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“…and comfort them.”

17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. 18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them. Psalms 10:17‭-‬18 NLT

The cries of the helpless are not missed by God.

The Lord speaks clearly in His Word about His care, especially those who are in extreme need.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
Psalms 146:8‭-‬9 NKJV

We too can find comfort in God through Jesus Christ.

His salvation brings even the most desperate hope.

Luke 4:18-19 KJV — The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus was reading from the book of Isaiah and pronounced that He was the one who Isaiah was writing about.

Luke 4:21 NKJV — And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Sadly, those listening didn’t understand and were greatly angered by Jesus’s claim, but His life bore witness to Who He was and His resurrection bares witness to what He said.

For those who accept the truth of Jesus and the hope in salvation, there’s no greater comfort.

He made it clear, His comfort is to be shared.

Matthew 28:19 NKJV — “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

His gift of hope is a comfort to all who put their trust in Him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your salvation. Thank You for the truth of Your Word and the hope we have through Your sacrifice. Lord, we easily become distracted by the cares of this world, the expectations of others, the lusts of the flesh. Please help us to remain steadfast upon Your truth, Your love, and to live in obedience to Your commands. Lord, in Your Word is life. Please help us to both find peace and rest, comfort for our souls in You, as well as pass on that comfort to others. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.

…may God settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 NKJV — But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

For the follower of Christ there will be suffering.

If Jesus Christ was persecuted, we too will be.

But just as the Lord knows what is best and how to use what the enemy means for evil to our benefit, we can cling to the truth that Jesus will settle us.

He will use the tribulations of this fallen world to perfect our faith, establish His truth, and strengthen our hearts in Him.

He will guide, direct, teach, exhort, and hone those who remain diligent in following Him.

And some day, He will settle us in our home.

John 14:2-4NKJV — “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Be encouraged follower!

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV — For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your promises. Thank You for salvation. Lord, truly, there is no greater joy than to know one’s soul is safe with You. Lord, so many things in this life are temporary, thank You that You never change, Your Word is always true, and Your gift of salvation is all we need. Lord, please continue to teach us, to help us to be willing to walk through any circumstance knowing You will use it for our good. Lord, please help us to be loving, gentle, kind, compassionate, and faithful. Slow to speak and able to discern the truth, wise and meek. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

October 12

Today’s prayer:

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
Psalms 20:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, I humbly come before You and request these verses, today. Lord, please teach us, grow us, guide us. Please bless us with discernment and wisdom. Lord, for those who are in great danger, please provide for their safety, please restore them to Yourself. Lord, for those trapped in captivity of one form or another, please comfort them. Bring them depth of understanding from Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Please heal the hurting and provide for the needy. Lord, please return the prodigal and save the lost. Thank You, Jesus, for all You have done and are doing. Thank You for salvation, the best and greatest gift of all. Lord, please help me to shine Your light to those around me Please use my life for Your glory. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Your name. Amen.

“Because the LORD has anointed Me…”

Isaiah 61:1 NKJV — “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”

What hope these verses hold!

To hear of the poor being brought good tidings, the brokenhearted healed, liberty given to the captives, and opening of prison for those shackled, one of these is amazing, but all of them is incredible.

And it’s true.

Luke 4:18 KJV — The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 KJV — To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The prophet Isaiah was speaking about Jesus.

Jesus, Himself, declared this and instead of rejoicing for the “acceptable year of the Lord” most were offended or simply ignored the spiritual meaning, clinging only to their temporary needs and desires.

Thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t rely on the acceptance of those who hear it.

It is truth, whether people believe it or not.

Praise God!

For these words and the hope they give are available today as much as when Jesus spoke them.

His death and Resurrection are what breaks the bonds of sin and death.

His death and Resurrection are what heals the broken-hearted.

His death and Resurrection are the good tidings.

Salvation for our souls is the best news we can ever have or ever share.

