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To enter the sheepfolds of the Middle East, a shepherd’s sheep had to pass under his rod for him to inspect their condition up close. The shepherd would tend to any obvious needs one by one. Then when all the sheep were in the fold, he lay down across the opening with his own body. Through the 23rd Psalm we better understand our Good Shepherd in a personal way. Ask God to show you about himself in this classic psalm, which unfortunately is so familiar that we can recite it without receiving its revelation deep in our spirits. Listen for what God wants you to know about who he is, what he does, and what you have in your Shepherd.

As you cultivate your personal communion with God in prayer, let him lead you to pray this psalm for others.

The Lord is my Shepherd.
Jehovah-Rohi: God my Shepherd
Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd who knows my own sheep by name” (John 10:11). The Lord of the universe knows you personally! Thank Him for your relationship with Him.

Pray it for others: Jesus is the great Shepherd of all His sheep. Pray for someone who is discouraged and thinks God has forgotten them. Pray for them to know God as their Shepherd.

I shall lack nothing.
Jehovah-Jireh: the Lord my Provider
If God provided so much in Jesus to meet your spiritual needs, will He not also take care of your daily practical needs? Pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” (Matthew 6: 11) and name specific needs you are trusting him for. Thank him he is your provider.

Pray for others: Pray for those who have real financial needs and for those who are discontent with what they have. Pray they will know Jehovah-Jireh.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside quiet waters.
Jehovah-Shalom: God my Peace
Pray about anything that is disquieting your peace. Affirm that God is your peace. Pray about God’s leading in His work and decisions.

Pray for others: Ask God how to pray for someone in a hard place. Pray for Him to calm all fear, doubt, worry, inadequacy, and anxiety with the Prince of peace in their heart.

He restores my soul.
Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord my Healer
Where do you need the healing and restoration of Jesus the Healer?

Pray for others: Pray for God to heal the hurts, bitterness, control, judgments, differences, separation, wrong priorities, apathy, etc., of someone else.

He guides me in paths of righteousness…
Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord my Righteousness
Pray for God’s guidance as you dedicate yourself to follow Him as Lord.

Pray for others: Jesus declares us to be righteous, not for what we have done, but because of his perfect righteousness. Pray for salvation for somebody who has not received Jesus as God’s perfect sacrifice for their sin.

For His name’s sake.
Jehovah-M’Kaddesh: God’s name is holy.
He says, “I the Lord alone am holy, and I make you holy because you are called by my holy name.” Pray that you will not dishonor his name.

Pray for others: Pray that someone away from God will desire to bring glory and honor to his name.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Jehovah-Shammah: God who is there
Jesus promised his disciples, “I have all authority, and I am always there for you.” (Matthew 28:19, 20) Affirm his presence with you that dispels fears and unbelief.

Pray for others: God promised his presence in Exodus 3:12 for leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. In Exodus 33:14 reaffirmed his presence to finish what he began. Ask God to reveal himself to your family and friends in powerful new ways.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You can depend on the rod of His protection and the staff of His correction and rescue. Receive the protection and correction of your Good Shepherd.

Pray for others: His comfort is as warm and tender as that of a mother for her child (Isaiah 66:13, 49:13, 52:9). Who needs you to pray God’s comfort for them?

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Jehovah-Nissi: The Lord my Banner of victory
Praise God that He gives victory over your enemies and sins, as you depend on the authority of your crucified, resurrected, victorious Redeemer.

Pray for others: Pray the same prayer for your family and friends.

You anoint my head with oil.
Oil was used for medicine, sanctification, appointment to office, and as a sign of fellowship. Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit, who is all these things. Thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, restore, soothe, cleanse, appoint to His work, and give a sign of your fellowship with the Father and his Son.

Pray for others: Pray that your family and friends will walk in the Spirit.

My cup overflows.
Exercise your attitude of gratitude.

Pray for others: Pray that your family and friends will praise God continually as their Source.

Surely goodness and love with follow me all the days of my life.
Thank God for a specific evidence of His goodness and love He has shown you daily.

