The very day I call for help, the tide of battle turns. My enemies flee! This one thing I know: God is for me!(Psalm 56:9).
**Takeaway: This one thing I know: God is for me!
|WHEN YOUR PROBLEMS SEEM TOO BIG FOR GOD|
O Lore my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.... He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.... He set the earth on its foundations; it can never by moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.... They went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross.... Praise the Lord, O my soul(Psalm 104:1,3,5-6,8-9,35,NIV).
**Takeaway: O Lord my God, you are very great.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord Almithty--you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.... I am the Lord, the God of all mankind; is there anything too hard for me?(Zechariah 4:6; Jeremiah 32:27).
**Takeaway: I am the Lord, the God of all mankind; is there anything too hard for me?
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of--infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes(Ephesians 3:20).
**Takeaway: God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of.
Oh, that you would burst forth from the skies and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! The consuming fire of your glory would burn down the forests and boil the oceans dry. The nations would tremble before you.... Gor since the world began no one has seen or heard of such a God as ours, who works for those who wait for him!(Isaiah 64:1-2,4).
**Takeaway: The consuming fire of your glory would burn down the forests and boil the oceans dry.
Before the mountains were created, before the earth was formed, you are God without begining or end. You speak, and man turns back to dust. A thousand years are but as yesterday to you!... No mere man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord(Psalm 90:2-4; 1 Corinthians 2:9).
**Takeaway: Before the moutains were created, before the earth was formed, you are God without beginning or end.
Because the Lord God helps me, I will not be dismayed; therefore, I have set my face like flint to do his will, and I know that I will triumph. He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare to fight against me now? Where are my enemies? Let them appear!(Isaiah 50:7-8).
**Takeaway: Because the Lord helps me, I will not be dismayed.
See, the Lord God is for me! Who shall declare me guilty? All my enemies shall be destroyed like old clothes eaten up by moths(Isaiah 50:9).
**Takeaway: See, the Lord God is for me!
|SEE HOW GOD LOVES ME!|
His compassion never ends.... Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.... The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him(Lamentations 3:22-23,25).
**Takeaway: His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.
The Lord is God! He made us--we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.... The Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation(Psalm 100:3,5).
**Takeaway: His faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.
Wherever he (Jesus) went he healed people of every sort of illness. And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd.... He is our God. We are his sheep, and he is our shepherd(Matthew 9:35-36; Psalm 95:6).
**Takeaway: We are his sheep, and he is our Shepherd.
He forgives all my sins.... He surrounds me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things!... He gives justice to all who are treated unfairly.... He is merciful and tender toward those who don't deserve it; he is slow to bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever.... His mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth(Psalm 103:3-6,8-9,11).
**Takeaway: He surrounds me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things!
You are merciful and gentle, Lord, slow in getting angry, full of constant loving-kindness and of truth.... Lord...you forgive! What an awesome thing this is!(Psalms 86:15; 130:4).
**Takeaway: Lord, you forgive! What an awesome thing!
Your steadfast love, O Lord, is as great as all the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your justice is as solid as God's mountains. Your decisions are as full of wisdom as the oceans are with water. You are concerned for men and animals allike.... You feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your rivers of delight(Psalm 36:5-6,8).
**Takeaway: Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your love and kindness are better to me than life itself. How I praise you!... I lie awake at night thinking of you--of how much you have helped me-- and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings. I follow close behind you, protected by your strong right arm(Psalm 63:3,6-8).
**Takeaway: I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings.
|WHO AM I?|
If you believe that Jesus is the Christ--that he is God's Son and your Savior--then you are a child of God(1 John 5:1).
**Takeaway: You are a child of God.
All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God's very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, "Father, Father"(Romans 8:14-15).
**Takeaway: We should behave like God's very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, "Father, Father."
See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children--think of it--and we really are! But since most people don't know God, naturally they don't understand that we are his children. Yes... we are already God's children, right now, and we can't even imagine what it is going to be like later on(1 John 3:1-2).
**Takeaway: We are already God's children, right now!
When the right time came... he sent his Son... to buy freedom for us... so that he could adopt us as his very own sons. And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father.... We are no longer slaves but God's own sons(Galatians 4:4-7).
**Takeaway: We can rightly speak of God as our dear Father.
We who have been made holy by Jesus, now have the same Father he has. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers. For he says in the book of Psalms, "I will talk to my brothers about God my Father, and together we will sing his praises"(hebrews 2:11-12).
**Takeaway: We who have been made holy by Jesus, now have the same Father he has.
He is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it,"We are the sons of God"(Acts 17:27-28).
**Takeaway: In him we live and move and are!
All honor to God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; for it is his boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God's own family.... Since we are his children, we will share his treasures--for all God gives to his Son Jesus is now ours too(1 Peter 1:3; Romans 8:17).
**Takeaway: We are now members of God's own family.
|WHAT DOES GOD WANT OF ME?|
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?(Micah 6:8, NRSV).
**Takeaway: Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly.
Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant.... Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many(Matthew 20:26,28).
**Takeaway: Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant.
I don't want your sacrifices--I want your love; I don't want your offerings--I want you to know me(Hosea 6:6).
**Takeaway: I want your love. I want you to know me.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another... rejoicing in hope, patient in tributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.... Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.... Associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil(Romans 12:10,12-13,15-17,NKJV).
**Takeaway: Be kindly affectionate to one another, patient in tribulation, steadfast in prayer.
Love one another.... Aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work... so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one(1 Thessalonians 4:9,11-12,NRSV).
**Takeaway: Love one another.
Do the good things that result from being saved, obeying God with deep reverence, shrinking back from all that might displease him.... You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights, holding out to them the Word of Life(Philippians 2:12,15-16).
**Takeaway: In a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn... shine out among them like beacon lights.
Bear one another's burdens.... Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up.... Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith(Galatians 6:2,9-10,NRSV).
**Takeaway: Bear one another's burdens.
|WHY AM I HERE ON EARTH?|
"Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" Jesus replied, "The one that says, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only God. And you must love him with all your beart and soul and mind and strength.' The second is:'You must love others as much as yourself.' No other commandments are greater than these"(Mark 12:28-31).
**Takeaway: You must love others as much as yourself.
All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory; I created them.... Some... people have missed the most important thing in life--they don't know God(Isaiah 43:7; 1 Timothy 6:21).
**Takeaway: The most important thing in life is to know God.