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Why Take A Stand? A brief study.

Take-A-Stand

So here is the bible study I mentioned in my post Confidence for those of you who were unable to open the file I uploaded. The title says it all, and this image was just perfect. This study doesn’t just explain that as Christians we should take a stand, it also explores why and how.  Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This works well for personal study time, but may be more profitable in a group setting. I highly encourage doing this brief study with a friend for the maximum benefit. Maybe meet over coffee??

 

Taking a Stand: Why and How?

Daniel chapter 1; 2:1-23 & 28-30; 3:10-30. Hebrews 12:1-2; Isaiah 61:10; 1 Peter 1:3-7; and Jude 24-25.

Daniel 1: 1-5

  • What do you think King Nebuchadnezzar’s plan was in verses 3-5?
  • Why do you think he chose to shape and mold the “good-looking” youths of Israel?
  • How is this similar to how the secular world in our time functions today? (think Media, music, school…)

Daniel 1:6-17

  • What was Daniel determined not to do, and how do you think it relates to the King’s plan?
  • Daniel remained firm in his convictions, as did his friends, what was their reward? (15-17)

Daniel 1:18-21

  • In light of the gifts God had given the four young men, and of the decision the king had made, how do you think God planned to overrule the king’s agenda?
  • What’s one reason why, according to the preceding passages, we should remain firm in our faith?

Daniel 2:1-13

  • What was King Nebuchadnezzar’s problem, and how did the wisemen answer him?
  • What is the conviction of the king in verse 9, and why do you think its important?
  • How did the king respond to the wisemen and enchanters’ reply in verse 10? In what ways is this the perfect set-up for God to reveal himself?

Daniel 2:14-23

  • How did God answer Daniel’s prayers?
  • Do you think God intentionally planned to reveal himself to the king of Babylon this way?
  • What does Daniel say about God in verses 20-23, and why does he praise Him?

*As you read on through the rest of the chapter, Daniel approaches the king and tells him both the dream and its meaning. *

  • In verses 28-30, what does Daniel reveal to the king about God?
  • Why did God allow the king to have the dream, and have Daniel interpret it?
  • According to all we’ve read so far, why do you think its important for us to stand in our faith in Christ, even in a polytheistic, atheistic, and anti-theistic culture?

**Application question: Daniel was determined to remain firm in God, and setup boundaries in his life that kept him from losing his grip on God. How can we learn from Daniel’s example and begin to see the seriousness of the state of the world? What boundaries do we need to setup in our lives as American citizens today? What boundaries do you need to setup to remain firm in your faith in Jesus considering the temptations and pressures you face daily? **

Daniel 3: 10-18

  • What were the circumstances Daniel’s friends were faced with, and how did they respond?
  • Why?

(verses 19-30)

  • How were the three men rewarded for their faith?
  • How did their firm conviction affect the king, and the kingdom, of Babylon?
  • Why is it important to remain in Christ when faced with opposition and persecution?

**Application Question: Mishael, Azariah, and Hananiah were all very close friends and encouraged each other to continue on in their faith in God, even though they were a minority. What friendships do you have that help you stand firm in your faith? What friendships do you have that distract you from your faith? How can you be a friend who encourages others in their faith? **

Hebrews 12:1-3

  • According to these verses, what is the race and what trips us up as we run?
  • Where should our focus be on this endurance race?

Isaiah 61:10; 1 Peter 1:3-7; Jude 24-25

  • According to these passages, why should we keep our focus on Jesus and not be held down by sin?

**Application Question: How can you remain firm in the Gospel, and accurately represent Christ, when faced with the reality of your own personal sin-nature, and what step do you need to take today to make that happen? **

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Remember the Cross

I logged into Facebook today and scrolled through posts and happened upon one my friend Brian posted sometime last night. I wanted to share both His post, and my response because its something we truly need to be reminded of all the time everyday: the cross where Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, poured out His love for us.

Brian Posted:

“by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him (Colossians 2:14-15).”

During a crucifixion the crime of the one being crucified was placed above the criminal. However, when Christ was crucified, God was not pouring out His wrath on Christ because of the sign that said “King of the Jews.” Rather, God’s wrath was poured out on Christ because my certificate of debt was placed above Christ. When He said “It is finished” all the certificates of His people were nailed to the cross and every ounce of debt and punishment was exhausted. On the cross when God looked at Christ he saw me and my sin, so now when He looks at me He sees Christ and His righteousness.