Pray for others: Thank God for people who have shown His goodness and love to you. Tell them so at your first opportunity. Pray that they will see God’s goodness to them.

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Ask God to show you how to practice His presence with you continually.

Pray for others: Ask God for the body of Christ to worship Him with their whole heart and be committed to living in His presence daily.

By Sylvia Gunter
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Recently I read again what Jesus said in answer to the question of the disciples,

“What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Believe… “

(John 6:28-29). That is our work. Paul wrote, “God’s work, which is by faith” (1 Timothy 1:4).

This is good news. My work for Him is faith. I remembered that in the Complete Jewish Bible faith is always translated TRUST, for that’s what it means. That puts a different spin on it, doesn’t it? My work for him is TRUST.

Romans 1:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) “But the person who is righteous will live his life by trust.”

Hebrews 11:6 (CJB) And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.

Ephesians 6:16 (CJB) Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (CJB) But for now, three things last – trust, hope, love...

So let’s return to the question:

What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Trust…”

God asks us to trust
that He loves us.
that He is with us this moment.
that He rewards those who seek Him.
that He will provide in the future as He has in the past.
that He is working all things together for our good.
that He is directing us and living His life through us.
that He continually gives the wisdom we need.
that He hears and answers our prayers.

Easy to say, harder sometimes for the heart to fully do. Father, we want to trust you with all things today.

By Sylvia Gunter  and Elizabeth Gunter
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From: Finding The Love You Have Always Wanted

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Through prayer we can have partner with God to impact the nations without leaving home. Use this prayer as a guide to pray for your own nation as well as others.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are Yours. You have complete rule, authority and sovereignty. You reign over all nations. You are seated on Your holy throne (Psalm 47:8). Your dominion endures forever (Psalm 145:11-13). You are King of kings and Lord of lords.

In Your powerful name and by Your power, we stand against all spiritual forces that are operating in our nation. Everything is subject to You (Ephesians 1:21-22). To all opposing powers we say “The Lord rebuke you” (Jude 1:9). Your name is the name above all names. At Your name every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

Holy Spirit come. Rend the heavens and come down to make Your name known to Your enemies and cause the nations to quake before You (Isaiah 64:1-2). Create in each of us a clean heart. Search our hearts and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (Psalm 51).

Awaken Your church. Awaken our hearts to call out to You in humility and seek Your face. Only You can heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Empower Your church to move in unity and love by Your Spirit (John 17:23, 24, 26).

We pray for our pastors and Christian leaders to be in tune with Your heartbeat for the people You have given them to shepherd. May they demolish every argument and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

We pray for our political leaders to know You. May they govern righteously according to Your will. We ask for You to call forth just men to rule in the fear of the Lord (2 Samuel 23:3).

Draw all people to Yourself. (John 12:32). Call forth your sons and daughters. Awaken the slumbering spirits in our nation so that they might find everything they are searching for in You.

Father, glorify yourself in all the earth

By Sylvia Gunter
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From: Prayer Portions, page 306

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A.W. Tozer said “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Pain and disappointment have a way of distorting in our minds what is true about Heavenly Father. When life gets hard, the temptation is to believe that God is uninterested and uninvolved. Yet, He is near and He cares. Regardless of what your current or past circumstances try to tell you, take a moment to meditate on this portrait of your Heavenly Father.

Your Father is perfectly faithful.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Your Father is a generous provider.

Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!

Your Father is loving and compassionate.

John 17:23 (Jesus speaking to His Father) “You have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on His children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Your Father is forgiving and accepting.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Your Father is a patient teacher.

Isaiah 30:20-21 Your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (NASB)

Your Father is an understanding counselor.

Isaiah 9:6 He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Your Father is a wise communicator.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

James 3:17 The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Your Father gives good gifts.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Your Father is attentive to your needs.

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Your Father is strong yet personal.

Isaiah 40:26 He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing

Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

And so much more. He is more wonderful than our mind can comprehend. He is there, even if we feel that He has left or that He ought to leave, and even when we turn our backs on Him. Our Father is love, pure love, and He does not change.

By Sylvia and Elizabeth Gunter
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Listen to God’s Word with your spirit.

