Psalm 119:160 NKJV — The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
What does it look like, to live in complete understanding that all of God’s Word is truth?
For this to happen, we need to be well acquainted with the entirety of scripture.
No small task.
But one worth our time.
Psalm 33:4 NKJV — For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.
When we understand what God tells us both about Himself, history, sin, and about the world we live in, our relationship grows.
Even if it’s just baby-steps of learning, when we study God’s Word, we find truth.
In these days of uncertainty and skewed perspective, truth seems more valuable than ever.
God’s truth is not only pure, it is from the best perspective, God’s.
Psalm 18:30 NKJV — As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
In the Bible we find not only truth, but salvation, security for our souls.
That’s definitely worth spending time on.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word, for the entirety of scripture. Lord, please help us to not just read it, but truly understand and grow in our relationship with You. Lord, please place Your Word into our hearts. Help us to make scripture a priority and something we find joy in, not a task, not a chore. For in Your Word we find life, truth, wisdom, and knowledge. Please continue to open our minds to Your Word and teach us what You would have us learn today. Thank You for Your Word. May we cherish the gift of Your scriptures and the love You pour out upon us daily. Amen.
Psalm 119:11 NKJV — Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Scripture is clear, there is none sinless, but Christ.
Yet, we also see a marked difference between those who choose to follow God’s Word and those who choose sin.
The Psalmist is of those who chose to follow.
It’s not that he is sinless.
Instead, it’s that he’s very aware of his sin and is diligent in guarding himself from it.
Proverbs 22:3 KJV — A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Like the Psalmist we can choose to adhere to God’s Word, following His instructions, and avoid evil.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for this verse. Lord, the longer I live, the more I realize this is a daily activity. Each day, I must hide Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Lord, please continue to teach me. Please continue to hone my heart that I might not cause pain. Lord, thank You for all You have taught me already and how gracious and merciful You are. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for life! Please continue to touch the sick and hurting, to help the helpless, to defend the fatherless, to restore the wayward, to provide for the needy, to save the lost. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
It’s been a plan for a while now, but being this close to the reality is a bit disturbing.
Mostly to my house.
Dragging things out of the closets, out of storage in totes, it out of the hutch and cabinets means stuff everywhere!
I don’t like it.
But it needs to happen.
Because to go through our stuff and move it on is both wise and generous.
It keeps us from becoming over whelmed by the “things”.
Helps us keep our priorities straight and it places items out for others.
As I’ve been going through all this stuff it’s caused me to reflect.
Going through “stuff” shouldn’t be kept to the physical, but it’s important for me to allow the Lord to do this in my heart as well.
To take time to open the closet and drawers and cabinets of my life to Him and be sure there’s nothing I’m treasuring which doesn’t belong there.
Just like the items accumulate, so can bitterness.
Even more important than cleaning out old clothes I don’t wear, is cleaning out old habits or unhealthy thoughts.
But it takes time, effort, and attention to deal with stuff, physical or internal.
I praise God for His Word.
Daily, reading, and prayer sustain the soul.
Study, teaching, and time away from the regular routine give the Lord opportunity to “deep clean”.
So, as we prepare for our yard sale, I’m praying.
I’m expectant that the Lord will use this activity.
I’m also seeking Him for a “deep cleaning” within.
Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV — “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
I want to be clean, everywhere.
John 13:8-10 NKJV — Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for reminding me how important it is to get rid of things. To let go of stuff, both inwardly and outwardly. Lord, I know You have washed me completely in Your blood and redeemed me. Lord, please continue to cleanse my heart and mind for living in a sinful world with a sinful nature means I get dirty and sometimes I don’t even notice. Lord, I don’t want to sin. I want to be set apart for You. Please continue to help me hear Your voice and walk in Your ways. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Matthew 5:7 NKJV — Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is often misunderstood or misused.
When someone is truly seeking mercy from God, they are repentant, humble, and well aware of their transgressions.
Proverbs 28:13 NKJV — He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Psalm 25:7 NKJV — Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.
Truly seeking God’s mercy equals an acceptance of one’s status of commiting acts which bring penalty.
It’s not a place where the proud go, because pride throws out any acceptance of wrong doing.
Numbers 14:18 NKJV — ‘The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’
Thus, the prideful can not receive mercy, for they refuse it.
Nehemiah 1:5 NKJV — And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,
Those who admit the truth of their sins are able to find incredible, long lasting mercy.
Daniel 9:9 NKJV — “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
Acknowledging God’s truth, walking in understanding of our just deserves, and then being freed by the gift of God brings one to praise.
1 Chronicles 16:34 NKJV — Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 13:5 NKJV — But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
Psalm 23:6 NKJV — Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Once the heart and mind have grasped the gift; the debt is paid, mercy has come, we are expected to be people of mercy.
