Having God for my Rock Equals . . .

Psalms 62:1-2
Truly my soul waiteth upon God:
from him cometh my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
he is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.

Just reading these words this morning brought peace and assurance to my heart.
I cam depend on the Rock, Christ Jesus.
He is unmovable and always listen for my cry.

Clarke’s Commentary gives this thought:
Having God for my rock – strong fortified place,
for my salvation – continual safety,
and my defense – my elevated tower,
which places me out of the reach of my enemies;
I shall not be greatly moved –
I may be shaken, but cannot be cast down.

Can I hear an AMEN?

Rest on your rock, Today.

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In Times Like These . . .Yet I Will Rejoice

Our fig tree, taken January, 2011

I am so thankful for hope and confidence in a Living Lord.
Many times our way looks bleak and with little to inspire hope.
But we are not looking to our way for our assurance,
but to the God who directs our steps,
one step, one pause at a time.

Habakkuk 3:17-18
Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines;
the labour of the olive shall fail,
and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Habakkuk saw that evil was at hand, and unavoidable,
he submitted to the dispensation of God,
whose Spirit enabled him to paint it
in all its calamitous circumstances.
He knew that God was merciful and gracious.
He trusted to his promise,
though all appearances were against its fulfillment;
for he knew that the word of Jehovah could not fail,
and therefore his confidence is unshaken.
Clarke’s Commentary

God is Concerned with My Cares

Volunteer Zinnias since the Farmer wasn’t here to plant them.

Ephesians 4:32
And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

The many troubles in your household
will tend to your edification,
if you strive to bear them all
in gentleness, patience, and kindness.
Keep this ever before you,
and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes
are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations,
watching whether you take them as He would desire.
Offer up all such occasions to Him,
and if sometimes you are put out,
and give way to impatience,
do not be discouraged,
but make haste to regain your lost composure.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.

Casting all your care – Your anxiety, your distracting care, on him, for he careth for you, for he meddles or concerns himself, with the things that interest you. Clarke’s Commentary

I’ll cast my cares on Him . . . Today

Are We Without Excuse?

Niagara Falls, June, 2017

 

And that which fell among thorns are they,
which, when they have heard,
go forth, and are choked with cares,
and riches and pleasures of this life,
and bring no fruit to perfection.
Luke 8:14

Anything allowed in the heart
which is contrary to the will of God,
let it seem ever so insignificant,
or be ever so deeply hidden,
will cause us to fall before our enemies.
Any root of bitterness cherished towards another,
any self-seeking, any harsh judgments indulged in,
any slackness in obeying the voice of the Lord,
any doubtful habits or surroundings,
any one of these things will effectually cripple
and paralyze our spiritual life.

I believe our blessed Guide,
the indwelling Holy Spirit,
is always secretly discovering these things to us
by continual little twinges and pangs of conscience,
so that we are left without excuse.
H. W. SMITH.

Today’s Thought – Let Love Shine

 

John 13:34.
A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another;
as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another.

 

Let love through all my conduct shine,
An image fair, though faint, of Thine;
Thus let me His disciple prove,
Who came to manifest Thy love.
Simon Browne.

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus ? . . . Today

 

Today’s Thought – Our Great Helper in Prayer

Hebrews 4:14-16

Seeing then that we have a great high Priest…
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need

 

Our great Helper in prayer is the Lord Jesus Christ,
our Advocate with the Father, our Great High Priest,
whose chief ministry for us
these centuries has been intercession and prayer.
He it is who takes our imperfect petitions from our hands,
cleanses them from their defects,
corrects their faults,
and then claims their answer from His Father on His own account
and through His all-atoning merits and righteousness.

Brother, are you fainting in prayer?
Look up.
Your blessed Advocate has already claimed your answer,
and you would grieve and disappoint Him
if you were to give up the conflict in the very moment
when victory is on its way to meet you.
He has gone in for you into the inner chamber,
and already holds up your name upon the palms of His hands;
and the messenger, which is to bring you your blessing,
is now on his way,
and the Spirit is only waiting your trust
to whisper in your heart the echo of the answer from the throne,
“It is done.”
–A. B. Simpson

Lord, Help my unbelief . . .Today

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Thy Father Speaks

Psalm 46:5
God is in the midst of her;
she shall not be moved:
God shall help her,
and that right early.

O troubled soul, beneath the rod,
Thy Father speaks, be still, be still;
Learn to be silent unto God,
And let Him mould thee to His will.
O praying soul, be still, be still,
He cannot break His plighted Word;
Sink down into His blessed will,
And wait in patience on the Lord.
O waiting soul, be still, be strong,
And though He tarry, trust and wait;
Doubt not, He will not wait too long,
Fear not, He will not come too late.

