Thursday, June 30, 2016
Only Trust God

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Chapters: Psalms 110-118
Message: Only Trust God

Hello My Friend,

Sometimes phrases just pop up at you wherever you go, it is as if God places these big marquee signs in front of you. The past couple of weeks, God has been throwing this at me, “trust in the LORD”, you can imagine my surprise when In shows up yet again in today’s reading. God does not want us looking at our bank accounts, our possessions, our jobs, or lack there of, our friends, or any of our circumstances, He wants us looking at Him. He is our help and shield and all who put their trust in Him will be blessed.

“O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.” - Psalm 115:9-13.

“The LORD hath been mindful of us:” As much as I get frustrated about what seems like never ending trials given to me by God, I do not take them to heart because I know God has a bigger plan for me. There is not a day that goes by that God is not mindful of me, always putting me and my needs first, as He does with all who trust Him. As I sit here writing this message with no ac in 95° weather, I am reminded that at least we have windows that open and a couple of fans. So no matter what we go through God always provides, and we need to be mindful of that.

“He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” - Psalm 111:4-10.

“The works of his hands are verity and judgment;” Verity, truth, Moral truth; agreement of the words with thoughts. God’s thoughts of us are wonderful, He only thinks the best for us, and while we do have to go through some trials, blessings come through them. Judgment, the spirit of wisdom and prudence, enabling a person to discern right and wrong, good and evil. With the trials come righteous judgment, God gives us wisdom and discernment as we learn to trust Him. Psalm 112 reminds us that trusting God is the only option.

“A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.” - Psalm 112:5-10.

“his heart is fixed,” Fixed, Settled; established; firm; fast; stable. A fixed heart on God does not mean that it does not get angry, frustrated, or ask God questions when being afflicted, it does mean that it knows God is its Lord. A fixed heart trusts Him and calls out to Him, even in distress, and He hears them.

“I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.” - Psalm 116:1-6.


“The LORD preserveth the simple:” Who are the simple? Those who trust in Him, those who believe the simplicity of the Gospel, the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, and are only trusting Him to save them. God preserves those who only have a fixed heart on His Son. This is not only for the Jew, it is for every person who believes.

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” - Psalm 118:1-6,17,18,22.

“The stone which the builders refused” This is talking about none other than Jesus Christ, when we receive Him as our Saviour we become grounded, fixed, established, settled with God, we are no longer seen as strangers before God, but His own. One day all will realize that Jesus is not only the Son of God, they will realize He is God, and the very person God had been talking about who would save them the second man was cursed by sin.

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” - Ephesians 2:19-22.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.” - Psalm 110:20. Jesus is the rod of God’s strength, He will return one day to rule in Jerusalem while He prepares His people for His Kingdom. “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” - Revelation 3:12.

Today's Prayer: God, Thank You for loving us so much that You gave us Your only begotten Son, so that we can live with You forever. Since You made us in Your image, naturally we are going to have the same emotions as You do, You love, we love, You hurt, we hurt, Your heart gets broken as ours does too. Lord, Fix our heart on You so that no matter what we are going through we are trusting You. Lead us and guide us, mend and heal all broken hearts, give us the strength to endure, and remind us to seek Your guidance in all that we go through because You want to be in every part of our lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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Friday, June 24, 2016
An Unwavering God

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
Chapters: Psalms 86-89
Message: An Unwavering God

Hello My Friend,

Waver, to move one way and the other. You know, quite often, our faith in God wavers, in the same day we can have complete faith in Him and wonder why He has left us. You want to know something amazing? God’s faith in us never wavers, no matter how often we cry or complain that God is not with us, He loves us the same, and is always faithful to keep His promises to us. The second we received His Son as our Saviour He made a covenant with us, to never leave nor forsake us, no matter how much we waver. You see, there is something incredible about God that we as humans can never understand, once we are saved God no longer looks as us through ourselves, but through His Son. That means, no matter what we do in the flesh, our soul is tucked safe in the arms of Jesus, and that is unwavering.

“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” - I John 5:18.

“born of God sinneth not;” This does not mean that we never sin again after we are saved, it does mean that when God looks at us He sees His Son, therefore we appear to Him as though we never sin. Salvation does not keep us from the consequences of sin after we are saved, but it does keep our soul from the consequences of our sin. When you stop to think about just how unwavering God is you cannot help, but find yourself praising Him for the things He as, in fact, got you out of. While we can often be wavering in our faithfulness, God never is, and we ought to be praising Him every day for that. David reminds us that God is rich in mercy, but it is wise to walk in His ways.

“Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” - Psalm 86:8-15.

“Among the gods there is none like unto thee,” gods, we know that there is only one true and living Supreme being, and we know Him to be Jehovah. While many times “god” refers to false gods, this is different, this form of god is referring to, a prince; a ruler; a magistrate (king), or a judge. David is comparing those of the highest authority to God and has found that none even come close to God Almighty. Great is God’s mercy toward us that He has, through His Son, delivered our soul from the lowest hell. Praise God!

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” - Romans 13:1,2.

While our salvation is great in itself, we have something else awaiting us, a city of God, something that will only appear after Christ returns and he establishes His kingdom. Even the people of old knew this was awaiting them, the place is called Zion, and the psalmist reminds us that none are forgotten who know Him as their Saviour.

“Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.” - Psalm 87:3-6.

“And of Zion it shall be said,” Zion is the place in which Jesus will rule on His throne, what an amazing place that will be. Until Christ returns we have to endure the life we are given here, and unless He returns real soon, spend some time in heaven. The great thing is that God never wavers His protection on a saved soul, while we await His kingdom we have His protection, whether we leave our bodies and go to heaven or get raptured out of here, with body intact.

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” - I Thessalonians 5:9,10.

God is unwavering in that he had a plan for us to be saved from the very start, He knew that sin would come into the world through one of His very own creations, Lucifer himself, He knew that our flesh would be wavering, and yet He never changed His plan. Psalm 89 is an amazing Psalm, as the psalmist reflects on God promise to David’s seed, an amazing prophecy is revealed of His own Son.

“Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” - Psalm 89:27-34.

“His seed also will I make to endure for ever,” While this Psalm has references about Solomon, it is clear that God is talking about another seed that would come through David, His Son, the anointed one (89:20). The second we receive Christ as our Saviour we are born into the family of God, therefore, we not only become heirs with Christ, we become part of David’s seed, and will endure forever. There is something amazing written here, “Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him,” God reminds us that even though we may be chastised for sin, He will never take our salvation away from us. I can write an entire message on this chapter alone about the mercy and grace of God, how He loves us and remains faithful to us no matter how many times we mess up. God’s unwavering love keeps our soul out of hell, in fact, it is Jesus who took the rod and stripes that we rightfully should be getting.

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” - I Peter 2:21-24.

Jesus Christ Magnified: Today, Jesus is shown through the Holy One of Israel who is our King (89:18). Christ means, the anointed, God sent Him here through the seed of David, making Him not only royalty of man, but of God also. Jew or Gentile, all who believe in Him become part of the seed, and of Israel. “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” - Galatians 3:29.

Today's Prayer: God, Thank You for Your unwavering love, promises, protection, commitment, faithfulness, and faith in Your children, while our faith can go to and fro, Yours never changes. You never promised that we will not face and problems or suffering while we are here on earth, but You do promise that You will never leave nor forsake us, even when we are wavering. How amazing are you to not only love us unconditionally when we receive Your Son, but when we waver in our faith as well. Lord, lead me and guide me, fill me with Your mercy and grace, strengthen my heart and give me unwavering faith, let me not be dependent upon my circumstances to keep me faithful, but on Your precious promises. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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