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He Will be My Guide

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For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14

Do not put your confidence in your ability to follow Christ, but instead in his ability to lead you. by Jack Deere.

While visiting my children in Senegal, West Africa, we were invited to attend a wedding. The wedding reception was held at the bride’s parent’s homestead. But how to get there was a problem.

We had traveled for about an hour on rutted roads crossing barren fields–hot in the African sun–and through small villages sending chickens and goats scurrying. At clusters of mud huts wide-eyed children waved. Geoff had stopped several times to ask directions, to no avail. No road signs, I thought. How will we ever find the way?

At the fork of a dusty road, Geoff slowed the four-wheel drive. “Which way?” he asked his wife Esther. “Your guess is as good as mine,” she laughed. “How about left at the baobab tree.”

We passed an old man walking barefoot beside the road. Geoff slowed and waited for the man to approach the window. A brisk conversation ensued. The man nodded his head, then entered the van. “He knows where the place is. He’ll show us the way,” Geoff said. Immediately we relaxed. With a good guide sitting beside the driver, in no time we arrived at our destination.

As we approach the uncharted territory of another year, with its challenges and opportunities, we will lose our way unless we have Jesus as our guide sitting up front showing us the way. This year is not new to Him. After all, “Every day of our lives is written in his book” (Psalm 139:16). He knows the way.

Do you have Jesus in your life? Are you following His directions? With Jesus in your “car” directing the way, you will get to your desired destination.

Lord Jesus, I want to follow you. Show me the way today and help me to listen. Amen.

by Helen Lescheid
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God  is waiting to show His love and kindness to you and to guide your life.  He wants to make something beautiful of your life.  And you can open your heart and life to Him today by praying this prayer with a sincere attitude.

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

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Faith is an Action Word

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Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone.
(James 2:14)

Why does God delay in answering our prayers? Why is help sometimes so slow in coming?

Mary and Martha, must have asked the same questions when their brother became seriously ill and Jesus did not hurry to their side. By the time Jesus finally arrived, Lazarus had died and been buried for four days.

Martha ran out to the road to meet Him. “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” she blurted. Martha believed that, had Jesus been present, He could have healed Lazarus.

But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask,” Martha continued. She believed that Jesus had a peculiar intimacy with God and his prayers would make a difference. But she saw no way Jesus could help Lazarus now. The best she could hope for was that her brother would rise again in the final resurrection.

Martha believed all the right things about Jesus, even to the point of proclaiming Him to be the Messiah who was to come into the world. Still, she failed to make it practical. When Jesus told her to roll away the stone, she protested, “But Lord, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been dead four days.”

Are you, like Martha, standing face to face with an insurmountable problem? Yes, you believe all the right things about Jesus, but are you willing to trust Him completely? Even now – with this present problem?

To believe is more than clinging to the right dogma. It involves action. “Faith without action can’t save anyone,” James tells us. When Martha surrendered her doubts and obeyed Jesus’ command to remove the stone from the tomb, making herself vulnerable, things began to happen. Now Jesus could work the miracle of her brother’s resurrection.

Lazarus came out of the tomb!

Why does God sometimes delay? He wants to lead us beyond a program of beliefs to a personal, intimate relationship with Him. He wants to show us another facet of his power. He gives us an opportunity to trust Him even when we cannot see.

Prayer: Dear God, increase my faith. I surrender my doubts and fears and preconceived ideas. I invite you to come into this situation and work it out for Your glory and my good.

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The God of Hope

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What do you do when bad news threatens to overwhelm you?

The spring my friend Yvonne heard that she had terminal cancer she was devastated.  “I won’t plant any flowers then,” she said. “I mean, what’s the point, I won’t see them bloom anyway.”

But sitting around and moping didn’t feel right either. One day she said to herself, “I was born with a death sentence—all of us are. But I’m not going to sit here and wait for it to happen. I want to live each day to the full. I will continue to grow flowers. If I don’t see them bloom, my neighbors will.”

And for seven more years, Yvonne’s yard looked like a flower garden. There were roses of exquisite colors, hanging baskets of petunias, beds of geraniums and impatiens.

What really helps my peace of mind is to cling to Bible verses that speak of God’s loving plan for our lives,” she said. Verses such as:

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16 LAB).

The days of the blameless are known to the LORD…” (Psalm 37:18).