I responded:

“I love how God has reminded me all this month that my true identity, that His love for me, that everything I don’t deserve but receive from Him freely all goes back to the cross. He’s been reminding me that there’s never a time when I just suddenly switch places back with Him and now I’m being condemned, but rather, each and every time I fall into sin, or I get tangled up in lies and wander off the path somehow, when I call on His name and give those things to Him I’m meeting Him at the cross and He’s taking my place again and again. Though He died once and for all (literally!) that sacrifice is continuous. He constantly bears our shame, and we are constantly clothed in His Salvation and robed in His righteousness (Isaiah 61:10), receiving a love that we, by all rights, should never know, and receiving blessings that we could never work for. I am grateful forever for His love and sacrifice, and its only because of His great love that I can even know and understand the sacrifice He made for me. I love my Saviour, but He loves me more. ^^”

So why am I sharing with you this conversation? Because God has shown me that the only way to find my true Identity is in Him, and the only way to truly understand His great love is to know and grow in understanding of His sacrifice for us at the Cross.

So here is my prayer for you today, that you will revisit the Cross today, reflecting back on your life as you do so allow the Spirit of God to transform the way you see yourself, your life, and your saviour. I challenge you guys to think of it like this: The life you now live is Christ’s life, and the death that Jesus died was your death. I pray that as you allow this true to permeate your very being that God will have transformed not just the way you see yourself and your relationship with Him, but that your very existence and the way you live will have been transformed.

And I pray all of this in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

 

P.S watch this video! 

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His Faithless Servants

Good morning/afternoon/night everyone! How are you?

So earlier this morning I was resting in the Lord and spending time with Him in the word reading  Jesus Calling which touched on an interesting concept which I was going to talk about here, but as I was getting out of the shower I thought about the three servants in Matthew and immediately I knew this is what God wants to say to you guys (and to me especially) this morning.

I am really overwhelmed by this message. I have never really thought of this parable in such a way before, and as I’m typing this up I just keep thinking, “God you’re so awesome!” and , “What!?” and “Wooooooow!!!!” so profound!

The Parable I am referring to is found in Matthew 25:14-30 and I shall post it here for you, but I highly encourage you to prayerfully look it over in your own time with Him.

14“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.15He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16“The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
19“After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
21“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
22“The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
23“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
24“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
26“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
28“Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25: 14-30 NLT)
Okay, so the servant we’ll be focusing on is the third; the one who was given very little.
What do you guys make of him? What do you think his thoughts were when he saw the other servants given so much, and he himself was given soooo little in comparison?
I personally believe he felt small, insignificant; I think he was afraid. Perhaps he looked to the servant who had a lot and could do a lot with it and felt inadequate in his abilities. Perhaps he looked at this tiny bit he was given and felt his master didn’t trust him with it. He was afraid to do anything with it because of that fear; he was afraid he would lose it and he didn’t have a way of getting it back if he did.
Now let’s compare these feelings with how we treat the responsibilities God has given each of us. I want to highlight for you verse 15 specifically the part that says “dividing it in proportion to their abilities.” I think we need to understand that God has blessed us all with gifts to be used for His purposes “in proportion to our abilities.” Yet, how often do we look at that awesome missionary who can go up to anyone without fear and boldly proclaim the Gospel, or who can shamelessly stand before a massive crowd and share their faith and testimony? 
How often do we then look our abilities and feel as if they pale in comparison? How often do we even sometimes feel embarrassed to stand next to that charismatic believer who’s witnessing to the worker at Subway while she’s making his sandwich?
What’s wrong with this?
The problem is that we’re focusing on the “little” that we can see in ourselves and comparing it to the “multitudes” that we see in others, but we fail to realise that we were given gifts “in proportion to our abilities.” What does this mean? Let’s check out verse 18.

“But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.”

