Our ever present help

 

altanaka (Tatiana Kostareva)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1–3, ESV)

Sometimes just getting out of bed, and facing what a new day brings, may feel like it takes more strength then we have left. Sometimes life’s cares and worries chip away at our peace, until the doubt and fear hold the place, that faith and peace used too reign supreme. 

No matter the problems we face, or the reasons behind them, the truth is that the creator of the universe, the one who hung the stars and who put the moon into place, wants to carry our load. 

God is our refuge and strength – Just like a small child will run and hide behind a parent when they are scared, we must remember that we have someone to run to. We need to get in the habit of running to God first (not to people to complain or share worries), and trust that he has the strength to keep us safe.

a very present help in trouble – Whether we are in a season of blessings or in a season where everything seems to be going wrong, we have to know that we are not going through it alone. God is with us. As we turn to God in times of distress and ask him for help, he will not let us down.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling  Fear comes from Satan, therefore it is a sign that we have not allowed God’s peace to invade our thinking.  We need to be so faith filled that though earthquakes, and volcanoes, and tsunamis sized problems come,  the peace of God in us will surpass understanding and keep us from fear.

Selah It is good to regularly pause and think about how faith filled we are verses how fear filled our actions may show us to be.

Father God,Show me the areas where I have let fear eat away at my faith. Help me to know you more and to keep my eyes on you, so that my faith may be strengthened. Help me to remember that you are always with me, and remind me often, lest I forget, that I am your beloved child and that you will not turn you back on me as I look to you.In Jesus name I pray! Amen

Fear is a liar

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     Never allow fear to keep you from stepping out into all that God has for you. For fear is not given to you from God, but from the author of fear, the one who wants to keep you  from God’s best for you (Satan).  That fear is usually a sign that you are on the right track. So stay on it, keep going. 

     For as Henry Ford once said;

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes,

one of his great surprises,

is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.

     And the next time you are faced with a fear that is stopping you from stepping out into all that God has for you to be, bring it to God in prayer, then remember Henry (he didn’t turn out so bad),  allow Philippians 4:13 to settle your spirit and do it afraid.

     Trust God’s leading, He will not let you down.

 

Even when we don’t understand

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I heard a song that told me that God is perfect, ALWAYS. I must have heard that song 100 times, but that particular part of it, reminding me of who God is in relation to his love for me never felt so close to my heart as it did then.

Meditating on his love for me brought forth this prayer. If you are struggling in this area (of not feeling perfectly loved by God) I humbly offer it as a template to draw you closer to the one who LOVES YOU deeply and perfectly.

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Father God, you are such a good father. Thank you for loving me so well. I worship you and love you, Father God, for who you really are.

Thank you for allowing me to even know you. You are perfect in all of your ways, even the ways that I do not understand.

Forgive me for thinking you were not just to me. That I was overlooked or uncared for or just not loved as much as ____ was. For you are perfect in all of your ways and you have perfectly loved me all of my life.
Help me to stop looking around and comparing myself to others in terms of who you show love to more. For you are perfect in all of your ways and show no favoritism. You HAVE loved me just as much as you love ____.
Help me to always know the deepness, richness, and awesomeness of your love for me.
From this day forward I am choosing to let go of all the lies the enemy has told me about who you are and to cling to the truth.

That you are perfect in ALL of YOUR WAYS and that this includes perfectly loving me.
Thank you God for loving me so well. Help me to never forget the depth and perfection of your love for me.
In Jesus name, I pray.

Amen