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March 31, 2008        "Draw Near"

"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to
you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
"  James 4:6-8

We clearly see here that it is important to first submit ourselves to God.  Many people are waiting for God to do
something, but God has already done everything when He sent Jesus.  This is the grace that He has given - the grace
is through the blood.  When we submit ourselves to God and draw nearer to Him, He will draw near to us.  Action is
required on our part first.  When we do that, we will be able to have authority over the devil to resist him successfully.  
This is a call for turning away from the old ways of sin and to cleanse and purify yourselves.  Choose ye this day whom
you will serve (Joshua 24:15).

March 30, 2008       "Pursuit"

Proverbs 2:1-6  “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to
wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the
Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and
understanding.


There is intensity and purposeful seeking in this admonition:
Firstly, to accept or receive the word of Wisdom and to keep His commands on our hearts.  Then to incline our ears and
stay in the listening mode in order to receive the wisdom from above and set our hearts in alignment with His
instructions. Then it intensifies to a calling out and a crying aloud in order to receive understanding, in other words to
actively pursue it as you would for a hidden treasure.  
Now comes the reward of that pursuit, namely that you will understand the fear of the Lord and know the Godhead.  God
is looking for those who pursue Him earnestly, whose hearts are loyal to Him and He promises to reveal His wisdom,
knowledge and understanding to us when He sees our earnest desire.

March 29, 2008        "Trust"

Proverbs 3:5  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In this hour it is of utmost importance, more than ever, to tune our ear to wisdom and apply our heart to understanding
from the Lord and not to trust in our own wisdom.  Pray and ask and knock until you receive the insight, wisdom and
understanding from the Lord.  Nothing that is built on our own plans will stand the fire of His testing, so do not waste
time by leaning unto your own understanding, but fast, pray and seek until He makes His way know to you and put all
your trust in Him.

March 28, 2008        "The Measure of our Hearing”

Mark 4:24-25 "And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.  For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from
him shall be taken even that which he hath.


God is a speaking God, who speaks all the time.  When we are tuned in to Him, we hear His Word of instruction,
guidance and correction, but so often we are forgetful hearers and we do not take time to meditate on His word until it
really becomes revelation in our spirit.  We need to eat the Word like food, chew on it, masticate it, enjoy it, en let it
become part of our bloodstream, so to speak.  In other words, let it have its full benefit to our inner being to nourish and
bring life, give us strength and empower us to do His will in the earth.  If we do this, like the wise man in Psalms, we
shall prosper in all our ways.

Psalm 1:2-3        “
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he
shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not
wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
”  Psalm 1:2-3

March 27, 2008        “Heavenly perspective”

Isaiah 40:31  “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as
eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


When we pray not only in the Spirit, but into the spirit realm, we rise above our circumstances and negative situations,
out of the natural into the supernatural.  Here we can soar on the wind-streams of the Holy Spirit, getting heavenly
perspective from the Throne Room and then releasing the Kingly decrees over the earthly realm, bringing heaven to
earth……..!

PRAYER: “Let Your will be done Father, on earth as it is in heaven so that Your Kingdom can be established and Your
Name be glorified!”

March 26, 2008        "Steps of Christ"

"For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and
suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
"  
1 Peter 2:20-21

We are called to follow in the steps of Christ.  Jesus lead the road to the cross for us to follow so that we can be
crucified with Him in order to reign with Him.  We are not Christians because we go to Church on Sunday?  We are
Christians because we are like Christ. Are you like Christ?  Jesus is love.  1 Corinthians 13 tells us that there is no
profit in anything we do if we do not do it with love.  Christ is love.  Doing the works without being like Him profits
nothing.  He is the example for us to walk in.  Study His ways and become like Him.

March 25, 2008        "Excellence"

"Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the
king thought to set him over the whole realm.
"  Daniel 6:3

Being excellent in all you do will bring favour in the sight of men.  This excellency is from the Spirit of God who lives
inside of us.  It is a treasure of God and not of ourselves as we see in 2 Corinthians 4:7; "
But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
"  This is the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God.  Because of the excellency that Daniel portrayed not only his personal life but also in his business life,
he was set as president over the whole realm.  This favour that was bestowed on him was not for himself but to bring
the light of the knowledge of the glory of God ("
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
"  2 Corinthians
4:6)

God commanded the light to shine.  Let the light of Christ inside of you shine in the darkness of this world.

