By His Grace: Blessed are those whose faith is in the Lord
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Often, we forget how awesome God has been to us in good times and bad. The enemy would love nothing more than to keep you at odds with your faith in his faithfulness. God never sleeps where we are concerned.
Just recently, I came to a crossroads where my faith was tested. Two weeks prior during quiet time before the Lord, I heard these words, “Do you believe what is written in My Word?” I relied, “Yes, lord, I do believe.” Again, he asked. Again, my reply was the same.
Then it came in full force. The circumstance I was to encounter appeared bigger than what it truly was, and I testified my full trust in the Lord. Did I stumble, just a little, unprepared for the unprovoked blow? Unprovoked, for I knew I walked in love.
How many understand the enemy cares not how the fight began as long he gets the first lick in. Praise the Lord, it was not the stumble that defined me. It was how I stood back up that testified to my faith. Allow me to share my three take away from my experience.
God allows trials and testing to occur in our lives to reveal what is in our hearts. “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on Your faithfulness.”
To build us in faith, “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
And to mature in perseverance as we grow in our walk with God. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
The enemy if allowed will distort our view of God’s integrity. He goes on the attack by discrediting the word of God with the “If” factor. “What if God does not come through this month? How are you going to pay your bill?” “What if you heard wrong and the promotion is not true? What then?” Take the “if” and exchange it with the word of God.
I once heard Perry Stone mentioned the “if” of Satan questions the word of God; the “if” of man questions the will of god; and the “if” of God is a condition of our obedience.
It is offensive to God to doubt his trustworthiness. And it will ultimately hinder our blessings. Without complete and absolute faith in God, we cannot please Him.
It is important to remember to whom you belong as a believer, especially during times such as these. Daily remind yourself through confession of faith you blessed in every way.
I am a child of God: “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith”
God loves me: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
I am of sound mind: “For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
I am blessed in every way: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
I am confident all things will work for my good: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.”
Through Christ Jesus, I am triumphant: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
If you are unsure whether you’re standing with Christ Jesus and are ready to establish a relationship with the Son of God, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his wonderful love and all that it brings with it. By your own free will, you accept Christ as Lord and Savior. This will be the most important declaration you will make. Do not allow this moment to pass; tomorrow is not promised.
When you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. This has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my Lord and Savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
May the lord keep you and bless you continuously. Shalom, go in peace.
Bible references: Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV; Psalm 26:2-3; Hebrews 11:17-19 NIV; James 1:2-4 ESV; Galatians 3:26; Isaiah 43:2 ESV; 1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV; James 1:17 NASB; Isaiah 54:17 NKJV; 1 John 4:4 ESV. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.
Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.