Nuggets of Truth

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3

The people of Israel would teach these truths as songs, passing them down to their children. I remember watching tv as a child and they taught the preamble to our constitution as a song. Well songs are an easy way to learn. When I had to learn it in fifth grade, I had it down. These are things to do if you wish to prosper. To help you stand strong. Hanging around certain people can be your downfall. What kind of friends do you keep?

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” Psalm 1:6

So many times I have heard people complain that God is not good. Well their ways lead to destruction not good. God warned them but they did not listen.

“Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” Psalm 2:11

God’s ways are just. His plans are right. We should listen to what he has to say. He has never lied. He always tells the truth and what to do for blessings and curses. It’s so simple but human pride can put blinders over your eyes. The further away from God, the thicker the blinders get.

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.” Psalms 3:3-4

The Lord takes good care of us. He will always be there for us. He is only a word away. Bring everything to him. He cares.

“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessings be on your people.” Psalm 3:8

He makes everything right. He is the only one who can and the only one who will.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

I love to talk with God after a long day. I bring everything to him and then I fall asleep so peacefully. When I first had my stroke sleep seldom came. I tossed and turned many nights but now I love to snuggle down in bed knowing he is watching over me.

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

FOG or the favor of God is awesome. People like me, people do nice things for me. Every good thing comes from God and he causes others to do good things for his children, too.

“Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all those who pursue me.” Psalm 7:1

As I sit reading this so many concerns flood my mind. I spend my days on my iPad to keep me busy. But so much of what we do takes money. Well as a person with no income and a lot of free time I’m concerned about being careful and responsible. My bills do have to get paid. But I can’t spend my life worrying or fretting. God has promised to give me strength in all things. I have to believe he will give me wisdom and take care of me.

“My shield is God most high, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, a God who does display his wrath every day.” Psalm 7:10

God is good and always right. He is a very righteous God but a Holy God who doesn’t tolerate sin. That has to be frustrating with all the wickedness in this world. But he is also full of love that sees beyond the evil.

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the Lord Most High..” Psalm 7:17

Oh God you are righteous, when everything around seems wrong and out of control you remain faithful and true. I will not fear for you are with me.

“And Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. …when I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them over the works of your hand; you put everything under their feet.” Psalms 8:1,3-6

Oh I just think of all he has made in this world and it is so good. All just for us. And it works so smoothly and perfectly. He gave it all to us. It was All for us. Not because he needed it or wanted it. And who are we out of the billions he created. Why, love is the only reason that makes any sense. Why mess with imperfect humans when God is perfect. He has legions of angels that serve him all the time and they aren’t messy like us. Just because we have free will. To love him of our own free will. Not because we have to, but because we want to.

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“If you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. Your beginnings, will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:6-7

That is exactly what happened because Job was a humble man. You are never far from God, no matter where you might be or what you may have done. He made you and he loves you. Come to him, he is waiting. With him comes all blessings and goodness.

“Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him, I will surely defend my ways to his face.” Job 13:15

Evan if you take me home. Where I will live eternity with you. I know you are righteous and just and I know what we have together and nothing can separate us. I am confident.

“A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” Job 14:5

We all live by an absolute and that is death. We are given so many hours on earth and then we will spend eternity somewhere. How we live our lives during that time determines where that will be. If we are ready, does it really matter when our time here is over.

“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of man he pleads with God as one pleads with a friend.” Job 16:20-21

God is the best friend I could ever have. He will never let me down and always meets my needs. I can come to him about anything.

“I know that my redeemer lives, and in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, and not another .” Job 19:25-27

One day when we close our eyes for the last time and breathe our last breaths we will open our eyes to see his face. No man can see God and live. But one day we will see him in all his glory. We will have brand new perfect bodies and no limitations and perfect wisdom. As the song claims, ‘I can only imagine?’

“Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars! Yet you say, what does God know? Does he judge through such darkness? The thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.” Job 22:12-14

Look into the heavens one night and try to imagine the one who knows every star by name and all that he has made with his hands. Nothing is hidden from his sight or from his understanding. God sees everything.