So we see how the servant responded to his fear: he did absolutely nothing!
Let’s think back to when we were in grade school and we had that awesome friend who was “seemingly” great at everything! They were sporty, friendly, compassionate, popular, and they didn’t have reduced or free lunch! How awesome was it to be their friend? Yet how much did looking at them weigh us down? How often did we think of ourselves as “less than” and just felt like it wasn’t worth it to even try to be good, because they would always be better?
Or how about when all of your friends are in dating relationships but you’re still single? Or if you’re married but you see your friend’s marriage and think to yourself how you wish your marriage was like theirs? Or, my personal favourite, if you’re a student and you’re struggling with studies, but your roommate never studies and passes everything with ease? How frustrating life is when you focus on them! You think, “How come I have to work harder?” or “How come no one wants to date me? Everyone loves so-and-so!! Nobody notices me!” or “How come my spouse doesn’t do that for me, or say stuff like that to me?”
If we keep up with this way of thinking we find ourselves eventually getting to the point where we’re “done.” Where, “there’s no point in even trying,” so we either don’t do anything at all, or we perform poorly. This is exactly where the servant was, and his response was to do nothing. He had fallen, as we so often do, to the lie that “what we do doesn’t matter, because we’ll never be like so-and-so,” and we lose sight of the point that God doesn’t want us to be so-and-so, He wants us, to be us.
Let’s look at the exchange between the third servant and the Master starting in verse 24:
“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you did not plant and gathering crops you did not cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look here is your money back.’
But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ (vs. 24-27)
Wow. Can you imagine how that servant feels? 
He was weighed down with fear, broken and lost in that darkness to the point of giving up and doing nothing, but in his mind he felt the safest thing to do was nothing. What a shock for him when his master comes home and he returns what the master gave declaring “I did nothing with what you gave me because I was afraid,” and  hearing his master respond with, “you wicked and lazy servant!”
Lets look back on those times where we’ve fallen victim to that fear and decided to “do nothing” or to perform less than the set standard. Can you imagine if Jesus came back shortly after, and we’re still stuck in that fear, and we say to Him: “Lord, I did not use the gifts you have given me for the sake of your kingdom for the benefit of others, because I was afraid that I wouldn’t do a good job. I was afraid I wouldn’t be as good as the missionary next door, or Matt Chandler, or Paul. I was afraid I would mess it up, but I kept it safe for you. Here it is.”
And to hear Him respond: “You wicked and lazy servant!”
Would this not be devastating? You would be in shock wouldn’t you? “wicked! Lazy!? I was afraid Lord. I didn’t want to mess up. How was I wicked?” Would you not ask that? But here we see, the master asks the servant a question that I think most people gloss over and don’t dive too deeply with, in fact, I myself did not get it until this morning after the shower, and even more so as I type this up for you guys. (God is awesome…just saying.)
Look at verse 27:
“Why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.”
What makes the servant wicked and lazy?
Well there’s the obvious, he fell into sin–he gave into fear and worshiped fear as his master. This is what led to his laziness; he did nothing, not even the least he could do to benefit his master. He did absolutely nothing because he was a faithless servant.
When I used to look at this story before–it may have been just last year actually–I always believed that if the servant had done everything he could and lost it all and explained that to his master, his master wouldn’t have cast him out because he had little faith, and yea he was scared, but he was obedient. He did exactly what his master told him to do, even though it did not yield the results he was expecting.
This is how God is with us. He knows what we’re capable of, so when he go out in obedience, even if we don’t bring in the harvest we were hoping for, God rewards our obedience. This is what He truly wants: for us to step out in faith and loving obedience.
This is not what the servant did; sometime this is not what we do. I know I’ve struggled with fear for a very long time both before and after Christ became real and personal to me, and I can tell you fear can be crippling. We become “wicked and lazy servants” when we fail to trust in the Lord through that fear–choosing to have faith in God, rather than bowing down and worshiping fear as our god. In these moments, we are not performing in the way God expects us to, because we are not stepping out in faith.
The master did not want his servant to compare his performance with the performance of the other servants, or to gauge his skill set to the skill set of his other servants. The master wanted the servant to obey his command based on the skill set he knew his servant possessed.
I firmly believe, that the master gave very little to the third servant, not because he did not trust the servant with much, but because he wanted the servant to grow in his skill set, to become aware of his abilities and learn how to best use them for his master’s benefit. He didn’t give the servant a lot because he did not want to overwhelm his servant, he didn’t want to give to his servant a burden he could not carry, and he trusted his servant to be faithful, to even make mistakes, but in the end to learn from those mistakes so that he could do better next time.
This is what I believe God does for us too.
When I first came to Christ in 2011 I had no idea what my skill sets were or how He was going to use me, and now in 2013, I still don’t know! I have discovered little things about myself that I never knew or noticed had He not used someone to point them out to me. He has blessed me with many gifts and talents, most of which I am not yet aware of, others I have not yet learned how to use for His glory.
