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Finding Refuge

 

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Psalm 62:8- “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.”

 

A family vacationing abroad was recently thrust into a situation of international intrigue. They felt alone and isolated, due in part that they did not speak the language of the host country.

They turned to the American embassy, seeking safety and shelter from pursuit of dangerous foreigners.

There are times when we, too, may feel things/people are coming against us. 

Where can we turn… to whom should we turn?

Psalm 62:8 reminds us that we can cry out to the Lord “at all times.” We can pour out our hearts to our heavenly father.

He wants us to find our refuge in Him.

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Controlling Thoughts–and Words

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Psalm 19:14- “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

 

A child in the grocery store accidentally dropped a bottle of catsup making quite a mess on aisle five. She let out string of expletives one wouldn’t think someone that age would even know.

Her face turned red as her mother’s hand clamped over her mouth. “You can think it, but remember not to say it.”

According to Matthew 15:11, what comes out of our mouths is what defiles us. 

While the mother’s admonishment might be good “earthly” advice, The Bible tells us that both our thoughts and our words should be ones our Lord would find acceptable.

Our language should reflect the fruit of the spirit, especially goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

Words are a reflection of what is in our hearts, so let’s be godly examples to everyone around us.

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Live Out the Truth

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1 John 1: 5, 6- “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 

 

Charlie slipped from the warmth of his bed and made his way down the hallway to the family room. He closed the door, keeping the volume on the television low as he watched a late night program that was vulgar and distasteful.

The next day, he talked with friends after the church service, as if he had done nothing wrong. He had a secret life—a dark life—of which no one was aware.

Lately, Charlie had been looking at pornography, listening to dirty jokes around the water cooler at work, and had begun an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker.

The fellowship he had once had with the Lord had been completely eroded as Charlie made one decision after another to walk in darkness.

When sinful thoughts take root, sinful behavior is what grows—it is the fruit of the flesh—whereas the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Charlie ended up losing his wife, family, friends, and job before he finally repented and was restored into a right relationship with the Lord—a fellowship of goodness, hope, and LIGHT in which he is now living out the truth of God’s Word.

 

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Hungry?

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John 6:35– “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

 

I pull up to a stoplight, my eyes scanning the intersection as I wait for it to turn green.

I notice a man on the corner holding a cardboard sign with one word: HUNGRY.

I roll down the window, motioning for him to approach my car and take the bill from my outstretched hand. To it I have clipped one word: JESUS and a Bible verse written in calligraphy.

John 6:35. 

Even though money may have met his immediate need, the verse says that with Jesus acknowledged as Savior and Lord, he need never experience spiritual hunger again.

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Reconnect

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James 4:8- “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

 

I ran into a friend at the grocery store the other day. Just seeing her face reminded me of our conversation last spring when I promised to reconnect over a leisurely lunch following our vacation.

Heat instantly covered my neck and traveled up my cheeks. We’d already been back home for over a month and I hadn’t called!

I apologized and we set the “date” right then and there. 

As I put away my groceries, I still felt bad at having dropped the ball like that…

I turned off the kitchen light and walked down the hall, glancing into the dining room. My open Bible on the table caught my eye. 

Had it really been two days since I spent time with the Lord?

I grabbed a cup of coffee and slid into my chair to reconnect. 

What do you have for me today, Lord? 

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Do You Get Hives?

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Romans 10: 14-15  “How can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him?  And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him?  And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?  And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”

 

Three of my friends joined me for lunch. Our first topic of conversation was the lavish baby shower we had attended the previous week.

“Sorry you missed it Jean. It was really a fun time.”

Almost in tears, Jean replied that she hadn’t received an invitation!

Knowing there was no way her good friend wouldn’t have invited her to her daughter’s baby shower, we were all puzzled as to what might have happened to her invitation.

We cannot take it for granted that someone else will tell a friend or loved one about Jesus. 

Do you get hives (like I do) when you think about knocking on a stranger’s door and sharing the gospel?

Did you know that “cold calling” on doors has become a rare form of evangelism?

More often, nowadays, people come to know Christ in relationship/friendship settings. What starts as a social connection evolves into friendships where we both feel comfortable sharing our faith.

