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Am I wicked?

“In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”  Psalm 10:4.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 47-48, Psalm 10, and Luke 19.

It is easy to look at this verse and think of other folks.  But what about me?

When I lose track of God, I am that “wicked” man.

If God is not being thought about, who is?  There is plenty of Scripture suggesting that Satan moves into unoccupied spots.  If I am godless than I am probably Satan filled.

And that cannot be.  I do not want Satan loose in any part of my life.

How then should I live?  I must get it into my head that God is my companion.  He is wherever I’m at.

How often I forget His whereabouts!  He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me.  And He doesn’t.  How dreadful that I often ignore His nearness and give Satan room to function in my life.

A reason I lose track of God is that I take to running my own life.  When things are smooth, I begin to assume that I am doing a pretty good job of running my life.  Foolish thinking!

When things are tough, I sometimes minimize Him by deciding that He need not be bothered with my troubles.  I’ll find an alternative to take care of things.  Foolish thinking!

“Lord, forgive me for losing track of You.  You are not only near me, but You also care about what I’m doing. I love You for that!  Take me over now.  I surrender to You.  You are my God.”

If I leave God out of my life’s equation I am opening the door to Satan.

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Wake-up call

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”  Psalm 5:3.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 42-43, Psalm 5, and Luke 17.

Sound advice.

Get each day off to a Godly start.

The first thing each morning, I begin interacting with my Divine Companion.  I don’t ignore Him.  He’s in the bedroom with me!

Note that I am speaking.  I am putting words together that convey my connection to Him.

I will be telling Him things that He already knows, but I do it anyway.  Why?  It is for my benefit.  It gets me aligned with Him.  It recognizes my dependence on Him.

And note at the end that I must wait.  I have shared with Him things, and realigned myself to Him.  Now it’s His turn.

I do not know what will happen, but I know that He is in charge.  That gives me comfort and confidence.

I will spend the day watching to see what He will do.   If I am to be in difficult situations I will see what comes to me through Him.

Remember that this is all generated by a Godly morning start.  Too often we seek God during the day because we have ignored Him earlier.

“Lord, this day is Yours from the get-go.  I trust You to direct my way this day.  Show me what I should do and not do.  Make it clear to me.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Were you aware of God when you woke up this morning?

 

 

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Why can’t I sleep?

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.”  Psalm 3:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 18-19, Psalm 3, and Luke 7.

The writer of this psalm (David) was in tremendous trouble. His son Absalom was out to get him.

Is David panic stricken?  Sure doesn’t sound like it in today’s verse!

Why is David so calm and able to get good sleep?  David is confident that God will take care of him.

I am guessing that I am not the only one getting uneven sleep on occasion.  That happened to me two nights ago and it was all because I had two cups of coffee after 9PM.

What is being talked about in today’s verse is when I carry troubling things to bed with me and can’t sleep.

Not being able to sleep necessitates figuring out why.  If something troubling has occurred during the day and I’m awake “solving” it, then the problem is directly connected to my method of problem solving.  Where is God in my problem solving?

If I decide that I will “solve” things without Him, I have acquired a counterfeit god.  I have made me into a god and am assuming that I can figure things out. It might work, but it will be my solution not God’s.

Sleep is a necessity for all of us.  We cannot afford to get less than we need.  Therefore, if we don’t get right to sleep, we need to determine why. If it is related to “problem carrying” then we need to place our confidence in God.  Let go of the problem unless there is something to be done about it during normal sleeping hours.  Generally, that is not the case.  Hand God the problem and rest comfortably.

“Lord, forgive me for trusting in myself.  I need a full dose of You to handle every situation including sleeping.  I need rest.  Help me to trust You the way David speaks of in today’s psalm.  Thank You for Your Word.  I love it and I love You, Lord.”

How are you sleeping?

 

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The early bird catches the worm

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.  My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.”  Psalm 119:147-148.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Psalm 119:81-176, 2 John, and 3 John.

I seem to regularly wake up in the middle of the night.  What to do?

I keep coming across verses, such as today’s, that supply suggestions.

