Day 198

“Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.”  Psalms 119:122

Back when I was a young college student around 30 years ago, I got myself into some hot water.  Oh, I know, that comes as a great big surprise! Ha!  Those of you who know me personally are probably laughing and saying, “Yep, sounds just like her!”  And you would be correct.

I was in danger of being expelled from Bible college for good.  I was really struggling as a Christian, but decided to just go to the Lord and ask Him for help.  I repented of my careless ways and truly left myself at the mercy of God.  I had not yet met my husband and felt alone in the world as I tried to figure out what to do next.

Little did I know, the late Dr. Jack Hyles, who was the founder of the college had called my parents.  My parents explained to him my situation and told him that I was trying to do what was right.  He listened, but we had no answer as to wether or not I would be allowed to return.

My “oppressors” rose up and wanted to make sure I failed at serving the Lord.  These oppressors were in people form and thought form.  It was kind of an awful time in my life.  I didn’t know how to explain it all in theological terms, but I knew that if God didn’t help me, NO ONE would.

The day of the vote to expel me came.  The President and Vice President voted to put me out on my bum.  And frankly, I deserved it, so I was in agreement.  But Dr. Hyles overruled them both and said he was allowing me to come back into college ON HIS NAME.

I’ll never forget going to his office and him telling me with a twinkle in his eyes that he was letting me back in.  He told me he didn’t care where I had been, but about where I was right then.  He knew I was just an immature punk of a college kid, but I believe the Holy Spirit persuaded him to stand up for me.  That next year I went on to turn my life around, meet my husband and eventually graduate.  The rest is history.

In our verse today the psalmist asks God to act on his behalf and protect him from his oppressors.  That is exactly what I prayed for God to do and He used Dr. Hyles to do it.  I am forever grateful because that one act of kindness on Bro. Hyles part has taught me more about grace and mercy than I ever thought possible.  It was the turning point in my spiritual life and I will never forget it.

Do you need God to make himself a surety for you?  Do you need Him to act on your behalf?  Just ask Him.  Plead with Him.  Dwell in His Word as you wait.

My God is so Big and so Mighty.  There is NOTHING my God cannot do.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

Day 197

“I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.”  Psalms 119:121

This is a new start to another section of this powerful chapter.  The voice of the psalmist seems to have a bit of change to it as he looks to God to act on his behalf.

Have you ever been in a situation where you look at the hardship in front of you and then threw your hands out and proclaimed, “Lord, I don’t deserve this, and I need your protection!”

Me too.

Today’s verse doesn’t bring resolution to the psalmist’s problem, but it does show us that we can ask God to protect us from evil.  Matter of fact, I think Jesus said something similar:

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”  Matthew 6:13

You may live right, pray, and read your Bible, but your enemies will still come against you.  The psalmist pled his case to the Lord but then he did something VERY necessary, he asked God to help him.

What are you facing this new work week?  Is there something that seems to be too big of a giant to conquer?

How about stopping whatever it is you are doing and ask God to help you.  Ask Him to protect you and deliver you.

Place your life in God’s hands and do it with confidence that if ANYONE could handle it, HE can!

There isn’t a need to worry because in the end,  you either believe that He is greater than the world or you don’t.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 196

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.”

  • Read 2Cor 5:11
  • Does the Word of God help you see God for how powerful He really is?
  • Is there any reason for us NOT to warn others?
  • Dwell on how God is a God of Love AND a God of judgment.  It is what makes Him Perfect.

STUDY:

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 195

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.”

  • What does dross mean?
  • Does God wink at sin and the sinful?
  • When we understand God’s view on sin and wickedness, it should stir us to love His Word more because_________________________________________________________________.

STUDY:

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 194

“Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.”  Psalms 119:118

The psalmist is taking note of how God has dealt with those who have not followed after God’s Word, and he says that God has trodden them down.

If you don’t follow after what God has laid down in His Word and you purposefully continue to ignore It, it does not matter how many ministries you are involved in, how many people you counsel or doors you knock on—God will not honor it and He will deal with you.

We can either willingly submit to Him in humility or we will be trodden down.

I suppose there are two ways we can be found at God’s feet:

1. Humbly beseeching Him as we bow at His feet with a contrite heart, begging Him to teach us through His Word.

or

2. Pressed under under His foot as He trods down our proud, deceitful spirit.

Many of us have stood at our place in a pew while “Just As I Am” is sung during an invitation.  We have all had these little talks with ourselves and argue in our minds that it would show weakness to step out of our place and go kneel at an altar and pray.  We believe because we have been saved for so many years and serving the Lord that others will think of us differently if we appear “too” humble.

This is sad.

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble which are clothed in humility according to I Peter 5:5.  And todays verse proves what God does to those who refuse to follow His Word!

Don’t ever get so wrapped up in your own Christianity that you think you are not in need of some repentance time each day in your spiritual life.  When we forget to humble ourselves we have taken the first step AWAY from God in our pride.  And God will begin to resist us.  And, if we stay in that pride, we may end up setting aside God’s Word so much that we will fall.