Taking a loaf of bread or pie to a new neighbor, inviting someone to a BBQ or coffee, offering to help with a home project or car repair—each of these can bring about opportunities to share our faith once we have first grown our relationship.

If we don’t, who will?

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Directions Are Essential

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John 14:6- “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

Friends invited us to their vacation home for the weekend.

Saturday morning, we set out early. It would take 5 hours to drive there.

Halfway to our destination, my husband turned to me and asked, “You do know how to get there, right?”

“Sure. I have the address. We know the area. How hard can it be?”

He rolled his eyes.

When we got into “town” we called our friends and they stayed on the phone with us, giving us directions for each turn until we arrived at their cabin. 

It was not enough to have only the address. We needed directions.

Heaven may be our destination, but we need to know THE WAY. We can help others find Jesus, The Way, through God’s Word, the Bible.

These ministries are looking for donations of money or physical Bibles. They also need people who will act as distributors of their FREE BIBLES to others.

Bible senders.org

FreeBibles.net

Gideons International

Giveawaytheword.com

International Bible Givers. (They can be contacted at biblegivers@gmail.com.)

Little Bibles – http://www.littlebibleministry

Spirit One Ministry

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He’ll Be There for You

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Proverbs 3:25,26-Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

 

Clarissa’s husband divulged a serious problem after dinner one night last month. With no forewarning, the sudden confession caused her to panic and sent her fleeing from their home.

Never had she known such a mixture of despair, shock, and utter helplessness.

She grabbed a sweater and left the house. Tears nearly blinded her as she walked out of her neighborhood and onto the busy streets of El Paso. By the time she tired, she didn’t recognize any of the streets or buildings. 

It was getting dark as she slipped into a convenience market and asked a sympathetic clerk for directions. As she walked, she prayed fervently for direction of another kind—what to do with her broken life.

Returning home, she picked up her Bible and closeted herself in her guest bedroom. She spent time with the Lord, reading verse after verse until she was “spent.” She asked the Lord to take away her hurt and pain and to replace all of the empty places with love and peace. 

Within hours, her burden lifted and she was able to sit down with Frank and talk things out. Within days—and by the encouragement of the Holy Spirit—she was able to forgive him. 

Things are not perfect. They may never be. But God met her every request and brought her into a close fellowship with Him during that time of trial.

If you are experiencing an overwhelming loss or painful break in trust with someone close to you, let God meet you where you are and then follow where He directs.

Proverbs is a great reminder that the Lord will be there for us, each step of the way.

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Give Them a Nudge

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Mark 1:14,15- “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 

I do my grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons following church, assuring my husband has fresh vegetables, fruit, deli meat, and bread for his lunch Monday thru Friday.

As I was entering my favorite supermarket today, I heard part of an announcement for a coupon give-a-way at a specific table at the far end of the store.

I watched as men and women alike, hastily turned their carts in that direction. “That’s worth eight bucks,” I heard someone say.

I’m sure I looked bewildered because someone gave me a nudge and shared the necessary information. “They are giving free rotisserie chickens to the first-twenty-five shoppers!”

What is there about the word FREE that sparks elation in our hearts?

I wonder why Eternal Life, Salvation, and Heaven—free gifts from Jesus—aren’t always met with the same sense of awe and jubilation… 

Is it because people cannot believe such wonderful gifts could be true, I asked God?

For some.

Do others feel they are undeserving? 

Are there some who don’t believe there is a God, so a gift from Him has no basis in their reality?

Maybe there are those who are unrepentant of their sins and want to keep the status quo?

Or, could it possibly be that they simply need to hear the announcement?

Give someone a nudge and tell them the Good News.

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EXPUNGED

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Romans 6:6-  “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with…”

 

I recently received the good news that a person we’d been praying for for many years has accepted Jesus as his Savior—in a prison cell. 

I praise God for his new life in Christ—a life filled with new friends, interests, purpose.

Sam Adeyemi, Nigerian pastor and motivational speaker, has said,“Real and sustainable change in a person’s life begins with a change in their sense of identity.”    

There will be many changes ahead for our friend, but one of the greatest will be the realization that he is a child of God. That he is loved and forgiven.

The man he was before no longer exists. He is no longer defined by his mistakes… the laws he has broken… the people he has disappointed.

Those things are now a part of the past—a past that has been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus.

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