Friday, February 24, 2017

God a Fortress, A Hiding Place, a Refuge and a Shield

What else could we ask for?  He has promised so much, I can't get over all the promises that have been made in our behalf.  These next promises are for us when we are attacked by satan.  We need to be strong and the way we are made strong is through His promises to us.  Remember, 'Through His Promises we become partakers of His Divine Nature.  So study His promises and be strengthened.

God a Fortress

2 Samuel 22:2  "And He said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer."

Psalm 18:2  "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."

Psalm 91:2 "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust."

Nahum 1:7  "The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in him."

A Hiding Place

Psalm 17:8  "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings."

Psalm 27:5  "For in the time of trouble He hall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock."

Psalm 31:20  "Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy presence from the pride of man: Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues."

Psalm 32:7  "Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance."

Psalm 64:2,3  "Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:"

Psalm 119:114  "Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy word."

Psalm 143:9  "Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me."

A Refuge

Psalm 31:20  "Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy presence from the pride of man: Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues."

Psalm 46:1  "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Psalm 71:3 "Be Thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: Thou  hast given commandment to save me; for Thou art my rock and my fortress."

Proverbs 14:26  "In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge."

Proverbs 18:10  "The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe."

A Shield

Genesis 15:1  "After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am Thy shield, and Thy exceeding great reward."

Deuteronomy 33:29  "Happy art thou O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency!  And thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places."

Psalm 33:20  "Our soul waits for the Lord: He is our help and our shield."

Psalm 84:11  "For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."

Proverbs 30:5,6  "Every word of God is pure, He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words; lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

I don't think I need to add a word unto these verses.  It is very great promises that He will protect us from the enemy of souls, wherever they are and whatever they do or say, we are always able to ask God to protect us and He will.  Please believe these promises and rest in His words.  Thats what I do and I am safe in His care, always.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Taking the hand of another, has a comforting feeling, specially if a person is ill, or discouraged. A hug is even better, but let's just consider the taking of a person's hand. Has anyone ever taken your hand in theirs and taken their other hand and patted your hand.  To me, there is a special, comforting, fellowship and helpfulness in that handshake.  It has a special meaning in it of caring for how you are doing and maybe a hint of Christian love in it?  There was lots of love in Jesus taking your hand, His hand had a lot of meaning in it when He took your hand.  Let's take a look at someone taking your hand.

A Sign of Friendship

2 Kings 10:15  "And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him and he saluted him, and said to him.  Is thine heart right as my heart is with thy heart?   And Jehonadab answered, It is.  If it be, give me thine hand.  And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot."

A Little Girl Responds to the Healing Hand of Jesus

Matthew 9:25  "But when  the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose."

Even the Demon Possessed respond to the hand of Jesus

Mark 9:27  "But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up, and he arose."

Feet and Ankles Respond to the Hand of Peter

Acts 3:7  "And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength."

Peter Lifted up the Dead by His Hand

Acts 9:41  "And he gave her (Dorcas) his hand and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

Our hands can mean so much to others.  They can mean a lot of Christian love and they can also be used in the wrong way if our heart is not right with God.  We must have the love of Christ in our heart if we are truly Christians and then the touch of our hands will be comforting and tell the person that they mean a lot to you, that you love them with the love of Jesus in your heart.  I am so loved at the church I attend. I cannot explain how it has made such a difference in my life.  I am sure the people that love me, will probably never know.  I also like to make new friends by loving them with a touch or even a hug if it's a lady and I am not afraid to tell them that I love them, if I truly do.  I always receive more love than I give.  Try it you might just be overcome with the love of the saints.  Grandma Joan




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Anxious?

The dictionary describes anxious with these words: worried, concern, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful, perturbed, troubled, disturbed, distressed, fretful, agitated, nervous, edgy, antsy, tense, overwrought,  and much more.

Do any of these words describe you?  I think I have experienced all of them sometime in my life. How about you?  None of these conditions are appealing are they.  The Bible has some suggestions regarding this state of mind.  Following are a few verses that might be helpful.