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Leave That to Me

Hollyhocks

When He giveth quietness,
who then can make trouble?
Job 34:29

I’ve many a cross to take up now,
And many left behind;
But present troubles move me not,
Nor shake my quiet mind.
And what may be to-morrow’s cross
I never seek to find;
My Father says, “Leave that to me,
And keep a quiet mind.”
ANON.

None of these things move me.–Acts 20:24

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“The Furnace of Affliction.”

“I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction
Isaiah 48:10

Does not the Word come like a soft shower,
assuaging the fury of the flame?

Yes, is it not an asbestos armor,
against which the heat has no power?

Let the affliction come–God has chosen me.

Poverty, thou mayest stride in at my door;
but God is in the house already,
and He has chosen me.

Sickness, thou mayest intrude;
but I have a balsam ready–
God has chosen me.

Whatever befall me in this vale of tears,
I know that He has chosen me.

Fear not, Christian; Jesus is with thee.

In all thy fiery trials,
His presence is both thy comfort and safety.
He will never leave one
whom He has chosen for His own.

“Fear not, for I am with thee,”
is His sure word of promise
to His chosen ones
in “the furnace of affliction.”
–C. H. Spurgeon

No “Too Lates” With God

I called upon him,
but he gave me no answer
Song of Solomon 5:6

The Lord, when He hath given great faith,
hath been known to try it by long delayings.
He has suffered His servants’ voices
to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky.
They have knocked at the golden gate,
but it has remained unmovable,
as though it were rusted upon its hinges.
Like Jeremiah, they have cried,

“Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud,
that our prayer should not pass through.”

Thus have true saints continued
long in patient waiting without reply,
not because their prayers were not vehement,
nor because they were unaccepted,
but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign,
and who gives according to His own pleasure.
If it pleases Him to bid our patience exercise itself,
shall He not do as He will with His own!

No prayer is lost.
Praying breath was never spent in vain.
There is no such thing as prayer
unanswered or unnoticed by God,
and some things that we count refusals or denials
are simply delays.
–H. Bonar

When Thou Goest . . .

When thou goest,
thy way shall be opened up
before thee step by step
Proverbs 4:12, free translation

The Lord never builds a bridge of faith
except under the feet of the faith-filled traveler.
If He builds the bridge a rod ahead,
it would not be a bridge of faith.
That which is of sight is not of faith.

There is a self-opening gate
which is sometimes used in country roads.
It stands fast and firm across the road
as a traveler approaches it.
If he stops before he gets to it,
it will not open.
But if he will drive right at it,
his wagon wheels press the springs below the roadway,
and the gate swings back to let him through.
He must push right on at the closed gate,
or it will continue to be closed.

This illustrates the way to pass
every barrier on the road of duty.
Whether it is a river, a gate, or a mountain,
all the child of Jesus has to do is to go for it.
If it is a river, it will dry up
when you put your feet in its waters.
If it is a gate, it will fly open
when you are near enough to it,
and are still pushing on.
If it is a mountain,
it will be lifted up and cast into a sea
when you come squarely up, without flinching,
to where you thought it was.

Is there a great barrier across your path of duty just now?

Just go for it,
in the name of the Lord,
and it won’t be there.
–Henry Clay Trumbull

Proverbs 4:11-12 KJV
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom;
I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest,
thy steps shall not be straitened;
and when thou runnest,
thou shalt not stumble.

What Shall We Say. . . If God Be For Us?

Romans 8:31
What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us,
who can be against us?

As if he had said:
What comfort may we derive from these doctrines?
God has called us all to holiness, and to love to him,
which is the principle of holiness.
We are persecuted and despised,
it is true, and we may be more so;
but, as God has called us to love him,
and all things work together for good to them that love him;
and, as his covenant with Abraham,
while he was in his Gentile state,
shows his gracious purpose towards us Gentiles,
whom he has foreknown,
who have been objects of his gracious foreknowledge,
as well as the Jews,
and who have now the fullest proof that we were so,
by his sending us the Gospel, and showing us, in it,
that if the Israelites were to be a holy priesthood, a royal nation,
we are no less favored, as he has predestinated,
from the beginning determined,
that we should be conformed to the image of his Son,
who is to be the first-born among many brethren,
the head and chief of all converted Jews and Gentiles,
and, in order to our final salvation,
has called, invited us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
has justified those who do believe,
and has glorified, highly honored,
and adorned them with innumerable gifts and graces,
and, if they continue to possess that faith which worketh by love,
will bring them, both body and soul, to his eternal glory,
their bodies being made like unto his glorious body:
– seeing, therefore, all these things are so,
what comfort in our tribulations shall we derive from them?
– Why this:
If God be for us, who can be against us?
He who is infinitely wise
has undertaken to direct us:
He who is infinitely powerful
has undertaken to protect us:
He who is infinitely good
has undertaken to save us.
What cunning, strength, or malice,
can prevail against his wisdom, power, and goodness?
None.
Therefore we are safe who love God;
and not only shall sustain no essential damage
by the persecutions of ungodly men,
but even these things work together for our good.
Clarke’s Commentary