Hosea 6:6 NKJV — For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
The Lord wants our hearts, not just our actions.
He wants us to know Him so we’ll that we live daily as He would.
Loving with understanding, not blind to the sin, but not hardened towards the sinner.
Jonah 2:8 NKJV — “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.
Love tells the truth.
Micah 6:8 NKJV — He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Zechariah 7:9 NKJV — “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.'”
When we walk in obedience and humility, not taking God’s mercy for granted, life is good.
Micah 7:18 NKJV — Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your mercy. It’s such an incredible gift and blessing. Lord, please help me never to refuse to show mercy as You have shown me so much! Lord, please continue to open my heart and mind to Your Word, that I might better understand You and what it means to walk with You daily. Lord, please soften anything in my heart where I am refusing the truth or being blind to my own sin. Please help me to repent quickly. Lord, I do not want to sin against You or others. Thank You for helping me. I love You, Jesus. Amen
Sincerely, from my heart, I hope and pray each of you had an amazing Resurrection Sunday!
It seems, that anytime we have a holiday, the days directly following feel a little less of a blessing and a little more of the work and the let down which returning to the regular routine cause.
Maybe that’s just me.
Either way, I thought I would spend a little time today sharing some encouraging verses from God’s Word.
As I was recently reminded, it is through God’s Word and the comfort of knowing that what He has spoken is true, that we can find strength for the day, no matter the circumstance.
Personally, when I’m in need of instant encouragement I normally turn to Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV
It is never failes to support, encourage, and remind me that I have a Good Shepherd and He truly cares for me.
Some of my favorite verses are in Philippians.
Philippians 4:4-7NKJV — Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Is there a more authentic peace?
Can the world offer anything which compares?
Life without anxiety is a blessing indeed.
Philippians 4:8 NKJV — Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Focusing myself upon these things brings me joy, because Jesus is all of them and in praising Him, I find other things to praise Him for.
Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Although, I battle fear and doubt more often then I would like, it has slowly decreased as my love and trust in God has grown.
Psalm 36:7 NKJV — How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
Amen! How good is God’s loving kindness!
Let each one choose to put their trust in Him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank you that Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for Your loving kindness and Your grace. Lord, thank You for all Your wonderous works! How great You are, Jesus! What a blessing to know You! Please, continue to grow me in Your ways and please continue to polish my heart. Lord, thank You for Your sacrifice: beating, death, and burial. Thank You for rising again! Amen.
It’s instruction is what we as followers should be aligned with daily.
But our flesh is often at war with what Scripture instructs and our world is not an easy place to walk out the commandments of God.
Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV — “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
Loving God seems easy enough, but add to it loving others and no one finds it easy.
1 John 4:7 NKJV — Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Loving God equals loving others, because God’s love is meant to be shared.
“But how do I love when…?”
“You don’t understand, I can’t love them because…”
“If they are not loving others, who can!?”
It’s easy to feel frustrated and confused by the experiences we find ourselves in.
Life can be complicated and living out God’s love can seem impossible at times.
Thankfully we have God’s Word.
Through it, God’s Holy Spirit teaches us how to live and how to love as He does.
In the Bible we find examples of both the right and wrong way to live and to love.
The best thing about God’s Word is that it always has something to teach us.
When we need guidance, wisdom, direction, and truth it’s there, waiting in His Word to shine His light into our hearts and lives.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, thank You for loving us right where we are. Please continue to help us learn to love You and to love others as You teach us to. Lord, I am unable to do anything without You. Please help me to walk with You today. Please help me to obey Your voice, to think upon Your truths, praise You in all things, and love as You do. Thank You for Your love, faithfulness, and grace. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.
For next week, or possibly longer, I’m going to do something different with my posts.
I’m going to take a look at some people in scripture who have had a profound impact upon my life and share with you what God has spoken to me.
Lessons and instruction can be gleaned from all types of writing from the history of Genesis to the poetry of Psalms and Proverbs to the letters of the New Testament.
It requires a teachable attitude, a heart surrendered to the Holy Spirit, and obedience.
With these truths in mind let us look to scripture for our daily measure of instruction on what a heart which holds fast, a life which clings to God looks like.
2 Kings 18:6 NKJV — For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.
This is written about King Hezekiah and when one reads of the effort he took to purge the country of idolatry, this verse is understandable.
He was very active in seeking the Lord, but not just himself, he encouraged the whole nation to do so as well.
Psalm 119:31 NKJV — I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
Our daily choice of following the Lord can be pitted and nicked by moments of sin, and thus we, like the Psalmist should return to God and His Word when we realize we’ve erred.
Romans 12:9 NKJV — Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Only through diligent instruction from the Holy Spirit and scripture can we discern the difference between good and evil, but if we are teachable we can learn to abhor evil and cling to good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV — Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Jesus told His disciples to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, because we need wisdom to avoid evil, the tricks and snares of the enemy.
