Archive | June 2014

Promises

Remember His promises
Whenever you’re distressed
Remember His promises
They will bring you rest

His promises are found
In His precious Word
His guidance abounds
To lead us where we should

So seek Him always
Hiding in your heart
The promises of Jesus
From them never part

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

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Most High, Almighty

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. — Psalm 91:1

Asking the Lord for a verse to use in today’s devotional, He led me to this one. I couldn’t help but think back to Psalm 46:10 that tells us to be still and know that I am God. Being still and not reacting without guidance is really the challenge to trust in the Lord. As we cease striving for awhile, we dwell in the shelter of the Most High. We abide in the shadow of the Almighty wherein lies our strength and trust. How can you not trust in the Almighty?

Think on that one word. Almighty. All Mighty. There is nothing He cannot do, there is no one who can come against Him and win and there is no one who loves you more. Trust Him. Practice everyday surrendering more and more to Him and watch as Jesus transforms your life.

Be still and dwell in Jesus abiding in His everlasting shadow.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

God

“Cease striving and know that I am God; — Psalm 46:10

God: the sole Supreme Being, eternal, spiritual, and transcendent, who is the Creator and ruler of all and is infinite in all attributes; the object of worship in monotheistic religions*

For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in wrath. (Hosea 11:9b) Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it. (Deuteronomy 10:14) Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; (Deuteronomy 7:9) For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them. (Deuteronomy 4:31)

‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? (Deuteronomy 3:24) For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? (Deuteronomy 4:7) “The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, ‘Destroy!’ (Deuteronomy 33:27) for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’(Deuteronomy 20:4) Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) You shall not dread them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. (Deuteronomy 7:21)

To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him. (Deuteronomy 4:35) For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. (Deuteronomy 10:17) “Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6) Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, (Deuteronomy 10:12)

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

*BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

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title = {Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition},
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I AM

“Cease striving and know that I am God; — Psalm 46:10

      God said to Moses, “

I

AM

       WHO

I

AM

      ”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of  Israel, ‘

I

AM

           has sent me to you.’” — Exodus 3:14

I AM  

a shield – Genesis 15:1
God Almighty – Genesis 17:1; 35:11; Exodus 3:6; Isaiah 49:26; 60:16
the God of Abraham – Genesis 26:24; Matthew 22:32; Mark 12:26; Acts 7:32
the God of Bethel – Genesis 31:13
God – Genesis 46:3; Psalm 46:10; 50:7; 81:10; Isaiah 41:10; 43:5; Jeremiah 1:8, 19, 15:20; 46:48
Healer – Exodus 15:26
Gracious – Exodus 22:27; Jeremiah 3:12
Holy – Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:26; 21:8; Isaiah 43:3; Hosea 11:9; 1 Peter 1:16
your portion and inheritance – Numbers 18:20
He who put to death and give life – Deuteronomy 32:39
First and Last – Isaiah 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Revelation 1:17
Helper – Isaiah 41:13
Savior – Isaiah 43:3, 11, 15; 49:26
(always was, always is, always will be and there is no other) – Isaiah 43:10, 13; 44:6; 45:6, 18, 22; 46:9; John 8:58
Creator – Isaiah 43:15; 44:24; 45:5, 7, 18; Jeremiah 32:27
One who wipes out our transgressions – Isaiah 43:25
Teacher – Isaiah 48:17; John 13:13
Guide/Leader – Isaiah 48:17
Redeemer – Isaiah 49:26; 60:16
Comforter – Isaiah 51:12
Master – Jeremiah 3:14
King – Malachi 1:14; John 18:37; 19:21
Gentle – Matthew 11:29
Humble – Matthew 11:29
the Christ – Matthew 24:5; Mark 14:62
the Son of God – Matthew 27:42; Luke 22:70; John 10:36
Bread of Life – John 6:35, 41, 48, 51
Light of the world – John 8:12; 9:15
door of the sheep – John 10:11
Good shepherd – John 10:14
Resurrection and life – John 11:25
the way, the truth, and the life – John 14:6
Vine – John 15:5
Jesus – Acts 9:5; 22:8
Alpha and Omega Revelation 1:8; 22:13
Alive forever more – Revelation 1:18
Lord – Exodus 16:12; 20:2; 29:46; 31:13; Leviticus 11:44, 45; !8:2, 4, 5,6, 21, 30;
19:3,4,10,12,14,16,18,25,28,30,31,32,34,37; 20:7,8,24; 21:12,15,23; 22:2,3,8,9,
16,30,31,32; 23:22,43; 24:22; 25:17,38,55; 26;1,2,13,44,45; Numbers 3:13,41,45;
10:10; 15:41; Deuteronomy 5:6; 29:6; Judges 6:10; 1 Kings 20:13,28; Isaiah 41:13
42:6,8; 43:3,11,15; 45:5,6,7,18; 48:17; 49:23; 51:15; 60:16; Jeremiah 9:24; 24:7
32:27; Ezekiel 6:7,13,14; 7:4,27, 11:10,12; 12:15,16,20; 13:9,14,21,23; 14:8;
15:7; 16:62; 17:24; 20:5,7,12,19,20,26,38,42,44; 22:16; 23:49; 24:24,27;
25:5,7,11,17; 26:6; 28:22,23,24,26; 29:6,9,16,21; 30:8,19,25,26; 33:29; 34:27;
35:4,9,15; 36:11,23,38; 37:6,13,28; 38:23; 39:6,7,22,28; Joel 2:27; 3:17; John
13:13

