The first time I really “took God at His Word”, you know, decided to STAND on it and apply it to my life was during one of the darkest periods of my life. I was at the end of my rope. I was depressed and feeling completely hopeless. Oh, I was going to church regularly and even reading my Bible on a daily basis, but I was only going through the motions. There was no victory and suddenly Holy Spirit lifted a verse from the Psalms and said, “This is for you!”
What was for me? Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. See my focus was on everything except God and His word. What are the deep desires of your heart? A closer walk with God? Peace when you lie down to sleep and your bank account is nearing zero? Answered prayers for your family? Having victory over the same besetting sin (s)?
There are other promises from the Lord which could apply to you about these areas. Let us look at some of them and meditate for a moment to see what they could mean to you, shall we?
“But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel (your people). Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them. They cried out to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.” (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 16:13, 14
“Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger; stand true to the Lord; act like men; be strong; and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.” (TLB)
“Watch this: God's eyes are on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He's ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together. We're depending on God, he's everything we need. What's more, our hearts brim with joy since we've taken for own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you've got – that's what we're depending on.” (from the Message)
How much have I taken God at His word in my life?
How much have I truly trusted and believed that He is on my side?
How patient have I been in waiting before Him to hear Him speak to me? (and, then, have I obeyed?)
What ever your battles, what ever your struggles I testify God's word and your faith together will prevail for you! Prayerfully, ask the Lord to meet with you when you read and meditate during your Bible study.
One day while I was doing just this the Lord said to me, Frank, if you will delight yourself in Me I promise to give to you the deep, deep desires for which you long. I said, “Oh, wow!” I'll tell you what those deep desires were for; they were for a devout Christian woman who would love me and be my wife. Ask my dear bride, Karin, she'll tell you about it! In less than 4 months we were married!
God's amazing orchestration in united Karin and I is detailed in “Our Journey”
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