You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. Remember Your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence!
Psalm 88:6, Psalm 74:20
I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Then His people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and His people–where is He who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who set His Holy Spirit among them–to the One who remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.
“And if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.”
Isaiah 63:11, Psalm 136:23, Jeremiah 18:8
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray THEN I WILL Hear from heaven AND Heal their LAND.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Your children have fainted.
They lie sleeping at every street corner.
They are like an antelope caught in a net.
They experience the anger of the LORD, the fury of your God.
Get up! Cry out at night, every hour on the hour.
Pour your heart out like water in the presence of the LORD.
Lift up your hands to Him in prayer for the life of your little children who faint from hunger at every street corner.
Lamentations 2:11; 19
My soul yearns for You in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for You. When Your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within, my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.
Isaiah 26:9, Lamentations 3:48, Psalm 28:2
God is Faithful to hear and answer prayer when we ask Him for our loved ones. When you’ve learned what COMMITMENT is all about–that quitting is never an option–then you will be free to see from God’s perspective.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
“But My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”
We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.
2 Timothy 1:7, Hebrews 10:38-9
Lord make my heart Your Home, Your Sanctuary, to provide a place of refuge for the lost, the weary and wayward to find shelter under Your Shadow for You are The Rock of Ages. May Your Spirit flow as an endless channel of Your unfailing love from my heart to bring them rest and refreshing. Help me to remain steadfast, fixed and focus in devotion to Your Way, Truth and Life so that Only Your direction is spoken from my heart to encourage and correct their course to Your Way. I know that there is only darkness and death in this lifeless, corrupt world system. In Your Presence all fear – worry – and selfishness is gone for Your Perfect Love casts them out — there is no place for them. And in Your Presence is all fullness of joy and peace in trusting You as Provider. May they see that You are for us when we turn to You simply believing.
With thanksgiving I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made—How precious also are Your thoughts of me. I LIVE to see Your glory on earth as it is in heaven.
In Christ Jesus. Amen
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to LIVE.
Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on Your servants. He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations to those that love Him and obey His commands.
Psalm 105:8, Psalm 90:13
For their sake He remembered His covenant and out of His great love He relented.
Then the LORD relented and did not bring on His people the disaster He had threatened.
“I will remember my covenant with Jacob and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”
Psalm 106:45, Exodus 32:14, Leviticus 26:42
Sanctuary by Jaci Velasquez
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You
It is you, Lord
Who came to save
The heart and soul
Of every man
It is you Lord
who knows my weakness
Who gives me strength,
With thine own hand.
Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and Holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for you
Lead Me on Lord
Fill my heart with
You holy spirit
Take away all my sin
Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You
A psalm of thanksgiving.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are His.
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving;
go into His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and His faithfulness continues to each generation.
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful. Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings.
Clearly, Christ’s love guides us. We are convinced of the fact that one man has DIED for all people. Therefore, all people have DIED.
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–There is no comparison between God’s gift
and Adam’s failure. If humanity DIED as the result of one person’s failure, it is certainly true that God’s kindness and the gift given through the kindness of one person, Jesus Christ, have been showered on humanity. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer LIVE, but Christ LIVES in me. The LIFE I LIVE in the body, I LIVE by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. For you DIED, and your LIFE is now hidden with Christ in God. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 5:14, Romans 6:6, Romans 5:15, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:3, Romans 5:19, 2 Corinthians 9:15
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. By them is Your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 1:1-2, Psalm 19:11
Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. Blessed are they who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.
“Now then, My sons, listen to Me; blessed are those who keep My ways.”
Psalm 106:3, Psalm 119:2, Proverbs 8:32
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
And He said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding.
To Him belongs eternal praise.
He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 1:7, Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 15:32, Proverbs 15:33
Trust and obey for there’s no other way — to be happy in Jesus –trust and obey! Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself LIFE one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new LIFE.
God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!
This resurrection LIFE you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending LIFE. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him!
That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our LIVES of love for God is worked into something good.
God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the LIVES of those who love Him along the same lines as the LIFE of His Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our LIVES there in Him. After God made that decision of what His children should be like, He followed it up by calling people by name. After He called them by name, He set them on a solid basis with Himself. And then, after getting them established, He stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what He had begun.
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing Himself to the worst by sending His own Son, is there anything else He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing LIVING or DEAD, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad LIFE, your bodies feeling the effects of your sin; You couldn’t stand the sight of food, so miserable you thought you’d be better off DEAD.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
He got you out in the nick of time.
He spoke the word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of DEATH.
So thank God for His marvelous love, for His miracle mercy to the children He loves;
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what He’s done—sing it out!
Turn from the mind numbing rubbish of this world and all that is transient and focus your entire body, soul and spirit on the great unending love of the Father in sending the Son to DIE to set you free to LIVE to worship Him in spirit and in truth. My God shall supply your need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. The same power that raised Christ from the grave is available through the pouring out of His Holy Spirit as He leads and guides you into all Truth every step of the Way Home to the Father in the love of Christ. This is the power of a transformed LIFE. This is real change. Change from the inside out. Through obedience to God’s Word and by the guiding of the Voice of His Holy Spirit, we are raised from the DEADNESS of our flesh to walk in newness of LIFE with God. This is the Victory that overcomes the world, the flesh and the devil–it is our Faith! It is LIVING beyond the grasp of sin and DEATH in the power of His Love.
But the LORD was gracious and merciful to the people of Israel, and they were not totally destroyed. He pitied them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And to this day He still has not completely destroyed them or banished them from His presence.
2 Kings 13:23
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.