Daily Promises (September 28th)
Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast Holden [me] by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory.
My Prayer: Gracious Father, thank You for continually being present within my life! Thank You for loving me with such unconditional adoration! Make me worthy of Your wonderful devotion toward me that I may give You honour and praise. Cause me to have a passionate desire toward Your word that I may please You in all I do and say. May I desire nothing on this desolate earth but the future glory with You!
Psalms 28:4,7 – Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
2Tim.4:14> Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.
Ps.18:2> The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Heb.2:13> And again, “I will put my trust in him.”[fn] And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
Isa.12:2> Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Reproof of wicked Judges …
Psalm 58:2a -No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
Ps.94:20>Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
Isa.10:1>Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,
The Lord Promising a New Heaven and New Earth
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance…Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:9, 13)
Focus points: God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4). Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him. We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should live with the realization that time is short and that we have important work to do. Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return form many years. God’s purpose for people is not destruction but re-creation (see Isaiah 66:22; Revelation 21:22). God will purify the heavens and earth with fire; then he will create them anew. We can joyously look forward to the restoration of God’s good world.
Dear Lord, I eagerly await Your appearing. I rejoice at the place You have prepared for us—a place of righteousness, joy, and peace. Above all, I anticipate dwelling in Your visible presence forever and ever, Amen!
Truth to Set Us Free from the Enemy’s Bondage
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”…that they may know the truth… and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him. (John 8:31-32 and 2 Timothy 2:25-26)
As followers of Jesus Christ, it is so important that we abide in His word. We are called to live in the word of the Lord that we might know His truth. As we embrace God’s truth, we are impacted by its liberating power. “The truth shall make you free.” One fundamental area where people need spiritual liberation is bondage from the enemy.
The entire realm of unbelieving humanity lies under the binding influence of the evil one. “The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). Even those unbelievers who do not accept the truths of God about Satan and sin are nonetheless captivated by him. Consequently, we are to humbly reach out to them with the truth: “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” Paul was sent forth to proclaim the gospel truth that offers freedom from such bondage: “to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18). The testimony of all who believe in the truth of the gospel is this: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13).
The problem of Satan’s binding, hindering, restricting influence did not end at salvation. Many saints (though headed for heaven) are still bound in areas of their thinking and behaving. They are still influenced by the enemy’s lies. They cannot make the liberating confession of Paul and his missionary team: “we are not ignorant of his [Satan’s] devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). Ignorance of the enemy’s tactics will persist in the lives of those who do not know (or will not yield to) God’s liberating truth. On the other hand, all who are willing to embrace the truths of God’s word will enjoy more and more freedom from the enemy’s lies. They will grow in understanding of, and reliance upon, the victorious purposes of Jesus’ coming to this earth. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 ).
Dear Lord, I praise You for the liberating truth of Your gospel of grace that delivered me from the enemy’s grasp. Now, I need more and more of the liberating truths of Your word that I might not be ignorant of his devious and persistent tactics. Teach me Your truths, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
We can depend upon God for help. Pilgrims must travel through lonely country to their destination; they are protected, not by anything created, but by the Creator of everything.
This song expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection day and night. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God himself. But not only is he all-powerful, he also watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters him. We are safe. We never outgrow our need for God’s untiring watch over our lives.
verse 1 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Or, Shall I lift up mine eyes to the hills? whence should my help come
verse 2 – My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
verse 3a – He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
(a) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
1 Sam.2:9> He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails;
(b) he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Isa.27:3> I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.
verse 4 – Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
verse 5 – The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
verse 6 – The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
(6c) Isa.27:3> I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. 21:1-6 David described all that he had as gifts,from God. “the desire of his heat, “rich blessings, gla
verse 7 – The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
(d) Job 5:19> From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.
Ps.91:9,10> If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
Prov. 12:21> No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
verse 8 – The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
(8e) preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Deut.28:6> You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
Prov.2:8> for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.