“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10). This verse begins with a command for us not to fear. And we are told why we should not fear because God is with us. We should not fear or be downhearted. Our God is with us to give us strength, help us and uphold us. Don’t be afraid, trust the Lord, he will take care of you.
“And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:12-13). When God chooses to speak to Elijah, it is not in the wind, earthquake or fire, but it is in a still small voice. Today we do not hear that still small voice because we are so interested in the clamor of the world. The world grabs our attention when sends its winds, earthquakes, and fires. We need to let go of the world and focus on God. Take time to talk to God in prayer. Wait patiently for Him and listen to that still small voice.
“But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” (Deuteronomy 30:14). In this verse, Moses is sharing with the children of Israel, that God’s word was very nigh unto them. Why, because it was to be in their mouth and in their heart so that they could do it. I believe it should be the same today for God’s children. Is the Word of God nigh unto you? Do you have His Word in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it? In a few hours, many will traditionally begin to gather for worship. God’s Word will be on our lips and in our hearts. We will sing the songs, pray the prayers, and listen to Word as it is preached. However, when the service is over, we will walk out of the church and God’s Word will be the furthermost thing from our mouth and heart. The psalmist wrote; “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11). Also, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ” (119:105). Carefully treasure the Word of God in your heart and let it be on your lips. Live His Word and do it.
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” (Psalm 86:11). There three requests in this verse from the prayer of David. I believe it would do us good to pray them also. First, we must ask God to teach us His way and not rely on our ways. Secondly, we must walk in truth. In other words, our life is characterized by His Word. Finally, we must unite our hearts to fear God. If we are a child of God, we have His heart and our hearts must be one. Our hearts must be one with God before we can know His ways and walk in His truth. Jesus is the center of this verse, for He said these words; “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). He is our way, and He is our truth, and He is our life. Live for God today!
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8). The word meditate means to mutter. It carries the thought to continually mutters God’s Word to oneself, to constantly think about it. But, meditation goes further than that, you must put the Word in your heart. The Word of God will then flow from the heart to the mouth and hands as it begins to control our thoughts and actions. Remember the words of the Psalmist; “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11) Get into God’s Word today and let it make your way prosperous, and so you can have good success.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). In this verse, Peter boldly declared that salvation comes through no one but Jesus Christ. There have been people in the past that have said salvation comes from this person or that person, or you typically have to do this or do that. I have a theological word for all of that “hogwash.” There is no other name given to men that can produce eternal salvation. In His own words, Jesus declares that salvation is through Him and Him alone. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, If not go to my website http://www.T4GM.org and click the link “How To Become A Christian”?
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 16:8). When something is “set,” it is permanent. David, who wrote this Psalm above, recognized the only way to assure himself that God was in control was to “set” Him on the throne of his heart and be submissive to Him. David realized that God was always with him. We must be like David and permanently set the Lord before us. Jesus declared it this way; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). Seek the Lord first today.