Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
O Lord, you have been our protector through all generations! Even before the mountains came into existence, or you brought the world into being, you were the eternal God. Psalm 90.1-2
It is hard for me to grasp how immense and awesome God is. My mind has difficulty capturing the unlimited extent of his power. Moses, the author of this psalm, wrote that God existed before the world was created. I read in Revelation 1.4 that he (God) who is, and who was, and who is still to come. God has always existed and will always exist. He is eternal. His spoken word created the universe and everything in it from nothing, Genesis 1. His spoken word! That is power! His power has brought the dead back to life. He raised Jesus from the dead and has promised to raise me from the dead. That same power abides in me. Nothing can separate me from the love that he has for me and he gives complete victory to me through Jesus. Paul wrote in Romans 8.37-39 that nothing can separate me from his love. That is, nothing but myself. Paul wrote to the Ephesians in 3.20 that he is able to do more than I can think or imagine. Do you want to know the most incredible thing of all? He wants to have a relationship with me. Little, unimportant me. He wants me to know him. Now that brings hope and joy to the heart!
#risingjoy #Psalms #God
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
How lovely is the place where you live, O Lord who rules over all! I desperately want to be in the courts of the Lord’s temple. My heart and my entire being shout for joy to the living God. Even the birds find a home there, and the swallow builds a nest where she can protect her young near your altars, O Lord who rules over all, my king and my God. Psalm 84.1-3
The Temple for the Jews was the place where God lived among the people. The Jews would travel from afar to the Temple to make their sacrifices and celebrate their feasts. The verses above express their desire and joy to be there. Today the temple of God is not a physical location. In Ephesians 2.19-22 we read that the saints in Christ are being built together into a dwelling place of God. The church is the dwelling place of God today. The church is not a physical building. It is a spiritual building where the saints abide in Christ and where God is present. I need to ask myself if I have the same desire and joy to be present in the church as the Jews had to be in the Temple. If not, why not? So often we do not show the same joy of being in the presence of God. Perhaps that is because we are focusing more on the other people who are there instead of focusing on God. The church is where God’s presence dwells today. May you and I feel the same joy today in his presence!
#risingjoy #Psalms #God
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The everlasting God is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms; he has driven out enemies before you, and has said, “Destroy!” Deuteronomy 33.27
Deuteronomy is Moses’ repetition of the law. The Israelites are on the verge of entering the land that God promised to Abraham. Moses will not enter the land. Joshua will lead the people. The words above are some of the last words that Moses will speak to the people. He wants them to remember this as they go in to conquer the land. God is everlasting. He is always there and he will not leave. He is a refuge, a safe place where we can abide without fear. We are held in his eternal arms where nothing can harm us. He will protect us. The same holds true today. As long as we are walking in the light in obedience to his word found in the Bible, God is our refuge and strength. Let us be careful to remain in this refuge. For just as the Israelites sinned and were eventually sent into captivity, I can remove myself from God’s love and grace. The joy of having God as my refuge compels me to move forward sharing this news with others.
#risingjoy #Deuteronomy #God
See below the original. Here’s my revision of it. See the difference?
Each new day is a gift from God. Today I will open the day slowly, like a present that’s wrapped in hours. I will be open to what my Lord offers me. The Spirit comes to greet me like an old friend each morning. My daily habits in the Word and in prayer comfort and ground me. The thought of moving into my day pleases me. Life unfolds one second at a time and today I will be present to witness it. How much of my life do I let pass by unnoticed? How many of my feelings go unfelt? Today I will recognize that my time on earth is limited. I choose to value my life a day at a time and embrace it while I have it. I choose to be nothing more, nothing less than a servant who glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel.
I am open to God.
Each new day is a gift. Today I will open the day slowly, like a present that’s wrapped in hours. I will be open to what my world offers me. The world comes to greet me like an old friend each morning. My daily habits comfort and ground me. The thought of moving into my day pleases me. Life unfolds one second at a time and today I will be present to witness it. How much of my life do I let pass by unnoticed? How many of my feelings go unfelt? Today I will recognize that my time on earth is limited. I choose to value my life a day at a time and embrace it while I have it.
