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 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
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)
You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.
We first need to work on changing ourselves, before we can help others. Do not look at others and judge them for who they are. Rather, embrace others with open hearts and not make known their flaws.
Make a decision not to look at—or for—flaws. We all have them! But you don’t have to focus on them. -Joyce Meyer
What overwhelms you? (What do you do when God says NO?)
I am overwhelmed by a lot of things but a main overwhelming thought for me is what God can do in my life. There is some fear keeping me from surrendering completely. Maybe its because I know I will encounter difficult times and experiences, or what God might ask me to do. Whatever it is, I find myself struggling to surrender. I believe this incredible message from Bishop TD Jakes is something we all need to hear. Please listen!
Please feel free to answer.
Luke 9:51-56 (KJV)
54. “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55. But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village”.
In Luke 9:51-56, we read about the samaritans who refused Jesus. In verses 54-56 Jesus teaches James and John something valuable. He taught them the importance of representing God, not defending him. Likewise, God is teaching us, His children to represent him in all situations. There maybe times when we feel the need to stand up for God when someone says they don’t believe in Him or says something hurtful about Him. However, God wants us to respond with love. He doesn’t want us to get angry and lash out, instead he wants us to use the word as a tool of encouragement, to respond with loving words, words the are gentle and words that demonstrates grace and not condemnation. After all, God sent His son into this world to save us and not condemn us. In doing so, we are demonstrating and spreading the love of Christ.
It will take time, love and restraint, but with the Lord’s guidance we can get to the place. -(Tim Gustafson)
In Zachariah 3, we read about what God did for Joshua. He removed his filthy clothing and renewed him in rich garments. Likewise, God wants to do the same for us. He wants to cleanse us of all our sins and make us new again. When we seek the Lord and His forgiveness, He is ready to remove our filthy garments and put on the wardrobe He has reserved for us. (Amy Boucher Pye). It is important that we do this daily. Sometimes we may be walking in sin and not know it. Seek God’s renewal daily, He wants to help us along our journey.
-Our Daily Bread Devotional, Amy Boucher Pye , May 18, 2017