Therefore we must prove all things by scripture and hold tightly to that which is of the Lord.
John 14;15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
This is a deeply personal verse that requires each individual to reflect upon their own state: “Do I love Jesus? If so, am I keeping His commandments?”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for giving us so much in Your Word. Lord thank You for the direction and guidance that we find in Scripture and through the Holy Spirit. Please, help me to hear and obey You every day, to cling to Your Word and to walk in Your truths. Lord, open my mind to learning from Your Word and impart Your truths to my heart. Let me follow You in spirit and in truth, not in a forced manner, but with love and devotion. Lord, please help me to find joy, peace, patience, and endurance in Your Word, for great is Your faithfulness. I know all I need You will supply. Thank You for the riches of wisdom You pour out of the Scriptures. Please help me to love Your laws and to understand the gift of following You. Jesus, I do love You, please help me to keep Your commandments. Thank You. Amen.
Thank You for Your faithfulness! For myself and my family, I humbly thank You. Your grace, Your mercy, Your provision, and Your truth have done so much. You have made a way in the desert. You have brought joy from sadness. You have restored that which was broken. You are sustaining us daily. Thank You! I can not say enough about all Your blessings, all Your wonderous works. You are so faithful and I can not praise You enough. Thank You. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Psalm 119:165 NKJV — Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
God’s Word is full to overflowing of encouragement.
It should be the first place we look for comfort and refuge.
Psalm 9:9 KJV — The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 57:1 NKJV — To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.
The Lord is not absent, He knows our struggles and trials.
Psalm 142:3a NKJV — When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path…
The Lord Jesus is our soul’s safety and God’s Word brings us life, direction, and shines the light of the way.
Psalm 119:105 KJV — NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
His Word is where we find strength.
Revelation 3:8 NKJV — “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”
God is faithful and His Word is true.
1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV — God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
His love is what sustains through the days of difficulty.
1 Peter 4:19 NKJV — Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
For He truly has all things in His hands and all our needs He knows.
For our very life is His creation and His gifts are continually around us.
James 1:17 NKJV — Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
And what joy we have in sharing those things He gives!
1 Peter 4:10 NKJV — As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
God is good and greatly to be praised!
Psalm 118:29 NKJV — Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all the encouragement and blessing we can find in Your Word. Lord, I am so often overwhelmed by the intricate understanding of my emotions and circumstances which lead me to scriptures which pour in comfort and healing to my soul. My very atoms are held together by Your design, I know I can trust You for the details of my day. Lord, for those who are hurting, struggling, grieving, I humbly request that You fill them with Your Word, that they might find all they need in You. Thank You for always being all I have ever needed. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.
Who has not experienced the irrational behavior of another and wondered what happened?
How long does one have to reflect before recalling the folly observed in another?
What about one’s own irrational or unreasonable behavior?
Each one of us can look backwards and see foolish choices in the past.
But how does one walk forward into wisdom?
Oftentimes, our blindness to our incorrect attitudes or ideas are brought to light by another.
Proverbs 27:17 NKJV — As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
It is vital that we remain humble and teachable.
Proverbs 14:16 NKJV — A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.
What does a wise man fear?
Proverbs 1:5-7NKJV — A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
God gives us His Word,
2 Timothy 3:16 KJV — All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
the Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 4:30 KJV — And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
and godly people to help us learn wisdom.
Proverbs 27:6 NKJV — Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
If we are only willing to hear accolades and affirmation we are missing out on the vital correction of God.
Proverbs 3:11 KJV — My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
God can correct and instruct each one through both large and small circumstances.
Thus all of life is a glorious opportunity to be polished and honed by God, growing more like Him each day.
After the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus the disciples were notably changed.
Acts 4:13 NKJV — Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
Their past folly was forgotten as these men walked forward into the path of following Christ with clear understanding of Who He is.
They were so different that even those who didn’t like the change noticed.
“A Christian should have a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ. The best biography of Jesus is His life written out in the words and actions of His people. If we were what we profess to be and should be, we would be pictures of Jesus. We would be such striking likenesses of Him, that the world wouldn’t have to examine us for hours just to say, ‘Well you were somewhat of a likeness.’ Instead when seeing us they would exclaim, ‘They’re what Jesus of Nazareth must have been like– truly good and holy people.'” Charles Spurgeon taken from Morning by Morning
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word and Your guidance. Thank You that I can look to the Bible and find how to be wise and not foolish. Lord, thank You that You have given so much and are ready and waiting to continue to polish my heart and make me more like You. Lord Jesus, that’s what I want. I want to look like You, to see the world through Your perspective and to love as You do. Lord Jesus, I’m a frail, sinful being an often choose folly instead of wisdom. Please help me to make wise choices, to listen, and to be teachable. Lord You alone are the all that I need. Thank You. Amen.