Isaiah 30:18

The verse in the devotional pictured below, from Thoughts for the Quiet Hour, is one that the Lord has used in my life several times in the last few months. When we are tempted to get impatient concerning an answer to prayer, we must remind ourselves – God’s timing is perfect. When we want things NOW, God may be waiting. His reasons for waiting may vary – to grow us, to grow others, etc. Bottom line, His waiting is always for our good. On the heels of last evening’s post, don’t give up. Keep praying! Keep trusting!

Keep On Trusting

Yesterday morning, I received the following via text from a dear sis…

It reminded me of the familiar verse in Jeremiah…

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 

This evening, I’m thankful that the Lord is in control. Whatever He has allowed and is allowing in our lives is actually preparation for our future. I’m so thankful that I can trust Him. Aren’t you?

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:3-5 

No Matter What

“…O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” Daniel 6:20

Daniel is, without a doubt, a favorite Bible character of many – and for good reason. I love his purpose…his steadfastness…his determination. When Daniel heard about the decree that had just been signed – banning any prayer to God – we see his reaction in Daniel 6:10…

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” 

Daniel just kept praying.

As I continued to read this morning, I came to verse 20 – the verse at the beginning of this post – and the phrase “whom thou servest continually” stood out to me. I like what a commentator said about this phrase:

Whom thou servest continually – At all times, and in all circumstances: as a captive in a distant land; in places of honor and power; when surrounded by the great who worship other gods; and when threatened with death for your devotion to the service of God. This had been the character of Daniel, and it was natural to refer to it now.” ~ Albert Barnes

Simply put, Daniel just kept on serving God no matter what came his way. What a great example for each of us this morning! As my mom said recently, “Just keep on keeping on! It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.” Amen!

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

Keep In Touch With Jesus

I just heard Br. Lester Roloff singing this song a bit ago and wanted to share the lyrics here…

Keep In Touch With Jesus

Would you be a victor over every foe,
Conquer every trial in this world below;
Overcome temptations that each day you meet?
Keep in touch with Jesus; He will keep you sweet.

Keep in touch with Jesus, tho’ the path be dim;
Let no cloud nor shadow sever you from Him.
Joy or sorrow greet you, friend or foe you meet,
Keep in touch with Jesus; He will keep you sweet.

Many hearts are broken—oft an aching breast
Waits the message spoken that will give it rest;
You perhaps can bring them joy and peace complete,
Keep in touch with Jesus; He will keep you sweet.

Would you be a blessing all along the way;
Would you be possessing perfect love each day?
Let the Holy Spirit overcome defeat;
Keep in touch with Jesus; He will keep you sweet.

Would you have communion with your Lord each day,
Have a blessèd union with Him all the way;
Praying without ceasing, learning at His feet?
Keep in touch with Jesus; He will keep you sweet.

(Curtis S. Kauffman)

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” James 4:8 

Keep Moving Forward!

Yesterday, I found this little sign at Hobby Lobby…

and it immediately reminded me of the verses in Philippians…

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13,14 

This morning, are we continuing to press toward the mark? Are we continuing to move forward as we reach new goals this year in our Christian life – for the glory of God? Let’s not allow distractions to derail us or discouragement to defeat us! By God’s grace, let’s continue to go forward!

“…speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” Exodus 14:15 

I Am For You

“For, behold, I am for you…” Ezekiel 36:9

What a blessing to KNOW that God is for us! When I read the above verse this morning, I immediately thought of the following verse in Romans…

“…If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 

This morning, is it our desire to KNOW that GOD is for us? The first step toward knowing is to acknowledge that we are a sinner in need of a Saviour, repent and, by faith, accept Christ as our Saviour. Can you look back to a specific time in your life when you have done this?

And then, after salvation, our desire should be to live a life pleasing to the Lord. Are we living our lives in obedience to God’s Word? Or, are there areas of our lives in which we refuse to give God full control? In chapter two of the book of Revelation, God had much good to say of the church of Ephesus, however, in verse four He states,

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4 

Does something come to our mind this morning…an area in which the Lord has been dealing with us? Do we really want to continue living in disobedience and thus forfeit His favor?

The Christian life is not a playground but rather a battlefield. As soldiers of the cross, how very important to have CONFIDENCE in our prayer lives! How crucial to strive to live our lives in accordance to God’s Word and therefore have CONFIDENCE that God is FOR us!

“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” I John 3:21,22 

This morning, can we say – “God is for me”?

“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Psalm 118:6

Christ Is All And In All

While looking for devotional books to purchase for Christmas gifts this past year, I came across this little gem…

It is a daily devotional book compiled by D.L. Moody. I was so excited to find it that I ordered 3 copies – one for myself! 😊

First published in 1900, the devotionals are written by different 19th century preachers and the length of them varies. This morning’s was rather short but the thought has stayed with me today. Is Christ MY All?

“Christ is all and in all” Colossians 3:11

The service of Christ is the business of my life.

The will of Christ is the law of my life.

The presence of Christ is the joy of my life.

The glory of Christ is the crown of my life.

A Charge From Mom

As we were saying our goodbyes after one of our visits this past week, Mom gave us a “charge”. It was one of those moments when you wished you had been videoing – I hated that I missed it. In an effort to record it, I finally convinced Mom to say it again. The only problem was, she forgot what she said. 😊

She still got the main idea, though, and I wanted to share it here. Mom was saved at 27 years of age and now – over 67 years later – she’s still striving to live for the Lord while encouraging others to do so as well. I don’t know about you but when I witness the JOY and determination of older saints of God, it inspires me as well as reaffirms that living the Christian life really is worth it all!!

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