Luke 12:11,12  "And when they bring you unto the synagogue, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:  For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."  Wow! no worries how to answer.

Luke 12:26  "If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest" The thought here is, if you can't do it, don't worry about it.  Maybe even get someone else to do it.

Philippians 4:6  "Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."  This is easy for me to understand.  Some verses I have to ask God for help but I think this one explains itself very well.

1 Peter 5:7  "Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."  What a wonderful promise for out anxious moments.  I love this one very much."

The meaning of Anxious has so many meanings, it covers about every worry in life.  I'm so glad we have a heavenly Father that cares for us individually, aren't you?  It takes all that worry away. Try it you just might like the results.  Grandma Joan
                            

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Faith Verses Anxiety, My Journey

I have learned a great lesson on faith, this is a subject that has bothered me for years and I have prayed over it, over and over again, for God to give me the faith that I read about in the Bible, the faith of Jesus.
Just not too long ago it was brought to my mind that faith is trusting God in everything and that sounds simple enough but then I realized all of a sudden that God had given me the faith that I had asked for and I didn't even know it.  You might ask, how do you have faith and not know it?  I'm not sure I can answer that except to say that He gives us lots of gifts and perhaps we don't realize it until we are in desperate need of them and all of a sudden there it is.  That's what happened to me.  Here's my story.

About six or seven years ago, I was diagnosed with heart failure, the beginning of it and they found I had an aorta heart valve that was closing up on me and that is what was causing my heart failure.  Thats what the doctor told me.  So they planned to give me a new heart valve, then they found ulcers in my stomach that was causing bleeding and couldn't do the heart valve surgery until the bleeding stopped and the bleeding is caused by a hiatal hernia and the hernia is so bad and I am too old to be operated on.  So where does that leave me.  I was told by my last Cardiologist visit that the valve is critical and I may have a year or two at the most.  How would you feel about this diagnosis?  I was concerned at first, when I was first diagnosed with heart failure, my husband was still alive and my concern was for him and I didn't take it very good but I am still here and He is gone.  This last diagnosis that they can't do anything for me, as far as I know, didn't bother me.  I was wondering why, then it came to me that I had peace, the peace that passes all understanding according to the Bible, I realized that I had left everything, I mean everything in God's hand, my health, my children, my future, everything.  I go to bed at night not knowing if I will wake up in the morning and it doesn't bother me.  I am not worried, I feel great about whatever God decides to do with me.  That's when I discovered I had faith.  What a revelation!!  God had given me faith not only over my health but over all the anxieties that satan can throw upon us.  When I realized the peace that He had given me, I was overwhelmed with the love that He has bestowed upon me, that's when I realized what faith is and that I already had lots of faith, so much so, that all anxiety is gone and whatever is His will, I am content with it.  I cannot describe it but I know it is true because I have no worries at all.  Everything is in His hands and because I know He loves me, I trust Him to take care of me.  That's faith.

For my family, if you are reading this, I want you to know that I pray for you every day and sometimes more often.  When I am gone, I know God will take care of you in a very special way and Jesus will continue to intercede on your behalf in my place so I have nothing to worry about there, He will take care of you.  And to my friends and family, I hope that my life has been a witness to the power of God and you have been blessed by me in some little way.  Life is difficult and we all make mistakes and I have made so many but God has promised forgiveness and I know He has done that for me.  I rest in His care for me day by day and that is faith too.

Do you understand faith a little bit more from my journey?  It has been a great revelation to me and I hope it will strengthen you.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Promises of Ultimate Victory

Victory.  What is Victory?  The dictionary says it means, a success, triumph over an enemy, defeating an enemy, to win, to succeed.  Sounds great doesn't it?  When I was in high school, I loved football, no, I didn't play football, but I was a great promoter in the grandstand.  I would yell for our team until I was hoarse.  I'm not into sports anymore but at that time it was very important to me for our team to win.  We lived out on a farm, so I didn't get to go to many games but once in a while I would get a chance to stay for a home game, it was exciting.

