Refuel Your Faith

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Are you still hoping, waiting, and praying for something that you feel is long overdue? Do you feel like your prayers are not being heard? Do you wonder if God even sees what you are going through? I’m sure a lot of us have thought this way. Every now and then you get tired of waiting, tired of hoping. It feels like continuous rain and when you look up at the clouds and you start to see a glimmer of hope with the sun trying to peek through, but that doesn’t last long.

This morning as I read my scripture rehearsal out loud my heart and mind were renewed (our mind needs to be renewed daily), it helped me so much as I have been waiting on God. I must believe the Bible, I must trust in His word. He said it, He will do it.

Philippians 4:8 states,  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Think on good things and refuel your faith. Meditate on His word.

Psalms 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doing

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

Draw nigh to Christ and He will draw nigh to you.

James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

We all at a point in our lives will feel like God is not there, doesn’t hear, or even see what we are going through, but our Bible tells us differently. And we know our Bible is true.

Psalms 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalms 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

If you are currently in a trying time or dark place please meditate on Psalms Chapter 139, verse 11;

Psalms 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

It doesn’t matter if you are in a dark place, even that dark place will be light unto you when God is with you. Be encouraged.

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 Related Scriptures and Blog Topics:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Psalms 125:2 “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”

Trust in Him

O’ Great Mountain

Picture of the day

 

The Raging of the Sea

Life can feel like you are riding the waves of the raging sea. One moment you are up and the next you are down. The issues of life can be likened to the waves of the sea.

There are actually 3 common generating forces of waves: wind driven, tides, and tsunamis.

The wind-driven waves are created by the friction between the wind and surface water. As wind blows across the surface of the ocean or a lake, the continual disturbance creates a wave crest.

The wind driven waves can perhaps be compared to the everyday expected or unexpected, but manageable issues of life.

The second are the tidal waves, which are caused by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon on the earth.

The tidal waves can perhaps be compared to the unexpected issues of life. The issues that bring questions and doubts. Did I do something wrong? What did I do to deserve this? God are you hearing my prayers?

Finally, the tsunamis are giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea. These waves are more like a fast moving tide crashing into the shoreline.

Tsunamis can be compared to those unexpected, devastating, and un-manageable issues of life. The issues that crash into you, knock you down, and God is the only one who can pick you up. These issues also bring questions and doubt. God where are you?

We all will experience each wave at some point in our lives, so when you do just remember Psalms 89:8-9.
O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? (9)Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Other related Scripture:

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Corinthians 2 1:4 – Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God

Psalms 6:9 – The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

Matthew 21:22 – And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Psalms 40:13 – Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Deuteronomy – 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Believe in the LORD Your God

For those in need of encouragement:

(2 Chronicles 20:1-13) “It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. {2} Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazon–tamar, which is En–gedi. {3} And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. {4} And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. {5} ¶ And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, {6} And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? {7} Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? {8} And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, {9} If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. {10} And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; {11} Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. {12} O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. {13} And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.”

This is so beautiful how they all gathered together to seek the LORD for help. They trusted in the LORD to help them in the time of need.

(2 Chronicles 20:14-21) “¶ Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; {15} And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. {16} To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. {17} Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. {18} And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. {19} And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. {20} ¶ And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. {21} And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

No matter what it is, go to God, nobody else can do it. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of how good our God is.

Believe in the LORD your God!

Naaman

In 2 Kings Ch. 5 verse 1 there is the story about Naaman. He was the captain of the host of the king of Syria. The Bible describes him as an honorable man, and because of him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria. Naaman was a mighty man in valor, but he also was a leper.

Elisha the prophet sent for Naaman and he came and stood by the door of Elisha’s house. 2 Kings {10} And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. {11} But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. {12} Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. {13} And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? {14} Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

Naaman wanted his healing his way, the way he thought it should be. It wasn’t going to be his way and he was angry.  We all have our own thoughts, ideas, and expectations on how God will deliver us in times of need. Isaiah 55, verse 8 states; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”

Don’t get angry or frustrated. Remember, when God delivers it never happens the way we thought it would, but with God it still happens.

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Fruit of the Righteous

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

These days it is hard to find a church that still goes out soul winning door to door. For me being in a church that does soul winning is very important. But if you’re not in church that is faithfully going out to add to the kingdom that shouldn’t stop you.