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Job 22:21

Be at peace with God, he is in control and he is good.

“If you return to the almighty, you will be restored: if you remove wickedness from your tent.” Job 22:23

Come to him.

“He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” Job 22:30

…even if you have sinned you can come to him because he loves you and made you. You are very important to him. He can make you righteous from this moment. Just ask!

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23:10-12

God knew Job and when Satan questioned God he was proud of Job and knew his heart completely. That he would not say or do anything against God. God doesn’t need to prove anything but I do believe he can be proud of what he has made that is good.

“And he said to the human race, The fear of the Lord- that is wisdom and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28

To revere and respect the Lord and to love him and his ways with your entire being, that is wisdom and understanding. The more you do that, the more he will open your eyes to his truth. The more you will see him.

“And after Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him on all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.” Job 42:10-12

After, we always need to make the first move, Job had been right in knowing who his God was. His friends thought they knew God. Man’s assumptions are seldom correct though. His friends were sure that he was in the wrong. His friends and family had abandoned him. What could they say when it did seem that God was against him. It is hard to be around those who are suffering and in pain. But when God came and showed his love for Job and turned things around everyone was his friend. Yah, he’s my brother! They were proud to know him then. Well God gave him double for his troubles. Sort of hazard pay. God always comes through and he is more then just.

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“All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly.” 2 Chronicles 15:15

God’s people would come to him and confess their sins just to go back to sinning again. But every time he forgave them just as he promised he would. Giving them a peace that comes from true repentance. It says, “I really was wrong and I really wish to do right.” But as the world gets hard we often go back into our sins. But God is always ready for us to come back to him no matter how bad we’ve been.

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

God is perfect and he is just. So when we sin we will pay the consequences. If we run back to him though, he is loving, and will take us back. As parents, I can remember grounding my kids for bad behavior but as they show true repentance, I sometimes forgot about my threats and let them slide because I loved them and wanted to see them happy.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

God is our champion. He loves his own and will fight for them. We so often let things get to us. Every trial and difficult moment we need to take right to God. The sooner the better. It may be that he’s using it to strengthen us. But he uses everything for our good and he will be with us through everything. Sometimes God will work out impossible situations that we never imagined in his own special way.

“…men went to carry off the plunder, they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and articles of value-more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect.” 2 Chronicles 20:25

In this instance God sent his angels to thwart their enemies, who actually turned on each other and annihilated themselves. And because God is a God of abundance he gave them such a great victory. They not only received the spoils of war but there was so much abundance that it took three days to collect it all.

“He sought God during the days of Zechariah who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” 2 Chronicles 26:5

So many times the Bible tells us of people who served and followed after him were blessed and successful. Proof that he is good.

Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.” 2 Chronicles 27:6

More proof!

“…he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.” 2 Chronicles 31:21

More proof!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him. With him is only the arm of the flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us fight our battles.” 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

If God be for us who can be against us. We may have enemies but who is greater than our God. Can anyone beat him? I know who I want on my side.

“Who of all the gods of these nations that my predecessors has destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god save you from my hand?” 2 Chronicles 32:14

This just boggles my mind. How the Israelites kept turning to false gods even after the one true God did so much for them. Even the people fighting against them knew God was fighting for them and they didn’t stand a chance. But they still sought false gods. Hoping.

“And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.” 2 Chronicles 32:31

God wins in the end. The bad guy loses and all is right.

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“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourself this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

God had proven himself to Joshua and he wanted to convince the others but it was their choice. They could see God was good and all that he had done for them but would they serve him?

“It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nation’s through which we traveled.” Joshua 24:17

The people said it themselves. God did it all for us. But would they serve him? They were a stiffnecked people.

“Lord the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.” 2 Chronicles 6:14

One thing is true. God does keep his promises. When he says something it can be trusted. It may not be in our time frame but it is always on time and the perfect time.

“Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple? People will answer, because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them-that is why he brought all this disaster on them.” 2 Chronicles 7:22

We bring so much trouble onto ourselves and yet we quickly blame God. God is always good and just. His ways we just can’t fathom because he knows the beginning from the end.

“The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2

The more you seek him, the more he will be revealed to you. I heard someone explain that to me in regards to children. The dad is being chased by his kids round and round but just before they give up he let’s them catch him. Because that love brings so much joy. He just wants them to earnestly seek him. Or have you ever played hide and seek with kids? While they count you hide but not very hidden so they won’t give up too easily.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

God will reward us when we try. He loves us and he loves to give us good things. People who don’t know God think of him as a taskmaster. But since they don’t know him they will never know how much you do for someone you truly love, just because you love them.

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“Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 6:18

He’s promised to do everything for our best, always. We should want to do the next right and good thing because it truly is for our best.

“And if we are careful to obey all of this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” Deuteronomy 6:25

Doing the right thing leads to our righteousness. One thing at a time, little by little.

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9

If we do our part, he will always take care of us. Even if we don’t, he is faithful he continues to love us and take care of us.

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” Deuteronomy 30:15

Right here God lays it all out. Do you want good in your life? Well here is the answer. Want to be prosperous? God tells us how.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this book of the law on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9

God laid it all out for Joshua. First he encouraged him, then he told him just what to do to be successful. He then tells him how to go about it. Taking over Moses job was a daunting task. Especially at his age. But God gave him the strength of a young man. Then he explained that this was a command. If this people were going to go forward and defeat their enemies they would have to follow instructions. He even told him why. Because I am with you always! You are not doing this alone.

“They said to Joshua, “the Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting with fear because of us.” Joshua 2:24

God is a God who fights our battles. He has a history of faithfulness. He also has an actual recorded history. These are facts that actually happened. The people were terrified of God’s chosen people. They had heard all the stories of what had happened and they were worried.

“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself of its enemies, as it is written in the book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.” Joshua 10:24

This is another amazing story. I’m sure it can be proven by astronomers. The sun stopped! It stayed daytime till all their enemies were defeated. That didn’t just happen. It never happened before or since. God is good to have on your side.

“Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Joshua 10:25

Joshua encouraged the people the same way he was encouraged. It was God who was fighting for them and he would be with them just as he is with us. Whatever you are fighting today God is ready to takeover. He will win.

“Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho , the citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorite’s, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Gergashites, Hivites, and Jebusites. But I gave them into your hand.” Joshua 24:11

They were up against strong and valiant enemies who fought. Every town fought them but it was a loosing battle and they knew it. They knew of this God. News traveled fast even 2000 years ago. If God was so well known why did everyone worship other Gods?? God brought them into this good land and he fought for them. It was not their strength it was God’s. They inhabited homes and lands that God gave them. Crops they didn’t plant and many good things were given to them.

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“Then the Lord said to Moses,”I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.” Exodus 16:4

His provision is provided but he had a million whining people to take care of. He has storehouses of supplies and fed them each day miraculously with bread from heaven and even meat. There were no stores, or crops and the animals they had were required for sacrificing. Everything they needed was up to him. Their clothes and shoes did not wear out. They always had enough.

“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna till they came to the border of Canaan.” Exodus 16:35

For forty years he took care of over a million people and they thrived and grew in numbers. I like camping out and I did it for years with my family but there was so much to pack and then to clean up when we were done. But they had what they could carry on their backs and that was enough.

“Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys my laws will live by them. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5

There was only one request from God. To love and obey. Is that too much to ask for all he provides?

“Your threshing will continue till grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue till planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” Leviticus 26:5

When they came into their special land God continued to provide. He made sure that from harvest to harvest there was plenty. They were blessed.

“You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.” Leviticus 26:10

Your enemies will run from you. They won’t be a problem for you. I will take care of it.

“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.” Leviticus 26:9

I’m giving you everything and making you successful also. Wow!