“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
(Psalm 37:23 LAB)

God is writing the book of my life and He holds the hour-glass of time. I will not die one minute before he says so, and when I do, He will welcome me to my eternal Home.”

Yes! We serve a God of hope not despair.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).

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God is Our Safety

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You are a shield around me, O LORD, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:4

We live in a world of great unrest: riots and terrorist attacks in many places, train bombings and shootings in broad daylight…How can we feel safe?

Late in his reign King David, was forced to flee for his life from Jerusalem because of a revolt led by his rebellious and arrogant son Absalom and a host of traitors. He could have trusted his army to protect him and defeat Absalom but instead He trusted God. “You are a shield around me, O LORD, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head,” he wrote.

Even at night, in the wide open desert without concrete walls around him and a comfortable bed, David was able to sleep. In the morning, he may have shaken his head in surprise as he said, “even here I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”

The fact that God was His protection was very real to King David for he often wrote about it in the Psalms. “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me. You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great.”
(2 Samuel 22: 3, 36).

Those comforting words are also for us. During times when we feel vulnerable we can say with David, “My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:10). “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge” (Psalm 144:2).

For a shield to do any good we must use it. We must dwell in the fortress (God) and take up His shield. “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one,” Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:16.

Dear Father, we thank you that you are greater than anything that could harm us. We trust in your protection and deliverance.

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Let Thanksgiving be the Habit of your Life

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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

When everything is going well, it is easy to give thanks, but what happens when things are not going well?  Is it possible to give thanks even then?

One of my patients in the Care Home where I worked taught me the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Mrs. Reimer had both of her legs amputated. After she healed, she had to learn to walk again. I would attach the crutches and help her stand. After taking a few steps, she’d flop back down on her bed and beam up at me, “Imagine me at ninety learning to walk again. Now that’s something!” I could hardly believe it! She saw humor in her situation! Instead of immersing herself in self-pity, Mrs. Reimer focused on what she could still do. She loved to crochet beautiful snowflakes that would adorn a Christmas tree. “If I make one snow flake a day I’ll have 365 to sell at the bazaar,” she said. And she did. I’ll have some of her snowflakes on my Christmas tree!

Why is thanksgiving so important? It acknowledges God in the situation.

When things go wrong the last thing we want to do is give thanks. But it’s the most beneficial. Thanksgiving prepares the way for God’s salvation to come in. 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)

“Give thanks in all circumstances,” Paul writes “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

God can do anything with a thankful heart, but He can do little for a complaining one. It is closed to his grace.

Dear Father, thank you that you are with me and working all things together for good.

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I Want People to See Jesus in Me

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Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3: 13-14

What do you do when Christians disappoint you? As a young Christian, I hungered for the abundant life Jesus talked about, a life of victory over sin and of fruitful work. Naturally, I looked to older, more mature Christians. “They will have found the secret to living a victorious Christian life,” I thought.

I expected that they would love one another and build each other up. Instead, I often found a judgmental spirit which led to divisions and rejections. I heard them gossiping and talking maliciously about each other. I saw them being selfish and greedy.

What a let-down! “If that’s the best Christianity can do,” I thought, “who needs it?

I put the Bible aside and went to other books for life’s answers. But no book tackled life as honestly and realistically as the Bible did. It alone spoke of a Savior who valued sinful persons enough to die for them. Could I, like Christ, look beyond a fault to the intrinsic value God puts on a person?

Look to Me, not to people,” I heard Jesus saying to me. “If you look to people, you will be disappointed. My followers are faulty just as you are faulty. All of you are in the process of growing and maturing. See to it, that nobody stumbles over your life.”

I have met many beautiful people, inside and outside the church, who’ve blessed my life. I’ve determined to see each person as Christ sees them.

Dear God, forgive me when I disappoint You and cause others to stumble. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that people will see Jesus in me.  Amen.

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God’s Holding Patterns

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Romans 8:28  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, put painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

When our old farm house was being renovated ceilings, walls, and floors were ripped out to make room for new ones. Dust and debris lay everywhere. We bumped our legs on scaffolding in the living room and stepped over cans of paint in the kitchen. The bathroom was out of commission as the water had been shut off. Trying to cook meals and carry on a normal family routine was a challenge.

As the days crawled by and I saw little progress, I began to complain.