But there are those which He has addressed and is helping me grow in now. I have free time, so earlier this year He put it on my heart to use that free time to clean Epoch (the building we fellowship in) on Wednesdays (sometimes other days).
He removed the hold the enemy had over me in regards to using my musical talents, and now I have piano lessons with my friend and music director at Epoch.
I could have selfishly, or fearfully, held on to those lies and refused to allow God to use them for His purposes, but I really wanted to be free of them, but more importantly I desired to do what He put on my heart to do–that’s called obedience, and this is what God wants.
Now I still have no idea how to use this for His glory, and I’m still learning and growing musically, but as long as I am obedient to Him, and as long as you’re obedient to Him, and as long as we’re obedient to Him, He will reveal to me, to you, to us, how he will use us and the gifts He’s blessed us with for His glory and our good.
Which brings me to the next point He put on my heart to share.
Once again let’s look at verse 27:
“why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least then I could have gotten some interest on it.”
What do you think of when you hear the word “bank?”
Usually we think of a “safe” place, a “trusted” place, a place where we can “save” things, or “grow” as we save it.
When money is placed into a bank, it is protected from thieves, and you don’t have to worry about losing it, or spending it where it doesn’t belong.
Think about that for a second in regards to this parable.
The third servant, even though he was afraid, even though he wasn’t very sure of himself nor of his abilities, could have saved the money in the bank. As its accruing interest, he would have had the freedom to go to the first servant and ask for investment tips, and how to do it wisely. He could have gone to the second servant and asked what the best jobs were, so that he could double the money that way, and advice on saving his earnings. All the while, the money in the bank is slowly growing and being kept safe while he’s growing in knowledge and skill.
Suppose for a second that he asked the first servant for advice after depositing his money in the bank. Let’s say he went to trainings and seminars on proper investment strategies, or perhaps enrolled in a 3 month program that instructed him on such things. After those three months, that servant will have more than a bag of silver, he probably has two bags, or maybe a bag and a half. He could then take some of the extras and invest it in a wine bottling company (’cause who doesn’t need wine?) leaving the original amount in the bank to keep it safe.
So now he has money safe and growing in the bank, and an investment in wine which will surely grow faster than grape vines. Let’s then say he was afraid of making another investment, so he goes to the second servant and asks for help with the dos and don’ts of working a job.
The second servant leads him to a 6 month training that discussions everything from writing resumes to what not to say at an interview. They even have limited internship opportunities. So 6 months goes by and the money in the bank has tripled, and the investment has doubled and now he’s working and saving his earnings.
I’m not sure about you, but I think the master would be very pleased with his servant indeed!
So what does this mean for us?
Well, let’s look at the words we used to describe a bank: safe, trusted, grow.
What place do we know of as believers that is safe, that is trusted, that encourages growth? Ding-ding! You got it! The body of Christ: His church!
The church is our bank! If we are too afraid to witness to the people out in the world, then we should conquer this fear by “depositing” our gifts into our spiritual bank: we should start small and safe and serve within the body of Christ whom we fellowship with every week. By doing this, we will grow, we will meet those who either do what we like, do what we hope to do, or both!
When that happens, we should serve alongside those who do what we like, and partner with those who do what we hope to do so that we can grow in the gift set that God has blessed us with while helping others who have similar gifts that we already know we possess.
We should also look for small things we can do in our building, and small outreach opportunities that come up, especially in the summer. Many followers have VBS (vacation bible school) for little ones and middle school-age kids, and countless other things.
As we learn and grow and do this God will equip us to be faithful and obedient to Him in other areas. What’s more, as we ‘deposit’ ourselves into the bank of Christ, we are protected from thieves–we wont be so easily lost in lies, or shaken because we’ll know on whom and what we stand on; truth. We will not be so easily lost, nor worry about getting caught up in things we don’t belong in.
I am convinced that we sometimes feel when God says “Go here and do this” we respond immediately, yet neglect to really do what He called us to out of fear. So we start of strong, but then we slowly begin to shrink back. In these times is when we “go to the bank” and look within our church and see who has the resources we need to grow.
There’s nothing wrong with being afraid, that’s human to recognize our limits; what separates a “faithless” servant from a “faithful” one is how we respond to fear.
Are we going to do nothing as we wait for the Lord’s promised and very near return, or are we going to at least seek to get  some interest on the gifts He has given us.
The least we can do is encourage, but the worst we can do is nothing.
My prayer today (especially for me) is for all of us to learn what it means to be a faithful servant, to trust in our God that He has fully equipped us to do the work He has called us to do: be His witnesses. I also pray that we will seek to grow in Him and in these gifts by tagging along with those who are doing what we know He put on our hearts to do. I also pray that we will, at the very least, encourage and assist those we see and know we can help.
Our faith may be small, but that doesn’t mean we can’t step out in obedience to Him.
I leave you with a final thought:
“But Samuel replied,
‘What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.’ ” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
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To my God and the friends that He’s blessed me with

