Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:4-6 NKJV
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV
Have you been born again by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ? Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior? If your answers are yes and amen these verses were written about you!
God wants us to know who we are in Christ. He wants us to know Christianity is about more than going to heaven when our physical lives end. God created us in His image and likeness. We carry His spiritual DNA. Jesus wants to live His life through us today.
We are God’s beloved children. Jesus wants us to love Him!
During a season of seeking God with all my heart I read five Psalms a day. I find great comfort and encouragement in the Psalms. God gave us the Psalms for that very purpose, to comfort, encourage, and edify us.
God wants us to know His Word. He wants us to believe His Word. God wants us to obey His Word. He wants us to have an immovable unshakable conviction that Jesus is who the bible says He is. Jesus wants us to know we are who the bible says that we are.
Jesus wants us to believe He can do all the things the bible says He can do. Jesus wants us to know we can do all that the bible says we can do through faith in Him!
Read these verses of scripture again. Do not forget they were written to you and about you!
If you delight yourself in the Lord Jesus will grant the desires of your heart. Your future will be all that God promises to people who love and serve Jesus!
Commit your way to the Lord. Jesus will order your steps. You will be amazed at the great and mighty works Jesus can accomplishes with the simplest acts of obedience.
Jesus will be delighted with the path you have chosen!
You will trip and fall on your journey through life. Jesus will not allow you to stay down. Jesus will raise you up. His righteousness and justice will light up the path of your life!
Live the abundant life. Rejoice in the Lord. Love Jesus with all your heart and soul. Jesus gave His life to love you. Give your life to Jesus so He can love people through you!
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. Psalm 91:9-10 NKJV
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him And show him my salvation. Vs 14-16
My wife reads this portion of scripture during difficult times. It encourages her.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Vs 1
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Vs 5
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look And see the reward of the wicked. Vs 7
My favorite part is when God tells us why He will protect us from harm. God promises to protect people who set their love upon Jesus. He promises to protect people who know His name. God’s names describe His character. The Lord wants you to know His name.
God is righteous and holy. He is perfect in all His ways. His Word is true. He is true to His Word. When the Most High makes a promise, He keeps it!
If you set your love upon Jesus you can call upon Him anytime of the day or night. Jesus will answer you when you are in trouble. Jesus will deliver you and honor you. Jesus shows His salvation to people who know Him!
One of the most repeated commands in the bible is wait on the Lord. Dwell in the secret place of the Almighty while you wait for Him. Trust Jesus while you wait for His return.
Abide under the shadow of God’s faithfulness. Do not be afraid of the terror of life in a dark world. Do not fear the arrows slung at you by the devil, nor the pestilence of a fallen creation, nor the destruction that comes swiftly and suddenly on planet earth.
Jesus is with you in trouble. Jesus will not leave you. Jesus will bring you safely through this life into the beauty of His holiness in eternity!
Show Jesus you trust Him now more than ever. Show Jesus you adore Him even during times of trial and hardship such as these!
Thank God for the trials that are perfecting your faith in Jesus even now!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
None of us, not your Pastor or the person who led you to Christ ever did anything to earn God’s grace. Jesus saved us. We did not save ourselves. God holds out His gift of salvation to all people who call on the name of Jesus Christ!
Since no one can earn God’s gift no one will be denied salvation. It is God’s desire for all people to enter a saving relationship with Jesus. We should never think we are better than people who are not saved.
God saved us from death and eternal separation from Him so we can live in His presence in unending joy!
If I could share one simple truth with people who do not know the Lord I would say, “Jesus loves you.” “The Lord created you to live in a loving relationship with Him!”
A barrier came between God and man!
God made a way for that barrier to be broken down. We can be blessed with an intimate loving relationship with Jesus today. The way to reconciliation with God is faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
God is alive. Jesus wants to walk beside us today. Jesus wants to show unsaved people the way to eternal life. Jesus is calling us to be a link in His endless timeless chain of salvation!
Each one of us is called to lead other people to faith in Jesus Christ! Sharing the Lord with other people is a gift of God! It is also a responsibility entrusted to us by God!
It is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and not of ourselves that we can lead people to faith in the Lord. Jesus reaches out to people through us!
The God who created us in His image and Likeness is calling you into an intimate loving relationship with Jesus Christ today!