This stage is no fun,” the contractor agreed. “Later when you see the finished product, though, you’ll be glad you persevered.

For peace of mind, there was only one thing to do: trust the contractor that he knew what he was doing and that the end result would make up for the temporary inconveniences.

When God wants to do something new in our lives, it is often preceded by major renovations.

Take for instance, Joni Eareckson Tada’s life. During a diving accident at seventeen, this vibrant athletic girl broke her neck and became a quadriplegic. Joni’s promising life lay in shambles. She was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. At first she couldn’t see how any good could come out of all this suffering. But God had a plan far greater than she could imagine.

For the past 34 years, Joni has headed up an organization called ‘Joni and Friends‘ which ministers to people affected by disabilities and supplies wheelchairs to thousands around the world. She has written several bestsellers, paints beautifully by holding a brush in her mouth, and is in demand as an international speaker. She says, “God is big enough to understand suffering, wise enough to allow it, and powerful enough to use it for greater good than any of us can imagine.”

Renovations are messy. Holding patterns are not fun. It’s the end result that makes it all worthwhile.

Have things turned upside down in your life? Let Paul’s words encourage you: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Thank you Father that the plans you have for us are plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.

by Helen Grace Lescheid
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God is Good—All the Time

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Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

How do we know that God is good when our lives feel bad?

We’ve been conditioned to think of God  as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. We have learned to equate the goodness of God with the rightness of our circumstances.

We are like the little girl who, when she got what she wanted, exclaimed, “God must really like me!” Or conversely, when things were not going her way, she pouted, “Why is God punishing me like this?”

King David did not make this mistake. He knew that God’s goodness is based on His character traits of mercy and love which never change. David knew about adversities. Maligned by friends and family, hunted by King Saul, hiding in caves and fearing for his life, David poured out his anguish to God. Then he made an astonishing declaration: “Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old…according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD” (Psalm 25:6-8).

Our circumstances are not an accurate reflection of God’s goodness. Whether life is good or bad, God’s goodness, rooted in his character, is always the same. Knowing this, David could sing of the goodness of God, whether he was peacefully tending his sheep or fearfully running from his enemies. “All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful,” he writes (Psalm 25:10). “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).

God’s goodness is the same on bad days as it is on good days.

People who attest to God’s goodness in their lives do not experience an absence of trouble but rather have a keen awareness of God’s presence in every situation.

Father, I thank you that You are always good and what You do is good also.

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A Sense of Wonder

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Phil.4:12 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…”

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” Philippians 4:11,12

Mom, you find pleasure in the smallest things,” my daughter laughed.

I had just described to her my joy at finding a spider web suspended outside my kitchen window. Raindrops caught in the web shone like beads of crystal in the early morning sunlight. What could be more beautiful?

A sense of wonder at the small things! How we need that today in our world of noise, speed, and consumerism. It’s easy to be sucked into the world’s way and to miss the many little blessings God scatters into each day for us.

Two things that steal my sense of wonder:

Comparing myself with others who seem to have more of what I want–more book sales, more success in ministry…

A feeling of entitlement–I deserve more than I’m getting. After all, I have worked very hard and given so much.

Paul could have gone that route. He had worked day and night to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. He had sacrificed everything: home, family, career, comfort, even a wage. Yet, he was in prison while others were free to preach.

What was his response? “I have learned the secret of being content.

What was his secret? I think I know: Develop a keen sense of wonder at all that God is doing for you and through you. All the little miracles he is scattering into each day for you. Like a spider web outside the kitchen window.

Today, I encourage you to write down the little blessings that add to the pleasure of your day. See if you can come up with ten. Then share some of them with the rest of us.

Father, I thank you for the surprising ways in which you come to us. Today I want to be alert to the small blessings you’ve planted along my pathway.

by Helen Grace Lescheid

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The God of Second Chances

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THe GOd of SEcond CHancesa

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong…so that no one may boast before him.”  1 Corinthians 27, 29

Have you ever felt inadequate for a special task? How did you deal with it?

At the burning bush Moses was told to take off his shoes. Then God spoke these comforting words to him: “I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them.

This was good news indeed! At last God had heard Moses’ prayers.

And then God made a shocking announcement: “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:7,8)

Moses’ response was much like ours. “Who me? God, you have the wrong person,” he said. “Don’t you remember, I tried to save my people but it ended in disaster. I’ve been hiding in the desert for these forty years now. I’m an old man and don’t have the energy. Besides, I’m not a speaker. I could never convince Pharaoh to let the people go.”

