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God’s Promise When You Need Of Courage

Daily God Walk for Thursday, February 23, 2012

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Most of us parents have had the occasion when we were shopping with our child beside us when something caught their attention and they wandered off. They gave no thought to being alone or lost, they were just following the object of their attention.

Then, all at once, they look around and there is no parent in sight. Fear grips them, they start crying and running frantically to find the parent who is their security.

We’ve all been there as parents, and we have all been there as adults too. We were just moving through life following the thing that had gotten our attention when all at once we realize that we are in a dangerous place and we are alone with no help in sight.

But there is help and protection. The Lord has said, “Do not fear, I am with you.” We must remember to look for him because he is there, wherever “there” is for you. Alone there is little we can do, but with God all things are possible.

Of course, not all of the dangers we face are the result of our own mistakes, but often danger comes to us from unexpected places and in unexpected times. It is in those times particularly that we must remember that God is with us and he will uphold us with his righteous hand.

In every circumstance of life we must remember to hold to the hand of the one who is never changing.

Prayer: Father, so often I am in difficult situations that leave me feeling alone and helpless. I need you to remind me that you are there, that you are with me. Help to remember that. In Your name, amen.

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The Bible Is Food For The Soul

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

– Deuteronomy 8:3

 This is an interesting passage. Moses seems to be saying that God caused the Israelite people to be hungry so that he could show his ability to provide for them. And, that the provision was not the important thing, but the important thing was the Word of God because it was the word of God that made the provision available.

Just like Israel, we tend to focus on the provision and accuse God when the provision doesn’t come like we expected. But we must remember that the availability of the provision depends on our response to the Word of God. When God speaks and we respond he opens the storehouse of heaven and we are able to partake of the promised provision.

When we look only to the provision we miss the impact of the Word which leads us to get off track and miss the greater thing that God has planned for us. The purpose of temporal provision is to lead us to faith for his eternal provision.

God’s Word is food for our soul – eat it regularly.

Prayer: Lord, help me not to look at you as the magic provider, but to see you as the one who is himself the provision. Grant me the grace of faith to believe in every Word that proceeds from you and submit myself to it. In Christ’s name, amen.

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Daily God Walk for Monday, February 20, 2012

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2

We are not promised protection from the trials, but we are promised protection through the trials. There are times when life’s circumstances come upon us like a flood and we feel that we will be swept away by the tide of troubles before us. In those times we turn Him who is master of the storm and who will protect us from the ravishes of life.

In times of trial it is passages like this one in Isaiah that give us courage to stand and with boldness to enter the thrown room of heaven and declare to Him, “You said that when we walk through the fire that we would not be burned and the flame would not scorch us – I am in the fire and I need your protection.”

Have you been feeling like life is battle than victory? Are your mountains to high and your valleys to low? Remember his promise. Whatever we face he faces it with us. Sincere faith and faithfulness to Him will bring the reward of his protection in the darkest of trials.

If you are feeling overwhelmed I would encourage you take a moment and pray this passage back to the One who gave the promise. Tell Him what you are facing and remind Him (when you remind Him you are actually reminding yourself) what He has promised.

Prayer:  Father God, You said you would bring us through when it seemed there would be no way so I am trusting you today to be my guardian in the storms I am facing. In Jesus name, amen.

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Overwhelmed With Thanksgiving

Daily God Walk Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord. That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. – Psalm 26:6-8 KJV

 David was a master at writing songs of worship and thanksgiving which not only exalted the Lord God but celebrated the relationship we can have with God.

David seems to be saying that he washes his hands that he might appear before the Lord innocent and clean. Then he speaks of “compassing” the altar. What is meant we aren’t really certain, but it seems that he is making reference to moving about the altar, perhaps in a dance singing songs of celebration.

We get the idea of singing praises from the statement, “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

I can almost see David dancing, for he was known to dance before the Lord, and singing as he worshipped the Lord giving thanks for all of His wondrous works.

As I read the accounts of the kind of worship and celebration Israel had when David who was not only a gifted king but also a gifted worshipper of the Lord God, I become a bit jealous. There are times I long for the chance to dance around the altar singing praising to my Lord.

Maybe we in the 21st century of Christianity have become just a bit too subdued. Too often we sing the songs of Zion with little enthusiasm and we would never think of singing at the top of our voices and we would certainly never even think of breaking out in a dance. No, we are far too much in control to do such a thing.

Have we become so controlled, so subdued, that we cannot let our emotions flow and broadcast for the world to see and hear our thankfulness for the good things God has done?

Ah, but alas, I will return to worship next Sunday and be a good 21st Century Christian singing softly and praying quietly.

 Prayer: God, give me the courage to sing and dance like David.

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