Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Happy People Whose God Is The LORD

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: July 05, 2016
Chapters: Psalms 141-145
Message: Happy People Whose God Is The LORD

Hello My Friend,

Worship, The reverence and homage paid to God in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like. We who are saved by the Lord, Jesus Christ know that there is only one God that we worship, but oddly enough not everyone who worships God is worshiping the one true God, who is the Lord, Jesus Christ Himself. People might find temporary happiness from time to time as they worship a god they believe to be the LORD, but there is no true happiness unless we worship the LORD, even through trials we find happiness in the LORD. “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.

Worshiping God has nothing to do with kneeling and bowing yourself to God, chanting some repetitive words or prayers, it is about making Christ a part of your life. It is not just about getting saved, it is about Christ being active in your life, and living your life in a way that pleases God. The first step is salvation, we must know Christ as our Saviour, meaning admit we have sinned and that Christ alone, by His death, burial, and resurrection is the only one who can save us from hell, and ask Him to save us. The second step, start confessing and removing sin from our lives. God does not expect us to be perfect, He does expect us to seek His help in getting rid of things that are displeasing to Him. We are to daily ask God to search our hearts for any sin and ask His help in removing them.

“A Psalm of David. LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” - Psalm 141:1-5.

“Let the righteous smite me;” This means we are not to get offended by those who correct us, there is a difference between judging someone with harsh criticism and making good judgment. If someone comes up to us and says they believe what we are doing is sin, do not get offended or defensive, doing that just means the Holy Spirit has placed some conviction in our heart about something, it may not even be about what they are confronting us with. Now, the only judge is God, it is Him that we have to face, so if we are feeling convicted about something we need to ask God to help us figure out what that is and let Him help us deal with it. If we are walking with Christ daily and are not happy there is something going on with us deep inside and only He can help us draw it out and help us.

“Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.” - Psalm 143:7-11.

“for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.” When our spirit is sad everything else will be as well, we may appear to be happy on the outside, but it is only a visage. The third step to being happy in the LORD is talking to God, praying, supplication, asking Him to help you through your troubles. True happiness does not mean we do not get sad, mad, or upset about things, it does mean that we can find joy in the comfort of the Saviour when our soul is troubled. Christ wants to be in every part of our lives, even when we are troubled about something we did long ago, He will help us through everything, but we must talk to Him if we want to find happiness in the LORD.

“A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” - Psalm 144:1-4,10,15.

“that thou makest account of him!” Do you think that happiness comes from doing and getting everything we enjoy? Stuff and people are not what make us happy, if our heart, soul, or spirit are not right nothing will make us happy. Once we receive Christ we are His, that means we belong to Him and a very valuable to Him, He does not want us wallowing in our sorrows, but trusting Him. We are going to fall down, we are going to mess up, we are going to take things into our own hands and make some bad decisions, God knows all of this, yet He loves us and never leaves us. We can do all these things, confess, pray, praise, and give thanks to God, but the key that opens the lock to being happy in the LORD is trust. We must trust Him at all times, that includes while we are waiting for Him

“The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” - Psalm 145:14-20.

“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,” God never leaves us, we cannot always see Him, but He is always there, and will answer our calls to Him. Keep in mind, God does not hear the prayers of those who are living in sin, we must confess sin in order for God to hear our cries. Happiness in the LORD comes with A.C.T.S. to God, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication, true happiness in the LORD comes when we trust Him as we serve Him, even when we are troubled. You are preserved by Christ, trust Him, not your circumstances, let Him be your reason for happiness and He will take care of the rest.

“And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” - I Peter 3:13-16.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.” - Psalm 142:5. Jesus is our refuge and all we need in the land of the living to give us happiness.