I am asking myself, 'Is it as exciting today when I have a touchdown in my life and overcome some-thing that I have been battling for a long time.  Do I thank the One who has given me the victory over that obstacle that has been hounding me for a long time?  It might be appetite, under appetite we might list, food, overwork, sexual desires, an addiction of some kind, there are many ways we can have a sinful appetite. I don't know about you but I do know about me, and I know when I have a victory over some sin I feel so clean and good.  I know I am not alone in craving a pure life in Christ. It is something that all of us have a need for, so with that in mind, I would like to look at some promises of victory today.  Are you with me?

Over Evil Influences of men

Psalm 44:5  "Through Thee will we push down our enemies:  Through Thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us."

Over Malign Spiritual Forces

Luke10:19  "Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents,scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

Over Severest Afflictions

Romans 8:35  "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or unkindness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:37  "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."

Over Worldly Allurements

1 John 5:4  "For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: And this is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith."

Over All Satanic Powers

Revelation 15:2  "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."

Are these verses encouraging?  They are to me.  I needed this little study today.  We can have the power to push down an enemy that is trying to keep us from serving God with all our heart.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  We can be conquerors over all the power of the enemy through Christ who strengthens us and loves us.  If we are born of God, we can overcome the world.
What encouragement!  I hope you have been encouraged today.  I pray that we will let Christ reign in our hearts and we can overcome the enemy of our souls through our Loving Father in heaven.  We can have all the help we need.  Please help ME Lord Jesus, I need you so much.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Promises to the Obedient

Some people do not think it is necessary to be obedient to God.  But I want to tell you that if you promised your children or anyone certain things if they were obedient to you or respected what the requirements were, you probably wouldn't pour out your blessings on them if they disrespected you and your requirements.  Do you see how that works.  I am not perfect but I do love Him and respect His authority and want His blessings and that is why I believe that His promises are for the obedient.  You understand that we all receive blessings from Him every day that we don't even ask for but it would be well to show our appreciation for them by thanking Him daily for those blessings.  So let's see what He has to say about this subject.

Exodus 20:6  "And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

Exodus 23:22  "But if thou shall indeed obey His voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries."

Deuteronomy 4:40  "Thou shall keep therefore His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever."

Deuteronomy 11:26,27  "Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;  A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day."

Isaiah 1:19  "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:"

Mark 3:35  "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."

John 7:17  "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."

John 14:23  "Jesus answered and said unto him, 'If a man love Me, he will keep My words; and My Father will love Him,  and we will come unto him and make our abode with him."

God has so many promises to those who obey Him.  We do slip and fall, not on purpose but it is our sinful nature that causes this, but, we can jump right up from our all and confess our fall and repent of it and we are forgiven and go right on accepting His promises by faith to those who believe.  Are you a believer?  I think you are or you wouldn't be reading this.  Grandma Joan


Friday, February 17, 2017

Promises to the Liberal Giver

I knew a person who was willing to rob someone of their profit, to gain for themselves more money.
Selfishness is a sin, but we will catch that one later.  I want to show you some promises for those who are willing to forgo profit gains for themselves and give to others who are in need.

Psalm 41:1  "Blessed is he that considers the poor: The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble."

Provers 3:9  "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and the first fruits of all thine increase."

Proverbs 3:10  "So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."

Proverbs 11:25 "The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that waters shall be watered also himself"

Isaiah 58:10  "And if thou draw out they soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday."

Luke 6:38  "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

2 Corinthians 9:7  "Every man according to the purpose in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity : for God loveth a cheerful giver."

These promises are for you who love to give and I am sure that many of you have received from God these promises and could relate your experience of giving.  We should never give grudgingly or because we think we have to because God loves to have us do it cheerfully.  We need to honor the Lord with our giving, don't you think.  I am sure that we will be blessed when we consider the poor. Grandma Joan