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King David’s Strength

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.– Psalm 11:1-2 (NIVIt is easy for me to lose perspective when I feel threatened. So many unseen forces are threatening our country and world today.  At certain moments, I have trouble remembering that God is in charge. In these scary times what the world needs to see are a people who look danger in the face and proclaim that God is over all that is happening. I am getting better at squashing those feelings without losing the knowledge I have to be vigil.  This scripture shows me how even though those around King David told him that he was easy prey and should run for the hills, David responded that God was his refuge. This is what being a witness of Christ is all about. I can only pray I will always place my trust in God. God doesn’t want people whose hearts melt at the first thought of danger. Do you fall apart every time a news alert comes across the TV? I don’t know about you, but I get immediately frightened for those going through the horrors perpetrated and the anguish of their families. However, King David is right God is our refuge. There is no place to flee, except to God. Almost every country is under attack from evil terrorists. Moving won’t do any good. Moving closer to our faith and prayer is the only place we have to go. Be like King David and say “In the Lord I take refuge. Lord, be our Refuge and strength. Like you were David’s refuge and strength, give that to our leaders. Remind us and them to turn to you in prayer. Calm our hearts in times of  fear and uncertainty. Thank you for being there for us. AMEN

Heirs in Glory

Jesus-comforts_web-150x150Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17 NIV

Each of us is going through our own special suffering. It may be an illness, death of a spouse or child, or loss of a job or home. Suffering blasts at us daily from the news. Floods, school shootings, and top the news each evening. Do we like it? No, if we could we would avoid it at all costs. As we watch the suffering, we can moan and groan, why me or we can pray and find a solution. Most of us will complain for little while and then realize the problem isn’t resolving without leaning on God’s strength and using ours.

We are God’s heirs and co-heirs with Christ and are destined to share his sufferings. We can, however, derive a new strength, if we can see through our pain to Christ. When we understand we are being prepared for something greater, we can see past the suffering. Trying to understand can be a stumbling block or a great comfort. Acceptance is needed on our part, leaning on God’s guidance and then doing what we can to help resolve the issue. We are God’s children and are guaranteed his love and inheritance. Any suffering is now a prelude for a glorious future either in this life or the next.

Lord, with your guidance help us to accept our suffering and work through our anger. We are assured of something greater, but have to find a way through our problems today to get to you. We are your children before we become your heirs and we will look continually for your guidance and love. Help us to make it through our suffering in order to share in your glory.

Freedom to Give Thanks

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 NIV

Having the freedom to worship and thank God for all the goodness he has bestowed on us is why our country was founded. God should be our strength and shield and thanked each and every day. Our hearts should trust and be helped by his guidance, when we pray. Quick put up the Thanksgiving decorations. It won’t be long before the day of thanks is gone. Our thankfulness, however, should show every day.

Every time I play my favorite spiritual music, my heart leaps for joy. God’s goodness flows through me as I give Him thanks in song. It might be a little off tune, but he gave me my voice, so I give him thanks with it. Joy and happiness are mine, no matter how bad my life or life around me may seem to be. I am immediately lifted up by God’s strength. Try it the next few weeks, as we prepare for our Thanksgiving celebrations. Let it become a lifelong habit. You will bring joy to God’s heart, just as he brings joy to yours.


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