March 24, 2008        "Promise of the Holy Spirit"

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken
these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked
stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men
of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so
come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
"  Acts 1:8-11

"
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there
came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And
there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with
the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
"  Acts 2:1-4


March 23, 3008        "Resurrection Sunday"

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the
other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended
from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like
lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And
the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He
is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his
disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I
have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his
disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and
held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they
go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the
city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the
elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by
night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and
secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among
the Jews until this day. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had
appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake
unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
"
Matthew 28:1-20
Read also: Mark 16:1-15
Luke 24:1-53
John 20: 1-31

March 21, 2008        "Good Friday"

"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our
passover is sacrificed for us:
"  1 Corinthians 5:7  

Christ has come in the flesh.  He came as God in human form.  ("
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who
confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
"  2 John 1:7)  If he did not
come in the flesh, he could not take our place as human beings.  He was the only Worthy Lamb that was slain for the
sin of the world.  Christ, being pure and without sin was crucified as the Passover Lamb as we also see here in 1
Corinthians 5:7  "
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even
Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
"  

Lets see what Passover is all about:  Passover commemorated the final plague on Egypt when the firstborn of the
Egyptians were slain in one night while the plague ‘
passed over’ the Israelites as they were spared from death
because of the blood smeared on the door posts.  Jesus was crucified during the Passover as He became our
Passover sacrifice.  It is through His blood that is smeared on our ‘door posts’ that we receive redemption from eternal
death.  It is through His blood that He calls us to a deeper relationship with the Father.  He has opened the way for us to
come face to face with Him.  Open your spiritual eyes and begin to see the way that He has prepared for us.

March 20, 2008        "The Miracle Power is in Our Hands"

Matthew 14:19-20  “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two
fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to
the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets
full.


I would like to note here that Jesus gave the bread and the fishes to the disciples to distribute.  It was not Jesus who
distributed it, but he gave it to the disciples and the miracle happened right through their hands.  This is what we are to
walk in as we are entering deeper into the ‘last days’.  We have the availability with us to have provision of our every
need.  The disciples wanted to send the multitudes away, but Jesus allowed them to see the miraculous availability of
any-moment availability.  Jesus said: “
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall
he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
”  John 14:12

March 19, 2008        "Let Jesus into Your Boat"

John 6:19-21  “So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea,
and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they
willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.


I think there is one miracle in verse 21 that is overlooked.  Jesus walked on the water and yes that is an amazing
miracle, but we also see that as soon as Jesus entered the ship, "
IMMEDIATELY the ship was at the land whither
they went.
”  It shows us in verse 19 that they had rowed about 25 – 30 firlongs (which is 3 - 4 miles) when they first saw
Jesus.  Now I understand that the sea of Galilee is not really that big, but 3-4 miles would not bring them to the other
shore.  But when Jesus stepped into the boat, they were immediately at the land where they were going!  They were
transported!  When Jesus gets into your boat, you’ll get to where you are going!  What are you waiting for?  Let Jesus
into your boat and surrender the control over to Him.  Your destiny is in the balance.

March 18, 2008        "The Holy Spirit cont.."

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”  (Acts 1:5)

The ministry that Jesus referred to was that of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus’ last words to His disciples before He ascended
were: “
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
”  (Acts 1:8) This is the
ministry that we be witnesses unto Him, just like the Holy Spirit is witness of Him and testify of Him in our hearts.  So
are we, together with the Holy Spirit, witnesses of Jesus to every place we go, whether it is down the street or across
the world.

March 17, 2008        "The Holy Spirit"

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which
proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me
”  (John 15:26)

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to testify of Jesus.  In John 16:13-15 it says:  “
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is
come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he
speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it]
unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it]
unto you.”  Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” Jesus says that “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
”.  
(John 14:6)  So the Holy Spirit is sent to testify of Jesus to all men so that they may come to the Father which is through
Jesus, who is truth, so that the Spirit of truth might reveal to us all truth.  To testify is to be a witness.  The Holy Spirit is
witness of Jesus and He testifies to us all about Jesus.  He reveals to us who Jesus is and He, the Spirit of truth, also
comforts us in that knowing of the revealed Jesus in us.  

March 16, 2008        "Peace"

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.
”  (Philippians 4:6-7)

We will find ourselves walking in perfect peace.  We will have peace about the situation that we prayed about knowing
that our prayer is effective and being acted upon.  We receive that peace out of a heart that is fully trusting in God,
because we know that He is going to work it out on our behalf.  We have peace in the fact that He is working behind the
scenes on our behalf.  This peace shall keep our hearts and our minds through Christ Jesus.  We get peace but it
gives us a heart and a mind that is at rest in His presence.  With that peace, all worry, anxiety and stress is gone.  
There are people who pay a lot of money for anxiety pills, but if they will start to be thankful for the little things, they will
see God in all that has been provided for them and the anxiety will have to go because the Word of God says in Isaiah
26:3 that He “
...wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”  
We can find then, that when we are starting to stress or be anxious then we can start giving God thanks for everything
that He has done (this is rejoicing in Him), and we will receive His peace as He leads us the rest of the day until all we
can do has been accomplished.  Peace is a blessing that we can expect to receive when we give thanks in prayer as
we are obedient to the Word of God.  