Today's Prayer: God, I admit that in my troubles I have not always prayed and have even lost faith in You changing my circumstances, but know when I called You You heard me. You truly are the only way to happiness no matter what we are going through, I know what You have done for me and brought me through, I know that nothing is too hard or impossible for You. When we base our happiness in stuff or people we always come short, we must be right in our heart, spirit, and soul to find true happiness, which comes from our realtionship with You. Lord, search my heart, reveal any iniquites in me, give me Your power and strength to endure every trial, keep me trusting only in You, and fill me with Your joy so that I can tell those who ask that You are my hope, my joy, and my salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

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Monday, July 04, 2016
True Independence

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Monday, July 04, 2016
Chapters: Psalms 136-140
Message: True Independence

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Declaration of Independence, the solemn declaration of the Congress of the United States of America, on the 4th of July 1776, by which they formally renounced their subjection to the government of Great Britain. This declaration has not only given Americans the freedom from the government controlling their every move, but also on how we worship God. Sadly, we are losing our freedoms every day, from dictating what we are to eat to how we are raise our children, and if the corrupt government keeps gets their way we will be losing our freedom to worship God as the Bible tells us. Once declared one nation under God, we are now one nation under Satan, and as long as Christians keep silent or live the same corrupted lives as those in the world it is going to get worse. There is only one true source of independence, and that is Jesus Christ. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” - John 8:32.

Independence, A state in which a person does not rely on others for subsistence; ability to support one's self. I have always been a very independent woman, worked hard to get the things I wanted, took pride in my work, and if I got knocked down I got back up and kept on going. You could imagine my reaction when I began losing everything I had and could not get back up no matter what I tried to do. That was when I went to the only option left, God, as much as God would love to help us, it is only when we come to Him that He does.

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.” - Psalm 136:1-4,16-18,23-26.

“Who remembered us in our low estate:” Some people are blessed to have been brought up in a Christ centered home, most people are brought up in a religious or no God at all home. Religion or ignorance to God does not save us, I grew up half my life in a religious home, without fully understanding what Christ did for me. I knew I was a sinner and I was going to hell, it was not until I was at my lowest that Christ spoke to me and I heard Him. On July 10, 2004 I knew it was time to make some changes in my life and Christ in it would be one of them. Two years later (found a new church) I was baptized to profess my faith in Christ and my life has never been the same. God does not recognize us when we are too proud to admit we need Him, but He does when we humble ourselves before Him.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” - James 4:8-10.

Independence, A state of mind in which a person acts without bias or influence from others; exemption from undue influence; self-direction. No matter what country we belong to we do have the independence to choose to worship God as the Bible says. Governments can burn, hide, or try to keep people from God’s Word, but they cannot keep them from believing in Jesus Christ. Christ will protect and strengthen us when we put our souls in His hands

“In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” - Psalm 138:3-8.

It is not easy to be a true Christian today, we are going to get persecuted, falsely accused, mocked, and threatened for our faith in Christ, but Christ is right there with us and will help us endure, He is our true independence. “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” - Mark 13:13.

Independence, A state of being not dependent; complete exemption from control, or the power of others; as the independence of the Supreme Being. It may not seem like it to the world, but independence only comes through our relationship with the only Supreme Being, God. As someone who is independent I understand how hard it is to learn to depend on others, you could imagine my how hard it for me to be dependent upon God. To this day I will never understand why He uses me to do so many things for Him when I still try to do everything on my own, but who am I to question His reasons. You know, there are many things that we will never understand about God, but that is okay, the only thing we need to understand is that He is always in control.

“Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.” - Psalm 139:3-11.

“if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” There is not one person in hell that is not reminded daily that God is real and they could have been saved if they just got over themselves and realize they needed Him. The truth is, I always thought that God wanted me to do everything on my own, but follow His rules, I never understood that He wanted to be in every part of my life. Do you understand that God made you, He created you, and designed you just for Him?

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” - Psalm 139:13-18.

“yet being unperfect;” God loves us just the way we are because He made us just the way we are. No, He did not make us to live in sin, our sin nature does that if we become dependent on the lusts of our flesh. No one is perfect, except Christ, but those who trust Christ are perfect through Him. Of course, God gives you the choice to choose Him, but that does not mean you lose your independence if you do, it is giving you true independence. Independence from religion that sends people to hell, independence from sin that made you captive, and independence from the true enemy, Satan. “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” - Hebrews 10:12-14.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.” - Psalm 140:7. There will be one final battle when Christ returns, He has covered those who are saved with His blood. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” - Romans 5:9.

Today's Prayer: God, Thank You for giving us independence, the right to choose to worship You according to Your Word. With the world quickly destroying everything that Christ has set us free from we need to be more dependent upon You than ever. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Give me Your power, strength, and discernment to endure the trials I face, let me learn to be completely dependent upon You, giving you control of everything in my life, and give me the independence to walk away from anything that will be a snare in my relationship with You. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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