August 17, 2018 Memory Verse

 

1 Corinthians 10-13

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Psalm 28:7 Strength And Shield (part 1)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Strength is what gives a person the ability to accomplish something and to keep going. People find strength in many different ways. For some they find it in their family, others find it in the work, or their bank account, or their position, or in the support of others, or in just physical strength, or in one of many other ways.

Stories have been told of people who were able to lift a vehicle off of a crushed loved one. It was done with supernatural type strength. Many will say it was the extreme love for that person that gave them the ability to lift the car.

All of these methods of getting strength can be good for a short time, but they will always fall short in the end. God is the One who gives a person the ability to live and breathe and do anything at all. Without God giving a person strength, nothing could be done. With God, everything is possible.

Along with strength, is the shield. The shield was used to protect a person from an attack. That attack could come as a sword, spear, stone, knife, or some other way, but the shield would protect him.

Many people trust in the wealth or position for protection. Or they trust in the various government officials. All of these are temporary and can only protect from the physical.

In life, there will be many attacks against a person. Some will be the physical ones of this world, but the majority will be the spiritual ones against his soul. God is there to protect the person from those attacks. Satan cannot attack without permission from God. Take a look at the life of Job.

Who or what are you trusting in for your strength?

Who or what are you trusting in for your protection?

God is the One who created everything. He is the One who has all the strength. He is the One who is in absolute control. Trust Him for everything today.

I pray today that you will know the strength God can give you; that you will trust the shield God gives you; that you will rely on God first in your life for strength and protection; and that you live in the strength of God.

Ephesians 3:20-21 God Is Able To Do More

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Throughout time, men and women have done some incredible things. In the ancient days one can see the great pyramids in Egypt. Later one can see the amazing building of the Great Wall of China. During the 1800s was the invention of the printing press and the various medicines were developed to help people. In the last hundred years, from cars to airplanes to traveling to the moon. The ability to take metal and make it work like the computers and smart phones is amazing feats of men.

People are honored for the things that they have done. People look at inventors and stand in awe of what they are capable of doing.

Yet, with all these things done, the great imaginations of mankind, God can do much more. There is no way to measure how much God can do. Remember that He created everything that there is. He even created the ability for man to invent new things.

It is good that people get honored for what they have done, but have you forgotten about God and what He can do?

In life you may be going through a battle that does not look good for you. The odds appear to be stacked against you. Go to God with it and trust Him. He can do more than you can possibly imagine. If God can created everything you see in this universe and wonderful world, don’t you think He can meet your “small” problems in life?

Knowing this be willing to trust Him and give Him the glory. Realize that it is His power that allowed you to get through a situation in life. It was His doing that provided for all of your needs. Tell everyone you know about what God has done for you, and is doing for you, and will do for you. Give God the credit, not yourself or other people.

What will you ask God for today? What will you trust God for today?

I pray today that you will know the power that God has to help you; that you will trust Him; that you will give God the glory for things done; and that you will tell others of God’s work in your life.

Mark 9:23 If He Can

“If you can? said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

There was a family who had a son that was possessed. The demons would throw the boy into a convulsion and often throwing him into fire or water. The teachers of the Law and the disciples were unable to do anything about it.

The parents decided to bring the boy to Jesus. The father tells Jesus what is happening and how long. Then he makes the statement: “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”.

Jesus questions the statement “if you can”. It is like the father really does not believe Jesus can do it. It is only a last-ditch effort to find help for his child.

There is not a lot of hope or faith in the statement of “if you can”. True faith will state “you can” and “you will”.

Very often people will make this statement to God. Many will question if God really can help them. People look through their finite eyes at the situation and see it as hopeless. They cannot see a solution to their problem. The wall is too large, even for God.

People will go to God in prayer and make the statement, if you can. They do not really expect God to meet the need.

Yet, Jesus stated that everything is possible for anyone who believes. You need to trust God and believe in His Word. God has stated that He will meet every need that you have. God loves you and will take care of you.

You may not see the way God will meet the need. God may do a miracle and instantly meet the need. Other times, He may meet it through someone else. Yet, other times, He may meet it by bringing you through the situation with strength.

Do not question whether God can meet your need or not. Know that He can. Trust in the way He will choose to meet that need and accept it.

The father, in the next verse, asks Jesus to help His unbelief. He wanted to believe. Do you believe today?

I pray today that God will help you to believe; that you will choose to believe; that you will trust in God’s provision; that you will trust in God’s methods; and that you will have a testimony to share of God meeting your needs.