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How many can attest to the fact that we cannot always see quite as clearly as we would want to the way that lies ahead of us.  Any of us who are up before dawn know that unless we put the lights on, there is little that can be distinguished until we wait for the sun to rise. The only way that it gets brighter and brighter is letting the sun do what it does best, rise and shine! The waiting part is always the hardest, because we are totally dependent on the sun. So it is with the Lord, we are totally dependent on the release of His Power, in His Will, time, and place. Psalm 115: 3: says, “But God is in the Heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” He is the Maker, we are the creation. He can make the dawn last as long as He wishes it to be. Proverbs 20: 27: says, “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being.” 2 Corinthians 4: 6: “For God, Who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness, “is the One who has shone in our hearts to give (beam forth) the Light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the Face of Christ (Jesus)” John 8: 12: says, “And therefore Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the Light if life.” Because of…

Several years ago a very successful man exiting a Limo was wished by the driver to have a good day. To the driver’s amazement he turned around and said, “I will.”  When asked how he could be so affirmative about it, his response was, “every day I plan to have a great day.” What a marvelous testimony to “resolve” in one’s life. Unfortunately there are many very successful people who have applied strategic plans for their lives, and yet know absolutely nothing about God. Our Text today emphasizes the personal choice that each one of us has to sing and give praise to the Lord for being our Strength, Stronghold, and Lovingkindness. Just as the pendulum sways from one side to the other, so we can side with what we will daily profess with our mouth. I thank the Lord for His wonderful Grace and His Holy Spirit Who continually encourage us to make the right choices, but ultimately, they are ours to make. I am amazed at the extent to which the Lord has gone to confirm and to comfort, as I made the choice to apply His Will in my life. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18: very clearly shows us His Will, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in all things give thanks; for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.” It does not matter what the circumstances are in my life, when I willfully take a step to be obedient to the above Scripture, an immediate change for the better takes…

In this verse, as in most related to attributing gratefulness and thankfulness to the Lord, we see no mere suggestion, but rather a commandment to do so. In Psalm 15: 1: it says, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy Name give Glory because of Thy Lovingkindness, because of Thy Truth (Faithfulness).”  The focus of all Praise is continually to be reverted to the Name of the Lord from whom all blessings flow. Psalm 66: 1 – 3: says, “Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth; sing forth the honor and glory of His Name; Make His Praise Glorious! Say to God, “How awesome and fearfully glorious are Thy works! Through the greatness of your Power shall your enemies submit themselves to You (with feigned and reluctant obedience).” Isaiah 12: 4 – 5:  says, “And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His Name and by means of His Name (in solemn entreaty); declare and make known His deeds among the peoples of the earth, proclaim that His Name is exalted. Sing praise to the Lord, for He has done excellent things (gloriously); let this be made known to all the earth.” In Jeremiah 15: 20: the Lord in speaking to His people says, “Then I will make you to this people (enemies) a fortified wall of bronze; and though they fight against you, they will not prevail (to prove to be stronger and in the position of greater influence and power) over…

We have in this verse the answer from the Lord to all the questions concerning what God’s desire for one’s life should be. It simply says from God’s perspective what He defines as the measurement of what is “good” in a person’s life. We are to live as just (to treat with fairness and reasonableness), kind people (having loyalty, to display generosity and compassion toward others), and walk with humility (without pretension, modest and respectful) before God. And how does one ever hope to attain to such great, yet simple requirements from the Lord? By taking responsibility for our personal (individual) every day choices, as this above verse is not a mere suggestion, but rather a commandment. These three far reaching qualities are looked upon as being essential, because they encompass the essence and intention of how we were always meant to live from the time of creation. God, in His Great Lovingkindness and compassion, knew that we could never attain to a place of obedience and righteousness on our own, so He sent us Jesus, that He might come and live His life within us.” 1 John 4: 9 – 10: says, “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that He sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (appeasement, satisfaction) for our sins.”  1 Corinthians 1: 30 – 31: says, “But…

