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LIFE AND BLESSING

Another way deception takes place is when there is no clear understanding of what is right and wrong.  In today’s world it seems that the loudest voices are saying whatever you want to do is OK, and anyone that would dare say otherwise is narrow-minded, prejudiced, or a bigot.  It seems strange to live in a world created by God Almighty and very few seem to give any glory to Him for the wonders of the universe or the truth of His Word.  We need to remember that God said we have a choice to make.  We can choose Him and live in blessing or we an reject Him and live under a curse.  He said to choose life and blessing.  Therefore when we see things not looking so good, we should look up and say “Thank You, God for life and blessing”.

PRAISE GOD

As we praise God more and more in our lives, those around us will be know that God alone is our strength and our source.  (Psalm 67:5-7 KJV)

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God shall bless us.  God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Hallelujah!

SELAH

May we be a people that gives God praise for His mighty works, so that others will know of His goodness.  (Psalm 67:1-4 KJV)

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us.  Selah.  That thy way may be know upon the earth, and thy saving health among all nations.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon the earth.  Selah.
(Selah means to think about or meditate on what has just been said.)

DECEPTION AND TEMPTATION

With deception and temptation all around us, we must remain steadfast in Jesus.  He is our Rock and our Fortress.  When we live our lives holding His hand then we can be steadfast and unmoveable even though the “winds of adversity” blow around us each day.  We know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He is the one thing that does not change.  Change is not always good.  I’m certainly glad that God does not change. I would hate to think that one morning God might look at me when I wake up and well I don’t like the way she looks.  Mark her off the list.  I am glad that God has said what He will do and does what He says.  That is reality and stability.  Maybe we need to try to be more like God.  Let our yes be yes and our no be no.  Mean what we say and say what we mean.   I believe that will cause us to be steadfast during these days of deception and temptation

DO NOT BE DECEIVED

Does it seem to you that deception rules in the world today?  We have virtual this and virtual that.  Things are kept in the cloud.  All kinds of weird games to play.  Nothing that is very substantial.  Why is that?  I believe that Jesus addressed this when He was speaking of the last days.  He said that we should be very careful not be deceived.  There are many ways to be deceived besides with games, clouds, and virtual reality.  Many times words, actions, and pictures are used to deceive.  It is hard to know for sure what is the truth or reality of issues.  What are we to do?  We must realize that Jesus said the devil was the father of lies, therefore we must know what God says in His Word in order to know the difference between truth and deception. Then we must pray for God’s wisdom and understanding, and try not to make hasty decisions.  Now is the time for us to be steadfast in the word and power of God.

ASK

You may be thinking “I know that God has the answer, but how am I going to be able to find out what the answer is?”  What we need is the wisdom of God for the situation, so how do we get it?  That same book of James that says we are to count “trials” a joy, says that if we need wisdom - God’s wisdom - we are to ask Him for it.  How do we do that?  We thank Him for wisdom, state the problem, and ask God for His wisdom.  There are a few requirements when we ask.  We must ask in faith, believing that we will receive His wisdom.  We must not doubt that He will answer us, then we listen for His answer.  It may come immediately or it may be later, but when the wisdom of God is revealed to you, you will have peace about the answer and confidence that it is God’s answer.  Ask and doubt not!!

JOY

We all have issues and problems in our lives.  But, does it seem like sometimes things are going soooo good, and boom.....everything goes wrong?  That happens to all of us at times.  What are we supposed to do?  Well, the book of James says that we are to count it all joy!  JOY?!?  I never did like that verse until I finally figured out that the reason we are to count it all joy is that our loving Heavenly Father has the solution for the problem and will give us the blessing of joy.  We receive His help by faith and these verses go on to say that when our faith is tried it causes us to learn patience and patience will work for good in our lives.  Bible patience is like driving down a totally smooth flat road with no bumps or lumps.  When patience works in us, our lives can be like that - no matter the circumstances.

LOOK UP

Are you thinking that it seems like every day there is a new issue in my life.  My faith gets weak.  I don’t know what to do.  I don’t have any answers.  Life is too hard!  You are right if you are trying to live your life by your own knowledge, wisdom, and understanding!  We know some things, but there are many things that only God knows about and He alone has the answer. So...what am I supposed to do?  First of all God did not give you a spirit of fear.  If fear is controlling you, command it to leave in Jesus name.  God did not give that to you!  He gave you a spirit of power - His power.  He gave you a spirit of love - His love.  He gave you a spirit of a sound mind - His mind. Seek Him.  He has all the answers.  Lean on Him.  Trust Him.  He loves you.  His mercy is unending. YOU are His child.  Don’t look at the problems of life - look up!   Look at the One who chose you and loves you.

HE IS NEAR

The Lord is always near and hears us when we call upon Him.  He will fulfil the desires of them that reverence him.  (Psalm 145:18-21 KJV)

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; he also will hear their cry and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever

RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY

Let us remember that when we are bowed down by the issues of life or when we fall, the Lord is there to lift us up.  Never run from the Lord.   Always run to the Lord.  (Psalm 145:14-17 KJV)

The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.  The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfieth the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.