March 15, 2008        "Thankfulness"

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine
which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
”  (Romans 6:
17-18)

As a Christian I should be most thankful for my salvation from sin through Jesus Christ.  If it wasn’t for that I would have
no reason to obey this scripture of giving thanks in all things.  Our Salvation is the basis from which all other
thanksgiving flows.  If everything is going wrong, then we, who have Salvation, can give thanks to God because we have
faith that He has the power to turn it around for our good.  Why? Because we love Him.  (“
And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
”  (Romans 8:
28)   “
If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  (John 14:15)  
When we choose to give thanks to God no matter what the situation looks like, then we are obeying a command that
says: “
Give thanks in all things”.  So in doing that, we are showing Jesus our love for Him and then he can work
together all things for our good because we love Him.  
In contrast, when we are not saved, and everything goes wrong, then what do we have to be thankful for.  We have no
hope and not even a hope for salvation because we don’t know any better.  Because of a lack of knowledge God’s
people are destroyed.  “
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I
will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also
forget thy children.
”  (Hosea 4:6) This is God’s will for us to give thanks in all things.  It is part of His purpose for us.  
We who are called according to His purpose have been chosen as the elect to give thanks.

March 14, 2008        "Trusting in God's Strength"

For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.”  (Psalm 44:6)

David, the one who has killed a lion and a bear by himself, now tells us that he will not trust in his bow or his sword.  
His strength and protection comes from God because he has decided not to trust in these earthly things.  This was
David’s strength; his trust in His God whose bow and whose sword are mightier than his own.  
In Isaiah 31:1 we also read;  “
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots,
because [they are] many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of
Israel, neither seek the LORD!
”  The Egyptians also were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea, they and their horses,
chariots and swords and none of it could defend them against the God of Israel.  The Israelites put their trust in God
instead and had not put their trust in the things that their human understanding told them.  God will deliver when we
choose to trust in His strength and not our own.

March 13, 2008        "Perfect Peace"

Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”  (Isaiah 26:
3)

Perfect peace is obtained when our minds are fixed onto the Lord in whom we trust.  One doesn’t fully trust if he starts
worrying and fretting about his circumstances, but once he enters into perfect peace even while the storms are raging
then that is a sure sign that he trusts His maker implicitly and without doubt or reservation.  He has then allowed his
mind to focus only on the goodness of the Lord and not the bad reports of his circumstances.  He is in faith believing
and trusting in Him who is faithful.  This is a beautiful place to be in because it is then that the Lord can work on our
behalf even behind the scenes to work all things together for good because of our unwavering love towards Him.

March 12, 2008        "Trust Continued..."

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”  
(Psalm 13:5)

David says that he trusts in God’s mercy.  Trusting in God’s mercy makes a person steadfast so that he shall not be
moved and he won’t be moved from trusting.  “
For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most
High he shall not be moved.
”  (Psalm 21:7)  His sorrows shall not be as much as the wicked.  Because he trusts in the
Lord, this same mercy shall surround him.  “
Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD,
mercy shall compass him about.
”  (Psalm 32:10)  God’s mercy takes care of our sorrows because we trust in Him just
like we stand in faith for God’s promises to be fulfilled for our lives.  And those that trust in Him and His mercy shall be
like a green olive tree within God’s house.  “
But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy
of God for ever and ever.
”  (Psalm 52:8)  David was referring to the doors of the temple as we find in 1 Kings 6:33; “So
also made he for the door of the temple posts [of] olive tree, a fourth part [of the wall].
” Also we find this promise,
which David says that he had received of its fulfillment, when he trusts in God’s mercy;  “
The LORD called thy name, A
green olive tree, fair, [and] of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the
branches of it are broken.
”  (Jeremiah 11:16)

March 11, 2008        "Trusting in Thy Word"

So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.”  (Psalm 119:42)

The Psalmist states here that he is trusting in the Word of the Lord.  This verse truly is a continuation from the previous
verse that says; “
Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, [even] thy salvation, according to thy word." (Psalm
119:41), because so shall I have some proof or ground on which I can stand, said he, to answer to those that come
against me because of Your Word.  In that I trust and not in my own defense for You are my defense and that because
of Your mercy and Your salvation.  Those that come against me actually come against You, oh Lord.  

The Word that David was trusting in was God himself according to John 1:1 (“
In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God.
”)

March 10, 2008        "Yielded"

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.”  (Psalm 112:7)

Yes, the act of trusting can be a permanent attitude as our hearts get fixed in trusting the Lord.  If it is fixed it cannot
move or sway away from.  Also Psalm 62:8 says that we are to trust him at all times.  This is a command; therefore we
have to make it an attitude.  When we, therefore, consciously fix our heart on the Lord in trust, then we will not be afraid
of any evil tidings that come our way because when we trust, we rest in Him.  When our hearts are fixed on the Lord, we
can rest in assurance that He will make a way even when there seems to be no way.  Even if there is no other possible
means for an outcome, then it won't help us anyway to fret or fume.  And sometimes God will bring us to the end of
ourselves, because of His love, so that we can come to place of trusting in Him alone.  It is better for us that way.  It
might
seem to be an opportunity to ‘blame God’ for the mess, but we can never blame God if we trust in Him.  I hear
things like this coming out of people’s mouths; that they are blaming God.  All I can say is that they do not truly trust in
Him but He is working it in them.  Once we have surrendered our will to Him, we will then come to a place of permanent
trust.  In this place the things that we are blaming God for will work themselves out for His glory.

The same thing that happens to horses when they get ‘broken-in’ is what needs to happen in the heart of every
Christian.  A horse’s stubbornness has to be broken and this lies in his will.   Once a horse has been ‘broken-in’, he
then becomes obedient and dependant upon his master for the rest of his life.  We can force a horse to yield in that
way, but God will never force our will.  He will give us ample opportunity to yield though, but the choice will always be
ours to make. Once a person’s will has been ‘broken’ or 'yielded', then His heart has been made to be fixed on the Lord
and then nothing can sway him or take this trust away from him God because it has become a permanent attitude of
trust by an obedient act of surrender.

March 9, 2008        "Trust"

Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.”  (Psalm 62:8)

We are commanded to trust Him at all times.  We do not know when trouble will come upon us therefore we need to
trust Him through the good and through the bad.  We are to trust Him when things go right for in doing so we will not be
enticed by pride to take the glory of our well being for ourselves.  We are also to keep on trusting Him through the bad
times even if there seem to be no hope for an outcome because God always work things together for our good because
we have a purpose in Him and because we love Him.  Those that trust Him, loves Him.  
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to
[his] purpose.
”  (Romans 8:28).  
If He has called us with a purpose in mind, then we cannot but to trust in Him alone.  Even our Salvation cannot by any
earthly means be of ourselves.  How can we then even dare to trust in ourselves or in any other apart from God?  If we
truly believe in our Salvation then our lives has been committed to Him when we acknowledge Him as our Lord!  I
almost want to say that as long as we know that we are saved, then we need to trust.  This is trusting Him at all times.

March 8, 2008        "Water and Fire"

When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
”  (Isaiah 43:2)

The promise is of God’s protection which says that in every circumstance He will be with us.  When we go through the
waters and through the rivers then the water of it shall not overflow us just like what happened to the Israelites when
they came out of Egypt as they walked through the Red Sea on dry ground.  Also when we walk through the fire then it
shall not burn us.  Neither shall the flames of the fire consume us just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when
they were placed in the fiery furnace.  Yet they did not even so much as smell of smoke or fire when they came out of it.  
God’s Word is from everlasting to everlasting and these promises He will fulfill.  
I believe that these waters and this fire spoken of here is both physical and figurative. Oftentimes our walk in this world
might cause us to go through deep waters and fiery trials that is not physical water or fire.  Through all of that God will
still be with us and not allow the deep waters to overflow or overtake us neither will He allow the fiery trials, which is to
try us, to consume or burn us.  Neither will any scars be left for when God heals us He doesn’t leave scars.  
Jesus is carrying the scars for us.  
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to
be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to
bear [it].
”  
(1 Corinthians 10:13)

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my
refuge, my saviour;
thou savest me from violence.”  (2 Samuel 22:3)

March 7, 2008        "Reward"

The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings
thou art come to trust.
”  (Ruth 2:12)

Boaz was saying to Ruth in the last part of this verse; “
under whose wings thou art come to trust.”  This signifies that
there was no trust initially but through God showing his faithfulness to her, her trust in God was being built and in
yielding her will to His will she has now learned to trust Him through situations that arose in her life.  Now that she has
come to trust in God, she can also take part of the promise of the Israelites for she was not part of this nation.  She was
a stranger as in a foreign land.  But because of her unwavering trust in the God of Israel, now she also will be
recompensed for her work and it will be a full reward given her straight from the Lord God of Israel.  The same full
reward that an Israelite will receive is due her.  She has also looked after her mother in law who is an Israelite and this
is also worthy of reward.  Ruth then became grafted in to the Nation of Israel as a type of the Gentiles that would one
day be grafted in through Jesus.  And so Jesus came through the bloodline of Ruth.

