Rest in the Lord

Psalm 37: 3-7

Rest in the Lord

Psalm 37:3-7

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
[4] Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
[5] Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
[6] And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
[7] Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

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Rest in the Lord

This Psalmist is warning people to stay faithful to the Lord, whether things seem to be good or bad, to always keep faith and rest in the Lord.

When we see others prospering and we seem to be struggling, we are not to be envious or jealous. We are to keep our love with the Father and continue to trust him, delight in him, regardless of what our lives look like.

Our earthly rewards will vanish when the earth does. But for Christians, our rewards really begin when Jesus returns and this earth and all of the “earthly things” are destroyed.

Does this mean that Christians will not or should not have anything good in our lives while living on earth? No, not at all! God is watching over us even now, and it is his desire that we have an abundance of good things… our cup may be full to overflowing. It’s how we handle the abundance that matters. Are we greedy or charitable? Braggart or humble?

Will Christians endure hard times?

Yes, as Christians, we will endure hard times, disappointments or periods where we feel we just can’t bear it any longer. Whether Christian or not, we will suffer the bad as well as the good. Why? Because we are in a time frame, where Satan has been given authority and sin is in this world. Therefore, everyone regardless of who we are or what we believe will suffer at some time or another. The Good news is that we have Our Father, God Almighty to lean on. We can rest in the Lord.

The author is telling followers of God, not to worry over what we do or do not have, compared to others. We are told to rest in the Lord, believe in the Lord, take comfort in the Lord, be committed to the Lord and wait on him because Jesus Christ is coming back and will bring righteousness with him.

So, for now we should not worry about anything. We should have complete trust in the Lord to look after us in all circumstances. Serve the Lord and wait, expectantly, for His return.

At that time, judgement will take place. Each and every person will be leaving all earthly possessions and will be directed to their new eternal homes.

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Rest in Him

My Prayer for Psalm 37:3-7 Rest in Him

Heavenly Father

I know at different points in my life as a non-Christian, I used to be quite envious of what others had that I didn’t. It started even when I was a child and wanted the toys that my friends had. I realize now that Satan tries to get his hooks into everyone on earth as soon as he can.

Thankfully Father you came into my life! Did I immediately stop wanting what others had? Did I immediately stop drooling over or getting angry that other people were leading such a carefree (and even unrighteous) lives when I was going through hardships? No! It took time Father, time to grow and understand.

First I  accepted you into my life.

The first thing I did was to accept you into my life. It took studying your Word and praying with you. Then asking for forgiveness and being cleansed of all the past mistakes, angers and frustrations I had.

Once you were in my life, I started to heal. Following that you put the peace that passes understanding into my soul. It was then that I became relaxed and happy, regardless of what was or wasn’t in my life.

Does that mean I never have bad or sad days? Am I able to be happy each and every day? No, not at all. I still have times where life just seems to overtake me and I fall.

I have learned that the important thing to do is to turn to you Father. As soon as I realize that I am in an area of loneliness, depression, unhappiness, or whatever has gotten me down, I ask for help!

The enemy

The enemy may be involved in whatever circumstance I am going through. However, Father, you will walk with me through-out the entire situation. Do I always receive a good ending? No because I live in a fallen world full of sin. But what I do get, comes from you. The ability to deal with whatever comes my way, with you by my side.

In a number of cases, I have found that when I look back on the troubling periods, I realize that those were the times of much growth for me.

I am grateful for all you are doing in my life. It is my honour and privilege to serve you Lord. I delight in studying your Word and talking to you. I am so thankful that I can rest in the Lord. And best of all, I look forward to spending eternity with you.

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

I sought the Lord and He heard me. PSALM 34: 1-6

He that Covers Sin

Proverbs 28:13

Proverbs 28:13

  • [13] He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
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He that covers sin

If a sinner does not acknowledge that he has sin or tries to cover it up or even makes excuses for the sins, then he is keeping himself out of life eternal. In other words, by concealing his transgressions, he will not be forgiven.

Hiding Sin from God?

Why do so many people try at times, to hide their sins from God? I used to do that myself.

I realize that many times we are so ashamed of what we’ve done or figure our sins are just too big for God to forgive that we put off taking them before the Lord.

We can see in scripture that God drew all sorts of sinful people to himself. He forgave their sins and then used those very same people for wonderful ways to spread the Word of God.

King David, Saul/Paul and even the chosen disciples were not without fault. Some tried to hide their sin, but ended up miserable and feeling alone.