Of course, God knew all that. He was well acquainted with Moses’ failure and inadequacy. But Moses did qualify on one count: God loves to use ordinary, weak, human beings to do His work.

Like us!

How did God do it? God did not transform Moses into suddenly feeling adequate and strong. God said, “I will be with you.” In other words, “I will do this in your shoes, Moses.” It would be God through Moses who would free his people.

That’s the way it’s going to be with us too.

Thank you, Father, that I can do everything through him (Christ) who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)

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God is our Protection

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devotional on God's protection

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty… He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Psalm 91:1,4

I read about a clever little bird in the tropics who, before she leaves the nest, covers her young birds with leaves. Should a poisonous snake strike its tongue against the leaves, it will instantly recoil. The leaves are poisonous to the snake.

As Christians we also have an adequate covering against our adversary, the devil. God Himself is our covering. He shields us with his wings. He shelters us with his feathers. His faithful promises are our armor and protection (Psalm 91:1,4).

How have you experienced this?

Some years ago, when I was especially run down in body and spirit, I sensed an encroaching darkness descend upon me. On this particular day, I had gone to bed early but I couldn’t sleep. An ominous dread filled my heart. When I opened my eyes, I saw a dark figure had entered the room. I called for my husband to come and together we said, “In the name of Jesus Christ, we command you to leave. We are covered with the blood of Jesus Christ and you cannot touch us. We belong to God.”

Instantly, the darkness vanished.

In Christ, we have a covering that the powers of darkness cannot penetrate. Therefore, we have nothing to fear–ever.

Father, I thank you for the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. Knowing that You are covering me and my family, I can now relax and go to sleep.

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God’s Discipline

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What is the difference between punishment and discipline?

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10.

When things go wrong in our lives we are apt to say, “God is punishing me.” But is this true?

Jesus has already taken the full punishment of our sins. Therefore, there is none left for us. God has appointed us to receive salvation, not punishment.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds we have been healed (1 Peter 2:24)

Then why do bad things come into our lives? Let me give three reasons.

1.    We live in a broken, fallen, sinful world and we will get our share of trouble. Jesus promised us this: “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   Jesus did not come to make us escapists but over-comers.

2.    We have made some bad decisions and decisions have consequences. But God can and will redeem our failures if we give them to him.

3.    It may be discipline coming from a loving father. Let’s think about this for a bit more.

What is the difference between punishment and discipline?

Punishment is administered by a Judge as an act of justice. Discipline is administered by a loving Father to help a child develop self-control, character and ability. It is an act of training.

Who loves his child more—the father who allows the child to do what will harm him, or the one who corrects, trains, and even punishes the child to help him learn what is right?  Discipline may feel like punishment, but let us remember God’s discipline is a sign of his deep love for us.

My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes those He accepts as His children. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children.” (Hebrews 12: 5-7 Life Application Study Bible).

Father, I thank you that you love me enough to discipline me. I want to be a good learner.

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God is Holy and Merciful

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2 Corinthians 5:21

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:18

There’s an innate knowledge within persons of all cultures that a holy God has to be appeased with good works, fasting, praying, doing penance, and religious activities of all kinds. But how much is enough?

During my stay in Senegal, West Africa, my daughter and I visited a dear friend. Fatima had just returned from a holy pilgrimage to Mecca. She could hardly wait to tell us about it. Her eyes glowed as she said, “I was in the procession of millions of believers; I performed all the ceremonies; I circled the Ka’aba (the cube-shaped stone building); I said all the prayers.” Then her eyes clouded as she lowered her voice, “Still, if Allah should call me tonight, I don’t know if he would receive me into his heaven,” she said, “That’s really his choice, isn’t it?” Despite her deep sincerity and all that she had done, her heart questioned, “Have I done enough?”

Fatima, we can know for sure,” my daughter replied. “Should God call me tonight, I know I will go to heaven, not because of the good things I have done, but because of what Jesus has done for me.” She took Fatima’s hand and said softly, “Jesus died for your sins also.”

There is only one way to be made right with God and that is through Jesus Christ. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made  right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21 New Living Translation).

