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WHERE IS MY CONFIDENCE?

Posted on April 18, 2020 at 3:15 AM


                                                                        


Trust in the Lord. Oh God I remember trust as a small child. I loved playing in the woods behind our house with our friends. It was great fun. . . until the morning I awoke to  a strange noise. A tractor was pushing down all the trees! I ran downstairs and told my mom, "Call dad quick they are pushing down all our trees!! He can make them stop." I knew this cuz, my dad could do anything. Well, sad to say, He was not God and only God could stop the developers. But trust is a force that can cause miracles to happen, when the trust is in God.

BTW We turned the new construction houses into a - playground.;)


So as we face an unsettling reality today, we have choices to make. We can be afraid that we will catch the virus and die, or a loved one will, or that the economy will crash ~ and then what will happen? So many fearful posssibilities can be ahead, and all are out of our control!

Fear comes crashing in the door. We can run away and hide, or we can successfully fight it with faith. Indeed, we can trust God and all the promises in His Word. He is faithful to carry out His promises, if we believe. Yes the choice is ours. WE can live in peace knowing this was no surprise to God, and He has a plan for us, and because He loves us, it is a good plan.



Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

Lord I was allowing the enemy’s negatives to get me down! Thank You for sending Pat! Father I am not going to act like a weakling. You indwell me! You, the God, Creator of the universe, live inside of me. Hello, God. Before You I bow down.

 

8. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

 

Holy Spirit, You know me inside and out and You still love me.   Then He surprised me by speaking into my spirit:

‘Mary I have loved you from the moment I breathed life into your spirit in that special place before you were born.’

 

Then I found in Jeremiah 5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument],   And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]


How good that makes me feel. I do not always get a direct word from Him, but it seems when I really need it, He confirms me as His own. We serve a marvelous, loving Lord!

 

Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People    A Song.

God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],                                                         
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.

Yes Lord, you have always been faithful!! Today is no exception!


2 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
 And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,
 3 
Though its waters roar and foam,
 Though the mountains tremble at its roaring.Selah.                                                                                           


4 
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
                                                     The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

This is where our focus must be!




5 
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
  God will help her when the morning dawns. Every day begins with a morning, a newness, a fresh space to see and walk in!


6 
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
 He raised His voice, the earth melted.   
7 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower]. Selah.


Yes, He is the Lord of hosts, greater than any nation, evil, and disease!                             Nothing is impossible for Him, and in His love for us, we have His protection and faithfulness in His promises.


8 
Come, behold the works of the Lord,  
Who has brought desolations and wonders on the earth.
   9 
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;  
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;     
He burns the chariots with fire.


Interesting, since this pandemic began, there is little talk of war! Rather news is filled with the Coronavirus around the world

 

10 
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
  I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 
The Lord of hosts is with us; 
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower]. Selah


                                                              


Indeed, we obey our God. He tells us “be still” and when we go to a quiet place and silence our thoughts allowing Him to enter into that space, we will experience God revealing Himself to us. And we will naturally exalt Him. We cannot do anything but glorify Him in His magnificence and wonder! Praise Him, O my soul!!

Fear and anxety melt in the Presence of our God! 


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SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.