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders” (Deuteronomy 33:12).

You can rest in the truth that you are your Father’s beloved. Taste deeply of the love of God. Know the treasure you are to him. You are a chosen one, a special person, noticed in your uniqueness, eternally valued. You are priceless and irreplaceable, safe in his everlasting embrace, at rest in his non-comparing love. Be increasingly aware of your belovedness.

You are precious in your Father’s eyes. Receive this so that you live with a stable, settled sense of true belonging. Your real gift is not so much what you can DO; it is who you ARE. The good things you DO reveal what a beautiful person you ARE.

Your beloved Father provides a safe, secure environment, and you don’t have to test him continually, fearfully asking questions, such as “Are you still with me?” “Will you still be with me if...?” “Prove it by...” Be blessed to choose against the accuser’s lies about your adequacy, identity, legitimacy, your past, present, and future. Be blessed to know that you can never be rejected or abandoned by your Father. He never leaves you alone. His love is your companion every step of the way.

Be blessed with knowing his heart that nurtures belonging, inclusion, and worth. Be blessed with healing of your soul’s rejection wounds and the abandonment wound that is deeper.

Discover more fully who God is and whose child you are. Your life is an opportunity to become who you are, to affirm your own true spiritual nature and to say “Yes” to the One who calls you the beloved. Your legitimacy is settled in him. Trust what he wants you to see and hear. He gives you great gifts of inner peace, joy of living, sense of well-being, solidness and strength inside, and healing. Share your life in encouragement, hope, and trust. When you are secure, your presence is a joy to those who know you.

Get quiet and listen to the voice of love saying good things to you. Trust God’s voice of affirmation; it is persistent, strong, and deep. It will never let you go. Don’t be pulled out of your center in your belovedness.

Be blessed to be attentively present to him to see his fingerprints and feel his closeness. Drive a stake in this blessing as the truth that shapes your daily life. Synchronize with the voice calling you the beloved, and continually align yourself with your belovedness.

Be blessed in the life of the Chosen One (Luke 23:35).

By Sylvia Gunter
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From: You Are Blessed In The Name Of God

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Psalm 91 Begins with: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

One of my greatest privileges is to try to express what Psalm 91 means to me. There is no way to overstate its importance in my life and yours. God’s covenant promises in Psalm 91 are dear to his heart.  It deals with warfare, relationship, and intercession. In some Bibles, it is subtitled “The Security Of The One Who Trusts In The Lord.” I have stood in Psalm 91 many times, defensively to plead God’s shield of protection and offensively to push back the adversary, for myself and others. It is particularly powerful when prayed out loud.

Psalm 91 pictures Biblical confidence and poise. The heart of it is the protected place of abiding safely in God, as we run to our covenant position of settling down under His defense.  After establishing who God is, the psalmist describes the work of the enemy. Spiritual warfare is, first of all, about experiencing all the majesty and supremacy of God, who assures us that He is committed to defending us. His commitment is based on his deep covenant love relationship between Him and His people, which the psalm affirms and celebrates in the closing verses. We can confidently claim His rest, refuge, protection, safety, covering, faithfulness, freedom from fear, angelic watchers, deliverance, and salvation.

Take time today to meditate on Psalm 91 in several translations. Do word studies on it. I have written a verse-by-verse reflection on Psalm 91 many times. Write a personal paraphrase. Cross reference supporting Scriptures. Add other verses that God whispers to you that confirm and expand the truths in Psalm 91. Take them deep into your heart, spirit, and life-experience. Most crucially, apply them and see God’s power.

Pray,Most High God, my El Shaddai, teach me to be biblically fearless, based on my covenant love relationship with you.

By Sylvia Gunter
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Psalm 91 in Prayer Essentials For Living In His Presence, Vol 1, page 209-211. © 2000 Sylvia Gunter.
There are also reflections on Psalm 91 on pages 60-67 and 173-174 of Prayer Essentials For Living In His Presence, Vol 2.


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The Lord is my Shepherd –    
Thank your Shepherd that He knows you by name and wants to communicate with you. Talk to Him about your intimate relationship with Him.

