The Law Written in Our Hearts – Psalm 37: 31

Psalm 37:31

David was telling his people that God had written laws within their hearts that they must abide by. Doing so, would enable them to walk with God and not fall away from Him.

The law is within everyone, regardless of religion, race or age. Absolutely everyone knows right from wrong. David’s words were true for his people and are still true for us today.

However, we need more than that. Although God instilled the law in our hearts, we also need to read the Bible on a regular basis, filling our minds and souls with the Word of God so that we will understand the law and live by it, willfully.

What does this law of God consist of?

My thoughts: having holiness, perfect love, good motives, good desires, being honest, using wisdom, speaking righteously, staying obedient, watching our steps and being aware of where they are taking us, having the mind of Christ (hearing, seeing, speaking and acting like Jesus) and staying in a loving relationship with God.

There is much, much more that God has written into each of us. By reading the Bible, it brings the law to life and shows us how to remain true.

Then, when we do, think, hear, see, say or feel something that is wrong, we will feel convicted.

The Holy Spirit will help us by using those laws to remind us how the Lord wants us to live. By abiding, we will remain on the straight and narrow path, the one leading directly to our Lord.

Gracious God,

You are a wonderful, loving Father. Thank you that each day, you lead me, guide me, teach me and give me the knowledge of your Law and Word.

Thank you that the Law is entrenched deeply into my heart and mind. When needed, the Holy Spirit reminds me of the proper thoughts and words and they are instantly with me.

Sometimes I find myself caught in the middle of good vs bad. In those times of struggle, please help me to always listen and follow the Holy Spirit while he is attempting to lead me along the path of righteousness.

May I always live according to your laws and be in your love.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Psalm 51:10-13

Restored to God’s Salvation

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

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Restored to God’s Salvation!

David says to the Lord, “Restore God’s Salvation to me”! The author (probably David) is feeling horrified at his own sins and pleads with God to cleanse him. David wants his heart washed and cleansed totally by God. He wants it to be as a completely new heart, one that has never been soiled with sin.

Feeling a deep conviction, David admits to his sins and, pleads with God, to totally restore him as a new man. David is begging God not to leave him without joy. He has known what it was like to be in a close relationship with God and now what it is like not to be and he does not like it at all! He wants to be restored to God’s salvation.

It interests me that David begins to thank God for the mercies he hopes to receive by pledging to change and is even thanking the Father for a renewal of heart. He tells the Lord that he will be an example to others and show how he has changed. He promises to guide others, in their sinful times, to go before God, the Father. This wasn’t a bribe David was making but a sincere promise of what the new man would be able to accomplish, for (and with) the Lord.

I love the trust and faith that David had

Somewhere inside of David, he had faith that he could be restored to God’s salvation and he did everything he could to gain that friendship back.

God is angry with David for two reasons. First because David was sinning against God. (Perhaps based on 2 Samuel 11). Second reason; because David was to set an example of how people were to live for God. The example David had been setting, wasn’t a good one.

At salvation the new “man” gets rid of the “old” man. As soon as we ask the Lord into our lives, we change. We may not feel different but we most definitely are. In an instance we have just become children of God. We now have Jesus as our Saviour and his example to follow. We also now have the Holy Spirit as our helper, with his many attributes, including his guidance (and his convictions).

What we are not necessarily told is that we don’t instantly become the new man totally, but that we begin a life long process to become a new creation, based on the image of God himself.

However, if we continue to sin deliberately without confession, without repentance, without sorrow and without attempting to fight against the sin, then we have not changed. Hence, true salvation was never ours. True salvation comes from within! By not changing our way of living, then perhaps we never truly received salvation. And if that’s the case, then one day we will face God’s judgement , without a saving grace.

Restored to God’s Salvation

My Prayer for Psalm 51:10-13

Dear Father of Grace and Mercy,

It’s strange but for some reason, I always think you as a loving, kind Father who sees my sins and is waiting patiently for me to ask for forgiveness.

I have never thought of you as a stern father. It never dawned on me that perhaps you were angry and/or disappointed with me every time I’ve sinned. I haven’t worried about repeating the same sins over and over. It was my assumption that I could confess my sins and was forgiven each time. I realize now that I am not coming to you with true repentance in my heart? A sin is a sin! And sin will bring the downfall of man!

What is Biblical repentance?

Biblical repentance is to change one’s mind that results in a change of action. As a Christian I must set an example, one that looks like I am a creation of you, the God Almighty. Please Father, have the Holy Spirit continue to encourage me to change my ways? I pray I will listen and heed his guidance!

Lord, I am so thankful that you led me to this particular scripture today and opened my eyes. Help me Father to stay on the straight and narrow path. Help me to be a good example of Jesus in all ways, everyday.

Thank you Father that in the past, when I came before you, asking for forgiveness and mercy, that you, seeing what was deep inside my heart, forgave me. Even so, I pray Lord, that from this moment on, we will have a better relationship because I know now that I must change and grow and, with your help, I will.

Right now Lord, I ask your forgiveness. As David prayed, I will also pray. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

Please Lord don’t ever let me get so far away from you that I would lose my joy.

I give you all the thanks and glory. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen

2 Samuel What is Salvation

JEREMIAH 29:10-13

God’s Plan for Our Lives

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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God’s plan for our lives. What does your eternal future hold?

God sent the Jews into exile at Babylon. After that, Jeremiah, was instructed by the Lord to write a note to the people of Israel, who were now captives.

False Prophets were not part of God’s plan

False prophets were telling the Jews that they would not be in Babylon for very long. However, God’s plan was for them to remain in Babylon for seventy years. They were not to expect anything different for the entire time, in other words stop listening to the false prophets. Jeremiah’s letters were to address all the Jewish captives, not just certain individuals.

God’s Plan for the Jewish Captives in Babylon

God has plans for their future, knowing what kind of people they are. He goes on to say that when he thinks about them, they are thoughts are of peace and not evil. The people can rest assured that they will always have an eternal home with God, depending on how they live. The Jews are to live in peace and build houses; provide for themselves the necessities of life and have many children.

They need to put their trust in God. The Lord says that if they call out to Him in prayers, he will listen to them and whenever they earnestly seek Him, with all their hearts, they will find him.

God’s plan for our lives can save even the broken, seek him today!

My Prayer for Jeremiah 29:10-13

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord that I know the plans you have for my life and are the same desires as you have for all your children; which are to prosper us, not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.

Father, following the directions from the Bible we are required to live peacefully throughout the good and the difficult times. We are to seek out your Word and your character, and give our whole heart over to you, which helps us to live according to your plan and to remain close to you.

My life may look totally different than what I may want or perhaps even expect (as your child). However by living the way I am meant to live, allows me to stay close to you. In that, I know I am living in your will and I can be assured of hope and a future.

Thank you Father God, I am truly grateful.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Hallelujah

Praising God in All Circumstances – Psalm 34

PSALM 34:17-22

[17] The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
[18] The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
[19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
[20] He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
[21] Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
[22] The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. (KJV)

David starts the first 9 verses of Psalm 34 (not shown here) by saying that he will bless the Lord at all times, even in times of adversity.

Instead of trusting God to look after him, David chose to run away from Saul who wrongly wanted him killed. David had lost his faith and was attempting to solve problems in his own way.

David starts his long journey off by going into the Tabernacle (God’s house) but instead of being built up, he goes downhill. He lies to the Priest Ahimelech. He says he’s on business for the King. He uses the same excuse to get bread and a sword. He had the opportunity to tell the Priest the truth and possibly the priest could have helped him find God again.

David is not doing well. So far he has left his family and friends behind; he has lied to a Priest and is possibly going to try to blend in with the people of Gath. Leaving the temple, he headed right into the midst of the Philistines in Gath, carrying the very sword he had used to cut off Goliath’s head. He was captured and that’s when he found his faith again and wrote Psalm 56.

For the next part, some Scholars believe that David had the help of God and some believe that David acted of his own accord. Regardless David gave the appearance of a mad man and so they allowed him to leave, free.

Even though David was now safe from the Philistines, Saul’s men where still looking for him. David was reduced to living in caves. Although he was considered a fugitive, hiding out, having little to eat, with no end in sight to these conditions, he takes the time to write Psalm 34 with love and thanksgiving to God.

Beginning at verse 17 – A righteous (virtuous) cry can only be given by those who are holy and standing upright in the Lord. David; had been far away from God, but had found his way back and was now taking the time to honour God.

When God’s children come to him with a broken heart, he hears us. God also saves all people who come to Him with a contrite spirit (afflicted by guilt and expressing remorse), those crying out for mercy, he gives mercy.

As David shows, righteous believers are not exempt of problems but will go through many different afflictions that cause pain and/or suffering, even though we are counted as God’s children. God has allowed adversity into our lives because he wants to see growth in us.

He wants his children to realize that if we have trust in Him, the situation will be resolved, albeit, in God’s timing, not ours, in His way, not ours. He wants us to learn to stay in faith, while we wait on him. He wants us to learn to stop, to pray, to listen and/or to watch for the Holy Spirit’s leading.

David reminds us that as believers, we are never alone during these battles. The Lord will help us! Though we will sometimes get battle scars, they will be righteous ones.

David tells us that Jesus can take care of our bodies, (as he did for himself) but our body is not what The Lord is concerned about, it’s our spirit that matters to him.

Ever since the fall of Adam, everyone is guilty of sin. However, every person is given the choice to stay in sin or repent, giving the sin over to Jesus.

Those who choose to remain in sin, will die alone, in the bondage of evil. Those who choose righteousness, through Jesus Christ, will be freed from their sin and never be alone.

When David was running from Saul, he committed many sins and had lost his faith in God to help him. However, we see in this Psalm that David found his faith again. His faith didn’t come after God helped him but right in the midst of his problems.

No matter what we go through: good or bad, a righteous believer will always find a way to praise God!

(For more of this story, read the following chapters, in their entirety: Psalm 34, 1 Samuel 18 right through 1 Samuel 31 and also Psalm 54.

Heavenly Father

Do I go through trials? Absolutely! Do I lean on you to help me handle the problems? Yes Lord I do, most of the time.

Like in David’s circumstance, sometimes the trials seem so large that I have cowered down and hidden away. Instead of turning to you, I sometimes freeze and don’t know what to do.

Once in a while, I forget to call out to you and I take the matter into my own hands, hoping for a good solution that never comes.

Father, sometimes you call out to me, but I don’t listen. It seems like my ears are covered. Those are the times that I live in my own sorrow.

This scripture of David has taught me that as your child, you will give me the strength to always find peace in you, regardless of the situation. Thank you Father, that you wait patiently for me to find my way back to you, in the times I may wander.

Help me Lord, to know that your solution may not be the one of my choice. Help me remember that periodically I will have to fight hard and stand my ground, in an effort to win the battle. Remind me that although there will be times when I receive battle wounds in the process, I can stand through anything, with you beside me. Remind me to start each day covered with the Armour of God.

The unsaved cannot understand how believers can live in peace, even when our lives are crashing in all around us.

The wicked who prefer to fight their own battles, lose in so many ways. It may appear, at times, that they have won the battle, but at the end of time, they will realize in dismay, that they have lost the war.

At the end of our lives, EVERY person will bow to God and give an account of the way we lived. The outcome: the wicked will be overtaken by evil and the righteous will be saved and redeemed, by Jesus Christ.

I know Lord that the choices I make each and every day, are very important. They will determine my final resting place. David reminds me that with true repentance, all will be forgiven and I will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God for eternity.

Thank you that I have felt the peace of the Lord, many, many times but I’m always shocked at how tranquil I can feel, in the midst of turmoil.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

When We Are Burdened

Matthew 11:28-30 – When We Are Burdened

Matthew 11:28-30 – When We Are Burdened

  • 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
  • 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
  • 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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I have used these same verses on the blog Prayer for Salvation but felt the Lord urging me to take it in another direction. I find it fascinating that God’s Word can touch so many different aspects of our lives.

Hand Drawn picture of Jesus with outstretched arms, holding a Bible in left hand.  Text:  Today's lesson in When We Are Burdened is taken from Matthew 11:28-30
Matthew 11:28-30

If we are still carrying heavy burdens by ourselves it’s because we have not given them over to The Lord. He will always help us, but we must ask. At times we either forget God or immediately turn to others instead.

The worse situation is when the enemy gets into our space and convinces us not to trust The Lord. So, we continue carrying the burdens, hoping for a solution of our own making.

I have heard people say “Just give it over to the Lord” or “Let God carry it for you” or ” Trust in the Lord”. I wasn’t sure how to do that, so I asked God how I could accomplish it.

This is what He told me…

  • He loves me in a way that no human could ever love me.
  • I was loved before the foundation of the earth and will be loved into eternity.
  • Because of his great love for me, when I ask for help, he will take my hand and guide me.
  • The Lord will help me learn how to handle my problems, however; he will not just take them away.

As I began reading and studying scripture and learning more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I came to realize that in all times and in all circumstances, I am to talk to God. Thank him for whatever I am going through; good or bad. No that’s not an error, we must be thankful for the difficult times as well as the good. The difficult situations are the times of growth, something (believe it or not) that we usually end up being thankful for.

“Just let it go” was not easy for me.

  • Knowing all of this, I tried to lean on the Father.
  • I like to plan and have everything happen in the order I think it should be in.
  • Staying on my time line, from beginning to end, without complications.
  • There was always a plan B,C,D and E as well.
  • Always believing I have everything covered. Lol.
  • But every time my plans failed, (as they did quite often) panic would set in.

I really thought that I was giving the burdens over to God, but unfortunately, I was still holding onto them (or at least some of part of them.) After years of trying and failing, I got so frustrated one day that I gave up and said (from deep inside my soul) “Okay Father, you do it!” It was at that point I finally realized God would truly lead me and guide me and I learned let it all go.

Now, here’s how I face a situation

  • Now when I encounter a challenging situation, I take a deep breath and attempt to relax.
  • I coax myself not to panic, but to remember that God is in control and I am his child.
  • He knows what is happening and that gives me the confidence to follow wherever he leads me.

Most often that leading takes me straight to the Bible, to his Word. I look up passages regarding my situation and I read, meditate and pray over them until I feel a peacefulness come over me.

The more I take in his word, the easier it is for me to believe for a good ending to the situation. Even before I see it with my eyes using faith. If I slip up and say or think something like “I’m not sure this will work” I immediately command the thought of non-belief to leave me immediately and I thank God that he is in control.

Then I draw in closer to the Lord

  • Repeating verses like: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
  • Listening to and sing songs that speak the word of God.
  • As I lean on the words (either said or sung)  they go deep into my soul and then I find it much easier to rest in the Lord.

I also do exactly what my Heavenly Father tells me to do, no matter how strange it may appear to me. (Please do not do something that goes against the Lord’s Will because that is not what I’m saying).

However, if God leads me say, to bundle up and go for a walk, then I’ll do it. If then I get a feeling to stop somewhere and just wait outside on a freezing cold day, I’ll do it. It may not make sense to me but God may have me bump into someone who has just the perfect answer to my dilemma.

Nothing appears to happen

Sometimes I follow God’s lead and nothing appears to happen. I’ve now learned, that’s okay too because God works in mysterious ways. I would just go home when feeling that I should. However I keep the faith that something did happened, even though I didn’t see it with my eyes.  God is in control!

The Lord may place a commercial or a magazine article or any number of other methods which may lead me in the direction he wants me to go. My job is to keep my eyes, ears and souls open for signs.

Sometimes our burdens are just meant to draw us closer to Him. Every situation is different. I believe that everything we go through; good or bad, has a reason and will add value to our heavenly bodies, one day.

So to recap:

1 – Accept Jesus into our heart. Allow him to be our Lord and Saviour. We will never regret our decision.

2 – Pray and tell the Lord exactly what our needs are. He already knows but maybe he wants us to pray, so that we can learn to separate our needs from our wants. Are our wants according to his will?

3 – Thank the Lord for working on our prayers and tell him we will wait on him to lead us, regardless of how long it takes. This does not mean to sit at home waiting for a job to drop into our laps. It means to go out and look for a job but also to watch for messages from God.

4 – Be careful what we think. We must not listen to the negative thoughts we may encounter. We must put a stop to them immediately. Cast them out by saying something like “I am a child of God and in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to shut up and leave me now”. Then replace those bad thoughts with good ones, like… “Thank you Lord for watching over me and working on my situation. I will wait in peace.”

Stand strong and wait in faith

In the hard times we are to ask for help and for understanding. Also it helps to pray that we can stand strong in all circumstances. Pray for the Armour of God every day helps us.

5 – Be contented as we wait! Important part! Being content shows us and others that we have faith in the Lord. That is to say, that even when we are going through possibly the worst time in our lives, we can have faith that God will bring us through it.

Many people believe you are never to talk about what you are going through. I was once one of those people. However, I know now that you should never be fake in your demeanor.

If we need to talk to someone about our situation, do it.

However God does not want us to walk around, dragging our feet, telling absolutely everyone all of our problems and looking like the world is collapsing in on us. It may be doing just that, but when others see a Christian downtrodden, they immediately may think “hey, where is their God now?”

Of course, it depends on the degree of the circumstance – losing a job doesn’t even begin to compare to losing a child, but overall I believe it’s better for us not to be sad and glum. Rejoice in the Lord!

Fake enthusiasm is also not to be used. (Again, once guilty of that). By knowing that God is in control we don’t have to “fake” feeling good in all times. If we truly have the peace of God that passes all understanding, we can stand strong in the Lord.

6 – Praise the Lord for what he is about to do. Sing to him. Praise him. Thank him for working in our lives and for helping us to stay focused on Him, instead of on the problem.

Remember that God does not bring the bad times on us. We are living in a world of sin and there will be consequences.

However God does use our trials.

The Lord will use our hard times, to teach us important lessons. Sometimes our situations seem as though there will never be an end to them. The important thing to remember is that God is aware of what we are going through and it will be much easier if we learn to lean on him at all times.

In difficult times we are to ask God our Father, for help and for understanding. And we are to pray that we can stand strong in all circumstances. Wearing the Armour of God Pray for the Armour of God everyday helps us to do just that.

Important to note

Just because we are God’s children and have prayed, does not mean that our Heavenly Father will remove the burdens. It means that he will continue to stand right by us, (he will share our yoke) while we go through them. Having the faith and the support of God, will allow us to not to be weary but to have rest.

7 – If and when the situation has been resolved we must give praise and thanks to the Lord! As he never leaves us alone. He is ever present and knows exactly what is happening. Furthermore, he will give us the strength to get through it all, when we lean on him.

Our Heavenly Father is willing to help us bear our load, if we are willing to give it over to him?

Picture of a girl sitting in a chair, curled up reading a Bible. Text:  Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:26-30

My Prayer for Matthew 11:28-30

Divine Father

You are an awesome God. Every day you look after all of your children. You lead us, guide us, watch us and monitor our situations. We are so blessed Lord, thank you.

I pray Father that this message will touch people’s hearts and that they will understand that we can stand solid even during times of tribulation.

Is it easy to lean on God? At first, absolutely not! Can anyone do it? Absolutely yes! We need to follow your Word and we will learn that with you Lord in our corner, we can stand strong against any situation.

Thank you Father for loving and giving me peace and faith in you, each and every day.

All for the glory of God!

In Jesus’ name. Amen

Psalm 69:1-6 God is there even when we don’t see him.