Posted by: Anne | August 9, 2019

back to school: upward not inward

“Our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to you.”
~ 2 Chronicles 20:12 (CSB)

“Don’t let the storm turn you inward. Let it turn you upward.” ~ Max Lucado

Read more at the source:
https://maxlucado.com/these-stormy-times/

Posted by: Anne | August 3, 2019

back to school: hear both sides

“The first person to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him.”
~ Proverbs 18:17 (Good News Translation)

I have seen this many times. I speak with one person who has their own slant on things. And I come to take their perspective. And then, another comes along and I begin to see things more clearly. I have seen this at home with my children. I have seen this at church when disputes arise. I have seen this when dealing with others outside the church.

You hear the story from one, and you are convinced that an injustice has taken place. But, along comes another, and you see that the truth was shaded just a bit. Or, certain facts weren’t shared with me that helped to clarify everything.

Read the full commentary at the source:
http://www.rvbc.cc/sermons/2015-030

Posted by: Anne | July 27, 2019

not everything

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:23 New International Version (NIV)

What does it mean that “all things are lawful unto me”?
https://www.gotquestions.org/all-things-are-lawful.html

See more translations of this verse:
https://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/10-23.htm

Read commentary about this verse:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/10-23.html

Posted by: Anne | July 20, 2019

not consumed

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
~ Lamentations 3:21-23 New International Version (NIV)

In the midst of a trial or hardship, it can be difficult to keep a positive focus. When the world seems to be falling down around us, the temptation is to allow our perspective to fall along with it. Sure, we maintain a limited amount of faith, but like a drowning man at sea, the primary driver of our faith is limited to survival, rather than the pursuit of God and overcoming in life.

Jeremiah shows the way forward by remembering the character and nature of God. He declares that while life couldn’t get worse at that time, the mercy and compassion of God is worth trusting in and focusing on. Waiting on God, in quietness and trust, seemed to be Jeremiah’s strategy. After all, God is trustworthy – He remembers His promises and is faithful to His covenant with His people.


Read the full commentary at the source:
https://www.discoverychurch.com.au/fast-devotional-8/

Posted by: Anne | July 13, 2019

not hopeless

“But anyone who is alive in the world of the living has some hope; a live dog is better off than a dead lion.”
~ Ecclesiastes 9:4 Good News Translation

Stay This Way
by Jason Castro

“Just because you’re broken
Doesn’t mean you’re hopeless!
Go ahead and turn the page;
Don’t be afraid of better days…”


Read the full lyrics at:
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Jason-Castro/Stay-This-Way

Posted by: Anne | July 6, 2019

not abandoned

“Those who know your name trust you because you have not abandoned any who seek you, LORD.”
~ Psalm 9:10 Common English Bible (CEB)

This scripture is talking about more than knowing how God would like to be referred to… it talks about knowing God’s character. In a prayer to God Almighty, King David was proclaiming that those who know your character will trust in you.

Read the full commentary:
https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/gods-character/

See also:
https://www.groundwire.net/

Posted by: Anne | June 29, 2019

taste

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
~ Psalm 34:8

How do we “taste and see that the Lord is good”?
https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/taste-and-see/

Posted by: Anne | June 22, 2019

hidden

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
~ Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

“There are times in our life when we don’t know the direct outcome of our prayers, and the enemy wants us to think that God didn’t hear us or didn’t care. This is never the case, of course, even if we don’t see immediate answers or the outcomes we anticipate.”
~ Cindy Jacobs, The Power of Persistent Prayer: Praying With Greater Purpose and Passion

Posted by: Anne | June 15, 2019

pour

“Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.”
~ Psalm 62:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

A brief examination of this verse reveals a connection between “trust in God” and “pouring out our hearts” to Him in prayer. As with many aspects of faith, it’s a process: as I choose to trust God, I pour out my heart to Him. And as I pour out my heart to Him — take refuge in Him — my trust in Him grows.

Posted by: Anne | June 8, 2019

all

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
~ Psalm 34:4 King James Version

Four stages, “fears,” “sought,” “heard,” “delivered.”

Read more in the commentary below:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-34-4.html

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