God is called by many names. He is the Lord our Healer, our Provider, our Banner, and our Righteousness. He also promises to be our deliverer. In this troubled world that may very well be what we need Him to be most often.
But there are many believers who never experience God’s mighty delivering power because, instead of walking closely with Him day by day, they wait until danger strikes to call upon Him. That just doesn’t work. If you want God to rescue you in the bad times, you have to fellowship with Him in the good times. Why? Because God responds to faith. Our faith, not our need, is what causes Him to act on our behalf. And we’ll never be able to develop that kind of faith, that kind of trust and confidence in Him, if we don’t spend enough time with Him to get to know Him.
1 John 3:20-22 tells us that we have confidence toward God when we do the things that are pleasing in His sight. If we only serve God half-heartedly, then we will not have confidence in Him to deliver us from trouble. When danger surrounds us, instead of being filled with faith, we’ll find ourselves paralyzed with fear.
Love and serve God with your whole heart. Walk closely with Him in good times. Then, when you need Him to be your Deliverer, you’ll know without doubt you can trust Him to care for you!
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. Psalms 91:14, 15
Something I read today…..
Quote…”There’s a subtle strategy Satan uses to take control of our lives. The Bible calls it “lasciviousness” and it means “to have no restraint.”
Lasciviousness has been preached as being extreme immorality, but it doesn’t start out that way. It begins with just a few seemingly innocent thoughts. Then those thoughts grow and grow until they begin to produce serious sin.
One afternoon as a nine-year-old boy, for example, I just yielded to the desire to curse. I knew better, but I did it anyway. I had a relative who was so good at West Texas cussin’ that I thought he invented it. I was intrigued and I wanted to try it.
When I let go of all restraint and began to say those curse words, something evil moved in on my thinking that seriously affected me for some 20 years. A law was set in motion. As a result, my flesh gradually became boss over my entire being.” unquote…
My, my!!! How easy it is to fall into the trap of Satan. We know what is right. We know what we should and should not do. But we allow Satan to take us through doors that we’ve never walked before, doing things that we’ve never done before. Really, we were too afraid to do some of the things because a fear of God was in us.
Oh Zion! We MUST “watch and pray lest we enter into temptation,” and succumb to the temptation, and yet call ourselves people of God. We MUST repent from where we have fallen.
YES God loves us! YES God is merciful! YES God forgives! But any parent gets tired and has to chastise their child at some point. None of us want to fall into the hands of an angry God.
He whom the Son has set free are free indeed. In this new year, settle in your heart, once and for all, that you will diligently walk in the liberty wherein our Lord Jesus has made you free. Be determined to not let anything (family, finances, relationships, jobs, old habits, emotional turmoil, drugs, alcohol) to cause you to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Don’t allow anything to take you back in to that which God has brought you out of! He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. YOU ARE FREE! YOU ARE FREE! YOU ARE FREE!
Words spoken do hurt, and hurts deeply, especially coming from someone who says I LOVE YOU! They may never say it to you, but it’s tearing them up inside. This is a true saying according to scripture, “you will reap what you sow.”
(Something I read this morning)…Do you know what God wants you to do more than anything else today? He wants you to fellowship with Him. He wants you to walk with Him and talk with Him. To discuss the things of life with Him. He wants you to draw near to Him and partake of His very nature.
So many of us get so caught up in striving to please God in the things we do that we forget our first and highest calling is just to be in fellowship with Him.
That’s right. God longs for us just to want to be with Him.
Have you ever considered how much it would mean for you to just come to God and say, “Father, I didn’t really come today to get anything. I’ve prayed about my needs already and your word says they are met according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. So, I just came to be with you. If you have anything you’d like to tell me, I’m ready to listen, and I want you to know that whatever I see in your word, I’ll do it. I’ll put it into effect in my life.”
Why don’t you tell that to God today? He’s waiting to have fellowship with you.
God misses His time with you.