Friday, August 12, 2016

The Strength of His People

“The LORD is the strength of his people,
 a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.”

David continues telling of God’s role in the life of His people. He calls the LORD the strength—a fortress or stronghold for those who surrender to the LORD.

As we walk with God through this life, we occasionally face circumstances that require us to be strong. We can only get that strength from the LORD. He became our stronghold and our safe haven because of our submitting our hearts and thoughts to Him.

Believers in Christ in the 21st Century, myself included, have to surrender their wills to God in order to gain strength to conquer the issues of our world. Would it not be marvelous if our world could merge under the banner of Christ, Jehovah- Nisi, and unite in the cause of glorifying Him?

Our nation and our world face disruption almost every day. We as individuals either hear of or face difficulties on a regular basis. The only way we can conquer the fear that tried to enter our hearts is to seek God, lean on Him, and trust Him for the outcome.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

When I am Weak, I am Strong

“This is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.For when I a weak then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)

Paul did not let adverse events get him down. Yes, those who did not like him and others who feared him targeted him. He experienced shipwreck, imprisonment, lack of funds, the wrath of his former fellow believers dedicated to persecuting the followers of Christ, and disbelief of those he once persecuted. He turned those experiences over to God to let Him deal with them.

When I had to go on a restrictive diet two years ago, I was scared. Here is why:
1.) I was not sure it would work or if I could stay on it.
2.) I did not think I would have an easy time finding food I could eat.
3.) I was not sure my family and my friends would understand.

That next Sunday, I was getting ready to go to church. I realized the change this diet would make in my eating habits. I found myself praying, “I can’t do this by myself, Lord. I need You to help me do this.”
            God has helped me follow this meal plan. (A diet has an ending time; a meal plan is life-long)

1.) That Sunday was Communion Sunday. During the serving of the bread, the pastor said, “Gluten-free bread is available if you require it.”

2.) When our son came in from out of state for a visit a few days later, we prepared to go to our friend’s pond and fish. We took my meds for this 
condition and our food. We bought an extra cooler to accommodate our needs.

3.) People at our church know of my diet. I heard of at least four others who are on the same diet, one young girl follows a more restrictive version.

4.) I chose not to attend my 50th-year high school reunion that fall. I had a Facebook friend, a friend from church, and a classmate I ran into at the grocery store said they missed me at that party. When I said the words, ‘restrictive diet’, they all seemed to understand. When I told the Facebook friend, I said, “I am on a gluten-free diet.” She responded that she teaches with a woman who is on the same diet.

God has been with me, working on my behalf, making me stronger in my resolve, my practice, and my relationship with Him.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Strength for the Battle

“You armed me with strength for the battle,” Psalm 18:39a (NIV)

            David sang these words in a song he wrote to God. He was thankful for His saving him from Saul. David had hidden in caves for years in order to escape from Saul and the king’s vow to kill David.

            His LORD has saved David from defeat. The Father does this for each of us even in this 21st Century. God does this in any way he chooses.

1.) By allowing us to take the high road in a circumstance when it appears to be the harder path.
2.) By speaking to us through the scriptures and meditations.
3.) By answering our prayers.

We should never try to manipulate God into doing more for us. When we receive from Him, we are to be humble, accepting, and thankful.

I realize there are times God answers our prayers by withholding that for which we have asked. Sometimes He even answers in a way that is directly opposite of our request. When either of these results comes to us, we have to learn to accept that God has something better in store. We have to trust Him for each outcome.

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