God our Defender

Max LucadoHe is my defender; I will not be defeated“.  Psalm 62:6 (NCV)

Here is a big question. What is God doing when you are in a bind? When the lifeboat springs a leak? When the rip cord snaps? When the last penny is gone before the last bill is paid?. . .

I know what we are doing. Nibbling on nails like corn on the cob. Pacing floors. Taking pills. . . .
But what does God do?. . .

He fights for us. He steps into the ring and points us to our corner and takes over. “Remain calm; the LORD will fight for you” (Exodus. 14:14).

His job is to fight. Our job is to trust.
Just trust. Not direct. Or question. . . . Our job is to pray and wait.

By Max Lucado
From: When God Whispers Your Name
Used by permission

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What Leads You Today?

feature flowersFor those who are LED by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14

Does a rushing busyness lead you through your day? Perhaps your emotions simply drag you along. Think about what you are allowing to lead you today.

God calls us to be LED by His Spirit. It’s not an easy thing to wrap our minds around. Here is a tool, in the form of the acronym L-E-D.

L – Look for His Mercies

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 3:22-23

Every morning God’s limitless love and faithfulness are fresh and waiting. His plan is not for you to be “consumed” by anything today.  Be intentional and thank Him for His love and faithfulness as you begin the day.

It is good to proclaim Your unfailing love in the morning, Your faithfulness in the eveningPsalm 92:2

Sandwich your day between declaring His love over you in the morning and in the evening thanking Him for His faithful care.

E – Encourage Daily

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

Take the time to allow God to encourage your heart. Listen for His still, small voice as He nudges you to encourage someone else along the way.

All of us can be deceived by the lie, “You are all alone”. Especially at times of loss or crisis or difficulty. Our hearts can begin to harden and we need the daily encouragement of our Lord and each other as we share the journey of life. You are not alone.

D – Declare Thanksgiving

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23

Thanksgiving is so much more than the trite “have an attitude of gratitude”. Thanksgiving is a doorway that actually opens the way for God to amaze us and bring His plans and purposes to pass. It prepares the way for God to come into our lives and our circumstances. WOW!

Father God, Today I want to be LED by Your Spirit in a fresh way. Please show me Your loving mercies as I look for them. Encourage my heart and show me who I can encourage. Please give me a fresh outlook of thanksgiving that I might open that door that prepares the way for Your power in my life. Fill me with thanksgiving for all You are and for Your never-ending love and faithfulness to me. I love You Lord and I look to You to lead me this day. ?In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

By Gail Rodgers

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