Lean on Him

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We cannot deny that evil runs rampant in this fallen world, BUT we can depend on God’s ever-presence. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. That doesn’t mean we won’t face hardship, trials, or heartache. Men’s evil choices will affect us, but they cannot defeat us. They cannot rob us of our salvation, of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, or of our Father’s deep love; they cannot force us to wallow in sin with them; they cannot steal our hope…unless we let them. In moments when despair or temptation strikes, call His Name. There is power in the Name of Jesus! A power greater than any in this world. He is near. Lean on Him.

No greater power

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There seems to be a lot of warnings about the wicked in this section of Psalm 119. Apparently the world isn’t as different today as it was in King David’s time! There have always been groups of people bent on destroying God’s people and removing any mention of God. The thing is, those who want to get rid of God and Christians are only proving His existence. Why fight against a nothing? Why try to destroy something that doesn’t impact you? It’s guilt and selfishness they’re trying to escape, and they choose to do it by attacking the One who they believe causes their guilt. Of course, it won’t work. Because God can’t be destroyed. There is no power greater than the Light of His Love. There is no path to satisfaction other than the path that leads to the Cross. Those devising wicked schemes are lost. Remember my plea for prayer on October 6? Are you praying for God’s light to penetrate every dark heart so the lost might find their way to the Savior? How I hope so. HE is the only One who can restore the wicked to right standing. The prayers of the righteous avail much! Again, I call you to pray.

Hymn day: ‘Near to the Heart of God’

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“Near to the Heart of God” by Cleland B. McAfee. So soothing…

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.

Through the day

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I had lunch with a good church friend recently, and something she said really resonated with me: “When I start my day in the Bible, the whole day goes better.” I’ve experienced that truth myself. When I center the first hour of my day in His Word and in speaking with Him, it gives me a solid foundation that holds me up no matter what the rest of the day brings. His Word is laden with hope, with promises, with assurances, with wisdom. I need those things to survive! Fill yourself with HIM in the morning, and you’ll have a ready Source of comfort, peace, and discernment to carry you through the day.

Trust first

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In late 2004 I battled a strange pull on my heart. I was teaching 5th grade and I loved it. Loved the kids. Loved guiding them and watching them grow and change. But at the same time, I was restless, repeatedly feeling as if God was telling me it was time to close my classroom door. I couldn’t understand it. Didn’t He know how much I loved being with these kids, how hard I’d labored to earn my college degree while raising a family? Why would He want to take me away from something I’d struggled to obtain and truly enjoyed doing? I prayed and prayed for Him to enlighten me, and He didn’t, but the tug wouldn’t stop. Eventually, even though I still had no clear understanding of why He was telling me to leave my classroom, I stepped out in faith and turned in my resignation. Shortly after, God flung wide a new door: the door to a writing and speaking ministry far outside of anything I could have envisioned for myself.

Sometimes, no matter how hard we beg for answers, God chooses not to give them. In those times, we are called upon to trust first and understand later. There might be times when understanding doesn’t come for months or even years. We might not get full understanding about some things until we reach His side in Heaven, when everything will be made clear. But one thing we can always do: TRUST HIM. Call on Him, listen for answers, but know that even in His silence He’s teaching us, molding us, growing us. Trust Him. He knows what is best for all of His children.

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