in your time of trouble. He doesn’t sleep, He is always on guard, watching over you.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Just as God’s love for the children of Israel never stopped, so His love for you will never end and He has promised to always be with you. As much as our parents loved us, they couldn’t stay awake all the time to protect us, but God can.
5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
God will keep you safe under the shelter of His loving arms and He will be the relief you need when the heat of battle and the storms of life come against you.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
God, Himself will be your hiding place; He will cover you with His feathers and hide you under His wings. His presence will be a blanket of peace for your soul.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
NO weapon or plan, that the enemy forms against you, is going to prosper. God will turn them all to your good. It may look bad in the beginning, but just hold on, your turn-around is coming.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.
It doesn’t matter whether you are coming, going or staying put; God will preserve you and protect you today and every day of your life. And when your time on this earth is up, He will receive you into heaven, where you will live in His presence forever and ever and ever. Amen!
~ Written by Beth. “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey. I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences. My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.”~~Beth
Wait: 1. To stay in readiness or in anticipation (until) something expected happens or (for) someone to arrive. 2. To be ready. 3. To be in expectation or anticipation of.Expect: 1. To await. 2. To look for as likely to occur or appear; anticipate. 3. To look for as due, proper, or necessary.
God calls the things that do not exist as though they did (Rom. 4:17).
Wait: 1. To serve or wait on a person. 2. To act as a servant. 3. To supply the needs or requirements of someone.
“Water and the Word”
Bob and I just got back from our vacation and we were blessed to spend some time in Gatlinburg. The hotel we stayed in combined two of the things in nature that minister to me the most: water and mountains. From our balcony we had a view of the mountains and it overlooked a stream. It was so relaxing to sit out there and read or commune with the Lord as I listened to the water flowing over the rocks. The road we took home ran beside a river for the longest way and as I looked, it got me to thinking about how God uses water in so many different ways.
There were places where the bed of the stream had been carved out of rock, but everyday it changes a little because of the constant flow of the water over the rocks. Some places were very sandy, because the rocks had been ground down till there was nothing left but grains of sand. In some places the water danced over the rocks so swiftly that it causes white foam to form and float on the surface. Then we would pass a spot that looked almost stagnant, like there was no movement at all. In some spots the water was peaceful looking. Then in other areas it danced and flowed with abandon or cascaded over the rocks with power and force.
God created so many uses for water. It is essential for life; nothing can exist without it. Not plants or animals or humans. If you don’t get enough water you will become dehydrated, which can cause all kinds of things to go wrong in your body. Without water you will die. Water can be used to cool a fever, wash away dirt and germs and when harnessed by a dam, the power of water can turn high turbines and produce enough energy to light up an entire city.
You are probably wondering what this has to do with the Word. Here are a few examples:
- Hebrews 4:12 – the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Psalm 119:105 – God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
- Psalm 119:9 – a young man can cleanse his way by taking heed according to God’s word.
- Psalm 119:93 – through God’s word we are given life.
- Psalm 119:130 – the entrance of God’s word gives light and understanding to us.
- Psalm 119:140 – God’s word is pure. Psalm 119:170 – the Word brings deliverance.
So you see, the Word of God is powerful, is life-giving, provides light for our way, cleanses our hearts, provides wisdom when we don’t know what to do or say, purifies our thoughts and brings deliverance when we are going through trouble. God’s word is His love letter to us. Just as we physically need water to live; we must have the word of God for our spirits to live. Let me encourage you to get your Bible and take a BIG GULP before this day ends. It will quench your thirsty soul!
*Written by Beth, the mom of Angie one of our regular contributors. “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey. I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences. My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.” ~Beth
“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?”
I have written about our little friend the squirrel before. I’ve told you how it comes right up to the door, looks in and waits for us to get up and get it some bread. Well you will never believe what happened the other day. We had been gone from the house for a couple of hours, doing the grocery thing. This day we did the big three: Wal-Mart, Publix and Kroger. You can imagine how tired we were.
We came in the back door and were busy putting everything away. All of a sudden I hear this sound, like something hit the front door. I didn’t really think anything about it and went back to putting away the groceries. It hadn’t been more than a minute and I heard the noise again. So I asked Bob what it could be. He started looking around and when he opened the front door, there was the squirrel just waiting for us to open the door and give it some food. He came expecting and he was going to keep on knocking till he got what he came for.
How persistent are you, when it comes to prayer? Matthew 7:7-8 encourages us to…
“…Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The key words there are “keep on.” Sometimes our prayers are answered right away, but most of the time the answer seems to be delayed. It seems to be delayed because we don’t immediately see anything happening in the physical realm. I believe that as soon as you make your request, God begins the process of answering you. You may never know what keeps the answer from coming right away, but God always has a reason.
Sometimes it is to make us exercise our faith so that it will grow. Sometimes God has to move people and situations around to fulfill what we need. Sometimes the answer is “no,” because God knows it would not be good for us. But sometimes the answer is delayed because of warfare that is going on in the spirit realm (check out Daniel 10). When we pray, God moves. So let me encourage you to be like our little squirrel, “keep on knocking.”
Whatever your need is today, don’t give up. Your answer is on the way. It may be a long wait or it may be just a heartbeat away. Remember the promise: the one who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds and when you knock, the door will be opened.
~ Written by Beth, “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey. I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences. My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.”