Day 140

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:

“The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.”

STUDY:

  • Look up this verse and the meaning of the word mercy.
  • If we are in a desert place of our life, would we still be able to count on His mercy?
  • When you compare what the world has to offer in the secret places and what God openly has to offer, should there be hesitation on our part as to Whom to follow?
  • Isn’t it amazing that we can ask God to teach us?
  • Are you willing to learn of Him?
  • Read Philippians 3.  Do you think Paul had the mindset to know God and learn of Him at all cost?

 

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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 139

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:

“I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.”

STUDY:

  • Look up the meaning of the word Companion.
  • Are you “knit together” with people that fear the LORD?
  • What verse could we use to prove that good friendships actually help us?
  • What does the Bible have to say about people who are companions with fools?

 

*** 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 138

“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.”  Psalms 119:62

This verse makes me recall some other men in the Bible who did this VERY same thing at midnight!

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”  Acts 16:25

If we are up at midnight, it usually isn’t by choice.  We find ourselves either in a midnight phase of life or up at the actual 12 am hour because of sickness, pain, insomnia, heartburn or heartache.  No matter what the reason, we would rather be in bed sleeping and at peace wouldn’t we?

The psalmist mentions that he rises at midnight to thank the Lord.  Paul and Silas were in jail and probably sitting on a cold, nasty, wet floor, but they lifted their voices to God in prayer and song.

What examples we have to follow!

Instead of turning their thoughts to the misery or circumstances surrounding them, the men in these passages rose up and prayed.

I have had many a midnight moment in my life, as I am sure you have as well.  It is easy to be filled with fear in those times isn’t it?  Especially us women, we love to fret over things in the middle of the night when we can do NOTHING about it!

We have seen the psalmist recall the Word and become rooted in God’s precepts so thoroughly that his first action is not one of disparagement, but one of thankfulness for God.  I think I would like to follow suit and thank God, sing to God and praise God instead of fretting, wouldn’t you?

The next time you find yourself up in the wee hours or battling through a midnight phase of life, remember what the psalmist did.  Remember what Paul and Silas did.  Lift your voice to God, let Him hear from you.  Let others hear you and be effected by your testimony.

God is always up and listening and ready to succor those in need.

“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:”  Isaiah 59:1

God is worthy of hearing our praise and thanksgiving too.

“O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”  Isaiah 25:1

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

Is it midnight in your life?  Think on God.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

Day 137

“The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.”  Psalms 119:61

Injustices will be something you and I will contend with until we die or are raptured out of here.  The wicked will never stop doing the will of their master and they will never stop attempting to infect others with their own personal desires to sin.

Knowing these things as we live in times that are waxing worse and worse, I believe we need to be more resolved than ever to sticking close to the Word of God.  The war is raging and we shouldn’t be found without our Sword to defend us.

The psalmist has found himself ridiculed in the past and now he is really being pressed by the wicked.  Can’t you almost picture him there as he makes the decision to think on God and His precepts?

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;”  Deuteronomy 4:9

One time when I was in the city to see a doctor, I hailed a taxi to take me to my early morning appointment. Normally I used the same driver and would call him to pick our family up when we needed a ride, but this time I couldn’t get a hold of him for some reason.

I jumped inside the little white car and I rattled off the address I needed him to take me.  He heard my accent and turned around to look at me.  I was used to this behavior, so I braced myself for the questions I knew were about to come out of his mouth.

But this driver wasn’t interested in my nationality as much as he was my blue eyes.  He began leering at me and telling me how enchanted he was with my eyes. I sensed the need to make the trip end sooner than later, so I began thinking of a way to get out.  The driver turned almost completely around in his seat as we stopped at a red light and told me it was his birthday and that he wanted me to make it the best birthday possible and he would be so happy if I would just kiss him.  I balked at that and refused to even look at him.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have to think too long or too hard about what to do in this situation. I wanted out of that car, and I wanted out that very second.  It was still early in the morning and most streets were still quiet, and I had noticed he was not taking me in the direction of my doctor’s office. My heart was racing and I was more terrified than I had ever been in my life.

This guy had been trolling the streets for a victim and I had willingly gotten into his car.

I knew my life was in jeopardy.

I reached for the door handle and decided that I would bolt as soon as he slowed down.  But as I reached out, my hand grasped nothing.  The handle was broken off.  A quick look at the other side revealed that the opposite door was in similar condition.  I had to act immediately before he got me out of a populated area.

I fought my way out of that taxi that day with my feet.  The Tasmanian devil has nothing on me when it comes to ferociousness and I made sure that man understood that I was not going to be the next mornings’ headline.  My mind searched for a way of escape and I knew that glass would break and my voice box could make some noise, so I went full on crazy until I got out, shaken and scared out of my mind, but free.

I have relived that day a million times and wonder that the man didn’t pull a gun on me or a knife.  It all happened so fast that I sometimes feel like I am remembering a movie or tv show.  I can still see that man’s wicked stare and my skin crawls.

The enemy is trolling the earth today.  He is seeking someone he can devour.  What if he stops by your house, your job, or your school?  Will you fall prey?  Or are you so deeply ingrained with the Word of God that you will be able to wield the Sword and hold the shield of faith in the spiritual battle?

This life is no game my friend.  We need to be be prepared and ready to remember what God has to say about sin and we need to be ready to obey it.  If not, we will most likely become willing participants and drag the Savior’s name through the mud in the process.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”  Colossians 1:21-23

Let’s be rooted and grounded in the Word.

