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Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD ~ Psalm 150: 6


We have the privilege to do this  - either alone or joining with others. As God's creation who is fearfully and wonderfully made, we should lead the way in praise to our creator.




It has been noted that change is difficult. As we look at ourselves individually, do we tend to resist change? All of us like our routines and habits particularly if they serve us well.


However, we all deal with change everyday. We see it in the aging process, as our children grow up, in the job or company we work for, and life in general brings us things that are different that require new ways of thinking and acting.


One of the great challenges we have as Christians is to be unwavering in our faith, principles, and Biblical stand for the Lord and at the same time being flexible in dealing with the changes in life and circumstances.


May God grant the wisdom to do this and in fact demonstrate to the world that it can be done. It would be great testimony to let our light so shine, be steadfast, unmovable and yet be on the cutting edge of dealing successfully in this life we have now - all to the glory of God. 




Many are familiar with these verses:


The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26


If we read the verses before and after this section, we find that God specifically instructed that the children of Israel be blessed using these words that are given. This is what God wanted for His people.


Jesus was the manifestation of this blessing - as His words and conduct testify. The last verse of this chapter reads:


And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.


From a New Testament standpoint: The Name of Jesus has been put upon us as the children of God - and He will bless us. Hallelujah!




But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:11-12


We are thankful that God has imputed righteousness unto us who believe ~ Romans 4:22-24


May we receive and walk in these verses from Psalm 5.




May we continually declare that we believe the story of Calvary and the One who fulfilled its mission:






Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13


May this describe the way we believe God and His word. Often our believing is a desperate struggle, yet here, we see that God would have us in joy and peace as we believe and trust Him.


We pray to be filled with such from the God of hope each day.




Yesterday we looked at Romans 15:13 and noted that sometimes our believing falls way short of what we see in this verse. But we especially note in the last part of the verse that it is through the power of the Holy Ghost.


We are not expected to work this up in our own strength or mental determination. But we recognize that we need effort and determination to seek the things of the Spirit of God in this area. It is obvious from this verse and others that God's Holy Spirit is given to help us with this regarding our faith.


Heavenly Father, it is our desire to believe Your word with all joy and peace.




We remember how important the presence of God is to us. We are told in the Psalms that in His presence is fullness of joy (16:11), we are told to enter His presence (100:2), we are told to draw near to Him (James 4:8) and even come boldly before the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).


We are thankful for His abiding presence and long for more of the special times of His manifested presence - may it be our heart's desire.




Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. ~ Proverbs 16:3


May God guide each of us in our planning. We all have short and long term goals and projects. What things are most important?


We know to trust the Lord and commit our plans unto Him. Yet we know we must make decisions and prayerfully ask God that they be the right ones.


We ask for clear and timely direction that we might be obedient in all God calls us to do.




We know that Easter (Resurrection Day) is approaching. Cantata and program practices have been going on for a while. Think of these holidays from a Christian standpoint: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.


If we are not careful, too much of the emphasis will be external and not internal. The external things are nice and helpful to show forth the gospel. But we must remember the inward work and impact these holidays remind us of.


May the resurrection of Christ be particularly meaningful in our inward man.




We stand amazed in His presence:






The word “precious” in the New Testament has the following meanings:


            Unique, invaluable, cherished, loved, treasured, and priceless


New Testament notes 3 things in particular as precious:


Our faith

The promises of God

The blood of Jesus


We take care of things that are precious to us. We guard them, we do not give them to just anyone, we treat them with great importance. Yet, these three things above we see that God has freely given them to us. Indeed, we see that God must count each of us precious – worth the life of Jesus. Regardless of our circumstances, this should brighten our day.




From the story of Jonah - judgment was coming but God wanted to extend mercy


Your mercy Lord, how great it is

To overrule our sin!

So help us know Your righteousness

And choose to walk therein ~ D. De Haan from Our Daily Bread


God's judgment is certain, but so is His mercy.




Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. ~ James 1:21


May this describe us and be our desire as we assemble ourselves together.




This song is one that likely introduced many of us to the love of Jesus:






The story of Asa is interesting beginning in II Chronicles 15. Please take the time to read the whole thing.


In the first few verses we read: "The LORD is with you, while ye be with him;..." That should get our attention. We know Jesus said He would never leave or nor forsake us and we are indeed grateful. But we should not intentionally push it either. We should be mindful of our relationship with God just like we are with our relationship with one another - it is worth maintaining!


It is interesting in the Biblical accounts of the kings of Israel and Judah to see how some of them are described. Concerning Asa for example in verse 17: "But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days."


If you read all of the accounts of Asa's reign, you will see things that were not good and that did not please the Lord. Yet he is accounted as good king in the Bible - likely because his heart was right.


This should be an encouragement to us. We do not want to miss it, but if we do we want to keep our hearts right. We will repent and change quickly when necessary, we will commit to doing that which is right, and we can remain confident that He is with us and for us.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ I John 1:9




As we have mentioned before, each day we deal with different circumstances and situations. Even if we think our lives are so mundane and routine, the same people we see every day could be dealing with something new and unexpected.


We pray God equip us to be a help and comfort - both spiritually and naturally. In all of it, may our service honor God and be the greatest blessing we can be to others.




On this 19th day of the month, we note the familiar Psalm 19:14:


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


May this be our prayer, desire, and demonstration each day.




We need to affirm this each day:






Remember the miracle of the loaves and fish? Notice it came about because one young lad was willing to give what he had (John 6:9). This was all in the natural - there was nothing spiritual about it that anyone could see.


Likewise may we bring what we have to Jesus, ask Him to bless it, and multiply it to benefit many.




A blessing to hear at this season of the year:






Note these verses from Proverbs:


I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. ~ Proverbs 24:30-31


Now verse 32: Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.


Does this verse describe us? Do we consider what we see and receive instruction? Or do we ignore it and go on our way? Do we act the same way but reason that it would never happen to us - we are smarter than that! To borrow an expression from our young folks - NOT!


Lord help us to consider what we see and receive instruction. Know that it can be good or bad, right or wrong. Help us to discern the difference and act upon it.


This is good lesson for all of us.




May this describe us:






Many know this scripture:


Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ~ Galatians 6:7


We should remember there are two sides to this issue with two different results as verse 8 testifies: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

So often we emphasize the negative side. It is joyous to walk on the positive side and we should rejoice in God that the good side works to bring a blessing.




Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:... ~ Proverbs 3:3


May God give us wisdom to walk in both mercy and truth without compromising either.




How we long for the glory and manifested presence of God!






On this Sunday we remember and join with those that shouted "Hosanna" unto Jesus. We are so grateful that He came in the name of the Lord.




Thank you Lord Jesus for the cross and what You did there:












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