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when the earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”–psalm 46: 1-2

How beautifully God illustrated this verse for me yesterday and today as well during this interesting time in my life. I’m so thankful for Him and how his love for me is displayed in my interactions with people, in His strength that poured through me by his Spirit’s leading allowing me to continue to reach out to the world around me and remember that I’m not the only one with problems and others need a hug too. His love for me was displayed through my friends, the old and the new, who have prayed for me and my family and have sent me much encouragement.

I’m grateful to Him for his love and strength, for his kindness and understanding. For being my refuge and my comfort zone, and for being the center of all my relationships both inside and outside the church.

I love all of you so much. Thank you for your kindness and for allowing God’s love to pour through you. I’m so grateful to have and to know all of you, and so blessed to be able to fellowship with you. I pray God will continue to be the center of our relationship, and that I can be just as much of a blessing to you as you have for me.

Love you guys,
~Angelique ^^

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Be strong and Courageous!

My friend Noelle bought me a devotional that I really wanted called “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Today these are the scriptures that stood out to me as I was reading:

Paul talking about the thorn in his flesh and how he asked God to take it away;

“Each time he said,
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”– 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NLT

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” –James 1:2-3

So awesome to be reminded that at the end of suffering come great joy, and that this suffering will not last long. It’s a wonderful reminder that even when people judge me, or look down on me because of my circumstances, God’s glory shines through my weaknesses. He has humbled me so that I may not boast of anything except what He has done, and through my weaknesses He will bring to shame those who consider themselves strong.

If you are suffering, if you are weak and broken, if others are looking down on you and are making you feel worthless because your lifestyle is different from the world’s and/or because you lack the things most people seem to take for granted, please find hope in these words:

“Remember, dear brothers, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”–1 Corinthians 1:26-29

The world IS going to oppose us, but remember that God is FOR us and WITH us!

“This is my commandment–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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Psalm 37

So, as I mentioned before in my latest blog post I’ve decided to quit pursuing the Army and to instead grow in the church family here and become a full-time missionary for Christ. I’m super excited about that, I have peace with this decision, and I know that this is the right path for me. ^^ But I have had some trouble within myself and I’ve had a hard time sleeping for the past two nights. Last night I was flipping through my journal and I found an entry where I wrote down This scripture:

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:23&24

I read this and felt reassured that God is with me, He will guide me through all the steps I must take to pursue this path. Even though I don’t know what lay ahead, nothing is surprising to the Lord. He knows where I must go, and He knows where I’m coming from. He knows all of my needs, and what’s better is that He is right here, leading me by the hand! ^^ I’m super excited and relieved to know that I’m not expected to know and understand everything, but that I do know the One who does and I’m so grateful to know Him and to be able to walk with Him.

I pray that you will be greatly encouraged by this scripture! ^^

~Angelique

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God-Confidence

Last night, as I was feeling pretty discouraged because I blew it once more (I yelled and cursed at my friend–and felt terrible–because I have been so out of it and preoccupied in my mind.) I returned home from what I hoped would be a relaxing day (and would have been really nice if I had been in a better place, spiritually) and wrote in my journal, then read some encouraging posts from my friends.

After that, I found one post by my friend Jessie who quoted a verse from Psalm 37. “Delight yourself in the Lord, an He will give you your heart’s desires.” (v. 4)

At those words I thought to myself…I should read Psalm 37, it seems like the sort of encouragement that i needed. So, I did, and I thought it would be a good idea to post it here as it sort of connected with my post yesterday. But before I do….

Today as I logged in, I saw that a sister whose blog I’d commented on had replied to that comment and I read something interesting that really goes hand-in-hand with the WORD I want to share with you all today (and what I need to soak into my own spirit). She said this,

“I tell people that they don’t need more self-confidence. What we need is more God-confidence.”

When I saw that, I said to myself, this is sooo true! I’ve been praying for this all week–that I would learn how to trust the Lord, not just in familiar circumstances and past battles fought, but in EVERY situation! So, now I shall share some Words with you today that i pray will inspire you and help you to also trust the Lord, and to trust in Him. ^.^

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” ~Psalm 37:23-24

“Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.”~ (v. 34)

“The Lord directs the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.”~ (vs. 39-40)

I pray for the Lord to help us all understand, soak in, and truly believe with all that we are in these words. I don’t know what you’re going through, what you believe, nor what your struggles are, but I guarantee you that Jesus is the answer all the time! So, let’s put our hope in Him, and have faith that He is everlasting, He is righteous and true, and that He will never abandon us, nor put us in a helpless situation! ^-^

I’m feeling a little better already, how about you?