PEACE IN A FOXHOLE

Isaiah Chapter 26 Verse 3     You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Proverbs Chapter 22 Verse 6    Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Romans Chapter 10 Verse 13    For “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.”

The other day on the radio I heard a story of a veteran who was in the midst of a fierce battle.  Danger and death loomed all around him and a paralyzing fear gripped his heart.   But then all his Christian upbringing came before him, and he called on the name of the LORD.   He said, “Dear Jesus, if I am going to die, please take me to be with You.”    Amidst the calamity all around him, a peace (a peace that the world cannot give) filled his heart and his mind.

That day his soul was saved, and he lived to tell about it!   The Word of the LORD is “Yes and Amen!”

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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A Garland to Grace

Proverbs Chapter 1 Verses 8-9     Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.   They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.  

Today’s VOD is an excerpt from the WithTrueHope blog.  If you are interested in studying the Book of Proverbs, come join me this summer! You’ll find daily breakdowns of Proverbs here: https://withtruehope.wordpress.com/category/proverbs/ .

The Book of Proverbs contains statements of well-established perfect truth.  What does this mean?  It means that Proverbs provides the most universal yet most personal purposes, insights, and answers for living life as God intends by the author of life Himself– God.

The graceful garland and adorning chain in Proverbs 1:8-9 signify a distinguishment.  They are items which would certainly make it obvious that the wearer is set apart, different from the norm.  That’s the effect of listening to wise (aka God-given) instruction and not forsaking wise (aka God-given) teaching– standing apart from the masses as a peculiar person.

Isn’t that what all Christians are called to?

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, KJV).

“And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments” (Deuteronomy 26:18, KJV).

Let’s be graceful garland, adorning chain wearing wisdom listening peculiar people!

In Christ,

Victoria

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Love One Another

John Chapter 13 Verses 34-35     A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.           (NASB)   

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Yes and Amen!

Psalm 119 Verses 49-50    Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.

2 Corinthians Chapter 1 Verse 20     For as many are the promises of God, in Him (Jesus) they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 

As Christians, we have to believe and stand on the Word of God no matter what the circumstances.    God’s word is “YES AND AMEN!”

Are you lonely? – “I will never leave you nor forsake you!”

Not enough funds to pay the bills? – “I am your Provider.”

Your past sins holding you back? – “Those who are in Me (Jesus Christ) are a new creation.”

Are you fearful – “Do not be afraid, it is I, Jesus!”

Are you physically sick – “I am your Great Physician!”

Do you need to be comforted – “I will send the HOLY SPIRIT, the Comforter.”

Had enough? –  “My Grace is sufficient for you.”

Are you tired and exhausted? – “Those who wait upon the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

Do you need to make decisions? – “Anyone who lacks wisdom, come and ask Me and I will generously give it.”

Are you heavy burdened with your sins and cares?   Is the LORD Jesus your Savior?      If not, He is telling you, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”   He will save your soul from the pit of hell; cleanse you of all your sins by the blood He shed on the cross;  give you a hope and a future with Him in eternity; and He will give you joy and peace that you have never known before.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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No Greater Love

John Chapter 15 Verse 13    Greater love has no one than this,  that one lay down his life for his friends.         (NASB)   

Today we remembered all those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom.   As we remember those soldiers, let us also look back 2000 years ago and remember the ONE who gave His life so that we could have true freedom.   Scripture tells us that when you are free in Jesus, you are free indeed!   Thank God for His love which He displayed by giving His life for ours.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Cast into the Sea

Micah Chapter 7 Verses 18-19      Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?  He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.

He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot.  Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.    

2 Corinthians Chapter 5 Verse 17       Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.     (NASB)   

Are you heavy burdened today?   Full of guilt?  Full of shame?   Come to the Lamb of God, the LORD Jesus, whose blood was shed to take away our sins!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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OUR PRIVILEGE

Psalm 105 Verses 1-3

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.   Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders.  Glory in His holy name.  Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.     (NASB)   

Last night at Bible study, the message was on the privilege we have as believers.   Did you catch that, we said “privilege”?   We don’t always think about the privilege that we have…often times we think of it as a “cross we have to bear”.     However, today’s Psalm reminds us that as believers in Jesus Christ we have specific privileges that are not available to “unbelievers”.

