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Though Your Footsteps Were Not Seen

heart recall marvia davidsonCrying, Crying out
Here, I am in distress
There is no solace
My eyes grow weary
I cannot find comfort.

Too troubled to speak
I lie upon this bed, weeping.
Heart Meditating
Will I always be rejected?
Where is His unfailing love?
Has mercy fled my life?

Oh! I must make appeal
Heart, you must remember!
Soul, recall the mighty deeds.
There is none greater than God.
He has not forgotten.
Yes! Mind and soul humbly reflect. Continue reading Though Your Footsteps Were Not Seen

Truth for Today

i hear you marvia davidsonLife is often crazy. I have found that though I should pray more during these times, I usually don’t. I might barely offer up the “emergency toss up prayer” and go on about the business of living; but this is not living the abundant life in Christ.

God cares about the every-day-ordinary-mundane events of our lives. Nothing gets past Him, and nothing goes unnoticed; so it would make sense then to tell Him everything; but I don’t always do that. Continue reading Truth for Today

Psalm 94 – Blessed Is the Man

The Psalms are always a source of hope, peace, and cementing the foundation of faith in the Christian walk.  God’s word really is alive and active.  It cuts through the yuck and goes straight to our spirit and mind.  It is so important to stay in the Word of God.  It reminds us whose we are, who God is, and who He created and redeemed us to be.  It gives wisdom and direction.  Reading Psalm 94 today renewed hope in me.  What really caught my heart were verses 12-14.  It says, “Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord,
And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance (NKJV).”  The rest of the Psalm is very powerful, but these three verses stood out to me.  When I overwhelmed, feeling ignorant, naïve, or in need of His wisdom and leadership –His word remains eternal and gives me hope.  There is a blessing when we are instructed by the Lord out of His law.  This is a good thing.  It reminded me of the new testament where Jesus told the disciples in John 16: 13-14, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”  God didn’t leave us in this world to fend for ourselves.  Thank you God for that.  He wants us to fully rely on Him, to be taught by Him, and to be lead by Him.  Jesus also said to His disciples in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (NKJV).”

Surely the Lord knows best, and when we rely on Him, we learn as He would have us to learn.  I am struck in amazement that there is a blessing in being taught by God.  He is holy, just, true, kind, gracious, and merciful.  That is the foundation He builds in us.  If the foundation is wrong, He speaks is truth to those places so then can be made right, level, and aligned with Him.  Today I am grateful for His word because He is realigning my thoughts so that I can be in agreement with Him.  My circumstances may not change, but my perspective can change so that I can see things with God’s perspective and insight.  I love how it further says in verse 13 that God wants to give us rest I from day of adversity.  None of us will leave this earth unscathed, but we can have rest through every trial.  We can ask God for His perspective on what’s going on around us or in us.  We can ask God for His truth.  We can, as Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
 And He shall direct your paths (NKJV).”  Leaning on God for what we need brings peace and His direction.  Today I’m choosing to believe God’s goodness.  I am choosing to believe He knows my end from my beginning, and that He will lead me rightly.  I can trust Him.

My prayer today:  Lord, thank you for your Word.  Thank you that it is Light and Life for my soul.  Thank you God that you instruct my heart out of your law and your ways.  Thank you for the blessing that comes from being lead by you.  May it increase my faith and trust in you today.  May it draw me nearer to You.  May I grow to know you more deeply like never before.  Keep shining your Light Lord that I may see.  Let Your Word, God, always be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Lord, I submit to your authority and rule over my life today and every day.  You are my Shepherd.  Yours, God, is the Voice I need to hear.  Lord, fill me again with your Holy Spirit.  Help me to see things the way you do.  I thank you for your Truth and you are writing your laws on my heart that I might walk uprightly before.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

References

Psalm 94

John 14:26

John 16: 13-15

Proverbs 3:5-6

2 Corinthians 2:13-15

A New Old Freedom

Colossians 2, NLT

“9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”

Meditating on these things stirs up hope in my soul.  I’ve read these verses lots of times, but today the words became real, alive, and active – cutting away lies and strongholds I didn’t know I really had.  But isn’t that just like Jesus?  He is gentle in the revelation of truth and other times it slaps us in the face.  Not today.  Today it was a whisper that grew louder at Kairos.  The eternal that was set in my heart when I was born was redeemed to new life today.  These verses from Colossians have been ringing true for a few hours now.  Resounding the anthem “Freedom, Freedom, Freedom.”  It’s not something I did myself.  There is no way I could have.  It was all Him – God, as it should be when it comes to soul revelation that pushes us toward deeper intimacy with the Father.  That’s what He’s after – our hearts.  He doesn’t want anything to get in the way of relationship and communion in Him.  He really does actively keep His word when Paul wrote in Romans 8, “nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Love and relationship are serious business to God.  So much so that He sent His Son Jesus to reconcile man to Himself.  What amazing love is this!

So today, a simple truth was spoken with which I agree, and that is this… The sacrifice of Christ is more than enough.  The blood of Jesus is enough.  The blood of Christ removes the guilt, the shame, the separation, and restores relationship.  Who are you to continue you judging yourself in the light of the Cross?  How long will you sit in judgment of yourself?  Not even the weapons we form against ourselves will God allow to stand between Him and us. God does not want self-condemnation or self-judgment out of our own mouths to get in the way of relationship with Him.  Enough!  The Cross of Christ was and is enough.  The penalty has been paid, and now we can walk in freedom.  If we let him, God will tear down and utterly destroy the lies we believed that told us we could judge ourselves in light our wrong.  Remember what the writer of Hebrews said in chapter 9,

“ 24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. 27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.” NLT

It’s over.  It’s done with.  Christ finished the work of atonement.  It is finished.  It is enough.  Now we can choose to come into agreement with the finished work of Jesus on the cross.  That is the moment you find real freedom.  That is the moment when worldly words no longer have permission to hold you down.  That is the moment strongholds are broken.

Here’s a little something to consider for today.  I am not the judge of me anymore.  I have chosen to agree with God that the sacrifice of Jesus was and is enough!  In what ways have you been pronouncing judgment when God already said you’ve been pardoned?  Choose today to seek His face.  He longs to speak with you.  Ask Him where or how you have not agreed with His word and his sacrifice.  God is faithful, and he wants to have relationship with you.  There is hope for your soul and healing for your heart.  Get ready to receive Life.