The Lord our God is full of mercy and truth.  He is willing to forgive us.  Let us never forget His mighty love, care, and compassion for us.
Psalm 86:5-7 (KJV)

For, Thou Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call upon Thee.  Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble, I will call upon Thee; for Thou wilt answer me.


Lot’s poor choices almost destroyed him.  By faith Abram prayed for Lot.  The faith of Abram and the goodness of God delivered Lot to safety.  What is the point of this?  If you have a situation that seems impossible, don’t quit praying.  Pray the Word.  God is listening and watching. We do not pray the problem, we pray the answer to the problem.  When the answer seems impossible to find, pray the prayer that Jehosaphat prayed in II Chronicles.  In his prayer, he said we are surrounded by enemy armies and we don’t know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.  Keep your eyes on God who is the answer, not on the problems and walk by faith.


When Abram told Lot to chose which way he wanted to go in the land, the Bible says Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. What does that mean?  He set his face toward the wicked men of Sodom and turned his back on God.  Over the years he moved closer and closer to Sodom, until finally he was living in Sodom and was one of the highly esteemed men that “sat in the gate”.  God revealed to Abram that He was going to destroy Sodom and all the surrounding towns.  Abram prayed for Sodom and for Lot. In the prayer he said to God that he knew God was a righteous judge and He would do right where Lot was concerned.  Abram prayed and God heard and remembered his prayer.  He brought Lot, his wife, and two daughters out of Sodom before it was destroyed. We should pray for those who have made wrong choices and pray that God, our Father, will please help us all to make wise choices in life.


Which way does your tent face?   Huh?  Your tent is your flesh and your soul which is your mind, your will, and your emotions.  Are you greatly influenced by the “good things of the world”, the glamour, the fame, the fortune, the power?  Well, I just kind of think about that sometimes, but not all the time.  If the things of this world have our eyes and ears and minds it will be very hard to turn away and give our attention to God and things eternal.  At this season of the year we need to have our attention on Jesus, who is the reason for the season.  We all love Christmas, but let us examine our thoughts and lives to make sure our tents are facing the right direction!


Living in peace is very important to most people.  Strife brings every evil work of the devil on the scene.  How do you live in peace in today’s world?  Jesus said that if we live in Him and His Words live in us, we can ask what we will and it will be done.  The first thing we must do is to understand that the presence and power of Jesus IS living in us.  Sometimes we fail to really consider that. We need to become conscious of the presence of Jesus in us.  That presence will give a sense of well being and peace as it becomes a part of our everyday lives.  God is so good and kind.  His grace is extended to us through Jesus.  Amazing, unending love is ours.  What a wonder and blessing that is.


You may be thinking, I don’t know the scripture for my need.  Here are some scriptures for some needs: If you have lack in finances: “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 KJV.  If you are sick: “ whose stripes [the stipes of Jesus] you were healed”  I Peter 2:24 KJV.  If you feel alone: “...I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5 KJV.  If you are depressed, lift up your hands to God and say,”You are the lifter of my head [thoughts] and the help of my countenance [my outlook]” There is no need that God has not already met, so let us look up, lift our hands up to God, receive His help and our answers today.


The book of Jude urges us to build up ourselves on our most holy faith by praying in the in Holy Spirit and to keep ourselves in the love of God.  Then he closes this book with these encouraging words:

Jude 24-25 (KJV)
Now unto to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God and Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.  Amen.