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”  Proverbs 29:23

Do we really want to be trodden down by God?

Do we really want to be teaching and pretending that we are speaking Truth, when all we are doing inwardly is ignoring God’s Word?

I don’t.  I want His touch in my life.  I want His presence in my life.  I want to be found at His feet, not under His feet.

Sometimes we just need to do some inventory in our hearts.  We need to make sure that we are reading the Bible with OURSELVES in mind, not just the unsaved or backslidden, or that so and so down the row.  Maybe God is talking to US and wanting US to get things right with Him so He can fellowship with us once more and hear our prayers.

Sadly, all too often we will straighten our backs, steel ourselves against the conviction of the Holy Spirit and wait out another altar call so that we may appear “strong”.  And our walk with God will continue to suffer. We will no longer walk at His side, but we will be walked over.  We need to humble ourselves.  I need to humble myself.

Dwell in His Word today and allow it to point out anything that can be standing between you and the Saviour.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 193

“Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.”  Psalms 119:117

The first thing I think of when I read this verse is that the only way I am safe is if I am wholly depending on God.  There is a natural fear that overcomes me when I think about how scary life would be without the Lord.

I remember one time a couple of years ago in Brazil that our family drove to the Coast with some friends from Lages.  They had two older girls that were friends with my girls and we spend a day together enjoying the city and eating good food.  Well, we decided to drive to the beach because my boys wanted to see what the waves were like.  We all got out by the water and decided we would get in, fully clothed, to ride a wave. Our friends stood there looking at us like we were crazy!

The water was chilly, but all six of us walked into the waves.  We were laughing and cutting up before we realized there was a strong under current.  Mark shouted at us to form a human chain.  We clasped each other’s hands and made our way back to the shore.  It was SCARY.

Those few moments of trying to get back to safety were absolutely no fun whatsoever.

I have been in similar spiritual situations….can I get a witness?

Again, NO fun whatsoever!

Sometimes we think we can coast along and not keep watch over our spiritual lives.  This is so dangerous because we are basically saying that we have the power to hold our own selves up and we don’t need the strong arm of God anymore.  That is pretty wicked thinking if you ask me!

Do yourself a favor today and make time to read the Bible.  Don’t let anything else rob you of the place you will find true safety.  Once you allow God’s Word to be predominant in your life, you will find it is a lot easier to trust Him.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 192

“Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”  Psalms 119:116

In Brazil we use white plastic chairs for our seating in church.  Each week for years, the children and I would wipe down and set up rows of white plastic chairs. As I write this I can hear the sound they make when slid across tiled floors.  We use them because they are cheap and easy to set out for whatever type of service we are going to have.

But, because these chairs are cheap, that also means they don’t last forever.

One Wednesday night in Bible study, our church members were all sitting in their white chairs which had been placed in a circle fashion.  We were sharing prayer requests before my husband taught the Bible lesson.  I was seated across from one of our faithful ladies, Miss Tere, who happens to be a tall, stout black lady.  She was commenting about a lady she had talked with about the Lord that day in the doctors office.

As this sister was sharing her burden, she suddenly grasped her Bible, held it to her chest and looked at me with a weird grin.  I looked at her and noticed that, ever so slightly, the white plastic chair she was on was leaning backwards.  Before I knew it, all I saw was Sister Tere’s two dark feet in the air as the chair completely collapsed beneath her.  We all ran to see if she was okay and she began to laugh because she had held on to her big Bible all the way and was still clinging to it while upside down.

In today’s verse, the psalmist is asking God to uphold him.  He just stated in a previous verse that he hopes in God’s word and as he is “leaning” on It, he pleads with God to use It in his life.

I know I find that life holds a LOT of quick turns, don’t you?  One day you are good and then the next day, life can be slinging you around and down a steep cliff before you have time to have a cup of coffee.  It is during these moments of quick decision that we ought to confidently LEAN on God’s Word.  We don’t even have to know the outcome, but we can trust the One leading us to it.

I don’t like to get all “preachy” in this blog, I leave that for actual preachers to do that behind a pulpit on Sunday.  But I do like to share practical things that will generate wise decisions based on God’s Word.  We often think that the following verse is just for preachers or Bible teachers:

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”  2 Timothy 3:16

But it isn’t!  This verse is applicable to you and me every single day! When we read the Word, we can ask God to do these things in our hearts!  That is what being upheld by His Word is all about!  He gave us the Bible so that we can be instructed on how to become, how to live, how to cope, and how to be fruitful as His Children.  And then He is so good to leave us with the promise that one day, He will just snatch us all up from out of this earth and take us to live with Him for the rest of eternity!

He upholds us, even when life seems to buckle beneath us like that white plastic chair did to sister Tere.  She may have ended up on the floor, but her hands were wound tight around God’s Word.  That is exactly how I want to be during the trials that I face.  The enemy may come along and yank the carpet out from underneath me, but I can base my next quick decision on what I know to be true in God’s Word!

Lean on the Word today.  You can trust It completely!

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri