Psalm 91(1)

1. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Keep Trust in God, And It Will Happen

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Habakkuk 2:3 NLT
Wait patiently, for it will surely take place.

Has God promised you something and humanly speaking you see no way it can come to pass? Are you having a hard time waiting?

Read this scripture: ‘if it seems slow… wait patiently, for it will surely take place.’ God does things on schedule, and your appointment is still on his calendar. Be assured that nothing the enemy does can pre-empt the plan of God for your life.

When He gives you a promise, it’s like a seed. First it must fall into the fertile soil of faith and be given time to grow. Then it must be watered regularly through prayer and the Word of God.

It won’t come to pass because you push and try to manipulate: ‘[its]… not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord’ (Zechariah 4:6 KJV). If god has promised you something, stand on His Word and remind yourself, ‘this will come to pass.’

The story of Joseph’s life could be summed up in this scripture: Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him’ (Psalm 105:19 NKJV).

Why test something? To reveal its strength; to see if it holds up or falls under pressure. What has God promised you? Do you believe Him? How strong is your faith?

If its weak, God will put you back in the school of faith so you can learn the lessons, pass the tests, and graduate.

‘Without faith it is impossible to please [God], for he who come to God must believe that He is…a rewarder’ (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

The word for you today is: keep trust in God, and it will happen.

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3 Keys to Receiving God’s Promises

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Mark 11:23
“Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

In order to receive what God promises in the bible, you need to do three things. First, make up your mind. Take control of his promise and don’t let go. Be tenacious! God responds to faith that perseveres and a mind that is made up: ‘With God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26 KJV).

Former baseball star Sam Ewing said, ‘Nothing is as embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn’t be done.’

Second, visualise your victory. Before construction starts, the architect already has a picture of the end result in his or her mind. By faith Abraham ‘saw’ his children; he counted them every time he looked up at the stars (see Genesis 15:5).

Use your memory to replay past victories, and your imagination to pre-play future ones. That’s what David did when he slew Goliath. Look your giant squarely in the face and declare, you’re coming down in the name of the Lord.

Third, speak to your situation. Jesus said: ‘Whoever says to this mountain. “Be removed and…cast into the sea,” and does not doubt…but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.’

Notice, Jesus used the word believes once, but what referred to what you say three times. Could that be because we already know so much about believing, but need to learn more about how to speak in and to our situation?

Don’t just talk about your mountains, talk to it! Line up what you say with God’s word. Make His Word your word, and the mountain will become your servant. It has to – Jesus said so!


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Its A Necessary Part Of The Process

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We can get impatient when it comes to Gods will for our lives. We want everything to work out on our timetable. The truth is, a great deal of time usually elapses between when God calls us and when we’ve fulfilled His will for our lives.

And until we accept that, we’re not ready to go anywhere.

We need to understand that the journey is an important part of the process. It matters to God what you become on the way to where you are going. And following Him in obedience through many unknown, trails, and difficulties is an integral and indispensable part of the preparation.

God uses the journey to teach you faith, refine your character, and equip you for greater challenges that lie ahead. In fact, if you’re in the process of seeking Gods will right now, you’re already fulfilling part of it in your life.

God said, ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the ways you should go.’

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you don’t know all you’d like to, you’re not making progress.

Something is happening right now. Your faith is being stretched; your patience is being developed. Your doubts are being confronted and conquered, and your relationship with God is growing deeper. He always prepares us in advance for what He has planned for us.

Yes, the struggle is uncomfortable — but its a necessary part of the process.

 

Thank God for the way that He uses everything to transform you and deepen your relationship with Him.

Do You Feel Like You’re Walking in Circles?

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A Biologist experimented with what he called ‘processional caterpillars’. He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant so that the lead caterpillar was head to tail with the last caterpillar, with no breaks in the parade.

The tiny creatures walked around the rim of the pot for a full week before they died of exhaustion and starvation. Not once did any of them break out of line and venture over to the plant to eat.

Food was only inches away, but their follow-the-crowd-instinct was stronger than the drive to eat and survive.

The same thing happened to an entire generation of Israelites. They walked in circles in the wilderness for 40 years, even though they were only 11 miles from the promise land.

 

If you’re in a rut today, ask yourself these three questions:

 

Is this rut of my own making?

We choose a rut because it’s comfortable and requires no risk. And getting out of it requires courage and a willingness to make tough choices you follow through on.

 

Who am I following?

We adopt certain patterns because someone has taught them to us directly, or by example. Instead of mindlessly following the crowd, seek God’s will for your life and commit yourself to doing it.

 

Where am I going?

The Bible says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29: 18 KJV).

 

If you want to get out of the rut, you’re in today, ask God to give you a vision for your life — He will. And when he does, Pour yourself into it. Begin 2020 on the right foot.