A Message for Today, Morning Reading, Psalms and Proverbs

Psalms 28,58,88,118,148/Proverbs 28:5,9.

“how good it is to trust in God”

Psalms 118:1-29

verse 8(e)   It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.     

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Ps. 62:8>Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. 

Isa. 2:22>Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? 

Jer. 17:5,7>This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.    Focus points: Pilots put confidence in their planes. Commuters place confidence in their trains, cars, or buses. Each day we must put our confidence in something or someone. If you are willing to trust a plane or car to get you to your destination, are you willing to trust God to Guide you here on earth and to your eternal destination? Do you trust him more than  any human being? How futile it is to trust anything or anyone  more than God. 

verses 118:22,23) the stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

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the stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. Matt.21:42>  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’[fn]?

Mark 12:10-11> Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’[fn]?”

Luke 20:17>  Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’[fn]?

Eph.2:20>  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

1Pet.4:7>The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

 it is marvellous in our eyes.

Job: 5:9> He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Focus points:     Jesus referred to these verses when he spoke of being rejected by his own people. Although he was rejected, Jesus is now the “capstone,” the most important part of the Church (Acts 4:11, Eph. 2:20, 1Pet. 2:6-7). The capstone is the center stone in the top an arch, holding the whole arch together.   

verse 118:24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  

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2Cor.6:2> For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[fn] I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.     Focus points: There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of hand, and our sorrow  or guilt is overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest with God. And as they talked to God, their prayer ended in praise. When you don’t feel like rejoicing tell God how you feel . You will find that God will give you a reason to rejoice. God has given you this day to live and serve him – be glad!     

verse 118:27-28) God is the LORD, which hath shewed us (v) light:   thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  

ref: Esth. 8:16> For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.

Mic.7:9> Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.

Mal. 4:2>  But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

  (w)  thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  

Ex.15:2> “The LORD is my strength and my defense[fn]; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Isa.25:1> LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Focus: The “Horns of the altar” wee the projection from the four corners of the alter.     

Proverbs 28:5,9

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.   (Observation of impiety and religious integrity.  

Ref: John 7:17>  Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

2Tim.4:3>  For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

Ps.66:18> If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Luke 13:25-27>   Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’

Focus points: Because justice is part of God’s character, a person who follows God treats others justly. The beginning of justice is concern for what is happening to others. A Christian cannot be indifferent to human suffering because God isn’t . and we certainly must not contribute to human suffering through selfish business practices or justice than for the bottom line.    

 

 

A Message for Today, Morning Reading, Prayerful focus, Psalms and Proverbs

Daily Reading Proverbs 27/Psalms 27,57,87,117,147.

Psalm 27:

God offers help for today and hope for the future. Unwavering confidence  in God is our antidote for fear and loneliness.

verse 1)  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

Focus point:   Fear is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves.  Each of us has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another- fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death. But we can conquer fear by using the bright liberating light of the Lord who brings salvation. If we want to dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember with the  psalmist that  “the LORD is my light and my salvation”. 

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.     Focus point: By the “house of the LORD”  and “his temple” David could be referring to the tabernacle in Gibeon, to the sanctuary he had put up to house the ark of the covenant, or the temple that his son Solomon was to build. David probably  had the temple in mid because he made many of the plans for it (1Chronicles 22) But David may also have used the word temple to mean live in God’s  presence each day of his life.  Sadly, this is not the greatest desire of many who claim to be believers . But those who desire to live in God’s presence each day will be able to enjoy that relationship forever.

verses 5-10) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

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 Isa. 49:15> “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

John 16:32> “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

2Tim.4:16,18>At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Focus points:   Many have had the sad experience of being forsaken by father or mother. Broken homes, differences of belief, addiction to drugs or alcohol, even psychological isolation can leave children cripple by this loss. Even as adults the pain may linger. God can take that place in our life, fill the void, and heal that hurt. he can direct us to adults who may take the role of father or mother for us. His love is sufficient for all our needs.

verses 27:13)   Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Ref:   (for false witnesses are risen up against me, verse 12 )

1 Sam. 22:9>But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, “I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob.  verse 13 – I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Focus point:    The “land of the living” simply means “this life”, David was obvious going through a trial,  but he was confident that in this present life God would see him through it.

verse 27:14) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 

Ref: Ps.62:1,5>Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Isa. 25:9>  In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Hab.2:3> For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it[fn] will certainly come and will not delay.

Focus point:   David knew from experience what it meant  to wait for the LORD. He had been anointed king at the age of 16, but didn’t become king until he was 30. During the interim, he was chased through the desert by jealous King Saul. David had to wait on god for the fulfillment of his promise to regin. Later, after becoming King, he was chased by his rebellious son, Absalom.   Waiting for God is not easy, often it seems that he isn’t answering our prayers or doesn’t  understand the urgency of our situation. That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control  or is not fair. But God is worth waiting for. Lamentation  3:24-26 calls us to hope in and wait for the Lord because often God uses waiting to refresh, renew, and teach us . Make good use of your waiting times by discovering what God may be trying to teach you in them. 

Day By Day by Grace, Spiritual Understandings

The Contrary Desires of the Flesh and the Spirit

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

(Galatians 5:17

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh

Rom.7:23>But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Rom.7:15>For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Focus point:

  Every believer in Christ has had the frustrating experience of wanting to do what pleases the Lord, but being unable to actually accomplish such. We are told here that a spiritual struggle is behind that failure. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” The Spirit of God dwells within our lives. He is the “Spirit of holiness” (Romans 1:4). He desires that we be “partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10) and thereby walk in godliness. However, the flesh (natural humanity) is also present in our lives. The natural desires of man are not toward holiness, but rather toward self-indulgence and self-sufficiency. Thus, what the Spirit desires and what our flesh craves are set against each other. “These are contrary to one another.” The consequence of this internal conflict is “that you do not do the things that you wish.” Even though godly desires develop in us as new creatures in Christ, we find ourselves unable to implement these new longings by our good intentions.
The Apostle Paul gave testimony to his own failure in this battle. “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice” (Romans 7:19). The problem was that Paul’s personal resources (the flesh) were not adequate to produce the desired results. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find” (Romans 7:18). Yes, Paul had some godly desires. “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man” (Romans 7:22). Nevertheless, there was a problem that he could not resolve on his own. “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Romans 7:23). A tendency to sin that dwelt in Paul’s human members (his body, his brain) pulled him down to defeat. He needed help.
Access to that necessary divine rescue was through a humble cry for a deliverer. “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). This appropriate confession of the spiritual bankruptcy of his flesh led to another confession of certain victory. “I thank God-[it is] through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25). This humble turning from self to Christ allows one to walk in the Spirit, living by His victorious resources. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
Dear Jesus, Mighty Deliverer, I humbly admit that I am not able to implement by my best efforts the godly desires that are developing in me. I need You, Lord. So many times I have had holy intentions that ended up in carnal defeat. So, Lord, I cry out to You to deliver me from my present struggles, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, Amen.

Spiritual Understandings

Romans 5:12

Romans 5:12

(12) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—
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When Adam and Eve sinned, God judged them. Since they were the father and mother of all of mankind, and they were the only representatives of mankind at the time, all of mankind figuratively sinned in Adam and Eve. God’s judgment was correct, because given the chance, every human has sinned.

What then happened to Adam and Eve? They were ushered out of the Garden, and God put a cherubim at its entrance to guard the Garden and the Tree of Life so that nobody could get back in. This is why at times the Bible bids people to return to God when they had never seemingly turned away from Him. Yet, all of mankind did turn away from God in Adam and Eve, and He invites us to return to the place, symbolically, where everything started, back to the environs He occupies, where the Tree of Life is.

The relationship with God is everything to our salvation. Without what Christ did in dying for our sins, we would not be in the position to have one with Him. Christ’s payment of our sins opens up the way for a relationship to be built and for us to grow in the Holy Spirit, because now we have access to the Tree of Life in a relationship with God.

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Daily Promises Blue Letter Bible October 23, 2015 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25) Man strives and toils and still his plans come to ruin. Not so with the Lord. Do not be overcome with anxiety for the concerns of the world for Christ has overcome it! There is safety in the hand of God for He reigns even now from heaven! Therefore rejoice!