There are myriads of populations around the world who bow the knee in utmost fervency and sincerity; however, they are fervently and sincerely wrong. The Lord speaking in today’s Scripture is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Verses 5 – 6: says, “I am the Lord, there is no other; besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun, that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord and there is no other.” Psalm 119: 89: says, “Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven (stands firm as the Heaven) (and cannot be undone). We read in the Prophet Isaiah, in chapter 8: 20: which says, “To the Law (given to Moses) and to the testimony (all God’s spoken Words that come to pass)! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because they have no dawn (not enlightened into the ways of the Lord God). All other foundations built without God’s given Law cannot stand. The question being, “How can anyone obey the Law of God, if the Law is not known to him, because it is not part of his fundamental teachings?  Everyone who is to get a driver’s license must first know the common law of the road; what a red or green light means etc.; otherwise, chaos soon ensues for everyone. And so it was,…

This verse is spoken to us by Jesus, and would not be complete unless we understood who He was speaking to, and what Mary was doing that was the only thing that mattered in His desire for all. Verses 38 – 41: tell us, “Now as they were traveling along, He (Jesus) entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s Word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;” We see that Mary, in listening and sitting at Jesus’ Feet had chosen the Lord as her portion in life. She had made Him a priority over the hustle and bustle of everyday care. It is easy for someone, who like Mary, loves to take prolonged times into the Lord’s Presence and in His Word, to also be quite like Martha when duty calls, as one is literally thrown into the thick of their responsibilities in life. Jesus invites us in Matthew 11: 28 – 30: saying, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden (and overburdened), and I will give you rest (I will ease and relieve and refresh your…

An expanded version of this verse says, “Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap in accordance to mercy and lovingkindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of Salvation upon you.” The Lord speaks to us further in Isaiah 55: 6 – 8: telling us, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways,” declares the Lord. For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than you ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Here we see from the Lord’s perspective a direct link between a person’s wicked action, and his being wicked, and a man’s unrighteous or evil thoughts, and his being unrighteous. Hosea 6: 3 + 6: says, “Yes, let us press on to know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord (to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him). His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the (heavy) rain,…

We find a story of great hope for today’s increasing divide within our world in the Book of Samuel chapter 17. A great army, among which are several giants, has risen against God’s people; and all of God’s people run and hide at the taunting of this fierce looking opposition. One young shepherd man named David, however, while visiting the besieged camp one day, did not even hesitate to rise and offer to go and defeat this enemy; because he knew the Power of God within his personal everyday life. In verses 17 + 45 – 46ac – 47: we read, “And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine. And (King) Saul said to David, “Go and may the Lord be with you. Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” David came to his enemy in, and with the Name of the Lord…

In an amplified version of this verse, it reads, “The Lord also will be a Refuge and High Tower for the oppressed, a Refuge and a Stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). And verse 10 says, “And they who know Your (God’s) Name (who have experienced and have acquaintance with Your mercy) will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of, and for) You (on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity).” There are so many of us who can attest to the truth of these verses, and yet, so many who spend their lifetime getting back in to their daily routine, without ever having known the Glory of being kept by God. In Isaiah 40: 29 – 31: we read, “He (God) gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He (God) increases strength (causing it to multiply and making it abound). Even youths shall faint and be weary, and (selected) young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Here we see the Power of God’s intervention and transformation into his peoples’ lives at the…

Verse 18: continues, saying, “To vindicate (do justice to) the orphan and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may cause terror no more. It is interesting to note that the afflicted and the humble run to the Lord, and He hears their cry, while the man who depends on his earthly (wicked) inclinations causes terror, and is subject to God’s determined wrath. God’s absolutes and truths are not always as distinguishable when listening to the world’s voices, as they often layer shades of grey over the innocent’s plight, and over the truth, and add many shades of so-called white (washing) over deeds of darkness, to deem them acceptable. Here are some fearful Scriptures that I have reflected on over the years; Proverbs 17: 15: says “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them are an abomination to the Lord.” Somehow, by this Scripture alone, we see clearly that the Lord does not take lightly the condemnation of the innocent, and the justification of the wicked. Psalms 34: 16 + 21: says, “The Face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. Evil shall slay the wicked and those who hate the righteous will be condemned (held guilty).” Psalm 92: 7: “That when the wicked sprouted up like grass, and all who did iniquity flourished, it was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.” Terrifying words to keep one’s focus on staying very, very, close to Jesus! Psalm 89:…

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