Surrender to God

The most famous chapter in the Bible is the 23rd Psalms. It speaks of the Lord taking care of us even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He feeds us even in captivity and promises goodness and mercy. A good example of this is found in today’s verses.

Jeremiah 52:33, 34, “Therefore Jehoiachin changed his prison garments and continually ate meals before him all the days of his life. For his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him by the king of Babylon, every day a portion all the days of his life until the day of his death.” Modern English Version

We read of two kings today:

  1. Jehoiachin spent time in prison, but eventually was, not only free, he ate at the king’s table and got an allowance, Jer. 52:31-34.
  2. Zedekiah watched sons killed, they put out his eyes, he was bound in shackles, carried off to Babylon, and forced to grind mill in prison for the rest of his life, Jer. 52:10, 11.

I wondered why they had such different outcomes. I went back and reread 2 Kings 24 & 25, and found the answer.

  1. Jehoiachin surrendered to the King of Babylon, 2 Kings 24:12.
  2. Zedekiah fled from the King of Babylon, 2 Kings 25:4.

When something is holding us captive, (health, unemployment, etc), we have two choices: run from God because of our circumstances, or surrender to God and trust that He has plans for our good.

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You Can’t Depend On a Great Leader

Psalms 146:3, 4, “You can’t depend on anyone, not even a great leader. Once they die and are buried, that will be the end of all their plans.”

I pray Psalms 91 over the soldiers overseas. On my list right now are Brian, Ron and the 248th. They are depending on their leaders to bring them safely home. But leaders are not infallible, and we are trusting God to protect them.

It is a mistake to look to our leaders to take care of us. We need to keep our eyes on God because he is the one who puts leaders, (good and bad), into positions of authority.

Only God can keep us safe and meet our needs.

Protection When Disaster Comes

“The death toll in Iowa from Sunday’s storm has climbed to two after a woman died from injuries suffered after the collapse of a barn…” The Des Moines Register, April 29, 2014

“Employees of a Mount Pleasant plant found out Thursday that they no longer had a job…” KCRG.com, May 15, 2014

The first disaster happened a half an hour west of us, the second a half an hour east. Disasters will come, but God doesn’t abandon us.

Jeremiah 15:11, “Then the Lord replied, ‘I promise to protect you, and when disaster comes, even your enemies will beg you for help.'”

 

Refresh Your LIfe With His Love

“Dear Diary,

It was too hot to swim sleep last night…The Prednisone wakes me up after four hours. I took Benadryl, hoping to sleep longer. I was still ready to go after four hours…except my eyelids…they rolled up at four a.m. I was ready for a nap when Bethany and Olivia arrived at six. She is recovering from surgery. I wanted to keep her hydrated. I filled Olivia’s sippy cup, screwed the lid on, and then handed it to Bethany to drink…Bubble bath at seven p.m. Whitney Went to bed.”

Yesterday I started weaning off of Prednisone…today a storm rolled in. The change in barometric pressure brought sinus pressure. For a fleeting second, I thought I might be getting sick….

…and then I read today’s verses.

Zephaniah 3:12, 13, “But I, the Lord, won’t destroy any of your people who are truly humble and turn to me for safety.”

Zephaniah 3:15-18, “…Your Lord is King of Israel and stands at your side; you don’t have to worry about any more troubles. The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love. The Lord has promised: Your sorrow has ended, and you can celebrate.”

God Has Got This!

It’s 5:00 a.m. and the peanut butter cookies are cooling. My daughter-in-law is having surgery today and these are her favorites. I meant to bake them yesterday, but it warmed up outside. I waited to do it in the cool of the morning.

I decided to read my Bible while they cooled and I was encouraged with many verses in these chapters. God knew about the surgery and it was in His plan for me to read these chapters today.

Isaiah 34:3, 4, “Here is a message for all who are weak, trembling, and worried: ‘Cheer up! Don’t be afraid. Your God is coming to punish your enemies. God will take revenge on them and rescue you.'”

Isaiah 40:1, “Our God has said: ‘Encourage my people! Give them comfort.'”

Isaiah 40: 11, “The Lord cares for his nation, just as shepherds care for their flocks. He carries the lambs in his arms, while gently leading the mother sheep.”

Isaiah 40:28, 29, “Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured. The Lord gives strength to those who are weary.”

Isaiah 40:31, “But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.

Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.”

Isaiah 41:13, “I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

I think I will go take a nap before my grand-daughter arrives. That little lamb and I will be painting, playing with Play-Doh, playing the piano, cooking homemade marina, dressing up, playing with Barbie Dolls. Her aunt will be taking her to play in the park and Pa is planing on taking her to the library tomorrow. We won’t even worry about mommy because we know, “God has got this!”