I shall lack nothing –    
Thank your good Shepherd that He provides all your needs, beginning with redemption. Ask Him to carry all your worries, burdens, and cares.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters –
Thank Jesus your Peace for His attention to the details of your life. Tell Him you want to see Him more clearly in your daily living. Let Him speak to you.

He restores my soul – 
Because Jesus your Healer became man, He understands everything you have experienced. Thank your Healer for healing the hurts. Remember His times of restoration.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake –
Thank the Righteous One that you are accepted in Him and completely forgiven. Thank your Shepherd for His guidance of your life for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me – 
Thank God who is always there for you. His presence with you dispels all fear. Your Shepherd is always there for you. Thank Him that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Thank God for His loving authority in your life to discipline and correct you and give you the security of loving limits. Thank Him that you can never mess up so bad that you fear punishment by Him.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
Thank your Banner for His presence with you dispels all fear. He is strength and protection against the enemy. Thank Him that Jesus lives victorious in you.

You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.
Thank your Shepherd for His grace and favor that He gives you so generously. Thank Him that you can enjoy fellowship with Him.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thank your Shepherd that you can continuously sense His presence because of His  faithfulness. Worship Him with a song that speaks of His goodness and love with you that dispels all fear. He is eternal nearness and love.

By Sylvia Gunter
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“Praying The Character Of Your Father From The 23rd Psalm,
” Prayer Portions p. 245-246, © 1991, 1992, 1995 by Sylvia Gunter.
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“For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).

Who you are and everything you have is the result of God’s favor. He has blessed you with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). You are surrounded by His grace.

Your Abba wants to take you as His precious child right up next to His heart today. He will keep you close and make His face shine on you and be gracious to you (Numbers 6:24-25). Your Father smiles on you with His compassion as you seek Him (Isaiah 30:18).

Your Father’s providence goes before you to provide for every need. He is with you to strengthen you and keep you from harm (1 Chronicles 4:10). The Lord God is a sun and shield; He bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold (Psalm 84:11).

He has written this day of your life in His book. Be blessed as His favor rests on His appointed work through your hands (Psalm 90:17). See the great thing He is about to do (1 Samuel 12:6). His Word says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1). Be blessed as God breaks through hindrances and uses everything to fulfill His purposes. He rejoices today in doing you good (Jeremiah 32:41).

Even if circumstances make it hard to believe, trust in His unfailing love. He is not slow in keeping His promise. He surrounds you with the shield of His presence (Psalm  5:12). He promises that weeping may endure for a night, and His anger is only for a moment. Joy comes in the morning, and His favor lasts for your lifetime (Psalms 30:5). He keeps you today in His love and faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3-4). He is inviting you to live in the assurance of your Father’s blessing and favor. Be blessed to trust His goodness toward you today.

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I never tire of talking about or receiving the Father heart of God.

We have a crisis of fathering in this country. A hundred years ago Teddy Roosevelt said,

What we need in our public officials is not genius, not even brilliancy, so much as the exercise of the ordinary, rather commonplace qualities of honesty, courage, and common sense — the qualities that make a man a good husband, a good father, a good neighbor.”

Our crisis in good fathering is ultimately more serious than any economic or political crisis. Very few people have been fathered in their spirit and soul. We need to receive from Father God his re-parenting us as true sons and daughters. The good news is that God wants to be our Father. Jesus came to show us His Father and ours.

Receiving the perfect Father nature of God is essential if we are to love Him and be assured of His love, trust Him, be secure in Him, pray to Him, yield to Him, live holy before Him, receive His guidance, serve Him, be like Him, and much more.

Spend time with your Father in His Word, His love letter to you. Receive His Father love for you. He is our Father by right of the blood of Jesus (John 1:12).

Our basis of eternal security is being in the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29). We pray to the Father in Jesus’ name (Matthew 6:9).

God’s Father love for us is our highest motivation to holiness (1 John 3:1-3). His Fatherhood is the basis of understanding His guiding hand (John 5:20, 10:3-4, 27).

Every family derives its name from the Father, so God the Father is the model for headship in our families (Ephesians 3:14-15, Psalm 68:5-6).