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Fill My Cup, Lord. . .


Fill my cup, Lord.
I hold it up to you with outstretched hands.
My heart parched and thirsty for your living water.

Fill ,my cup with your love, Lord.
Help me to feel your hands holding mine,
feel your arms around me,
feel your love empowering me.
Fill me with quietness and encouragement and trust.

Help me to live for you when trials, difficulties,
and storms hit me and those I love so deeply.
Help me not to give up when giving up seems easier.
Help me to trust you when I don’t feel like trusting anymore.

When I know pain, fill my cup with prayer.
Teach me the secrets of service and surrender.

Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up to you.
Lift me up to do your will with love and sacrifice,
Never forgetting what you sacrificed for me—
Your Son.
My Messiah.
My Lord Jesus Christ.

Help me, Lord, to accept where I am now.
Help me to know I’m not stuck forever in my circumstances.
Help me remember that the windows do open
and that fresh breezes do blow in
and that living water forever flows
and that those who ask receive.

I’m asking now, Lord.
I’m holding my cup in my hands.
And I’m asking you to fill it . . .with you.
Fill my cup with
God the Father,
God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit,

And when my cup springs a leak,
As earthen vessels are prone to do.
Then I’ll just have to ask again,
Trusting in your love
To fill me again . . .
and thanking you!
Amen
Emilie Barnes, Fill My Cup, Lord

Wherein ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season,
if need be, ye are in heaviness
through manifold temptations: T
hat the trial of your faith,
being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory
at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love;
in whom, though now ye see him not,
yet believing, ye rejoice
with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and hope to the end for the grace
that is to be brought unto you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
I Peter 1:6-9, 13

God’s ‘Love Language’ is Gifts.

We are profoundly impressed with
the unlimited resources of the God of the Bible.
He never does anything small.
When He makes an ocean
He makes it so deep
that no man can fathom it.
When He makes a mountain
He makes it so large
that no one can measure or weigh it.
When He makes flowers,
He scatters multiplied millions of them
where there is no one to admire them but Himself.
When He makes grace,
He makes it with out sides or bottom
and leaves the top off.
Instead of giving salvation with a medicine dropper,
He pours it forth like a river.

When God sets out to do a thing for us,
He does it with a prodigality of love-
prompted abundance that fairly staggers one
who reckons things by the coldly calculating standards of earth.

Whatever blessing is in our cup
it is sure to run over.
With Him the calf is always the fatted calf;
the robe is always the best robe;
the joy is unspeakable;
the peace passeth understanding;
the grace is so abundant
that the recipient has all sufficiency for all things,
and abounds to every good work
.

There is no grudging in God’s benevolence;………
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And he brought him forth abroad, and said,
Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars,
if thou be able to number them:
and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
And he believed in the LORD;
and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:5-6

Imagine God Answering Your Prayer

“NOW unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory… Ephesians 3:20-21

This is one of my favorite scriptures, ‘above all that we ask or think’. That burden you’ve been praying about, to borrow a phrase from a friend, “How Can You Imagine God Answering Your Prayer?” What is the most extreme your mind can think? What would the answer look like in “a perfect world”?

One scripture says ‘His thoughts are not our thoughts ‘ to me that means that whatever I could imagine is so much less than what God has in mind.

There is no other such piling up of words in Paul’s writings as these, “exceeding abundantly above all,” and each work is packed with infinite love and power to “do” for His praying saints. There is one limitation, “according to the power that worketh in us.” He will do just as much for us as we let Him do in us. The power that saved us, washed us with His own blood, filled us with might by His Spirit, kept us in manifold temptations, will work for us, meeting every emergency,every crisis, every circumstance, and every adversary.—The Alliance

“Unto Him be the glory…”