If you do not know the Lord He is speaking to you today. He is saying, “My precious child, I love you!” “In my right hand is the gift of eternal life.” “Come to Me so I can walk beside you today and with you in eternity!”
If you know the Lord you are His workmanship created for good works which He prepared, so you could walk in them, so that other people can receive the gift of God!
Do not boast. Do not get puffed up with pride. Serve the Risen Lord Jesus in humility and faithfulness!
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NKJV
If we delight ourselves in God our deepest desires will be satisfied. If our hopes and dreams are found in Jesus they will come to pass!
God told Noah to build an Ark. The Lord told Noah He was going to bring floodwaters on the earth and destroy all flesh. God only told Noah what He was going to do. He did not tell anyone else.
Imagine the reaction of Noah’s family, friends, and neighbors when Noah told them what he was doing? Noah’s wife may have asked him what his plans were for the day. Noah may have told her God was destroying the Earth. Noah may have told her he was building a boat.
Noah’s wife probably expected him to go to work. After a while she may have wondered if he would ever refocus on providing for his family. His neighbors may not have appreciated having a big boat in their neighborhood.
God told Abraham to leave his father’s house and go to a country the Lord would show him. Can you imagine Sarah’s reaction? She may have asked where they were going. Abraham may have said I do not know God will show us. How do you think your family would react?
Sometimes God gives us a dream a desire or a glimpse of His plans for us. He may not share that information with the people we love. He may give you a vision for serving Him and not give it to your Pastor or the people at your church.
Has the Lord put a desire in your heart to serve Him? Has God shown you a future that includes making Jesus famous? Did the Lord give you a desire to see the lost saved and His people blessed?
If so you are delighting yourself in the Lord. Jesus will grant the desires of your heart!
God gave you the desire and vision. He may not open the eyes of the people around you. Do not be discouraged if no other person shares your vision. Do not be discouraged if enthusiasm and excitement has not spread to the people near you.
God will make room for your spiritual gifts. Delight yourself in the Lord. Jesus will give you the desires of your heart in His perfect time!
Then He adds, Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. Hebrews 10:17 NKJV
Is it possible for God to forget? God can choose not to recall!
Jesus is the Lord of second chances. He is the God of new beginnings. Jesus is the God of unlimited possibilities!
If you have received salvation through faith in the risen Lord your life is hidden in Christ. When God looks at you He does not see your sins failures and mistakes. He sees the righteousness of Jesus!
If you had never sinned or fallen short of the Glory of God His forgiveness would mean nothing to you. Jesus’ death would be meaningless. You did sin. It changes everything!
God called King David a man after His own heart. David understood the depth of God’s love for Him. David knew he was a sinful wretch when left to himself. David knew he was capable of great wickedness. He could never forget his sins failures and mistakes.
God used David’s sin to draw him into an intimate relationship. The Lord can use your sin to draw you closer to Jesus. That does not justify your sin. It is not an excuse to sin. It is an exhortation to keep moving forward in Jesus despite your sinful past.
God has put your sins behind His back. He chooses not to recall your evil deeds.
Today is a new day. It is an opportunity for a new beginning!
God can use your sins failures and mistakes for your good and His glory. How do we allow God to use our sins failures and mistakes for His glory?
If we surrender our hearts and lives to the One who offered Himself up for us God will put His desires into our hearts and minds!
God’s greatest commandments highlight His loving nature. They reveal His desires for us. They reveal the eternal blessings of people who love Jesus today!
God wants us to live in loving relationships with Him and each other. Our Heavenly Father wants to bless us with His love. He wants us to be blessed by our love for each other!
God wants the evidence of our love for Him to be seen in the way we live. Jesus wants our lives to reflect His loving nature. He wants us to be blessed by our loving relationships with each other!
You do not need to forget your sins failures and mistakes. You do need to forgive yourself for them. Jesus forgives you. Forgive yourself!
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most-High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust. Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV
My father was an avid outdoorsman. He loved traveling. He went scuba diving in Honduras. He learned to surf in Hawaii. He learned to play tennis in Australia. He bought his first camera in Hong Kong.
My father never went to Africa. We arranged for him to have his picture taken with an African elephant. My father was frail and weak. He was in a wheelchair. We placed him under a bull elephant.
Dad enjoyed his time in the shadow of Butch the African Elephant. We took a picture of him there. It is one of my favorite pictures of my father. I see it as an example of God’s people abiding under the shadow of the Almighty!
