In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your names sake, Lead me and guide me. Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away. I am a reproach among all my enemies, But especially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances; Those who see me outside flee from me. I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel. For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life. But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me. Make Your face shine upon Your servant; Save me for Your mercies sake. Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You; Let the wicked be ashamed; Let them be silent in the grave.
Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues. Blessed be the Lord, For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city! For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before Your eyes; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried out to You. Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:1-24 NKJV)
God bless those who are amongst the living this day. May we be truly thankful to see another day even if it is hard to bear. If we are tying our souls to Christ and walking closely to him, then I can only hope and pray that through the storms of life,we won’t jump off the ship. May our souls be anchored in the Lord. I feel that the Lord is pressing it upon my heart to remind us all to not be a selfish people. There are so many people walking around this world lost. Lost in darkness to sin. Lost in darkness and clueless not knowing a precious Savior Who is willing to accept us as dirty, filthy garments in need of washing. We can be made over and washed clean in His blood if we just accept his hand and salvation. How can we keep Jesus to ourselves? Are we really trying to reach the nations, are we really trying to reach our neighbors who live next door. (literally and spiritually) It’s so easy to get caught up and feel comfortable in our own walk. But tell me, have you ever thought that someone you were aquainted with unexpectantly passed away and likely went to hell when you knew that they did not know Jesus and you HAD the opportunity to minister to them? Now I am not pointing the finger at anyone because I know I have been guilty of it. May we all be a work in progress willing to step out unashamed and share Jesus. Now we can only do our part as you know. We can’t force people to do anything especially when it comes to salvation. Just know that the opportunity was made available if you knew your heart was being nudged to go speak to someone.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalites, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)
Too many demons to fight against. We simply cannot do anything on our own or in our own strength. We NEED Jesus. People are trapped within their minds stressed, perplexed, confused and depressed by demonic oppression that soon may cause one to take their own life by suicide and maybe of those that are around them. Just going down the wrong path of life is torture in itself. They don’t know that there is a way out. If they do, they are fighting against doing right simply because the folly of this world seem more enticing. I’m sure that people get caught up and don’t want to be labeled as a Jesus Freak especially if their life is in the spotlight. You don’t have to be a celebrity either.
Jesus is the way.
There is no other way to make it in this life. Life will bring some hard knocks. Will we be able to stand the blows? Will we trust in the Lord enough to keep our eyes focused on him and to not let go of his promises no matter how long the storm rages? Peace can be found in the storm. May we anchor our souls in the Lord at all times and not some times. May we extend our hearts with compassion for those crying out, those with inner turmoil and any thing that stands in the way of freedom. Signs may not always be visible that someone is battling in the spirit, but take the time and ask the Lord to have his way in your life, to use you to be a messenger of peace. Our freedom is in Christ.
God bless each and every heart reading this. Let’ go out and make a difference while lifting up and encouraging one another as the Body of Christ. Let’s work on becoming selfless rather than selfish. At the end of this earthly life we are going to be accountable before God. Make the most of your time while you have it. Tomorrow isn’t promised to no one.
In Christ I encourage you to put on the Armor of God daily. (Ephesians 6:10-20) We are on the battlefield. The victory is ours. May we believe it and claim it.