Who is God?

18For thus says the LORD,

Who created the heavens,

Who is God,

Who formed the earth and made it,

Who has established it,

Who did not create it in vain,

Who formed it to be inhabited:

“I am the LORD, and there is no other.

19I have not spoken in secret,

In a dark place of the earth;

I did not say to the seed of Jacob,

‘Seek Me in vain’;

I, the LORD, speak righteousness,

I declare things that are right.”

Isaiah 45:18-19

21b “And there is no other God besides me,

A just God and a Savior;

There is none besides Me.

22 Look to Me, and be saved,

All you ends of the earth!

For I am God, and there is no other.

23 I have sworn by Myself;

The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,

And shall not return,

That to me every knee shall bow,

Every tongue shall take an oath.

Isaiah 45:21b-23

Even to your old age, I am He,

And even to gray hairs I will carry you!

I have made, and I will bear;

Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Isaiah 46:4

8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men;

Recall to mind, O you transgressors.

9 Remember the former things of old,

For I am God, and there is none like Me,

10 Declaring the end from the beginning,

And from ancient times things that are not yet done,

Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

And I will do all My pleasure,’

11 Calling bird of prey from the east,

The man who executes My counsel,

from a far country.

Indeed I have spoken it;

I will also bring it to pass.

I have purposed it;

I will also do it.

Isaiah 46:8-11

As for our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name,

The Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 47:4

May our ONE AND ONLY LORD GOD, CREATOR, RIGHTEOUS AND JUST REDEEMER, SAVIOR, BEARER, DELIVERER, WAY-MAKER, COUNSELLOR, WORD … BLESS YOU GREATLY TODAY!

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Today’s Nugget | Out of the Pit

Sometimes it seems like we get bogged down with the cares of this life.  Do you linger in a place of miry clay?  Let God help.

1I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. 2He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. 3He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see and fear, And will trust in the LORD.

~ Psalms 40:1-3

A few years back I managed to fall and break a leg. I was in a helpless state of being alone, and unable to get up off the ground. I was pinned under a hand truck which was also pinned under a heavy concrete block.

“LORD, I need help!” I cried out. I didn’t wait patiently for His answer either. The pain was significant and I almost blacked out. But the Lord heard my cry and I believe sent an angel who helped me get free and use the hand truck as a crutch to lean on. I was contemplating my next move when a neighbor’s truck came down the road so I waved the driver over. He was very kind and helped me get medical attention.

Many times I wondered why God allowed my foot to stumble.

11For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Psalms 91:11-12

He quickly set my feet on solid ground and His angels helped me; but afterward I began to wonder if God had a bigger plan for me than what I was doing with my life at that time. First He needed to get my attention and stop my program. He had to remove me out of the horrible pit I was in.

Praise God! He allowed this trial but used it to put a new song in my mouth. My prayer life got a complete overhaul. People have noticed a change in my life since the accident. My spiritual growth has caught fire. It didn’t take me long to realize after surgery that the Lord now had my full attention. I could not run or escape my predicament. I began to watch a lot of Christian TV from the couch, study my Bible, and seek God’s will in my life. Soon I was in church again enjoying Christian fellowship, worship time and hearing God’s Word preached.

Have any of you had a similar experience? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your testimony of how God has rescued you from the pit and changed the course of your life.

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God’s Providential Promises

We’ve all heard how horrible it is to have loved ones in the hospital this year without being allowed in to visit them.  But now I understand; because it has happened to our family.  No, Covid19 is not the diagnosis, but a family member is seriously ill and has been isolated in the ICU of a hospital for a week in another city without visitors.  It is heartbreaking, frustrating, and beyond worrisome not to be able to reach our loved one except by phone.  Oh sure, we got to face-time once, but the camera was pointed above the patient’s bed; and it was hardly an improvement over old-fashioned audio.  Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate the extra effort his nurse made to do that for us.

About the only thing keeping me going now in this circumstance is my faith in God’s promises.  I would like to share these scripture verses:

Isaiah 54 NLT

 …8b “But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.  10For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you.

When my fears creep upon me in the night as I lie in bed thinking of what may be happening to my sick family member this reminds me to repent of doubt:

Isaiah 55 NLT

6 Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near…  7b Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously:

8 My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

11 “It is the same with my WORD. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 12a You will live in joy and peace…

So cling to God’s providential promises in His Word, everyone.  He answers our prayers and provides comfort when we feel sad or alone.  If we fail to grasp a situation with wisdom and grace, God has plenty of both – and He is just waiting for us to spend time with Him in prayer.  He wants to rejuvenate our spirits and fill us with Holy Spirit FIRE!! 