Sometimes my awakening is from apprehension.  Something will need to be dealt with in the waking hours ahead.  Worry surrounds me.  Good time to “cry for help.”

Sometimes my awakening is less concerning but I am still awake.  What to do?  Good time to “meditate on His promises.”

I have learned many verses.  Running through as many as I can think of is a profitable time.

These early hours are a time of few distractions.  No phones ring and no chores need doing.  I am settled in one spot with time on my hands.  Great time to get connected to God in as many ways as possible.

A sometimes “bonus” to these early morning activities is that in the midst of connecting to God I fall back to sleep!

“Lord, I thank You for the opportunities to connect to You.  I want to start each day aligned to You.  I want every moment to be flooded with Your presence.  Teach me to display You appropriately wherever I am at.  I beg for Your Words today in every conversation.  Forgive me for wimping out when I should be speaking out.  Forgive me for speaking out when I should be listening.  I beg of You to help me get my life right with You so that I can be a Godly man in all seasons.”

Looking for free time?  How about when you wake up in the middle of the night?  Good time to connect to God.

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Two ways of interacting with God

“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:20.

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” Psalm 120:1.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 30, Psalm 120, and Galatians 3-4.

Could these two verses by any more different?

Isn’t that the way it is with us, though?

How often do we not get an answer?  We have in mind what we want for an answer, but we don’t get it.

We create a picture of God in our heads that is faulty.

Job thought that his troubles were caused by an unfair God.  He wanted to go man-to-man with God.  That’s not happening.  God’s ways are not Job’s ways.  God has reasons that Job will never fathom for what goes on.  Job forgets this and lashes out at God.

The psalmist looks at things differently.  The psalmist knows that God hears him, and he knows that God will answer.  Note that the psalmist doesn’t have any predetermination of what the answer will be.  He doesn’t judge God by the answer that comes.

I must remember that God ALWAYS hears me.  I must remember that I will not ALWAYS like the answer I get.

If my confidence is in God, I will rejoice in His hearing me and rejoice that He knows what He’s doing with me.

“Lord, forgive me for doubting You.  Forgive me for ignoring You.  I need You in my life full-time.  Every breath I take is a gift from You.  May every word of mine be a word from You.  I love You, Father.”

God will hear me and He knows what best for me.

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God is running the show

“Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.”  Psalm 114:7-8.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 18, Psalm 114, and Acts 27-28.

God owns the universe.

He made the universe. He controls what goes on within the universe.

We are His people whether we know it or not.  He arranged for us to be made.

Yet how often we assume that we had something to do with all this.  We act as if we don’t need Him.

The most confirmed atheist will eventually stand before the God he doesn’t believe exists.

I must live in full awareness of God’s presence.  God is omnipresent.  How He can be everywhere is a mystery to me but I’m fine with it.  I want Him with me.  I need Him desperately.

When I look out today at the beautiful fall colors, I see it as His remarkable artistry.  His colors dazzle me.  They make me want to grab my camera and record His show.

“Lord, You are amazing.  How blessed I am to have You in my midst.  I rejoice that You are in charge.  I cannot manage myself.  Forgive me for ever trying to manage myself apart from You.  I love You, Lord.”

God is running the show.  Am I living accordingly?

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I need God’s help

“Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.”  Psalm 108:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 5, Psalm 108, and Acts 10-11.

My first call must be to God.

I must be in a tuned-in relationship with Him.

I shouldn’t go through a list of counterfeit gods before asking The God for help.

I believe that I lose touch with God in the small things of life.  I decide that those things are my “size” and I can handle them on my own.  That thinking will mushroom into more and more independent actions.  Before I know it, God becomes a very late resort.

My goal is to have an on-going relationship with God.  When I go through the easiest day I have ever had, I want to be close to Him the whole way.  When I go through the worst day of my life, I want to be close to Him the whole way.  There cannot be a variance in our relationship.  He is willing to do His part.  Will I do the same?

“Lord, forgive me for relying on counterfeit gods.  You are the One I must rely on.  I need You every second.  Take me over.  Prick my conscience when I am loosening my grip on You.  I love You, Lord.”

I cannot be spiritually successful unless I rely on God every second of the way.

 

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