Psalm 3:8 KJV — Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Praise God!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your salvation. Lord, I am so thankful for the truth of Your Word. Thank You that we can find the solution to all that is wrong with the human race in You. Through You we find our value. Through Your Word we find instruction for living. Through Your gift we find hope of eternity in heaven. Through Your Holy Spirit we have a Comforter for this present day. Through Your Word we find confident expectation that some day, You will return and set all things right. Thank You! I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

A Father’s love

Isaiah 12:1 NKJV — And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV — Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ”

Isaiah 12:3 NKJV — Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 12:4 NKJV — And in that day you will say: “Praise the LORD, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted.

Isaiah 12:5 NKJV — Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.

Isaiah 12:6 NKJV — Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

God is our perfect heavenly father and his love for us is incredible.

The person speaking to the LORD begins with the acknowledgement that God was angry with them.

For what parent wants to see their child harm each other or themselves?

When we sin, we are choosing to harm both, and it doesn’t please the Lord.

But the words don’t end there:

…”Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.”

Through Jesus’s gift, we can have salvation:

“‘Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'”

And it’s this understanding which ignites praise, worship, and sharing:

“Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your love. Thank You that You are a good father and You didn’t leave us when we chose to sin, but instead You made a way for us to be saved. Lord, I don’t want to sin against You, nor do I want to fall into sin by ignorance or carelessness. Please help me to “draw water From the wells of salvation” with joy daily. Truly understanding Your will for each day and walking humbly in Your Word. Thank You so much for Your gift of salvation! I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.

Six things…

“These six things the Lord hates,

Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look,

A lying tongue,

Hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans,

Feet that are swift in running to evil,

A false witness who speaks lies,

And one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16‭-‬19 NKJV

Taken together or individually, these seven abominations are weighty indeed.

One might dodge a few of these, but can anyone say they’ve never lied?

What about “a proud look”?

When one meditates upon God and His goodness, it’s little wonder these things are an abomination to Him.

Each of these causes pain, strife, broken relationships, or evil of some form.

God is good, holy, just, loving, kind, merciful, full of grace and forgiveness.

He created this world without sin and it was very good.

But when sin entered, it began to mar His beautiful creation.

His faithfulness is incredible.

Through His sacrifice on the cross we can find freedom from sin and because of His resurrection from the tomb can we find freedom from death.

We have the opportunity to choose life through Christ and freedom from living in ways God finds abominable.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV — Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for showing us what You find abominable. Lord, help us to despise those things You despise, that we might not harm ourselves or others. Lord, please help us to be humble and honest, that we realize we are capable of sin like everyone else and that because of Your great mercy and grace we can choose life eternal in You. Lord, each of us is a work in progress. Our hearts, minds, and souls need to be washed by Your Word. We need to be redeemed by Your truth. Lord, please teach us how to love like You do, to be willing to die daily. Please let my life be Yours, entirely. Amen.

God’s Word is truth

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.

At the foot of the cross

Frequently, I experience very vivid dreams.

Since the Bible tells of more than one person having a dream God used in their life, I always try to pray about my dreams and ask the Lord if there’s anything to learn from them.

Last night I had a dream.

I was in church with many loved ones when a circumstance caused a part of the roof to give way and a fire suddenly erupted from another area.

Chaos ensued and I was very upset.

I wanted to help others, but couldn’t.

I’d been very close to the roof collapsing and had fallen, hurt.

Smoke from the building was making it difficult to breathe.

I rolled over, crying, trying to figure out what to do when I saw it.

I’d landed at the foot of the cross.

It was a very large wall decoration, the kind that are hollow on the inside with lights.

It was already lit, but as I looked at it, in the midst of the chaos, it grew brighter and brighter.

I remember thinking, “There’s a reason I’m at the foot of the cross.”

I stopped feeling scared and panicked.

I started praying.

And everything got better.

When I woke this morning I prayed.

Placing the people my heart has been burden for at the foot of the cross.

Today, I will continue to pray for those dear people around the world who are experiencing fear, devastation, and chaos.

That they too might find peace at the foot of the cross.

