Psalm 127:1 Who Is The Builder?

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1

As a house is being built, there are certain things that must be done correctly, or else the house will not stand very well. The right type of boards must be used, the boards must be aligned correctly, the right type of nail must be used, it must have the correct foundation, and numerous other details go into making a house.

The best way to make sure all of this happens correctly is for the person to hire someone who builds homes. The construction worker knows all the correct details and knows how to implement them correctly. He has proven himself with building of other homes already.

Most people do not build the physical house, but they do work at building the house of their lives. The world tells a person that he can build his own life in the best way possible. That person is shown how to strive to be the best on his own that he can be.

The problem with building like this, is that the plans for the house is coming from the world, who really does not know how to build the correct house. The devil is trying to build a home that will eventually crumble in dust and destruction.

As a believer, your body is a temple of God, that is a house for God to dwell in. You may be trying to build that house a certain way on your own…going to church, reading the Bible, and doing good things. But if God is not the architect who is building the house, it will crumble. It will be no different from the house the world tries to build.

God is the only architect who is perfect and knows how to build a house that will stand for all eternity. He has the master plans for your building. Allow God to guide you and build your life into what He knows is best. If you strive to do it on your own, you are wasting your time and will fail in the end.

Allowing God to build you, will ensure that the perfect house for God will be built.

Who is your architect today?

You?

Or God?

I pray today that you will allow God to build your life today; that you will work with God’s plans for your life; that your life will built on the foundation of Jesus; and that your work will not be done in vain.

Psalm 125:1 Unshakeable

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalm 125:1

People go through life trusting in various things to help them along the way. They will trust that their paycheck will continue, that their retirement will be enough, that the economy will be good, and the list goes on.

That trust in those things often gets severely tested from time to time. As a person is trusting his job, suddenly there is a time where they are laying off people, making cuts. The person is often shaken to his core, wondering if he will have a job in a few weeks, or how he will provide for his family if he is laid off.

When things start to take a turn for the worse, people become scared and worried. They are shaken with the fear that is in them of the unknown future. All peace has left them.

Nations and economies have risen and fallen over and over throughout all of history. No nation has lasted forever.  Every thing in those nations have risen and fallen. Jobs that were in place one hundred years ago are now gone. Equipment that was used fifty years ago is now gone. The economy of thirty years ago is gone. Nothing on this earth last forever. With everything going away the fear can rise in a person.

Trusting in God removes that fear. God is a foundation that has been in place since the beginning of time. Throughout history, God has never changed. He remains the same since the time of Adam, and will remain the same for the rest of eternity.

God can be your unshakeable peace when all of your world seems to be falling apart. When things fail in this world, God is still right by your side holding you up.

As you trust in Jesus for everything, you will have His perfect peace in you. You will know that no matter how bad things get, He is still in control. You will not be shaken as many in this world are shaken with fear. You know your future will be an eternal life in heaven with God.

Where is your trust today?

Are you being shaken?

I pray today that you will trust in God with our life; that you will know His peace in your life; that you will not be shaken as the world is shaken; and that God’s love will remove all fear in your life.

Psalm 119:81 Faint With Waiting

My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:81

Waiting is something that takes a toll on most people. It causes people to get frustrated and tired. People do not like to have to wait for anything.

Standing in lines at a checkout counter and waiting in line while driving in extremely slow traffic are the two areas most common for waiting…and complaining. People get tired of waiting and start to complain about it. They wonder why the store does not open more checkout lines, and why is the guy in front moving so slow.

In this life, waiting is something that is common. People must even wait for God to answer a prayer. The psalmist states that his soul is faint from longing or waiting for God’s salvation to come. This salvation can be an answer to a needed prayer. The ultimate salvation is when a person steps into heaven, but can be saving from some tough situation in life.

Believers wait and long for God to answer their prayers. They read God’s Word and see His promises and long for them to be fulfilled in their life. The hard part is the waiting.

Many times God does not answer a prayer immediately. He usually waits to answer the prayer and meet the need. He waits for the right time.

You can be like the psalmist, however, and put your trust in God’s Word. God said that He would meet your every need, that He would always be with you, and that He would save you.

Long for and desire God to bring you your needed salvation. Seek it out, but then wait for it. Do not give up on waiting on God to meet your need. Put all of your trust in His Word and His promises.

God is faithful and will never fail. Every promise that He has made, He has fulfilled or will fulfill.

What are you searching and longing for?

Is it your own answers or answers from this world?

Or is it the answers God has for you?

Don’t give up waiting on God, He will come through in His time.

I pray today that you will seek the salvation of God in every area of your life; that God will give you strength as you wait on Him; that you will wait for God’s answer; and that you will trust in God’s Word.

Psalm 112:6-7 No Fear Of Bad News

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:6-7

Bad news seems to be everywhere. When a person watches the news, there is very little that is positive in the news. People feed off of bad news.

When bad news comes out, people often get scared and worried. They worry about what is happening or what will happen next. Fear rises up in the people.

Many Christians fall prey to this type of thinking. Someone in the government makes a new ruling or gets elected into a position, and suddenly everyone is worried and fear what is going to happen next. They fear that persecution is about to happen to believers. They fear that their freedom to worship God will be removed. They fear that their freedom to talk about God will be removed.

God is not a god of fear, but of love. Perfect love casts out all fear. God is not going to do anything that will harm a believer in any way. He is there to build a person up in the best way possible.

What does this have to do with hearing bad news? Everything.

Hearing bad news is not something any person can control. You may not hear any bad news right now, but wait a few minutes and you most likely will. Turn on the news and it will be there. Read the posts on Facebook and you will read some bad news. Someone will post something about something negative going on.

Yet, as a believer, you do not have to be afraid of the bad news. Whether that bad news is a part of your life, or it is about someone else on the other side of the world, you do not have to fear it.

The reason you do not have to fear any bad news, is that you know God is in control. He is working to make you more like Jesus everyday. He will use whatever it takes to make that happen. God will use bad things to make you better if it is the best way possible.

When you hear bad news, do not worry about it. Instead trust God. He is in control and loves you. God to sleep with no fear or worries. Everything will be alright.

I pray today that God will remove fear from your heart; that you will know God’s love; that you will know God is in control; and that you will not fear any bad news.

Psalm 91:5 No Fear

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, Psalm 91:5

Fear is something that is prevalent in society today. People fear many different things, from spiders heights, to being robbed, to cancer and death. This feeling comes from the unknown, not knowing what is coming next.

The media plays upon people’s fears. Look at all the horror movies that bring out a fear factor in the mind’s of people. Something is seen on the big screen, and then it is believed that it could actually happen in real life.

Many fears begin in the night with nightmares. During the night it is dark. A person cannot see very far in the dark, making what is ahead unseen and unknown. This causes people to fear.

The other fears are what people can do during the day. People fear the attacks of other people. These attacks can be physical or emotional attacks. Fear of what people say or might say is common among many people. The words can strike fear into the heart like an arrow shooting from a bow as it hits the target.

Believers are people who are trusting in God. The author of this psalm says that the believer in God does not need to fear anything in the night or during the day.

You must put all of your trust in God. God is the only one who can see the future since He is already there. Nothing in this world can happen without God’s approval. Everything that happens in your life has to go through the approval of God, regardless of whether it is something good or bad.

Never ever forget that God works all things for your benefit. This is means all the good things that happen, as well as all the bad things that may happen. All of them God will work out for your good, if you allow Him too.

As you keep this in mind, you will no longer have to fear anything day or night. God is on your side and will bring you through the valley of the shadow of death to keep you alive for Him. In the end you will step into heaven to live forever with Him.

What do  you fear today? Give it to God and do not fear any longer.

I pray today that you will know the peace God gives; that you will trust God with all of your life; that God will remove all fear from your heart; and that you will know God’s protection in your life.

Psalm 90:4 God’s Time Table

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

Time has always been a mystery to people. It is something that sometimes feels like it passes quickly, while at other times it appears to move extremely slowly.

When someone is having a good time, such as on a great vacation, the time seems to move extremely fast. A family can go on a week-long vacation to Disney World. As the week comes to an end, many may be complaining that they did not get to do everything that they wanted to do, because the time went so fast.

That same family when back home and having to go to work and school, will then complain about how long the days are. This usually happens when they are doing things that they really do not want to do.

God stands outside of time, because He has always existed and always will. Since this is the case, time passes as though there was no time for God. In God’s eyes, it was just a mere two days ago that Jesus left the earth saying He would return.

Christians will often complain about wondering when Jesus will return. This is especially true during very bad times of persecution on this earth. Or when there is a prayer being asked and there seems to be no answer from God.

You must trust in God at all times. Wait on Him. God understands what time it is and what your needs are. He is waiting for the right time to answer those prayers and needs.

As a human being, you may feel that the time it is needed is right now. You are limited in time. Yet, God knows and understands your every need. He also knows how long you have on this earth. Trust Him.

Do not worry or live in fear that your needs will not be met on time. If God is patient in answering your prayer, you must also be patient. God is not in a hurry, so you must not be in a hurry or worry either.

I pray today that you will not fear God’s timing; that you will wait for God’s answer; that you will trust in God’s timing; and that God will fill you with His patience.

Psalm 86:11 An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

It is common and often accepted practice for a person to change loyalties to someone or something. People commonly do not stick with a person through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times.

Along with changes of the good and bad times, many change who they choose to follow. For a short time they follow one person, then they suddenly change to follow someone else. They have a divided heart.

This same type of action can occur among people who are in the church. For a while they follow God with all their heart, then suddenly they choose to walk away and follow someone else. It is often seen as a matter of convenience. What is the best comfort at the moment is often asked, and then pursued.

People with divided hearts will go to church on Sunday and worship with all of their heart. Then on Monday, while at work, completely follow the ways of this world, lying, cheating, cursing, condemning, hating, getting revenge, and whatever other sin comes their way.

Jesus wants His people to be either hot or cold, but not lukewarm. Being lukewarm is having a divided heart. It is choosing God when it is comfortable and convenient, and choosing the world when it is not comfortable and convenient.

The only way you can have an undivided heart is to know God’s ways. You must know how God acts and speaks at all times. This will then help you to rely on His faithfulness. You will know in your heart that you can trust in God.

As you know that you can trust in God, you will give up the divided heart. You will fear God and God alone. You will no longer be concerned with what the world is saying because you will know that you are doing what God wants.

Where does your loyalty lie? Is it with God or with this world?

If your heart is divided between God and this world, it is set with this world. God is not in your heart if it is divided.

Allow God to change your heart by teaching you His ways. Have an undivided heart that is loyal to God and Him alone.

I pray today that you will know God’s ways; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will be loyal to God; that your heart will not be divided; and that you will serve God with all of your life.