One of those privileges is ACCESS – ACCESS to our Heavenly Father.   The first verse reminds us that we can CALL UPON HIS NAME!  No waiting in line…no being told that there are other things more important…no being ignored, just unlimited ACCESS to the Creator of the Universe.    Now THAT is truly a privilege!     We can bring all of our requests to ABBA, Father and HE not only listens, but HE responds.    How awesome is that?

Be encouraged today, because, there is ONE GOD and we have the privilege to be able to go directly to HIM with all of our needs, problems, concerns…or even to just sit in his presence!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Nothing Can Separate You

Romans Chapter 8 Verse 38       For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.    (NIV)

The apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans and if anyone lived the above verse, it was Paul.   During the course of Paul’s ministry, he was persecuted, beaten and left for dead, imprisoned, falsely accused, rejected; and he had a constant “thorn in his  flesh”; all for the sake of spreading the gospel.   But he knew that no matter what happened here on earth he would never be separated from God’s love.

Whatever you are going through in this life, remember one thing.  If you are a child of GOD, He will never leave you; He will never forsake you; and nothing can separate you from His love.   He died for you!   He gave His life!   He will not abandoned you now!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Trust?

Psalm 37 Verses 5     Commit your way to the LORD,  trust also in Him, and He will do it.

Proverbs Chapter 3 Verses 5 – 6    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.    (NASB)

Why is it that we trust everything except the LORD?  Why is it that we put our trust in people (who fail us), cars, the government, technology, etc., but not the Word of the LORD?    The LORD is the only One we can put our trust in.   His Word is the only Word that is “Yes and Amen!”

Dear LORD, Help us to trust you.  You have never failed us!   You are Good, Faithful and True!  AMEN

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Trust in the LORD

Psalm 125 Verses 1 -2     Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.       (NASB)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Isaiah Chapter 55 Verse 6   Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.

Matthew Chapter 7 Verses 7-8      Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.   For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 

James Chapter 4 Verse 8a     Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.          (NASB)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Joy In the Morning

Psalm 30 Verse 5b      Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.   (NASB)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Patiently Endure

James Chapter 1 Verse 12     God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.  Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him (NLT)

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.    (NASB)

James Chapter 1 Verses 13-14   And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”  God is never tempted to do wrong and He never tempts anyone else.  Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.   (NLT)

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and He Himself does not tempt anyone.  But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.      (NASB)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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White as Snow

Isaiah Chapter 1 Verse 4    Alas, sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity.  Offspring of evildoers, sons who act corruptly!   They have abandoned the LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned away from Him.

Isaiah 1 Verse 18   “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD.   “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; thought they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”    (NASB)

If you cannot see the above video, click here to hear Selah sing “O the Blood”.

O the blood of Jesus,  it washes white as snow.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Today is the Day

Isaiah Chapter 55 Verses 6-7  (NLT)   Seek the LORD while you can find Him.  Call on Him now while He is near.  Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong.  Let them turn to the LORD that He may have mercy on them.  Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive generously. 

(NASB) Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God.  For He will abundantly pardon.

2 Corinthians Chapter 6 Verse 2b  (NLT)   Indeed, the “right time” is now.  Today is the day of salvation.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Our God Reigns

1 Chronicles Chapter 16 Verse 31    Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”

Psalm 97 Verse 1    The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad.

Revelation Chapter 19 Verse 6b    “Hallelujah!   For the LORD our God the Almighty reigns!”   

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Isaiah Chapter 52 Verse 7     How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news;  Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness;  Who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”    (NASB)

Jesus Our Righteousness

Isaiah Chapter 56 Verse 1    Thus says the LORD, “Preserve justice and do righteousness.  For My salvation is about to come and My righteousness to be revealed.

Jeremiah Chapter 23 Verses 5-6   “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch:  and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.    In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called,  ‘The LORD our righteousness.’”       

John Chapter 1 Verse 29b   “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”   

2 Corinthians Chapter 5 Verse 21   He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   (NASB)    

We are in “right standing” with God because of Jesus, Jehovah tsidkenu – The LORD our Righteousness – Jesus Christ!

If you cannot see the video of “Jesus Messiah”, click here.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Rejoice

Matthew Chapter 5 Verse 10 -12

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.   Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.       (NASB)    

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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VENGEANCE IS MINE

Romans Chapter 12 Verses 17-21     Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.  Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave for for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.   “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK, FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.     (NASB)    

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Only God

Psalm 73 Verses 25-29    Whom have I in heaven but you?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.   My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You, But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.  That I may tell of all Your works.     (NASB)

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In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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