I found it very interesting that in all the I am’s I found, the list for “Lord” had the most references. I was once told that if the Bible stated something more than once it must be a very important message the Lord wants us to know. As I look over the list I see how easy it is accept that our God is King, a shield, a helper, teacher, etc. but when it comes to Lord it is a little harder to swallow. For God to be Lord of my life I must surrender all that I have, all that I am to His will and purpose. Hmm, could that be why the great I AM spoke so often, “I am Lord”?

Is He Lord of your life?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Know

“Cease striving and know that I am God; — Psalm 46:10

Know: experience, understand
Cease striving, relax, wait upon the Lord and know. Know that He is our refuge: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.*It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.^ my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior — from violent people you save me.~

*Psalm 46:1
^Psalm 118:8
~2 Samuel 22:3

Know that we find rest in Him when we spend time in prayer with Him. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;* He bids us “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.^

*Psalm 37:7a
^Matthew 11:28

As we seek refuge and rest in Him we know forgiveness as we confess our sins. But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.* And experience His grace: But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.^ Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.~

*Psalm 130:4
^Psalm 86:15
~Hebrews 4:16

Being still and focusing on Jesus we find peace, love and wonderful fellowship. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.* For He Himself is our peace.^ He has given us peace: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.~ For He is the Prince of Peace+

*Philippians 4:6-7
^Ephesians 2:14a
~John 14:27
+Isaiah 9:6

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. And There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.* In this abiding we have fellowship with Him: that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;^

*1 John 4:16,18
^Philippians 3:10

We will know joy with time spent with Jesus in prayer and fellowship: Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.* For I will turn their mourning into joy And will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.^

*Job 33:26
^Jeremiah 31:13b

That time you take to be still you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”* Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.^ Sitting with Jesus builds our confidence to follow Him without wavering. For the Lord will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.~

*John 8:32
^John 14:6
~Proverbs 3:26

So in closing we can see that being still in the presence of God is essential to our lives. Jesus is our Refuge, Rest, and because of His grace and mercy we know forgiveness, His awesome love, and we have fellowship with Him as God planned. God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.* Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We need Him everyday. He bids us come.

*1 Corinthians 1:9

“The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. — Deuteronomy 32:4    

KNOW HIM!!!!!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Be Still, Cease Striving

Cease (let go, relax) striving and know that I am God; — Psalm 46:10 NASB
Be still, and know that I am God! — Psalm 46:10 NLT

As I enter into a new season of life, transitioning from a caretaker of my parents to being back home with my husband after 21 months, I find myself in limbo. I know that God has a plan for me but in the meantime what do I do with myself? I have always worked outside the home so do I go and look for a job? Is that what God wants me to do? Where do I even begin to look for a job? I have things that will keep me busy at home as I return my home back to a feminine touch from the bachelor pad it has become. My heart is ministry and would love to do that full time although I know that I can still work and minister. So many thoughts and ideas going through my head. Then there is the mourning of leaving behind the friendships I made over the past two years, not to mention my Mother who has been left in the hands of my brothers. Often guilt arises and questions as to whether I’ve done the right thing. Questions, confusion, lost, distress. Where do I turn? Where do I go from here?

Be still, my child. Cease striving. Relax. Let go.

Let go of the struggles, the to-do list, feelings of oppression, inadequacies, sin, failures, turmoil, trials, and others allowing God to do His work in you. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.* This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.^

Wait patiently. That is hard to do. It has been my experience that God leads where He wants me to go. I wait on Him and divine appointments happen that open doors to employment, places to live, provisions, etc. It is not the norm for most people. They tend to believe you need to pursue, which is done without the counsel or guidance of God. I seek Him first then by the guidance of the Lord I pursue where He leads. I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.+ Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;< My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.~>

I can relax in the presence of the Lord and be restored. Waiting in His silence I am strengthened by the hope that is found in Him. When I surrender all to Him he blesses me beyond all I can imagine, meeting my every need, directing my every step. He becomes my direction, my strength, my hope, my all. That is where I want to be. I am renewed.

“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; — Luke 2:29

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

*Matthew 11:28-29
^Isaiah 30:15
+Psalm 40:1
~Psalm 62:5