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with your whole soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

If you screw up, and you will, don’t give up. I will still be there. Come running back.

Acknowledge and take to heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” Deuteronomy 4:39

God has proven himself time and time again. Make him Lord today.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

Give him the love and respect he deserves.

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God made heaven and earth and everything that ever was and will be in them. Everything we could ever need or desire. And it was very good. He is perfect, could he do any less. I am amazed at all the unique and intricate plants and animals. I believe God was excited to create them. The gorgeous environments and magnificent scenery.

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘be fruitful and increase in number’; Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28

He was so happy to have people to love and he wanted more. Everything was just for them. He thought of everything that we could enjoy. It was theirs to rule over and nurture. Nothing was too good for them.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning-the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31

It had to be perfect and everything we could ever desire was thought of. At times I just sit and ponder the things in my surroundings, which isn’t much, but each thing has so much pleasure and memories attached. Pictures of my family and special things from people I love. Simple things like my clock. How God created seasons and time to come and go.

“I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, that brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:7

If he could just have a special people all his own he would do everything for them and they would love him and obey him out of gratitude. But we are selfish and wicked. We don’t deserve anything but that doesn’t stop him. He still wants that special people to do everything for.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

“I will do it. I am willing to do the hard work for you. I just want your love, says the God.

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

We really need to realize just what we have. He is everything and he does everything and he promises a future because he is our ultimate salvation through his son.

“Who is like you- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:11

The more you get to know him the larger he becomes in your eyes. Just like a jumbo jet is tiny when you look up at it 30,000 miles away. But stand beside it, it is massive. Draw closer to God and see just how big he gets.

“The Lord reigns for ever and ever.” Exodus 15:18

This is the reason I am at peace. Bottom line is that God does have us all in the palm of his hand and he is always working. His will, will be done.

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“As for me; I will always have hope, I will praise you more and more.” Psalms 71:14

The more I praise you the better life is and the more I want to praise you God.

“Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.” Psalms 119:43

I pray in the mornings and proclaim many things he has promised in his word . I will rejoice in the Lord always, for the Lord is Jehovah Jirah my provider and I have everything I need, and Jehovah Rapha by his stripes I am healed , and the Lord is my strength . The Lord keeps in perfect peace those whose minds stay on him. The more I say it the more I believe it.

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalms 119:114

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalms 147:11

The Lord is perfect and deserves my respect and admiration. He will never disappoint me or anyone. Once you get that into your head you will realize how the fear of the Lord brings peace not fear.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that in order that you will know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” Ephesians 1:18

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27

“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” 1 Thessalonians 2:19&20

He is all mighty, all wise, patient, merciful, full of grace, always with us everywhere and everything all at the same time. And he offers all to us who believe in him. Nothing can compare.

“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

We can guard our hearts and our minds, just reminding ourselves what our faith will do for us.

“so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7

I am an heir with Jesus and all he gets I get. That is amazing, but God is my dad by adoption and he loves me just as much. This family will live together forever. I like to watch princess movies where some forlorn girl becomes royalty and lives happily ever after with her Prince. Well we get to look forward to that same forever after and it will be even better.

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

Jesus was raised to life and is now in heaven at the right hand of God. Now I can know for sure that when I die I will be raised to life with him in heaven forever. I can totally rest in my God knowing that nothing can separate me from him. One day I will be with him forever.

All those who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” 1 John 3:3

All we need to get to heaven is faith. To believe that he meant what he said, that we could come to him and he would forgive everything. No limitations. Once we believe we are purified and God sees us just as our King, Jesus, perfect.

“For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

It is hard at times not knowing what the future holds for me. I do have good people taking care of me and so far I can do most things for myself as far as keeping busy and basic needs. My body needs help getting up, showered, and dressed. Will I get worse? I can’t stand anymore and my feet and ankles are bent pretty bad. I know I will decline as I age. But God will take care of me.