Let’s dwell in God so that we can quickly recall His Word in times of distress and temptations.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 136

“I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”  Psalms 119:60

The psalmist has prayed, reflected and acted in this section of Psalm 119.  His heart has been affected and he is making the needed changes without division of thought.  And he is doing it immediately.

We love to procrastinate don’t we?

We know what needs to be done and we have good intentions, but we lollygag around and leave off what needs to be done until tomorrow – or when we feel better – or when we have more money – or when we are not traveling – or when we are done with the school year – or when we have kids or don’t have kids – etc. etc. etc.

Did you know there will never be the perfect day to accomplish something?  The unexpected is ALWAYS going to happen.  It is inevitable.  So why not make right now the opportune moment and begin to obey God’s Word?

I commented to my daughter recently that our spiritual situations can change from one day to the next by simply deciding to get up and read the Bible, pray and obey.

But we put it off and a year will go by and we are no farther in our walk with God than we were last year.  And so many opportunities will be wasted.

Quit leaving your spiritual life on the back burner!  Make it a priority!  ACT!

Today is the day that could begin a true change if you will seize the moment and quit procrastinating.

Is there someone you need to call and make things right?  Dial their number and get at it!  Your prayers can’t be heard and answered if you harbor sin in your heart.

Is there something you need to remove from your life?  Get busy and erase it!  You can’t move forward if you are chained to sin.

Is there something God called you to do?  Don’t delay!  Do it!

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

Day 135

“I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.”  Psalms 119:59

The Word causes us to see God for Who He really is.

The Word causes us to see our sin for what it really is.

Both these things will have an effect on our actions, there are no two ways about it.

When you and I dwell in God and His Word and allow it to penetrate our thoughts and attitudes, we can’t help but examine ourselves and ACT based on what we have learned!

One night while we were in Bible study with some brand new Christians, my husband was guiding us through the Scripture as we studied a New Life in Christ.  He came to this verse:

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  Hebrews 13:5

As he read it, one of the ladies brought her Bible to her chest and started crying and smiling.  She re-read the verse out loud and found wonder in what was said.

My heart smote me in that moment as I realized how much I had taken His promise for granted and here this woman was reading it for the first time and saw it in amazement!

I was moved to confession of my sin because of God’s Word.  I “thought on my ways and turned my feet” back to the Truth.

Where is it that you need a refreshing in the Word?  Will you let It move you closer to Him or will you reject It and rebel?

Let’s Dwell in His thoughts today and remember that His Testimonies are pure and can make wise the simple.

Where are our feet taking us?

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 134

“I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.”  Psalms 119:58

Have you ever needed, really needed, a favor?

Do you remember the feeling of desperation and anxiety that came over you as you sought out someone to help you?

This past year Mark was invited to perform a wedding for one of our young couples in our church.  Brazilian weddings can get VERY fancy as those in attendance are usually dressed in formal wear.  Amelia and I went on a hunt to rent formal dresses to wear to the wedding but found they were going to cost an arm and a leg.  My friend told me about a store where she had found hers and that the lady there would work with me on a price, so off we went with high hopes of something appropriate and CHEAP.

I am not a fashionista, nor do I care about what colors or styles are in season, so I told the store owner that I would try on anything that would fit.  I also am not fancy, and the last formal dress I had tried on was at my own wedding over 24 years ago as well as a few pounds ago, know what I am saying?  So I found myself struggling in the fitting room as I tried on dress after dress.  At one point I got stuck in one particular burgundy number and began sweating as I tried to twist first one way and then another to free my arms from the lacy sleeves that seemed to have permanently attached themselves to my damp skin.

The sales lady kept asking me if I needed assistance, but I was so embarrassed at how awful my fat self would look to her that I lifted my mouth to an opening in the fabric and told her I was just fine.  Clearly, I was lying and eventually my claustrophobia got the best of me as I feared I would be strangled to death by the dress.  I was desperate to be freed from the tangled mess of silk and lace and it is a wonder I didn’t fall sideways into the dressing room curtain and out into the store for all to see.

My life can sometimes get in situations that “strangle”me and attempt to hold me captive like that silly formal gown.  I can only fake it for so long and pretend that I am okay.  Usually, in my selfish pride, I end up making the situation much, much worse until I become so desperate of falling down that I cry out to God and implore Him for supernatural help.

The psalmist is saying that he has implored and sought God’s face and he doesn’t want anything more than what God has already promised in His Word. He just needs Him to hear and answer.

My mom often tells me when I am in a mess that I need to get in God’s face through prayer.  She means for me to be serious, not divide my affections or have a half in, half out, disposition to my pleas.  And she couldn’t be more correct.  God wants my faith, nothing wavering.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”  James 1:6-7

Mama made my sister and I memorize these verses when we were young and she would make a grand show out of the words “driven with the wind and tossed”.  I guarantee you Stephanie and I have never forgotten this passage.  We learned that God will make good on His promises, but we need to rely on Him in faith, not our own abilities.

Every time I get in a tangled mess, I have to remind myself to quit struggling on my own. I admit personal defeat and humble myself at His feet and implore with my WHOLE heart for help.

And He always is ready to rescue me.  I wish I didn’t need rescuing as much as I do, and I sure am thankful that His mercies are new each day and available for me to use.

Are you struggling?  Are you in need?  Stop.  Quit using your own force and your own strength.  Call on Him.  Get in God’s face and implore Him for help.

Untill Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri