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25
Feb

Trusting In The Lord

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Christian Living

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Memory Verse: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

You are a member of God’s family. He doesn’t want you to be stressed out, and loaded down with problems. He wants you to bring your problems to him. Tell him about the things that are bothering you. Trust him to help you with them. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 56:22)

Worry is just another form of fear. It’s fear of the unknown and fear of the future. Fear is a destructive emotion that does not come from God. It is the opposite of faith, and it prevents God from blessing you. Don’t let fear take up residence in you. Fight it with the word of God. Fill yourself so full of the word of God that there’s no room for anything else.

GOD HAS PROMISED TO PROTECT YOU:
God has promised that to protect you and your family: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is thy refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot upon a stone. . . .

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:9-12,14-16)

REST IN THE LORD:

Your soul consists of your mind, your emotions, and your will. Your mind and your emotions need a rest. Here’s how to obtain that rest. When you’re doing things God’s way, you know you’re doing everything right. “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.: (Jeremiah 6:36)

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) When Jesus is in control of your life, he is responsible for the outcome, not you. You can say, “Jesus is the boss. He’s in charge. I just work for him.”  He is responsible for the final results, and he will cause all things to work together for your good.

Whenever you are worried or afraid, start talking to Jesus. “I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:)

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalm 56:3-4)

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25
Nov

Give Thanks to God

   Posted by: Larry Vaughn    in Christian Living

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Memory Verse: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Your life is your prayer, and there is a protocol to follow in prayer. It’s to express your heartfelt gratitude to God for what he has given you. Thanksgiving gets you in the gate, and praise gives you access to his presence.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good: his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100)

The sacrifice of praise is the sacrifice that God desires. Thank him when you feel like it, and especially when you don’t feel like it. Because that’s what makes it a sacrifice. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

In Philippi, Paul and Silas were beaten and placed into stocks in their jail. At midnight, they were singing praises to God; and, they were loud enough that all the other prisoners heard them. Certainly God heard them too, because an earthquake shook the prison setting all of the prisoners free. As a result of this incident, the Philippian jailer and his family came to Christ.

Paul and Silas could have spent their time complaining. They were falsely accused and unjustly punished, but instead of whining and complaining about it, they were singing praises to God. These men were disciples of Jesus Christ. They offered God the sacrifice of praise, and God changed their circumstances.

Don’t Complain About Your Circumstances:

“Do all things without murmuring and disputings:” (Philippians 2:14)
Don’t have an emotional reaction to every thing that happens. Don’t allow negative emotions to take control of your thought life. When something goes wrong, get over it and keep going forward with God.

Be a Praiser Instead of a Complainer:

Anyone can complain. Most people complain about every little thing that happens to them. Every day of their lives is just another gripe-fest. Don’t be like them. Take charge of your own attitude and choose to be happy. Practice being happy where you are, and with what you have. “For I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

God is pleased when you say, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) and actually do it.

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