I am open to life.
– Tian Dayton PhD
#time #today #God #grace
Here’s a little 3×5 card that puts the gospel squarely (or rectangularly) centered in God and his activity.
#gospel #God #salvation
“And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
1 Peter 5.10
The Worldwide English version translates “God of all grace” as “God gives all blessings.” All that is good comes from God and is found in Christ.
Suffering brings us to the God of all grace. We find in him our “fount of every blessing.” We obey and are faithful, but the work of saving and establishing is his.
#votd #1-Peter #God
“Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, or that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'”
Moses offered several excuses to God to avoid the responsibility of leading Israel out of Egypt. One was his unimportance. The answer: Who is God? He would be with Moses, v. 12.
When God calls, do not look to self, but to his empowering presence. No one is qualified, but all are called. Christ says, “I will be with you” Mt 28.20.
#votd #Exodus #God
“‘Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?’ the Lord asks. ‘Do you not know that I am everywhere?’ the Lord asks.”
Can God see me? If he sees, does he care? If he cares, will he do anything about it? Won’t he forgive any wrong? Man thinks all sorts of wrong things about God.
What wrong things do I think about God? What Bible truths do I neglect, forget, or twist? How do I justify my sin?
#votd #God #Jeremiah #sin
“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.”
Bildad was right. He and his friends said many correct things, but they had some bad applications to their friend Job. Here, he is spot on.
Does God occupy my vision of existence? Does he establish order in my life, as he does in the heights of heaven? Do I regard him with awe?
#votd #Job #God
“I am the Lord, the God of all humankind. There is, indeed, nothing too difficult for me.”
As the walls of Jerusalem are about to fall, God gives a promise that normality will return to Israel. He punishes and restores.
God can save anyone who is willing. His word is powerful. Our faith ought to be robust. The sovereign Lord does what is humanly impossible. How we need his presence!
#votd #Jeremiah #God
“God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a human being, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen?”
For all his perfidy, Balaam understood this and insisted with Balak: One must be careful to speak only what the Lord has put in one’s mouth, v. 12. For God will do exactly as he says he will do.
Humans often say one thing and do another, be it parents, children, friends, or work associates. In what area do we pretend that God will not do as he reveals?
#votd #Numbers #God
New lessons on this topic are in the Old Paths Archive. Sadly, some of our young people are turning away from God and into immorality. Pray with me that this lesson will be helpful to some.
What is the truth about God?
Wat is de waarheid over God?
May the Lord bless you.
#God #truth #audio
If you’re in the Chillicothe area, come join us for the gospel meeting Sunday, Sep 30, through Wednesday, Oct 3. The theme I’ll be developing is “The Divine Initiative.” Topics include:
Word of God — hear, believe, obey
Glory of God — repent
Son of God — confess
Salvation of God — be immersed
Family of God — serve, love
In each lesson, we’ll see what God has done and how we ought to respond to his loving actions.
Thanks to Ron Thomas for the invitation and opportunity to share these wonderful truths.
#gospel-meeting #evangelism #God
“Are not my days few? Cease, then, and leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort, …”
Job attributed his sufferings to God. In this chapter he has questions for the Creator. He thinks if God will leave him alone, he might find some comfort. But it is God who protects him.
We may not suffer like Job, but we have questions and also attribute to God what he is not responsible for. God always desires and works for our good. Faith understands this.
#votd #Job #God
“God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.”
Psalm 121.3 CEB
In this pilgrimage psalm, God not only protects, but he is protector, i.e., his nature and work is to look over his people. He is “the one who guards.”
This verse may be a prayer, based upon the truth of God’s protectiveness. We may be sure of him. Let us be sure to seek him.
#votd #Psalms #God