 

God Will Make a Way

2 Chronicles 22:11, “But Jehosheba rescued Joash son of Ahaziah just as the others were about to be murdered. Jehosheba, who was Jehoram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s half-sister, was married to Jehoida the priest. So she was able to hide her nephew Joash and his personal servant in a bedroom in the Lord’s temple where he was safe from Athaliah.”

As a princess, Jehosheba was allowed into the palace where the women and children lived. Very few were allowed access to those rooms.

As the wife of the priest, she was allowed into the private rooms of the priests in the temple. Only the priests and their families were allowed access to those rooms.

We all have areas of influence where others do not have access. We need to be ready should God need us to make a way for someone else.

“God Will Make a Way” – Don Moen

No Such Thing as a Hopeless Situation

In many western movies you will see people arrive at a dry riverbed and if they dug a hole, they sometimes found water.

2 Kings 3:16, “The Lord says that this dry riverbed will be filled with water.”

“Or to dig holes everywhere in this riverbed.” CEV Bible Notes

When the Israelites and Edomites dug holes in the riverbed it left shallow places where water coming downstream could pool. It was those pools of water that the King of Moab mistook for pools of blood in the early morning light.

“Mighty To Save” – Hillsong

I THOUGHT I WAS SAFE

My eyes kept watering at home group last night. I’m sure my friend’s thought I was upset with my husband because we just started a Jimmy Evans Series on marriage.

That wasn’t the problem at all!

I cleaned the main floor for the first time in three weeks. The dust was off of the furniture, but vacuuming puts it in the air.

I planned on cleaning the basement level today, but when I woke up with red, swollen eyes and hives on my face, my husband nixed that idea.

I thought my home was a fortress from pollen; but it cannot protect me from dust.

David rescued the people of Keilah and may have felt he had found a fortress for his now 600 followers, (1 Samuel 23:13).

It was a walled city with gates that could be locked, (1 Samuel 23:7).

He had plenty of food because he captured all the cattle of the Philistine army, (1 Samuel 23:5).

He didn’t rely on his fortress; he asked God what to do, (1 Samuel 23:9).

Psalms 62:1, 2, “Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe and the fortress where I am secure.”

God told David that Saul would come and the people of Keilah would turn him over to Saul, (1 Samuel 23:12). The next verse said he got out of there fast!

David relied on direction from God and people thought he was tricky, (1 Samuel 23:22). God kept him one step ahead of Saul, (1 Samuel 23:26).

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I Love You, Oh Lord

(Robyn Lyle)


I love You oh Lord, my strength
My fortress, my stronghold forever
The Rock of salvation, my only foundation
When the world all around me moves on

I love You oh Lord, my strength
My fortress, my stronghold forever
The Rock of salvation, my only foundation
I trust in Your holy name, oh Lord
I trust in Your holy name
(Repeat)
I love You, oh Lord
I love You Lord

 

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November 23, 2013

Yesterday I went to the deployment ceremony for the newest member of our family, a nephew, Brian. Three months ago we drove the two hours for his wedding.

We were privileged to have dinner with his family and my sisters and mother. Before I left, I gave him a hug and told him I would pray today’s verse over him.

Numbers 31:49, “They told [him], Your servants have counted the warriors under our command, and not one man of us is missing.”

I explained that I have prayed this verse, and Psalms 91, over 28 soldiers and an entire unit. Not one of them were killed and they did not suffer a serious injury. That included soldiers on their second and third deployments.

His sister said, “You must be lucky.”

I replied, “No, it is God.”

God honors His Word.

Godspeed 248th.

“Forever Reign” One Sonic Society

 

 

September 19, 2013

My mother stopped by today and she told me of having lunch with my niece, Rachel. She said Rachel was enjoying her dream job which includes travel.

I told Mom, my dream job would not include travel!

Today I read of Ezra returning to Jerusalem. his trip was not a vacation.

Ezra 8:31, “We left the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month to go to Jerusalem; and the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the enemy and those who lay in wait by the way.”

“Computing from the time of their setting out to the period of their arrival, they occupied about four months on the way…But for a large body, composed as that of Ezra – some thousands of men, women, and children, unaccustomed to travel, undisciplined in order, and without military strength, and with so large an amount of treasure tempting the cupidity of the marauding, plundering tribes of the desert – to accomplish a journey so long and so arduous in perfect safety, is one of the most astonishing events recorded in history. Nothing but the vigilant care of a superintending Providence could have brought them securely to their destination.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

“Awesome is the Lord Most High” by Christ Tomlin