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MERCY AND TRUTH

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.

PRAYER

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.

WISE CHOICES

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.

TENTS

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

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.

lLIFT UP YOUR HANDS

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: “...by 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.

BUILD UP YOUR FAITH

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.

PLEASING GOD

Hebrews the eleventh chapter is often called “the hall of faith” chapter in the Bible.  In this chapter we read that Enoch’s testimony was that he pleased God.  May that be our testimony also.  Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

LIVING BY FAITH

If we are going to live our lives as obedient children of our Father, God, then we will have to live each day by faith.  You say, “Huh”.  If we are going to be obedient to God and His Word we will have to love the unlovable, pray for our enemies, go the second mile, speak peace to situations and not complain.  Oh, well!  I don’t know if I can do that.  You just don’t know who I have to put up with!  No, I don’t know, but God does and He gave the instructions.   How am I going to be able to do that?  BY FAITH in God’s willingness and ability to help you.  God tells us to do the impossible, then He helps us do it!  Isn’t God Good?  Yes, all the time!

SPEAK

How can I make my faith stronger?  Faith comes by hearing, speaking, studying, understanding, and DOING the Word of God.  Our faith grows stronger as we say with our mouth (so that our ears can hear it) the promise of God that we are standing on in order to receive what we are hoping for.  Many times our heart believes but our mind argues.  That is the reason for speaking God’s Word.  When we read in the Bible that Jesus spoke and it was done, we need to know that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  So if His Word was true while He was on the earth it is still true today.  Meditate on that and be blessed!