1 Peter 5:6-11 NKJV — Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word! Thank You for Your truth which makes clear the chaos. Lord, thank You for showing me that I can always find comfort at the foot of the cross, because death and suffering is not the end, You rose from the dead! You saved us from sin and death and You are preparing a place in heaven. Praise You, Jesus! Nothing on earth compares to that. Thank You that You give us exactly what we need to walk through each circumstance. Please continue to sustain and supply all the needs of our dear brothers and sisters around the world. Thank You, Jesus. I praise Your holy name! To You be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Choosing joy

There’s choices each day.

So many, at times they can feel overwhelming.

One of those choices we all make each day, sometimes minute by minute, is what we choose to do.

What we think on, what we meditate on, what we listen to, what we read, all are choices.

These choices either build our faith or tear it down.

When faced with uncertainty, tragedy, and pain we have a choice.

Despair or trust.

Will we praise God through the current circumstances or will we complain about the havock?

Throughout history we see God using the things Satan meant for evil and turning it to good.

As followers of Christ, we need to choose to find joy in Him, even in the midst of incredible pain.

For we can choose joy even while we suffer.

Acts 5:41 KJV — And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

Yes, there will be trials and tribulations.

Yes, we will struggle, suffer, and experience tragedy.

No, it won’t last forever, because Jesus promises eternal life in Paradise.

And thus, we can choose joy.

Not a false pretense of faking it.

Not denying the fear or hurt or loss we are experiencing, but in those things choosing to cling to Jesus.

Choosing to praise Him for He is worthy.

Choosing to find hope and joy in life eternal.

It’s not easy, nor is it popular.

Yet God’s Word is truth and in it we find our example:

Luke 23:34 KJV — Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Romans 5:8 NKJV — But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

In God’s Word we have the answer.

Romans 5:3-5 NKJV — And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 8:28 NKJV — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

In His promises we can find joy.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for life eternal in You because You sacrificed Your life on the cross. Thank You for showing us how to handle tragedy, fear, and pain. Please continue to guide and direct us as we walk daily with You. Lord, let our hearts be full of Your Word and our lives settled securely in Your truth. For this is not our home, that awaits us in heaven. Praise You, Lord Jesus! Amen!

In the middle

The last several days have been unusual for us.

Our daughter and son-in-law had a combined birthday party for our grandchildren.

Bubba turned one last week and Faye turned two in April.

It was a blessing to be able to join in their outdoor celebration.

The following day we had planned on picking up some furniture for Anne.

It was a Craigslist post. After prayer and family discussion, Anne felt she should buy the settee, rocker, and a chair.

They are all Eastlake Victorian furniture and we were happy to go get them for her.

She’s down with Grandma and hasn’t gotten to see them yet, but I know she’s going to be pleased.

In the midst of this venture to bless our daughter we got to see how God was blessing some strangers.

The couple were selling these items to help pay for their needs.

The husband had under gone back surgery three months ago and still was obviously in a great deal of pain.

They talked about all the things they were doing to make ends meet.

The furniture had been given them by an old couple who’d had it from their parents.

They’d specifically given them the furniture to sell and help them with their living expenses.

It blessed my heart to hear how God was meeting their needs in unusual ways.

I told her we’d be praying for her husband and she made sure to let me know they’d pray for my mom’s foot surgery. (I had mentioned her in explaining why Anne wasn’t with us.)

My heart was so thankful to God that this purchase was a win-win and He allowed us to be in the middle of it all.

While the furniture sits in our living room, I have an every day reminder to pray and praise.

Prayer for this couple and God’s continued provision, healing, direction, and relationship.

Prayer for others who are suffering or going through a difficult time.

Prayer for Anne and Grandma, and the road ahead.

Praise to God for His faithfulness, His provision, His wonderful works.

Philippians 4:19 KJV — But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Jesus supplied our need at Calvary and it’s truly worth praising Him for continually!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your faithfulness. Thank You for salvation. Lord, thank You for allowing us to be in the middle of You blessing others. Lord, thank You for using something small to remind me of how great You are. Your faithfulness is incredible. Your salvation is awesome, the most incredible gift ever. Lord, please continue to reach those who have yet to know You, that they might be saved and added to the flock. Lord, thank You for the wonderful ways You reach others. Thank You for Your love! May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.