We are frail and weak. Jesus gives us a place where we can rest in safety. It is in His mighty presence. It is under the covering of His love and blessing. It is under God’s authority that we experience peace and protection.
The elephant handler put a carrot in my father’s pocket. Butch searched for it with his trunk. He was otherwise uninterested in my father.
Jesus is infinitely more powerful than any of His creatures. He does not look for what he can receive from us. Jesus does not necessarily look to give us things. The Lord looks for ways to bless us. Our greatest blessing is found abiding in Jesus’ presence.
You do not have to wait to experience God’s presence. Jesus wants you to experience the joy that comes from spending time with Him today!
We can become so busy doing the work of ministry we do not take the time for Jesus to minister to us!
You may be doing your best to serve Jesus but something is missing. You have allowed your busy schedule to interfere with what God wants the most. The Lord wants to spend time with you! Jesus is waiting to remind of you how much He loves you!
Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. If we turn to Jesus in our time of trial and testing, if we will make Him our place of safety, our refuge and fortress, He will protect us from the ravages of life in a fallen world!
Take time out from your busy schedule to spend time with Jesus. Turn to the Lord with whatever is on your heart today. Allow Jesus to minister to you today!
Ask Jesus to break down the barriers that separate you from the sweetness of His love!
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation. Psalm 91:14-16 NKJV
For many people Psalm 91 is a favorite portion of scripture. It reveals the blessing and protection of abiding in the presence of God. I find comfort in the reason God promises to protect us even when people all around us suffer calamity and devastation.
Why does God say setting our love upon Him is the reason He protects us while thousands of people fall around us? Jesus created us to be loved by Him as only He can love us. Jesus created us to love Him as only we can love Him!
Jesus promises to set on high people who know His name. In warfare high ground is a place of safety. It offers a tactical advantage. We will be lifted on High into the Lord’s presence. Living in the presence of Jesus offers us an advantage nothing else can.
I am comforted by the reason God promises to deliver us and set us on high. It is because we know His name. In ancient times a person’s name described his or her character. Names were carefully chosen to disclose lineage and heritage.
Jesus has the power to answer us when we call out to Him. Jesus promises to be with us and deliver us when we are in danger. Only Jesus can keep such a promise. Jesus can keep His promises because His name is Faithful and True!
God the Father honors people who honor Jesus. Will you honor Jesus today? Will you honor Him in the way you treat other people? Will you honor Jesus in the way you live?
God promises to honor you if you set your love upon Jesus. He promises to honor you with long life. Can God keep that promise? I do not know if your years will be long upon the Earth. I do know the time you spend in the presence of the Jesus will never end!
Jesus will bestow honor upon you by using you to bring other people out of the bondage of unbelief into the promised land of abundant living with God!
Have you set your love upon the Lord? Do you know His name? Have you received His salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ? If not call out to the Lord today. Incline your hearth to faith in Jesus Christ today!
Let Jesus deliver you. Let Jesus set you on high. Allow Jesus to honor you and satisfy you with long life. Jesus will reveal the power of His salvation to you and through you!
Only Almighty God can love you today and forever!
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 NKJV
David makes an exuberant declaration of his faith in God!
David’s heart was full of the grace of God. The Lord’s love transformed David into the man with a heart after God’s own heart. The Lord uses the Psalms to share the things He put into David’s heart with us.
This is the day for me to make an exuberant declaration of my faith in Jesus. God’s grace sustained me during trials, tribulations, and heartache. The mercy of God delivered me from sin, sorrow, and shame.
God has had me on an incredible journey. It has not been easy. It has been beautiful. God allowed trials and hardship into my life. He allowed me to suffer the consequences of my sins, failures, and mistakes. Jesus humbled me ways I never thought possible.
I would have abandoned my faith if I had not believed one day I would stand in the presence of my Lord and Savior!
I am thankful for every trial God allowed into my life. I am thankful He allowed me to suffer consequences for my choices. I know Jesus will use every trial and hardship I endure for His glory and my good.
Jesus sustained me by the power of His transforming grace. Jesus is molding me and shaping me into the man He created me to be. God has a plan and a purpose for my life!
I do not know what tomorrow will bring. I do not know where my journey may take me. I do know where it will end. I will dwell in God’s presence forever. I will receive incorruptible blessings that I cannot comprehend today!
