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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The king held out . . . the golden scepter. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. Esther 5:2
Many of us would have difficulty coming into our husband or bosses presence and waiting for them to acknowledge us before we approach. Yet this deference is still widely practiced in many parts of the world today. 

Unlike earthly kings, the Creator of the Universe welcomes us into His presence without condemnation or judgment. He is eager to give grace and mercy whenever we have need.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:16
Yet, I wonder, are we coming boldly or are with approaching with impertinence? How often do we "kneel" before Him as master, rather than as servants; directing Him to give us this or to fix that. How often do we pray for His will with faith and a sincere heart?

Yet, still, He is always gracious to us; withholding punishment and giving blessing upon blessing.

Always more than we deserve.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Inspired by . . . love casts out fear

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will no allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor 10:13

It's such a comfort to know that even in our failings, God has set limits. He will provide a way of escape. Jesus.

Yes, Jesus is the answer. Not only as a means of escape for ALL humankind but a daily, minute-by-minute escape for those who trust in Him and follow His commands.
When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Isa 59:19
We never stand alone. God is always with us - going before, preparing the way of safety, coming behind us as our rearguard.

Never fear.


Rom 8:31 * Ps 118:6 * Dan 3:17

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Whoever trust in the Lord, happy is he. Prov 16:20
[Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. Rom 4:20-21
Pondering the faith of Abraham today and wondering at a faith so big, so sure, that it was counted to him as righteousness. The author of Hebrews tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.

Feeling a little short on faith today? James tells us to pray for whatever we need, with a firm mind, and God will give it.

The centurion prayed for increased faith and so can we. God is faithful. He will provide what we need.

Psalm 46:1-2; Psalm 37:23-24


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Wondering which way to go? what step to take next? where to begin? or end?
By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer. Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. Psalm 17:4-5
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. Isa 30:21
If the path is shadowed or unclear- - if His answer has not yet come. . .


Sometimes His best work is done and the greatest blessing received during the pit stops of life.


Monday, September 3, 2018

I know their sorrows. Exod 3:7
What comforting words to any of us who are suffering.  To know that we are not alone in our grief. We are never alone in our affliction, whatever it might be. God is here. He is present.

A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Isa 53:3

Not only can He empathize and sympathize, He can forgive, heal, and restore.  Heb 4:15; Matt 8:17