In the 1800’s, Preacher Charles Spurgeon spoke these comforting words: “Saints have no hell but what they suffer here on earth; sinners will have no heaven but what they have here in this poor troublesome world.”
Are you a survivor? Some people have survived a lot, and they continue to be giving people that love the Lord. Surviving all that they have without becoming bitter, or addicted to substances, or self-absorbed is not a small thing.
We need to act wisely and virtuously and trust in the Lord–trust in His benevolent and superior wisdom. God is good and NOT trusting in Him is a waste of time. Every one of our cares is ultimately the Lord’s responsibility. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV).
A fellow believer told me that, “[i]n the midst of circumstances that look very bleak, it is crucial to remember that trust and hope in God are not products of our circumstances, but aggressive choices that we must make in His power. These are the daily battles of faith . . . .”
Trusting in the Lord is most important when it is most difficult–when we can see no reason for hope in our own eyes. Then, we are growing in reliance on God. He is the only source of deep and abiding joy, for He is the only thing that’s consistently and everlastingly excellent.
Christians, have confidence that the Lord will lead you where He wants you to go and will provide you with the recognizable clues.
Dear God, please show us the surpassing goodness of your favor. We ask with faith and gratitude, in Jesus name. Amen.
Father and son authors T. F. and Tommy Tenny make this Biblical Power Point:
God saw past the surface and peered into David’s heart. When young David told King Saul he would go out to meet Goliath in battle, he didn’t brag, “Watch how good my aim is!” He didn’t even mention the slingshot and the 5 smooth stones or the fact that he had just enough “ammunition” for Goliath. He just said, “The Lord, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Sam 17:37).
Oddly enough, The Amplified (Bible) Version says David put the stones in his lunch bag! He wasn’t going to a fight; he was en-route to a picnic. Goliath bragged, “I’m going to eat your lunch,” but little did he know what was in David’s lunch bag. David was willing to let go–to relinquish self–to the glory of God, and miracles happened.
Secret Sources of Power, Rediscovering Biblical Power Points, p.129, Fresh Bread, an Imprint of Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., Shippensberg, PA.
A prayer for the leaders of the IDF:
Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of Defense
Danny Danon, Deputy Minister of Defense
Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz, IDF Chief of General Staff
God of Israel, thank you for making the IDF a mighty army. We ask for a revelation of David’s Zionism among the leaders of the IDF, and Israel’s Defense Department, and their prayer supporters. Reveal Your Word about their right to the land. Give them unity and a fresh vision for their calling. To these leaders, impart your divine wisdom, humility, and the boldness of King David–a man after your own heart. We ask these things in the name of the Messiah of Israel. Amen.
Let us lift up the Israel Defense Forces (צְבָא הַהֲגָנָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל) (Tzva Hahagana LeYisra’el, lit. “The Army of Defense for Israel”) in prayer:
He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard . . . on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May Hashem [the LORD] cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you. [Deut. 20:4]
Now let us respond: Amen.
From Jacob Richman’s website.
Dr. Leroy Thompson, Sr., teaches powerful truths on how to line up your thinking with the Word of God. He says that we can “frame our world,” and change our circumstances with Scripture.
God used words to form the world. Hebrews 11:3. We are to imitate God. “Therefore be imitators of God . . . .” Ephesians 5:1 (ESV). At creation, God framed the worlds with His Word and we are to frame our worlds with His Word.
David was just a shepherd boy when he began framing his world with the Word of God. I Samuel 17 gives the account of Goliath . . . . David asked, “[W]ho is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” David was framing his world with words! Before he ever fought Goliath, [David] called out what the outcome would be.
“Then David said to the Philistine, I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied . . . This day the Lord will deliver thee into my hand . . . that all the world may know that there is a God in Israel… for the battle is the Lord’s.” David said it and God brought it to pass.
Leroy Thompson, Sr., Framing Your World with the Word of God–The Creative Power of the Spoken Word, Published by Harrison House, Inc., Tulsa, OK (p.107-13).
Lord, cause your word to live as your people read it. We specifically agree in prayer with Intercessors for Israel for Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Lord, give this team your divine inspiration, wisdom like Solomon, and courage like David.
The gift of pardon for your sins is the greatest abundance, blessing, and prosperity you can ever receive. Jesus died to pay the debt for our sins. The Lord requires a death penalty, a blood atonement to cover our sins. Messiah Jesus was a willing sacrifice. It was the only way for Him to spend eternity with us. The Bible says, Whosoever believes shall have everlasting life. John 3:16.
When your sins are forgiven, you can spend eternity in heaven. If you die without asking God to forgive you, you have not accepted His free gift of pardon for your sins, and you’ll be doomed to hellfire for eternity. 1 Thess 1:10. Believe in Jesus, pray in your own words, and repent of your sins. Here’s a sample prayer from author Manny Brotman:
Dear God, I confessed that I’ve sinned against you and I’m truly sorry for it. Messiah Yeshua, please come into my heart & life and cleanse me with your precious blood of atonement. Thank you for doing this according to your word. I’ll do anything you want me to, with your help. I really mean it, Lord! In Your Name, Amen!
What inspired me to write this blog post is God Laughs & 42 More Surprising Facts About God That Will Change Your Life by Elmer L. Towns & Charles Billingsley