The journey God has chosen for you will include heartache and hardship. You may suffer seasons of trial and sorrow. God loves you. Jesus has a plan and a purpose for your life. The Lord will use everything He allows into your life for His glory and your good.
Jesus will mold you and shape you into the person He created you to be. He will sustain you by the power of His transforming grace. I do not know where your journey with Jesus will lead you. I do know you will spend eternity in God’s presence if you trust Him with your life today!
Do not lose heart. Make an exuberant declaration of your faith in Jesus. You will see the goodness of God in the land of the living with your own eyes!
Allow Jesus to form His heart in you!
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not 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 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
I turned seventeen in a youth detention program. I had earned a weekend furlough. A young man I met was also going on furlough. He asked to meet up with me over the weekend. He was a heroin addict. He wanted me to try the drug. I agreed to meet him.
I waited at the agreed meeting site. He pulled up in a borrowed car. I got in. We drove off in silence. There was madness in his eyes and lead in his foot. He raced around the poorest areas of town, pulled over and passed out. I walked home alone.
Years later I was hurt and angry. I set my heart on sin. Like a lion prowling for prey I hunted. I stood at the doorway of sin and shame. With key in hand I chose to enter in. The door would not open. God intervened. Evil withdrew into the shadows!
In the early days of my new life with Jesus the Lord told me, “My hand has always been upon you”. I realized Jesus had been with me during my darkest days. I am also keenly aware that Jesus has His hand upon me today!
These verses are not a promise to keep you from sin. We all sin. We all make mistakes. We all fail to live up to the righteous standards of a holy God. We will be tempted by sin in many ways as we journey through life in a fallen world clothed in sinful flesh!
These verses do reveal there is nothing new under the sun. Our sinful flesh was conceived in the hearts of Adam and Eve. Our sin is not unique. It is not rare or unusual. It is quite common among our ancestors and children. That is not an excuse for our sin.
These verses reveal the faithfulness of God! Jesus promises to make a way of escape for us when we are tempted by sin!
Our personal experiences do not validate the Word of God! The Lord does use our personal experiences to open our eyes to the validity of His Word!
Through twenty plus years of living in sin and twenty-seven years of walking with Jesus I have learned that even before I am tempted to sin the Lord has already provided an escape hatch for me to flee the darkness and walk in the light of His love!
Jesus makes a way for us to be forgiven of our sin past, present and future! Faith in Jesus frees us from bondage to sin! Faith in Jesus frees us from the shame, and sorrow of walking in darkness!
You do not have to be overcome by the temptations of sin. The Lord will always make a way of escape so you can walk the narrow path of faith in Jesus to the glory that awaits you in the kingdom of a holy, righteous, and faithful God!
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
When my son was small he showed me how to swim. He showed me how to move his arms and legs. He showed me how he would turn and raise his head to breathe. I laughed because my son had never been swimming.
Daniel imagine himself swimming but had never jumped into the water and tried to swim.
Do you believe God exists? Do you believe Jesus Christ is His one and only Son? If your answer is yes there are many who would agree with you, including demons. The only question that matters is, do you have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ?
God calls us out of the darkness of unbelief into the marvelous light of His love. Have you responded to that call?
I know what it is like to call my children and be ignored. I usually tried calling them again. If they still did not respond I looked for them. I looked for them because I love them. It is important for my children to respond to my call so I can help and protect them.
If you know Jesus these verses are a description of God’s call on your life. Jesus saved you from something for something.
You are a priest chosen to serve the King of Heaven and Earth. God called you to be a citizen of a nation that is separate and set apart for Him.
God has always loved you, but you were not always one of His chosen people. You are now if you have submitted to His will for your life!
Jesus wants you to proclaim His praises to people who do not know Him. Jesus wants to bring everyone out of the darkness of unbelief into the marvelous light of His love. Jesus wants to use you to lead people into God’s eternal Kingdom and His Royal Priesthood.
People who have not received God’s mercy can receive His mercy and love today.
Have you received the salvation of God through faith in Jesus Christ? If your answer is yes, go forth Royal Priest of God Most High. Share the love of Jesus with His people.
If your answer is no or maybe but I cannot be sure Almighty God is calling you into a loving relationship with Jesus today!
Call out to Almighty God. Ask Him to open your eyes to see that Jesus is the only Way to a relationship with God the Father. Answer God’s call to join Him in a relationship based on His great love for you!
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