“My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.” Isaiah 51:5

Justice is difficult to describe, but God is very just and will eventually bring punishment to those who deserve it. He will make all right.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

It is hard to wait for things we need and want and this can bring angst. But when good finally does come we rejoice in God who is so faithful.

“May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.” Psalms 25:21

When I spend my time doing things that are good, following his commands and his example it does bring rewards. It brings joy, peace, and blessings. His ways work and are always worth it.

“For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” Psalms 37:9

When we get to heaven there will be no evil, and wicked people, those who have been forgiven and are free from past mistakes. We are totally new creatures. We will be perfect in our perfect home.

“Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed you will see it.” Psalms 37:34

One day we will be rewarded for all of our efforts to serve patiently. Those who have not done God’s will and have lived evil lives will have to face his wrath.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalms 39:7

The Lord knows just what I need. I have learned that he will provide even if there is not much I have control over. Lately because of illness the people doing my laundry have been running behind getting my clothes back. I joked with caregivers that I would have to go naked tomorrow because I had no more pants. Well bright and early they came in with a stack of clothes. Just in time. Thanks God.

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalms 42:5

I wake up each day with hope and expectation, I didn’t always but I can think of a million reasons to choose joy and not sadness or anger. The biggest one is that I only want good so I choose joy. It never causes regret or anxious thoughts.

“For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” Psalms 52:9

Coming together as a common people to worship and learn more about God with people who believe the same way is so important. We hold each other up. Community, us and God. A threefold strand will stand strong.

You are so good to me and you have given me awesome daughters that always make sure I have everything I could need and want. Thanks!

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” Psalms 65:5

You are always working and you are always good and that will never change.

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HOPE

“In his name the nation’s will put their hope.” Matthew 12:21

Jesus is definitely something we can put our hope in. He has offered himself as the pure and spotless lamb. He died for the sins we have committed. We were lost and hopeless but he has given us hope.

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job 11:18

Now we can rest in him. He has done the work, and he is continually working. Each day he is already ahead of us. Everything is perfectly prepared for our brand new day. Divine appointments are set up for us to meet and enjoy just who he has put in our path. Everything is for our best. We need to make the very best of this new day.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

He has given us the power and strength we need for today. He gives us words for speaking life. His spirit will guide and direct us as we trust in him. Something we really need badly is his spirit. Just as Jesus told his disciples to eagerly wait for his spirit to come and fill them with power. They continually met praying, praising and singing until it came. Now when we believe and accept Jesus as our savior we receive a portion of his spirit, but we need more to give us the strength and endurance we will need to, not give up. We should greatly desire spiritual gifts.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Joy is something you choose. Just like choosing sadness or defeat. Make joy a choice you make in the morning the minute you open your eyes. God has given you this brand new day just by waking you up. Go and make it the best day you can.

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

Notice how many times you see the word WILL in these verses. God knew how important hope is to everyone. He is showing us that it is not just possible, but guaranteed. If you will search for him you will be guaranteed to find joy and peace . So many promises our ours if we just trust in him. Don’t just trust but rest in that trust and see it happening.

“But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:25

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all, who hopes for what they already have.” Romans 8:24

Hope is a strange thing. When we need something or want something we anticipate it, sometimes the longer we have to wait the more exciting it is when it does happen. Hope helps you wait because even when tough times come you know that good will come too.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts thru the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5

When we have the hope of Jesus in our lives we want others to know it too. Others may not believe us but we can hold securely to that hope because Jesus will never let us down. One day all will know the truth.

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God”. Romans 5:2

So when you boast, boast in the one who is worthy. Share him with all you got.

“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” Hebrews 6:18

History has proven so much of the Bible. Historical facts are provable. Beyond that, the Bible has proven true based on thousands of prophecies that have come to pass in the exact detail, and these words prove themselves true. His promises never fail.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for him who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

When I was young, my grandfather a Baptist minister, told me the Bible was completely true and could be believed. The more I believed and did what it said, the better my life got. I could see God working.