An Example: David {Psalm 142}

I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice I made my supplication unto the Lord.
2 I poured out my complaint before Him; I declared to Him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way where I walk, they have laid a snare for me.
4 I looked on my right and noticed, but there was no one who would care for me; there is no refuge for me; no one cares for my soul.
5 I cried unto You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than me.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.

Psalm 142 [mev]


Have you ever been ‘low’?
Sure, we all have those occasional moments where ‘low’ is present, but I am not talking about that kind of ‘low’.

I mean really low…where emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually your spirit groans from its depths, so beyond yourself, that you find yourself numbed? When spiritual warfare found your doorstep, took its grip and released its ammunition at you.

David found himself at his core; and it was just overwhelming.

I have felt like David in time past. As I read David’s words they fly off the pages of Scripture and I find my soul pricked. I hear his cry. I feel his pain, sorrow, discouragement, isolation, loneliness, and agonizing soul; I have lived his prayer cries.

How about you?

  • Maybe you have experienced the very things David speaks of, or maybe you will in the future.
  • Maybe you are experiencing these very soul–cries right now.

My friend, like David, you have hope. That hope is found only in Jesus Christ. David poured out his soul before God. He laid it all down on the table. He was honest with himself. He was honest with God.

  • David didn’t hold back.
  • God didn’t hold back.

God heard every word David spoke, even the silent ones. God hears your every word.

David did something else.
Something that, at times, we forget to do ourselves because we end up allowing “it” to become bigger than God himself.

1. David recognized who God was — David knew God was God. Sounds simple, yet our actions do display whether we live like He is or not. David knew God had him in the palm of His hand. Nothing could change God, not even his circumstance.
2. David recognized who he was before God. Even though David was anointed king, David knew his place before a righteous and holy God. This is not self degradation, but rather placing oneself under ones authority; in this case, God’s. David believed God without reservation. To submit to God brought salvation, hope, and empowerment. He was safe, loved, and provided for; he was more than conquerors.
3. David recognized who his enemies were. David kept his eyes on God so that the opposition, people, or circumstances he found himself in didn’t look bigger than his God was. He knew his flesh would fail, but not with God by his side.
4. David recognized that in the end, God’s glory was the end prize. Giving praise, rightful recognition to God was his place, was God’s place. David believed God was good! God could never be anything but good.

Though David was hunted by men, wanted as an fugitive by King Saul, and was a king in waiting, David saw God as King of Kings and Lord of Lords who was a lover of his soul.

1. God loved David.
2. God cared for David.
3. God fought for David.
4. God provided for David.
5. God lead David.
6. God blessed David.

God changes not.

1. God loves you.
2. God cares for you.
3. God fights for you.
4. God provides for you.
5. God leads you.
6. God blesses you.

This psalm is not the only psalm we find David pouring out his soul to God. We read other psalms where David cried out to God or when David was filled with praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and worship. His visual encounters displayed only one link…GOD!

🎯 David believed God regardless what his circumstance or situation looked like. God was always good.

🎯 David trusted God regardless what his circumstance or situation looked like because God could never violate himself.

🎯 David committed himself to God regardless of what his circumstance or situation was or would become because God was faithful.

How are you being changed?

1. Do you find yourself drawing closer to God? Growing in godliness through faith because you believe in the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13)?
2. Or do you find yourself being lured away by the weight or temptation of your situation? Is your life consumed by “it” rather than being sheltered, saved and provided for by the very One who could?

  • Change will happen.
  • What will your change look like?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}


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You are Wonderful!

You are wonderfully and fearfully (gloriously) made by the Creator Himself. God did it. Do you believe it?

  • Your praise indicates (reveals) what your heart and mind believe about God and His Word.
  • Are you praising? –Because you are!

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His > Me

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3:26.

Becoming a true believer of Jesus Christ, we enjoy great privileges; this is not because of what we have done but rather what He has done.

Accepting Christ Jesus as our Saviour (recognizing who He is and who I am before Him), relying on Him alone for justification and salvation, forgiveness of sins, redemption and restoration we become His son or daughter.