Our Father wants us to yield to His gentle parental authority (Hosea 11:1, 3-4, Ephesians 6:4).

The basis of trusting Him is seeing Him as our totally able and faithful Father (Matthew 18:19-20, Hebrews 13:5, 2 Timothy 2:13).

When we know Him as Father, we will trust His generosity (Matthew 6:32-33, James 1:17, Psalm 37:3-5).

Knowing Him as Father is the basis of receiving His affection (John 17:23, Hosea 11:4, Jeremiah 31:3, Deuteronomy 33:12).

His Father-heart is the basis for His parental attentiveness (Matthew 6:25-26, 31; 1 Peter 5:7).

When we rightly knowing Him as Father, we are secure in his acceptance and rest securely in Him (Galatians 4:5-7, Romans 8:15-16, 32-33; Zephaniah 3:17).

His relationship to us as Father is the legal basis of receiving all our inheritance in Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14, Colossians 1:12, 1 Peter 1:3-4).

The Father is seeking worshippers. When we understand His Father heart, we will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

Knowing our loving Father is the foundation for intimate relationship with Him.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a picture of our Father’s love. Personalize it, and receive it for yourself.

My Father who loves me is patient with me, kind to me….
My Father’s love is not rude, nor self-seeking, not easily angered, and keeps no record of my wrongs.
My Father’s love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
My Father’s love always protects me, always trusts me, always believes the best about me, always perseveres and never gives up on me.

My Father’s love for me never fails.
That’s shouting ground!

By Sylvia Gunter
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If you don’t know Jesus and would like to start the special father – child love relationship you can do that right now by talking to him (Praying).  You can submit to him with a simple but powerful prayer. This is a sample.

“Lord Jesus, I want to know you and be loved by you and know your heart. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”


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Hebrews 13:5

Father God has promised that He will never leave you or forsake you. He has not abandoned you. His perfect love casts out all fear. Rest in His love. Receive from your heavenly Father all the father’s blessing that you craved from your earthly father.

Be blessed with life-changing encounters with the Father heart of God. Be blessed to receive His perfect healing that can make you whole. Allow Him to bring healing, recovery, and restoration of your broken trust.

Your Father’s best healing work restores your heart and soul according to His design that He had for you before He laid the foundations of the world. As you drink in your Father’s love, He will re-innocence you, restoring your childlike faith and trust.

Respond this way:

God, I choose to trust you today. I choose to believe Your heart toward me is kind, good, loving, approachable, and accepting. I choose to bind my will to Your will. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ. I bind my emotions to the Holy Spirit for healing and alignment.

Thank You for wanting to be my Father, not my taskmaster or my boss. You are indeed loving Master, Sovereign, Judge, King, and so much more. How majestic is Your name in all the earth (Psalms 8). I am in awe of all You are, but You are first of all my “Abba, Papa.”

Thank You that You created me to be loved as Your child and for me to love You. It’s that simple. You like me and You like having me around. Thank You that the greatest blessing is nearness to You, and You want me near You. Thank You for inviting me to draw near to You so that I may experience joy and peace in Your presence. Thank You for Your promise to hold me in Your everlasting loving arms.

I accept Your invitation to come closer to Your Father heart.

By Sylvia and Elizabeth Gunter
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From: Safe In The Father’s Heart: Finding The Love You Have Always Wanted

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Have you ever been so burdened by a problem that you say “I just don’t even know what to pray?” When the circumstances of life seem too big or complex to comprehend, shift your focus to who God is by praying God’s character.

For every circumstance I believe and proclaim…

God is sovereign. All authority and all power is His. Mathew 28:18.

Nothing takes Him by surprise. All circumstances serve Him. God knows the end from the beginning. Psalm 119:91, Isaiah 46:9-10.

His word is forever settled in heaven. Psalms 119:89.

God does all things for our good and His glory, to conform us to be like Jesus. Romans 8:28-29

The blood of Jesus covers all circumstances, people, places, and times. The One who did not spare His own Son will freely give us all His best.  Romans 8:31-32.

