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Scripture of the Day: Psalm 27 (NIV)

Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 27:2 Or slander
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The Shorter We Pray, the BIGGER We Make Him

Enjoy this wonderful sermon by Joseph Prince — a powerful teacher of God’s word.

Have you ever been in a place where you just didn’t know what might happen next?

A lot of people want a lot of things.

Today, we went to a new church. Today also felt like the beginning of a new journey.

It was nice to be in a new place and feel loved. I know several people there. Not intimately — I don’t even know their last names –but, I know them enough to want to develop a closer relationship with them, which is nice.

Have you ever been in a place where you just didn’t know what might happen next?

With a job?

With a relationship?

With your life?

That’s where I am now. I’ve never been in this place before. Not committed to a church or a job. It’s exhilarating! I can be who God wants me to be!

Praise JESUS!

This morning when I woke up, God gave me Matthew 6:33-

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)

He knows what we need. And, today our dear friend who is the new pastor at the church we attended spoke about what a covenant is.

A binding contract.

A promise.

In the bible, a covenant always comes with an exchange. Blood or a sacrifice primarily. In every piece of God’s word, God shows you the exchange.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

The exchange: And, ALL these things will be given to you as well. God’s Word is full of promises and exchanges, and God always promises blessings and prosperity for those who are obedient to Him. God is even painfully honest in Deuteronomy 28 and lays out the blessing He gives for obedience and the curses received for disobedience. God’s Word is truth — no matter how you look at it. His Word is true.

God provides everything we need when we need it. And, when you surrender your heart to Him, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Surrender to Him today and watch His powerful Word unfold. A lot of people want a lot of things. And, God provides.

Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 25

Sometimes the Scripture of the Day warrants more than one verse. I came across this chapter during my One Year Bible reading program that I just started back on last tonight. This chapter — Psalm 25 — spoke to my heart. Shame. Trust. Deliverance. Forgiveness. God offers us healing from all things. His Word is truth. We just have to believe it. Faith as small as a mustard seed you know. That’s all it takes.

Enjoy.

Psalm 25(NKJV)

A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness
A Psalm of David.

25 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

4 Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He[a] teach in the way He[b] chooses.
13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses!
18 Look on my affliction and my pain,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many;
And they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Keep my soul, and deliver me;
Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all their troubles!

Peace be yours in abundance,
~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Grab Your Hammers~Galatians 5:16-26

God has a plan for our lives. It’s so simple. He doesn’t want us to feel pain or discord. He never meant for us to hate others. He speaks repeatedly in His word about loving others. Jesus said to love the Lord your God with all your heart,  and with all your soul and with all your mind. And, to love your neighbor as yourself.

I’ve been drawn lately to Galatians 5.

Living by the Spirit’s Power – Galatians 5:16-21

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

The flesh results in regret, conviction and defeat. But, when we walk in the spirit, we walk in truth, life and the fact that there is no law against the fruits of the spirit. (Gal. 5:23) When there is absolutely no law against it, doesn’t that mean it is perfect and acceptable?

Paul states later in Galatians 6:8 that…

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Too many of us are jealous of our neighbors instead of loving them. Too many of us are walking in the flesh; not the spirit. It’s time to nail our “stuff” to the cross. Grab your hammers, people.

Be blessed and free.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Scripture of the Day: 1 Thessalonians 5

Sometimes a whole chapter sticks out to me for the Scripture of the Day. 1 Thessalonians 5 is one of them. The entire chapter speaks such truths that it warrants its own day — especially verse 16 on. What powerful reminders of how to live! Enjoy…

Thessalonians 5  (KJV)

5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen

Scripture of the Day – Psalm 123

Psalm 123 (MSG)

A Pilgrim Song

123 1-4 I look to you, heaven-dwelling God, look up to you for help. Like servants, alert to their master’s commands, like a maiden attending her lady, We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath, awaiting your word of mercy. Mercy, God, mercy! We’ve been kicked around long enough, Kicked in the teeth by complacent rich men, kicked when we’re down by arrogant brutes.