It is important to note that faith without works is dead. At the same
token works without faith is dead as well. If any man have not the Spirit of Christ indwelling him, that person is not Christ’s. There is no middle ground…you either have Him or you don’t.

  • Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It is an act of obedience, love, thanksgiving, a proclamation, a profession that says, “I am His.”
  • Baptism is an act of putting-on Christ. The active action of obedience according to the Gospel; not an outward imitation, but of new birth, an entire human change. We are new creatures! Old things are passed away, BEHOLD! ALL things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

God makes His own heirs. Let’s reread that — God makes His own heirs…heirs to His throne. One that we don’t deserve, one that we have no royal claim too…yet He makes us princes and princesses. Real, eternal royalty.

God provides, cares, sustains, loves, guides, corrects, and strengthens His own. God never leaves His own. God cannot violate Himself, therefore, what God says, stands forever. Rest assured, whether one believes or not, God will do what He says.
Our new mission, goal, passion, love, devotion, desire turns from self to Christ. The things of this life become trifle. Be sure what you seek after are things above, not things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).

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His Voice

  • Do you know His voice?
  • I mean, can you hear the Savior calling? Do you know your Saviour’s voice?

There are no age limits to listening.

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How We Walk

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Praise = Becoming

  • Praise is becoming to the upright.
  • Sing child of God, Sing!
  • Sing for joy to the LORD.
  • Worship Him according to His will, pleasure.

Next time you find yourself struggling with a bad attitude, or fighting wrongful thoughts, needing to fight a sinful habit, whatever it may be…stop, drop, and PRAISE.

You cannot be filled with yourself and be filled with God at the same time; something or someone has to give.

Which one do you think will go?

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Be Not Afraid

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Why Being God-Proactive Matters @ Home and Church.

  • The devil is at war.
  • He sees you, a saved soul, as target, bait, to aim and destroy, to distract.
  • He sees God as his number one enemy and will get to him through you at any cost.

Beware believer!

  • Don’t be deceived by the devil’s tactics, lures, deceptions, or temptations. It is not greener on his side…regardless of the glorious picture he displays.
  • Don’t be saved from fire, be saved by grace through faith that not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Christ died that we may have life in Him; life lived abundantly, free through Christ Jesus.

Walk in Him. Fight the flesh. Obey the Word. Don’t be a pawn in the deceiver’s hand.

The devil may laud your praises, claim or profess his allegiance to your pleasures, wants, or desires, but remember he is not your friend. His end goal is to seek and to destory (1 Peter 5:8).

You, my friend, are empowered through Jesus Christ…now go! Live in Him!

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Let Us Love

“Little children” is not solely referring to little people as we may think.

We could interpret it like this, “Dear ones” or “Believers” let us not merely love in theory with words or through our tongue (speech) by giving lip service; but rather by action and truth practiced with sincere love because acts of love are more than words.

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God’s Order Brings Delight

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Because God is Good!

Press On

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Psalm 18:28

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the Light

Darkness loves darkness. Darkness feeds on darkness. It’s a fact. Shine any light, or truth on darkness (that would include a person living in a dark-filled life) and that darkness squirms in discomfort. Darkness hates the truth, it hates to be revealed (that’s why it loves darkness to cloak it’s real purpose); sin hates light. Darkness is a user.

  • That “Light” is Jesus Christ.
  • That “Truth” is God’s Word.

Shine any light source in a dark place, lite a candlestick in a dark room, use the moon to guide you out at sea, turn on a flashlight in the middle of a dark forest and you will see…the Truth (God’s Word) will set you free…you will see (John 8:31-32).

Darkness does not understand the Light, it will reject the Light when revealed, darkness even displays itself as light but claims you once discovered, but the Light is not overpowered by the darkness, the Light is not absorb by the darkness, the Light is not unreceptive to the darkness…the Light shines! For with the Light all may see if they believe in Him, Jesus Christ.

Remember who we said the Light is, Jesus Christ.