God is for us and nothing can separate us from His love. That was settled on the cross. Romans 8:35-39.

God’s loving kindness never ceases. His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.

God supplies all our needs by His riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.

God knows and cares. The very hairs of our head are numbered. Mathew 10:30.

He is God of all comfort and Father of mercies. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

God is able to supply His abundant grace to us, so that in all things, at all times, we have all His sufficient grace we need for strength, encouragement, and hope. 2 Corinthians 9:8.

God is able to show His perfect power in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

We can know with certainty that He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him.  2 Timothy 1:12.

He is our strength, our shield, our strong tower, our refuge, our hope, our joy, our peace, our all. Psalm 18:1-3, Colossians 3:11b.

God renews our strength as we wait on Him. Isaiah 40:31.

God promises that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is with us, a very present help. Hebrews 13:5-6, Psalm 46:1.

God never goes back on a promise. Joshua 21:45.

God has a heart that tears can touch and invites us to climb up in the Father’s lap and cry. Hebrews 4:15, Psalm 56:8.

God gives gladness instead of mourning and praise instead of fainting. Weeping endures for a night, but He gives joy that comes in the morning. Isaiah 61:3, Psalm 30:5. 

God is enthroned on the praises of His children. Psalm 22:3.

When we lift God up continually in a sacrifice of praise, we glorify Him in this situation in the here-and-­now. John 12:28a.

Father, glorify Yourself this hour. John 12:28

By Sylvia Gunter
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From: For The Family (1994)

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“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” Psalms 32:8

Your life is like a treasure map, and you are on a journey of discovery. As you follow after God you will see that it is not a specific destination that is most important. Each stop along the way is created by God to show you more of Himself.

Be blessed as you follow His faithful guidance. He will teach you His ways and make you sensitive to His hand on your life. Be blessed with assurance that you don’t go anywhere today without your personal Guide. Be blessed with His open door before you that no one can shut, according to His sovereign will, and with closed doors that are outside His purposes for you (Revelation 3:7-8). May the blessing of His presence lead your spirit.

Wherever you go, God promises “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21). Be blessed as you hear Him whisper direction, “This is the way. Walk this way.” If His word is to fight, let it be for His glory. If He says to wait, let it be with hope and grace, secure in His timing and sovereign hand. If His word is to flee, let it be with His permission and at His direction. If He tells you to offer a sacrifice of praise, let it be with thanksgiving that is sweet to Him.

Be blessed to be confident that He is working out all things for good, whether you see it or feel it now. His eyes are open to all your ways (Jeremiah 32:19). Let your expectation be centered in Him (Psalms 62:1&5). Receive His peace as He directs your paths. He promises that He will keep in perfect peace those whose eyes are fixed on Him, because you trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).

By Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter
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From:  Blessing For Life: Word Of Hope and Healing

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I am grieved by the tone of today’s rhetoric as I am sure you are. There is so much toxic public conversation with accusation, shaming, vulgarity, you-name-it. It troubles me. Are we like the frog in the proverbial pot of water on the stove, with the temperature being raised so slowly that we did not jump out when there was still time, before we boil? Can’t we all get back to more civil engagement with each other?

Colossians 3:12-15 As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… And be thankful.”

How often this standard is violated in me and in our fallen world. These simple commands struck deep contrition in my heart as I thought about each characteristic.

Compassion: identifying with the distress of others to relieve their discomfort. God is described as compassionate more than 50 times in the Old Testament. The Gospel writers described Jesus as having compassion 5 times. And in the magnificent portrait of the father of the prodigal son, he was filled with compassion for his son.

Kindness: choosing to be considerate, others-focused, and generous.

Humility: The opposite is pride, which destroys as it makes a person feel more entitled, thus more demanding, more insistent on control and having the last word.

Gentleness: responding so that a person feels safe with you, essential to a relational bond.

Patience: choosing to be willing to wait for gratification or vindication.

Forbearance: choosing patient self-control, restraint, and tolerance; choosing being long-bothered without showing any ill temper. In law, it is refraining from exercising a legal right.

Forgiveness: choosing to give up the delusion that you yourself have nothing to forgive.

