Friday, January 28, 2011

The Lord Will Help Me

“Thought I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your right hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7 (NIV)

We, as a people, have been facing troublesome times. Everyone knows the upheaval of our world’s economics. Issues families face almost daily were almost unheard of a generation or two ago.

God’s people believe the Lord will care for the needs they have and for those they see around them. They know He will restore their strength and their spirits, so they can withstand the pressures that they face.

These people understand God will put his hand between the issues and themselves, and create a barrier of safety for them.

He will help each of us through whatever we face now or in the future. This passage of scripture has always given me hope when I have a trial.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An Outcome of Hope

they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wing like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,

As God’s children, we know we sometimes have to wait for an answer to a prayer. We place our request with Him and we believe He will answer as He sees fit. This belief is a form of hope. Our reliance on Him guides us through until God acts.

We have the Lord to help us through those dry spells, when we aren’t as strong as we’d like. Some people deal with chronic disorders the many forms of arthritis, diabetes, various muscular problems. Some of us have difficulty going from sitting to standing. It is then that I have a quick chat with the Lord. “ Please, Lord, on the count of three: one, two, three.”

When God hears us ask and sees us wait on Him, He is pleased. He smiles down on us and we feel His presence. The Lord gives us the courage and strength we need to continue on with our endeavors.

We should always wait patiently and thank Him for what he has done for us.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Way To Brighten Our Spirits

“Why are you so downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed in me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11

The sons of Korah give us a way to brighten our spirits when we are down. Their advice is to “Put (y)our hope in God.”

We have times when we have no alternative but to trust God for the outcome. These events are tests for each of us.

When tribulation comes upon us, we have to fix our eyes on Jesus and allow Him to guide us through. We need to intentionally deposit our trust in the Lord each time. If we yield to the Lord, we will grow spiritually as well as gain victory over the issue and the enemy.

After God undertakes and brings us through our trials, we get to praise Him for being there for us.

Our praise might be for the fact that He guided us through the circumstance. Our praise may be for someone who helped us with a need while we dealt with the issue. Our praise could be for God intervening in a way that only He could.

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