Today may you be blessed by our Good GOOD Father God and enjoy the confidence and serenity of being one of His children.  Worship and give glory no matter the circumstance, and

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“So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”      ~ Deuteronomy 4: 39-40 NLT

So what are those instructions?  Look no further than the next chapter – Deuteronomy 5.  We know them as THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!

God has given us so much.  He delivers on His promises.  All He asks of us is to follow simple instructions and accept His Son Jesus for eternal life.  Isn’t that the sort of love we all want?

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Freedom Still Rings

I almost missed getting this post out for Independence Day. I love my country and what a great nation it is.

It is very important before the sun sets on this day of celebration for me to thank God Almighty for all of the blessings He continues to shower upon our people. Frankly, sometimes I question why God continues to show mercy to us considering our rebellion towards Him, but nonetheless, He is faithful and merciful to us whether in war, peace, plague, or spiritual decline .

PRAISE GOD JEHOVAH! He has given us righteous leadership for over 240 years. He has kept us free, educated, and given access to His Holy Word.

God has blessed us with the best of medical care which is far above most countries on earth; and at this time of global pandemic I feel that we are more able to combat the virus than most. We also have protections in place that other nations and cultures do not. We have supplies, PPE’s, state-of-the-art hospitals, internet, phones, and medical teams who are dedicated to saving lives.

Do we take all this for granted? If we don’t support God’s plan of law and order, then yes.

PRAISE GOD JEHOVAH! Thank You, LORD for caring for our people so much. Thank You for the heroes that You put in place throughout our history that fought hard and some gave all in order that we can be free today. We have a Constitution that contains God-breathed wisdom on principles of liberty, law and order; and how to govern our republic; that guarantees each person to be equal in Your sight.

PRAISE GOD JEHOVAH! Even in the midst of social distancing, job losses, economic downturn, and all that Covid-19 has caused, You have not left us completely undone. We have seen many stimulus packages bailout banks and big corporations in the past. Politicians have burdened our people with raising their own wages while stealing our retirements …

THANK GOD JEHOVAH! This time You saw to it that the people received the stimulus. HALLELUJAH!! I have never seen this happen in my lifetime. PRAISE BE TO GOD IN HEAVEN!

Will you join me in praise to our Heavenly Father today as celebration on this Independence Day? Freedom still rings true in my heart. I will always be thankful to live here in the USA. I love my country and its people. Regardless of how bad things look on the surface of things, God will turn all the bad stuff to good.

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. — Genesis 50:20 NKJV

Happy Fourth of July!!

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Trepidation vs. Inspiration

It’s been difficult to write lately.  There is never a lack in God’s Kingdom, therefore it must be me.  I realize today that I lack enthusiasm, hope, and love for my neighbors.  The Holy Fire of God’s Spirit simmers, but not fiery-hot like it should be in my heart.

Forgive me LORD, as I am a weak creature not worthy of Your love or hope; yet I ask to be rekindled once again for service to the Lamb, Jesus Christ.  Although I kneel for no man, I willingly bend both my knees before Almighty God and King Jesus.

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It’s amazing how God works to raise us up from a place of depression, fear, and lack of hope to a realization that we see things from a very limited perspective.  Out of the blue today as we walked together, Mother reminded me that my lack of inspiration is totally my problem – not God’s.  After all, He gave me His WORD.  That is more than sufficient to keep me focused on Him instead of the worries of this life.  Remind me, LORD:

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written:

                “For Your sake we are killed all day long;

                We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

                37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  ~ Romans 8: 35-39 NKJV

Throughout this Covid-19 pandemic and social unrest, I witness people who are experiencing great anxiety.  Many endure depression and/or panic attacks as they attempt to adapt to illness, loss of loved ones to the virus, social distancing, job losses, and (for many) feeling the loss of church attendance through mandated restrictions.  I recently attended two family graveside services unrelated to coronavirus, but very difficult to observe social distancing in the midst of devastating loss.  Yet, the LORD is ever so faithful to comfort.  Both funeral services were perhaps the most beautiful of any I have ever attended.

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The LORD has also blessed me with unexpected but welcome opportunities to meet new people and share the Gospel with them.  That’s Pretty amazing, since I live in a rural setting and am not out and about much in the community.  Two friends approached me to visit my church this week!  HALLELUJAH!  God still works His plan for each of us; no matter what is happening on the earth.  Amen?

Praise Jehovah God for His Covenants with us, His children!  Thank You, LORD, for promising us that we do not walk alone if we believe in Your Son, Jesus.  You are still answering prayers, healing the sick, freeing the captives from sin, and bringing peace and comfort to those who cry out to You.

I am reminded again of Romans 8: 31:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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