1 Whoever rests in the shadow of the Most High God
will be kept safe by the Mighty One.
2 I will say about the Lord,
“He is my place of safety.
He is like a fort to me.
He is my God. I trust in him.”
3 He will certainly save you from hidden traps
and from deadly sickness.
4 He will cover you with his wings.
Under the feathers of his wings you will find safety.
He is faithful. He will keep you safe like a shield or a tower.
5 You won’t have to be afraid of the terrors that come during the night.
You won’t have to fear the arrows that come at you during the day.
6 You won’t have to be afraid of the sickness that attacks in the darkness.
You won’t have to fear the plague that destroys at noon.
7 A thousand may fall dead at your side.
Ten thousand may fall near your right hand.
But no harm will come to you.
8 You will see with your own eyes
how God punishes sinful people.
9 Suppose you say, “The Lord is the one who keeps me safe.”
Suppose you let the Most High God be like a home to you.
10 Then no harm will come to you.
No terrible plague will come near your tent.
11 The Lord will command his angels
to take good care of you.
12 They will lift you up in their hands.
Then you won’t trip over a stone.
13 You will walk on lions and cobras.
You will crush mighty lions and poisonous snakes.
14 The Lord says, “I will save the one who loves me.
I will keep him safe, because he trusts in me.
15 He will call out to me, and I will answer him.
I will be with him in times of trouble.
I will save him and honor him.
16 I will give him a long and full life.
I will save him.”
-“God’s comforting presence provides safety and protection from life’s emotional storms”.
God’s Construction Crew
by Joyce Meyer – posted August 03, 2017
We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual death]…
– 1 John 3:14
Life in this verse is the life of God, or “life as God has it.” I don’t want to be one of what I call “the walking dead”—someone who lives and breathes, but never truly lives as God desires. Loving others is the only way to keep the God kind of life flowing through you. It has been given to us as a gift; it’s in us, but we need to release it to others through words and actions. Left dormant, it will stagnate like a pool of water with no outlet.
Are you a part of God’s construction crew, or part of Satan’s destruc¬tion crew? Do you build people up with your words and action, or tear them down? Do you strengthen or weaken them? If you ask these ques¬tions and get the wrong answers, it is easy to fix. Just simply begin today by making a plan to be a blessing to others. Use your words, facial expressions, and voice tones to lift up others. Smile at people; it will be a sign of approval to them. Live to put smiles on others’ faces, and you will always have a smile on yours.
Love Others Today: Look for the needs around you and let God use you to meet those needs. Make sure you’re part of God’s construction crew!
17.He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me.
He lifted me out of deep waters.
18. He saved me from my powerful enemies.
He set me free from those who were too strong for me.
19.They stood up to me when I was in trouble.
But the Lord helped me.
20. He brought me out into a wide and safe place.
He saved me because he was pleased with me.
-2 Samuel 22:17-20
God sees our troubles and will never leave us. He will help us through every difficult time. Just as He delighted in David, He will also delight in us. We can rest knowing that God is in complete control and is already working things out for us.
–God delights in saving his children
God is pleased when we obediently play our essential part in His plan. When we fully give ourselves to doing the work of the Lord, we will find value and meaning in our service as it brings glory to God and draws others to Him. –Cindy Hess Kasper
1 Thessalonians 5:9-28
9 God didn’t choose us to receive his anger. He chose us to receive salvation because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. 10 Jesus died for us. Some will be alive when he comes. Others will be dead. Either way, we will live together with him. 11 So encourage one another with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that’s what you are doing.
12 Brothers and sisters, we ask you to accept the godly leaders who work hard among you. They care for you in the Lord. They correct you. 13 Have a lot of respect for them. Love them because of what they do. Live in peace with one another. 14 Brothers and sisters, we are asking you to warn certain people. These people don’t want to work. Instead, they make trouble. We are also asking you to encourage those who have lost hope. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that no one pays back one wrong act with another. Instead, always try to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.
19 Don’t try to stop what the Holy Spirit is doing. 20 Don’t treat prophecies as if they weren’t important. 21 But test all prophecies. Hold on to what is good. 22 Say no to every kind of evil.
23 God is the God who gives peace. May he make you holy through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept free from blame. May you be without blame from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes. 24 The God who has chosen you is faithful. He will do all these things.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.
27 While the Lord is watching, here is what I command you. Have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
28 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
How do you react when someone disobeying you?
In the passage we read about Adam and Eve disobeying God by eating from the tree of good and evil. He knew they would disobey Him, and yet He responded by calling out to them and giving them a chance to confess what they had done. God sent His only son to die on the cross for our sins. He has also given us a chance to repent and be free from our sins. Just as He called to Adam and Eve, He has called us. God is a forgiving God. He does not hold anything against us and wants for us to be free from condemnation.
-Gods love for us is revealed through Jesus (James Banks)
Teach me, Lord, the way to your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.
Consistency is the secret and persistence is the key ingredient to learning the word. Spend quality time in the word each day. As the Holy Spirit teaches us, God’s Word moves from our minds to our hearts. (David McCasland)