Take the time and go out. Jesus sent the disciples out two by two and didn’t wait for the people to come to Him, we have to go and get them. Please don’t be preoccupied by the things of your life and get occupied with the things God wants for your life. He wants us to go and share the truth with those that are lost. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).

Maybe you are afraid, shy,  or not confident, Philippians 4:13 states I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. Let the Holy Spirit lead you as you go and become a fisher of men.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {18} And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

Matthew 5:13-16 ” Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. {14} Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. {15} Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. {16} Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

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Trust in Him

My past week began with a mind challenge. It brought about questions and doubts, but this one question ended it all. Do you believe that God is all that He says He is? Yes, I do! Then trust Him. So, now I ask you do you believe that God is all that He says He is?  If so, trust Him.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Psalms 37:5 – Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalms 62:8 – Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

 

The Sands of the Sea

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalms 24:1). There are many things in this world that God has made that are intriguing to us. One of those things for me happens to be the sand of the sea. Sand is defined as a granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. It is defined by size, being finer than gravel and coarser than silt.

There are quite a few references to sand in the Bible, but the one reference that stands out to me is found in Psalms Chapter 139, verses 17 and 18. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! {18} If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. It is impossible for us to count the sand of the sea.  This is an amazing picture of how much God thinks about us.  Keep sight of this picture when you are feeling forgotten. He will never forget you!

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Psalms 40:5  Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

 

O’ Great Mountain

O’ Great Mountain, how great you are.  You are high and wide, massive as I stand before you.  You tower over me relentlessly.  But not for long! In Zechariah Chapter 4:6-7 states;   {6} Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. {7} Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” Now re-read Zechariah Chapter 4, verse 7 out loud and replace Zerubbabel’s name with yours. Did you hear that O’ Great Mountain, thou shalt become a plain (flat).

We all have had mountains in our life and will continue to have them until the day we leave this earth. I just wanted to give some encouragement and a reminder that our God will forever be greater than anything we face.  For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone (Psalms 86:10).

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

Psalms 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Psalms 48:1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Psalms 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Psalms 77:13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

 

Bear the Burden

Who wants to be burdened? Who wants to carry a load that is difficult, grievous, or wearisome? I’m sure no one does. In Numbers, Chapter 11 Moses knew exactly how it felt to be burdened by the children of Israel. The children of Israel lusted after things they used to have, which kindled the LORD’s anger and also displeased Moses.

Moses voiced his concerns to the LORD; (Numbers 11:10-15) “Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased. {11} And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? {12} Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? {13} Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. {14} I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. {15} And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.”

The LORD helped Moses, but perhaps not in the way Moses would have thought; (Numbers 11:16-17) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. {17} And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.”

In times when we are feeling burdened our prayers to the LORD are often asking Him to remove the burden(s), but maybe the prayers should be LORD help me or give me the strength to carry the burden(s). That is exactly what God did with Moses; He didn’t remove the burden, He sent him help to bear it.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Psalms 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

In the Wilderness

In the book of Genesis, we find the story of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah not being able to conceive a child had Abraham conceive one with her handmaid Hagar. Once Sarah saw that Hagar conceived, Sarah started to despise Hagar and she fled.

(Genesis 16:6-14) “But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. {7} ¶ And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. {8} And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. {9} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. {10} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. {11} And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. {12} And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. {13} And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? {14} Wherefore the well was called Beer–lahai–roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.”

God also told Abraham in Genesis Ch. 17, verse 20, that He would bless Ishmael –  “And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”

Sarah and Abraham conceived Isaac.

(Genesis 21:9-11)  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. {10} Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. {11} And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

(Genesis 21:14-21)  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer–sheba. {15} And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. {16} And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

In the wilderness, Hagar forgot what the angel of the LORD told her previously about multiplying her seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. There she was in the wilderness weeping in fear of her son dying. As Christians, we look at our circumstance and let it override what God has spoken to us. When we are in the wilderness we have to hold on to the promises of God no matter what we don’t see.

{17} And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. {18} Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. {19} And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. {20} And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. {21} And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

God’s promises always come to pass.

(Genesis 25:12-16) ” Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: {13} And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, {14} And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, {15} Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: {16} These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.”

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Isaiah 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.