The death of Christ on the cross paid for our sin-debt in full. He satisfied the demands of justice by taking our judgment upon Himself. He is our connection to God. That’s why Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”  (John 14:6).

We cannot earn God’s forgiveness and favor. But there is something we must do before God can help us. We must repent of our stubborn independence and surrender ourselves to Jesus.

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:12,13 NLT)

When we invite Jesus Christ to come into our lives, He removes the sin barrier between us and God. The personal relationship with Triune God, which Adam and Eve enjoyed, is restored. A new birth has taken place leading to a new life with a totally different orientation.

Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and take control of my life.

by Helen Lescheid
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He’s Holding Me

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God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to his promise, and he can be depended on)” 1 Corinthians 1:9 (Amplified)

During a very difficult time in my life, people kept encouraging me, “Keep hanging onto God and his promises and you’ll make it.” This was good advice–God’s word was like a solid foundation when everything else around me was crumbling. But sometimes I got so weary and I wondered how much longer can I keep hanging on? And if I let go, what will happen to me?

At this time one of my patients at a Care Home taught me a valuable lesson.

Blind Mr. Isaac was in the last stages of throat cancer. Propped up in bed, he struggled for breath. The raw tumor, in his throat, was strangling him. He kept clearing his throat, yet the obstruction would not go away. I gave him liquid morphine for the pain and Ensure for his hunger. I sat down beside him and took his thin veined hand in mine.

Nurse,” he croaked in a hoarse whisper, “Please read to me.” He pointed to a Bible on his night table.

A flush of joy washed over his emaciated face as I read some well-marked Scriptures  to him: “He (God) reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters…” (2 Samuel 22:17)

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”(Isaiah 41:13)

Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”  (Psalm37:24)

Mr. Isaac whispered “Yes! Yes! Jesus is holding me.”

Later as I reflected on Mr. Isaac’s words, it dawned on me why Mr. Isaac had peace and joy in the midst of his severe trial: he had discovered it’s not how hard we hang on to God’s hand but how tightly God hangs on to ours that counts.

In my frantic efforts to keep clinging to God, had I not accused him of the possibility of letting go of me?

“Forgive me Lord,” I whispered. “I want to trust you more. I know you will never let go of me. You will see me safely through this time of testing.”

And He did. When I look back on that time now, I thank God for the opportunity to learn more of His amazing faithfulness. He keeps hanging on even when we’re too weak to do it ourselves.

by Helen Grace Lescheid
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Lord, thank You for dying so we can be set free from all of guilt and sin — no matter how big or small.  Your blood has erased all of our sin. Thank You so much! Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen

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God’s Love is Holy Love

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Isaiah 54:10 Holy Love

The mountains and the hills may crumble, but My love for you will never end…so says the LORD who loves you” (Isaiah 54:10 GNT)

God is love. Love is who He is and it’s the bedrock of all that He does. Such love is too deep, too intense, and too pure to be measured by emotion and intellect alone. It must be measured by the third dimension of faith, for there will be times in our lives when it doesn’t appear as if God is loving. At times like that, we need to remember that God’s love is steadfast and holy.

For love to be pure, it must become angry at that which hurts the beloved. If that hurtful thing is deeply buried within the beloved it has to be extricated in a painful way.

Just as a good surgeon must be ruthless to remove cancer cells, so God’s holy love demands that we get rid of sin in our lives. When we fail to do so, His love compels Him to send trials into our lives that will lead us to repentance. But God is not indifferent to our pain. He suffers along with us. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103: 13,14).

Trials are sent to grow our relationship with God. It’s in the hard places that we experience the depth of God’s love.  It’s then we learn of God’s compassionate nature and His faithfulness. We get to know Him as “the Lord (who) binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted” (Isaiah 30:26). “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men” (Lamentations 3:32,33).

Real love seeks the well-being of the loved one. It warns to prevent more harm. It disciplines to create more growth. It sometimes withholds what we think is good to give something better.

What comfort it is to know that no matter how life treats us, God’s love never changes! He loves us the same on good days as on bad days.  With Him there is no variableness, no shadow of turning His back on us (James 1:17). It is we who stand in our own shadow of limited understanding or refusal to act upon that which we know. Being a loving heavenly Father, God gives us what we need not only to survive but to triumph

Thank you, Father, that your love for me never ends. I want to live in such a way that I bring joy to your heart.

by Helen Lescheid

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