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SITTING DOWN

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  Don't you love the thought of a just plopping down in a comfy recliner and just being without pell-mell thoughts racing through your head?  It seems that the press of thoughts from the default mind-set and the taunts of the evil one have a tendency to demand attention, like a bratty undisciplined two year old with his mom in the grocery store, and her voice cries out, "One, Two...etc."  Rather than react, I am choosing the higher action: Prayer and checking out Psalms 91.  

The author of Psalm 91 may have been Moses.  He certainly would have known the press and stress of a million or so voices who were always ready to rebel, belly-ache, and return to the good ole days in Egypt..as slaves!  I have several thoughts as I worked on the Psalm 91:1-2...here they are:
1.  The Psalmist uses four names for God:  Most High (El Elyon), Almighty (El Shaddai), LORD (Jehovah), and God (Elohim). What a powerhouse HE is!
2.  The Promise: I want to sit down (permanent action) in calm repo…

MY EYES ARE FIXED!

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  Life has so many demands which press against us.  I am finding that in order to keep the demands from squeezing my mind and heart, that I must go to the Source of Strength, the Word of God.  As I was reading, Psalm 141, another of David's psalms, I came to David's declaration and request in prayer, verses 8-9, "But my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign Lord; in YOU I take refuge--do not give me over to death.  Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers."  From perusing most of the Psalms, I note that David, being a mighty, prosperous, and successful king had enemies all around him.  Here I am thinking that Washington D.C. has it problems with the press of evil...nothing new.  Evil is as old as man!  Yet David had his eyes fixed or the mind set on Jehovah Adonai and he was willing to trust in HIM. He looked at that which pressed against him and who Jehovah Adonai as HE reveals HIMSELF.  Jehovah: LORD, righteous, true, "I AM&q…

A DIAMOND!

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As I read the Word of God, I love the treasures that the Word offers.  Lord knows, I need His treasures!  Today while looking at a verse in 2 Corinthians 2, my eyes grabbed this diamond, found in verses 10-11, "If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him.  And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for you sake, in order that satan might not outwit us.  For we are not unaware of his schemes."I refuse to use upper case for satan!  The diamond:  My OBEDIENCE to forgive outwits satan!  his (refusal to use upper case for him) scheme is always to ensnare in his schemes.  I ALWAYS WANT TO OUTWIT him!  I am very mindful of his schemes..the word says so!  I cannot plead ignorance and harbor an unforgiving spirit.  

The unforgiving spirit will always hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.  The sparkle of the diamond: I forgive others of their offenses, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven me.  1 Jn 2:12, Eph. 4:32…

CELEBRATE!

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Today I am rummaging around in Psalm 118.  I am SO ready to celebrate. I have grown so weary of the voices of gloom and doom.
This Psalm was the song of victory sung during the Feast of Tabernacles.  This feast lasted for six days and the psalm was sung once daily, and on the seventh day, it was sung seven times. On the seventh day, it was called the Great Hosanna.  It may have been used during David's reign or when Israel experienced her restoration from Babylon. Israel was well ready to celebrate for she has been in exile.

As I stare down pressing circumstances, how I need to refocus and speak, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."  Israel has been pressed, eyeball verses 10-18!It seems the psalmist is talking to himself (self-talk) because he makes several declarations of truth that he knows and recalls: 1. The Lord is with me.  2.I will not be afraid. 3. He is my helper. 4. I will look in triumph on my enemies (metaphor for what is buggi…

OVERWHELMED AND DESPERATE?

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A lot is going on with me, around me, around us as a family, and the press is on from the flesh and the evil one to squeeze us into the "victim" mold so that emotions will be the "first responders" to circumstances.  I so value the Psalms because David, the main author of most of the Psalms just lays it all out there so transparently...warts and joys!  Psalm 142 is termed a maskil which is a poem of divine thoughts which instruct.

Have your ever felt cornered?  David is cornered an has been off and on for years, and this is one of his prayer poems from a cave where he is hiding for his life.  I can identify with David's crying aloud to the Lord...been there especially when it seems that life is spiraling out of control. El Shaddai is the one to whom David ran and I run.  I need HIS comfort, HIS compassion, and HIS mercy. How I want HIS order and HIS control.  David is asking the Lord to lead him because he realizes there are snares in the daily path that he walk…

LEARNING TO CAST

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I dearly love the "Foot in Mouth" Fisherman Peter.  He is so practical.  From his own experience as a fisherman, he gives us a command, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." I Peter 5:7.  David said about the same truth in Psalm 55:2, "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall."  As always, I am curious about the meaning of words in the Hebrew or Greek to get a better understanding of the word as the speaker means it in his language.  The word, cast, carries the meaning of to throw upon.  The verb is in a tense that is an action to be done ONCE AND FOR ALL. For me, I cast many times because the ole flesh wants to grab it all back!

I have to confess to you that I looked in the Scriptures and I have not found a verse which says, "Cheryl, I want you to carry your every anxiety and to spend precious time fretting, stewing, and being fearful.  I have confidence in you that you will work out…