There is nowhere to hide from the Lord

He is the creator of this world, the people and everything in it. As a result, there is no where we can hide, that he doesn’t see. And furthermore, there is nothing we can think that he doesn’t know. He already knows what our thoughts are and what we have done in the past, present and yes, even in the future.

We all need turn to the Lord and confess our sins, no matter what we’ve done. He already has the knowledge of them so through true confession we can be freed from the shame and guilt.

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Proverbs 28:1-3

My Prayer for Proverbs 28:13

Father in Heaven

Thank you that through my confession to Jesus, I am made righteous and you will hear my prayers. Without that cleansing, I could not approach you.

Lord Jesus, I come humbly to you and ask for forgiveness. I know that I have sinned and done, thought or said things that are not pleasing to you and I pray that you will show me mercy, and forgive and cleanse me. Search me Lord, bring to my mind the things I need to confess.

Thank you Lord for hearing my confession and I now accept your forgiveness with thanks and gratitude.

Please go before me today Lord. Keep me on the straight and narrow path. Have the Holy Spirit please convict me when I sin and remind me to confess, when I do. I am so thankful Lord for loving me so much that you are ready to show me grace and mercy even in my sin.

In the name of Christ Jesus I pray, Amen

Are you carrying sin? Do you feel weighted down by the guilt of it? What is Salvation? Prayer – God Has Made It Possible

Only One Mediator

1 Timothy 2:4-5

1 Timothy 2:4-5 – Only One Mediator

  • [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
  • [5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
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Only One Mediator

According to Paul, God desires that everyone should be saved. God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to earth to become human kinds Saviour.

Every person, during their lifetime, will hear the good news of Jesus Christ, learn of repentance and hear that having faith in Jesus will bring them salvation (the knowledge of the truth).

Paul tells us that another part of that knowledge of the truth is the importance of learning that Jesus is our one mediator.

At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, he became our high priest, giving us the privilege of praying and confessing our sins “directly to God”. He bridges the gap between us (God’s children) and Father God.

Jesus is the only one mediator

Jesus Christ is the only one who can intercede, reconciling man to God. The Virgin Mary, saints, other gods, angels, man or idols cannot! If we believe that others can do what Jesus came to do, what then, was the point of Jesus’ horrendous crucifixion?

He alone became our bridge to God so it’s important that all prayers to God must go through our one and only mediator and that is Christ Jesus.

Our Father God is the only one who can know our real inner feelings.

Christ is the only one mediator between God and humans. That is to say, through Jesus Christ, we can receive total forgiveness by God’s grace and mercy,

Once God receives a truthful confession, through Jesus Christ, God cleanses the sinner instantly, without penalty or works.

When people, other gods, the Virgin Mary, saints, idols, angels or mere men hear our confessions, are they able to discern, in the same manner as our Father (with Jesus as our advocate) and know without doubt what is really in our hearts and the “degree of each sin”? No!

To Whom Should We Confess?

Since God has not authorized anyone (other than Christ) the job as advocate, it’s important for men to know that only Jesus can take our sins before God and that God is the one that can completely remove our sins.

However, on Judgement Day, there will be no-one that can save people from death. Those who have accepted Jesus into their lives have already gone before Jesus and are waiting for the New Jerusalem (Heaven) to arrive.

When the end of this world as we know it comes to a close, Jesus becomes the judge. Those who come to judgement on the last day, no longer have Jesus acting as advocate for them. They have already lost the chance of being saved to life eternal (Heaven). They have previously made their decision and it was not to be saved through Christ Jesus.

Simply put, God is proceeding according to His plan. All die, but many will live eternally, by the knowledge of the truth through our one and only mediator, Christ Jesus.

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Only One Mediator 1 Timothy 2:4-5

My Prayer For 1 Timothy 2:4-5 – Only One Mediator

Loving God,

Because Jesus is the one who hears my confessions, I can pray at any moment of the day and do not have to wait and confess to one particular person.

It’s important that I do not to keep the sin but to confess and turn away from it, as soon as I am made aware of the sin.

Once confessed, I can be open to receive the forgiveness, compassion, love and mercy that you alone can give me.

With that in mind…

Father God I come humbly before you and ask for forgiveness. I know that I have sinned and done, thought or said things that are not pleasing to you and I pray Lord you will cleanse me. I come before you now to confess my sins.

Thank you Father that I have laid all of my sins down, in the name of Jesus as my advocate. I consciously accept your forgiveness and ask that you would now lead and guide me in all I do.

Thank you Father for such wonderful gifts as Jesus and forgiveness. You are an awesome God and I give you all the praise and glory.

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

If you have not accepted Jesus into your life, and want to, you can do so by going here: What is Salvation?