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

 

Cup of Salvation

(Psalms 116:13) “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.”

 

What is salvation?

It is defined as deliverance from sin and its consequences. Romans 3:23 states, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, and our sin is worthy of death- “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

 

Do we need salvation?

Yes! For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. {17} For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17). He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36).

 

Would you like to take the cup of salvation?

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. {10} For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

 

All Scriptures are KJV only. Related scriptures below. Additional reading on salvation can be found in the books of Matthew through John.

 

2 Samuel 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 

 

 

Do you have an Umbrella?

Salvation, we all need it.  Although there is some that don’t realize this fact and this blog is targeted to those who don’t know the truth or the importance of salvation. What is salvation? It is defined as the deliverance from sin and its consequences. Romans 3:23 states, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, and our sin is worthy of death- “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

I can compare or picture salvation to having an umbrella. A covering that provides protection from God’s wrath – He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36). Do you need an umbrella? If so, all you need to do is – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. {10} For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. {17} For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us – Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Please don’t leave this earth without your umbrella.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scriptures below. Additional reading on salvation can be found in the books of Matthew through John.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ

2 Samuel 22:3  – The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:47 – The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

Psalms 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 25:5 – Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Acts 4:10-12 – “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. {11} This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. {12} Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

 

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.

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.

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?

 

New Year, New Me?

It’s a New Year and with that comes a new me, at least that is the many notions of people today. The New Year for many represents a time for a change, a time for a new beginning, out with the old, and in with the new. I’m glad to know that my new me didn’t come from a New Year but from a loving God who sent His only begotten Son to die for my sins. The day I made the decision to put my hope and trust in the LORD I was made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

I know the hope of a New Year excites us all and it should as we reflect on our lives and see the things we would like changed but the biggest change should start with your soul. If you are reading this and you don’t know that you need salvation for your soul and that salvation can only come from Jesus I invite you to read the Romans Road to salvation. The Romans road to salvation begins with the acknowledgment that we all have sinned stated in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and there are consequences of sin stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You don’t have to die spiritually and spend an eternity in hell because God demonstrated His own love toward us stated in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His death paid the price for our sins. Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 8:1 states, because of Jesus we will never be condemned to hell because of our sins, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The final scripture ends with a promise, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

I pray that you decide to put your hope and trust in Jesus and become new.

 

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 10:12   “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

Psalms 86:13   For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Ephesians 4:22-24   “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; {23} And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; {24} And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Colossians 3:10   And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Our Lifesaver

Tribulation, you have been here many times before but this time it’s different. The waves are stronger and the current is rough. Time keeps passing and you’re drifting farther away from the shore. Your arms and legs are getting tired and you’re gasping for air. It feels like you are about to drown so you start to panic. DON’T PANIC! Remember, God’s word is a lifesaver and able to keep you afloat (buoyant). His word is true (Numbers 23:19), so whatever He has told you, have faith and believe it. Keep holding on to God’s word and hold on like you have never held on before.

 

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.

Rest on Thee

Since my post on Asa’s Perfect Heart I have been reciting Asa’s prayer daily because it is such a beautiful prayer that shows total trust and faith in God.

(2 Chronicles 14:11) “And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.”

The words in the prayer that has drawn my attention is rest on thee. What does it exactly mean to rest? The King James Bible Pure search software defines rest as:

1. Cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being; as rest from labor; rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind. A body is at rest, when it ceases to move; the mind is at rest, when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated.

2. Quiet; repose; a state free from motion or disturbance; a state of reconciliation to God.

3. That on which any thing leans or lies for support, to stand on; to be supported by; as, a column rests on its pedestal.

4. To lean; to trust; to rely.

It’s a new year with all new expectations and desire for change. I do know just because it’s a new day in a new year that means nothing when it comes to the condition of your mind and life. Expectations and change should start with resting on Jesus. Resting on Jesus means to fully trust Him. First you must believe that He is great enough, strong enough, or capable to support all of your weight. The weight of all the cares and burdens of this world. The weight of all the disappointments and hurts. The weight of insecurity and rejection. He is more than enough to handle everything that you are carrying, so let it go, start fresh and give it all to Him. As He takes each weight off of you and you begin to focus (Isaiah 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee) and fully rely on Him because you know that He isn’t going anywhere and you can finally be able to just rest.

Matthew 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

All scriptures are KJV only.

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Asa’s Perfect Heart

I must say after finishing my study on the different southern kingdom kings in the Bible I find Asa to be one of the most interesting. The Bible says that his heart was perfect and he did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God (1 Kings 15:11,14; 2 Chronicles 14:2). Asa removed the sodomites out of the land and all idols that his father Abijah made. He removed his mother Maachah from being queen because she made an idol in a grove. He took away all the altars of the strange gods and the high places. He also broke down the images and cut down the groves.

Asa had great faith in God and this passage from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12 shows how much faith he had in God to deliver them from their enemies; ” And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.  {10} Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.  {11} And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  {12} So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.”

I loved his dedication to the LORD. Asa gathered Judah, Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon to form a covenant. The covenant was to seek the LORD God with all their heart and with all their soul, and to follow the law and commandments.  If anyone would not seek the LORD God they would be put to death. They swore with a loud voice and rejoiced. They had sworn with all their heart and sought him with their whole desire, so the LORD had gave them rest for 10 years. There was no more war until the 35th year of his reign.

In his 36th year in reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and instead of king Asa seeking the LORD for help  he relied on the king of Syria to help him (Asa sent silver and gold out of the treasures of the LORD to give to the king of Syria to break the alliance he had with king Baasha). Hanani the seer came to king Asa and told him because he had relied on the king of Syria and not sought the LORD he had done foolishly and will have wars from now on. Hanani reminded him of the past battles with the Ethiopians and the Lubims which were great in number, but God delivered them into his hands.  Asa was very angry and put Hanani the seer into prison. If Asa can call on God and recite this prayer for help in a past battle {And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.} then how can he not call out to the LORD his God in this battle?

In his 39th year in reign Asa was diseased in his feet until the disease was exceeding great and he sought not the LORD for help, but the physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Once I read this I was so puzzled as to why he wouldn’t seek the LORD for help to heal him. The LORD that he made a covenant with to seek with all his heart and soul. The LORD that delivered him from many battles, nothings too hard for Him.  How can someone go from having great faith in God to deliver him from many battles and not trust Him in his own affliction?

We know God to be a healer. (Deuteronomy 32:39-40) “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  {40} For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.”  (Luke 4:40) ” Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.” (Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Asa had a perfect heart, yet I think Asa’s faith wavered which caused him to seek help from man instead of the LORD his God. When we see a great obstacle/challenge sometimes we try to fix it ourselves instead of seeking God for help. We forget the previous obstacles/challenges He has delivered us from. I also think Asa was angry at God for being punished with the constant wars.  When the consequences manifest from our wrong decisions we wrongfully get angry at God for allowing them to happen. I think his anger caused him not to ask God for healing. Why do you think Asa didn’t ask for healing?

We can all take these words and remember them from Asa’s prayer from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12,  “It is nothing with thee to help.”  In other words there is nothing too hard for Him, just ask.

(Jeremiah 32:17) “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”

 

Reference Chapters : 1 Kings Ch. 15,16 and 2 Chronicles Ch. 14, 15,16.

All scriptures are KJV only.