Love: choosing to live in 1 Corinthians 13.

Peace: choosing to commit to making peace, not war. Letting Jesus referee in your heart.

They are all about the character of God. He has shown Himself to be this to each of us. We now get to choose to respond to others out of our experience of His indwelling grace.

We all make choices every day. I choose to walk the Colossians 3 way.

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With your spirit receive God’s Word for you from Proverbs 8:30-31.

Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

And in Ephesians 2:10 (NLT).

For we are God’s masterpiece...”

God delights in how he made you.

You are one of his masterpieces. You are his song to be sung in a key of music that is unique to you, in a rhythm, a harmony, and an orchestration that God rejoices to sing inside of you. The music of heaven graces your life as others see and hear and touch who you are, so that they receive from him the awesome display of his delight in you.

Appreciate the delightful work of God’s hands that you are. God designed what you do to be built on the foundation of who you are in him. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

You are not a tool designed to function to do good works because the world needs them done. God has given you the authority and compassion to be a part of meeting needs, but higher than that, you are beautiful and complete like the portrait that God painted in  1 Samuel 16:18 of a man after his own heart. You are a worshiper who sings back to him the songs of heaven. You are brave with holy boldness, kept by the One who stands strong in you. You are a warrior who fights the right battles because you listen to your Commander. You have wise and gracious words that come from the wellspring of a righteous heart. You are fine-looking as you reflect the image of Jesus. You possess the signature that the Lord is with you. He “signed off on you.” Receive the seal of his signature on you.

In your spirit you are blessed to live in the beauty of being well-pleasing to your Father. You are beautiful, dressed in royal robes designed to express the position and privilege of being the King’s heir. You have royal inheritance of authority and privilege. You are a display of his splendor from his throne room. Be blessed with fulfillment in the grace and beauty of heaven seen in you. Be blessed with the peace and joy of heaven about you. You are blessed with the perfume of heaven about you. You are blessed with the color and light of heaven reflected upon you.

God is investing in you, caring for you, nurturing you. Be blessed with becoming everything he has called you to be and being all he has designed you to become so that all of heaven rejoices. Receive the delight of Jesus in his creation: you!

Be blessed in the name of the One who rejoices in his works (Psalm 104:31).

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Hope is a command, the promise of God, and a position in Him. Last week we look at the command to hope. This week we will enter in to the promise, and next week the position.

Hear God’s Word for you in Isaiah 49:23.

Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

And Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

The presence of the Holy Spirit lives in you, filling you with assurance that God cannot disappoint you. Be blessed with confidence that the sovereign Lord of your life is in charge of your circumstances. When expectation delays, when your hope is waiting without fulfillment, when disappointment tries to overwhelm you, you can have confidence in your Father, because you know that He is in control. He is Lord; He can’t get it wrong. When you are tempted with hopelessness, your Father says that those who wait for Him, those who hope in Him, will never be put to shame.

The psalmist said,

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving” (Psalm 62:11-12).

Your confidence in Him will never disappoint you, because He is strong and loving. Be blessed with security and safety because your hope is anchored in your Father’s unchanging love and strength.

Be blessed with the truth of Psalm 16:5-6.

He is my portion… He maintains my lot.

Your Father’s eyes are on those who hope. Be blessed to submit your soul to Him, because your soul will ask the wrong questions. The question is not “Why?” Be blessed with asking your Father the right question as your gaze is fixed on Him. The right question is “How?” Be blessed with knowing that He is your “how.” Be blessed with this dialogue with your soul. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul. “Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:24).

God dwells with those who Hope in him, and He is enough. Your Father speaks hope to you, hope in Him that does not disappoint, because He dearly loves you. Be blessed in God’s promise that the desire He gives leads where He wants you to go: learning to endure, developing strength of character, in confident expectation of seeing the glory of His purposes for you and in His joy in hope. Jesus is your promised hope.

Receive the prayer of Paul in Ephesians 1:18-21.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given…

You are seated in heavenly realms in hope, in the name of your glorious Father.

Be blessed in the name of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know your Promise of hope (Ephesians 1:17).

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