  • Do you know who the source of darkness is? Satan, or the devil (same thing). He has great influence upon this world which causes “darkness” in the lives of people. Satan is not your friend. The sin he says will bring you happiness (2 Corinthians 11:14) will be your destruction, because he seeks to destroy (1 Peter 5:8), not save you (Luke 19:10) like the Light does (Jesus Christ). Satan’s day will end, so will darkness. The Light’s day will never end.

You may be living in darkness, you may feel as though your life is dark or there is no way out, you may be consumed by a certain sin, or find yourself filled with guilt or depression…look to the Light! To live in the Light is to truly live (John 10:10).

The darkness only has power over you when you give it power; it doesn’t need to consume or destroy you.

  • Allow the Light (Jesus Christ) to come into your life and give you life. If you have more question click here.

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James 1:17

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Do You Know of Such a City?

Do you know of such a city?

Do you know of such a town?

Do you know of such a village?

Do you know of such a people?

Do you know of such a person?

If not, maybe that someone should start with you

  • You could reach one person with the Gospel of Christ.
  • Together, the two of you could reach people.
  • Those people could reach a village and a village a town.
  • A town of people, because of one man’s willful obedience to God, could reach a city.

It’s just a thought…God is looking.

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Meet Jim

Jim Thorp

I remember seeing the signs for Jim Thorpe growing up in Pennsylvania. I remember driving passed the town named after him many times as a girl. But it wasn’t until I was older that I realized who he was – or what he did.

If you look closely at the photo, you will notice that Jim is wearing two different socks and shoes. I know today, our kids included, like to wear different pairs of socks – because it’s a cool and fun thing to do. But for Jim, he wasn’t making a fashion statement or setting a new trend here, he was fulfilling.

Jim was an American Indian from Oklahoma and he represented the United States of America in the 1912 Olympics. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen.

Story is told, it was either Jim or his coach ended up finding replacement shoes by rooting through a garbage can – the same ones you see him wearing in this picture. They weren’t a perfect fit; in fact, they were two different shoes and one of them was too big in size. To ensure a better “fit” Jim wore an extra sock on that foot with the ‘big’ shoe.

Jim competed as planned. Wearing the garaged found shoes, an extra sock and representing the United States of America. Jim won two gold medals that day in 1912.

I can think a several reason why Jim could have handed in the towel that day, some were very personal. I can’t help but think many of us, if placed in his shoes, would have pretty quickly given up, but Jim didn’t.

  • What an example of staying the course.
  • What an example of actively running the race that is set before him.
  • What an example of not giving into the excuse’s life handed him that day. Life sometimes throws you lemons, doesn’t it? Life isn’t always fair. Life can be glorious. Life can hurt. Life “steals” your shoes sometimes, doesn’t it?

Jim didn’t resign to the excuse of “I have no shoes.” No, instead Jim said, “I have a race to run.” There was no option – he found shoes.

Jim lived proactive: the results:

  1. Jim raced.
  2. Jim won 2 gold medals.

How about you? How are you running your race of life?

  • Don’t let your “stolen shoes” stop you from running the race the Lord has set before you.
  • Only you can run the race He has set before you – because there is only one you!
  • If you don’t fulfill it, no one will.

Jim fulfilled his that day. Will you fulfill yours today?

Read with me in Hebrews,

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” Hebrews 12:1-3.

I don’t know who was Jim’s example, but I do know who needs to for us.

Paul wrote, “…But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14.

Is Jesus your example?

Life “steals” your shoes sometimes, but Jesus is the life-giver. Which one will you put your stock in?

Run for Christ! Run.

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Are You Casting?

  • Are you heavy burdened?
  • Are you cast down?
  • Are you cumbered about?

There is Someone (God) in whom you can run too, cling too, cast your cares upon, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), therefore, unchangeable.

  • God is steadfast.
  • God is trustworthy.
  • God is not man, remember that!
  • God loves and cares for YOU

CAST, my friend!

Cast upon one source, the source of Christ Jesus our Lord. He is the only One who can sustain, fill, complete, or set you free. Christ in you is the answer.

CAST!

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Do You Spur?

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:24-25.

Spurring one another in Jesus Christ.

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Got Your Running Shoes On?

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” Proverbs 18:10.

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