The promise found in this verse is that those that trust in the Lord will receive a recompense for their work and a full
reward which will come straight from the Almighty God Himself.

March 6, 2008        "Delivered"

Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver [us];”  (2
Corinthians 1:10)

The reason given here for trusting in Jesus is the knowledge that He has saved and delivered in the past and the
knowledge that He is faithful, giving us the confidence to trust in Him continually, knowing that He will yet deliver again
in the future.  We have been delivered from a great death and that death is the reward of sin.  Jesus has made the way
for us to be free from that reward by making atonement for our sin.  In this way, He has delivered us and because we
are still sinners while captured in this body of death, Jesus continues to save and deliver us from every time that we
come in repentance for falling into the trap of sin again.  He, as the redeemer, continues to redeem us from the reward
of sin as we continue to have our hope and our trust in Him.  If we start to take our eyes of our redeemer, then His
redemption will not work, but a heart of repentance will be a heart that looks, in trust, always to Him that delivers.

March 5, 2008        "Trust"

The LORD [is] good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”  (Nahum 1:7)

Those that are trusting in Him will see that He is good when the day of trouble comes.  God will portray His goodness in
the day of trouble to those that trust in Him.  What is even more beautiful is that God knows those that trust in Him.  Not
only does He know
when we trust Him, but he also knows them that trust Him.  With every hardship we come closer to
our Lord and we learn to know Him in a deeper way.  The same way the Lord knows us and He is close to those who
trust in Him.  

It is easy to trust when everything is going well, but when things start to be unpleasant, then that is the test for our faith
and for our trust.  When we are truly tested to trust in Him, then He is closest to us as He carries us through every
hardship.  What is even more amazing is that when we are tested in our trust, then He is in the process of making us
stronger.  But when we feel weak in our trusting of Him in the day of trouble, then He is our stronghold.  He is strong
even when we are weak.  Even if we feel we cannot go on anymore, and we still choose to say ‘
though you slay me I
will still trust you
’, then He says that He is with us and that He is still good.  He is still a strong hold and He knows us
even more because we still choose to trust.  Trusting God often times require us to give up our strength so that He can
show Himself strong on our behalf.  It is not by our strength but by His strength alone.

March 4, 2008        "Rock"

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: [he is] my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my
refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
”  (2 Samuel 22:3)

The reason for trusting is that God is his rock.  This is followed by a colon which gives further explanation.  This rock is
his shield and his horn of salvation (horn is figurative of strength).  It is his high tower (tower speaks of a fort as in a
dwelling or refuge) and his refuge and his saviour.  This Rock saves him from violence and wrongdoings and the
unrighteousness of others towards him.  God is his rock and that Rock is immovable and steadfast.  In that Rock we
can take refuge and in that Rock is Salvation.

March 3, 2008        "Strength"

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength:”  (Isaiah 26:4)

Everlasting strength is in the Lord for those that trust Him.  Fleshly strength always grows weak, but He who is Spirit
and eternal, his strength will last for ever.  Therefore when we trust in the Lord and not in ourselves we will find
everlasting strength working on our behalf.  Just like David our dependence and trust can be so fixed on the Lord that
we can also say; “
my flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”  
(Psalm 73:26)

March 2, 2008        "Humility and The Fear of the Lord"

By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life.”  
(Proverb 22:4).

Therefore, the man that are humble and fears the Lord will be honoured.  This is the instruction that wisdom gives us
that we should fear the Lord and stay humble.  (“
The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before
honour [is] humility.
”  Proverb 15:33).  Also, for those that fear, riches and life is laid up for him.  By humility and fear are
riches, honour and life.  God will honour those that humble themselves.  

He also is filled with pride if he does not fear the Lord.  One cannot have Godly fear and be proud at the same time.  It is
in humility that we are able to fear the Lord.  And so we learn that God resists those that are proud because they do not
fear him (“
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6).

Those that do not fear the Lord do not have a reverence towards him since they are drawn away by their own lusts and
enticed.  They love their own way but despises the way of the Lord.  These are not surrendered to the will of the Father
and this also is pride.  We read that “
he that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but [he that is] perverse in
his ways despiseth him.
”  (Proverb 14:2).  The proud will surely be humbled and for as long as pride is find in him, God
will resist him. “
Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  (Proverb 16:18)

March 1, 2008        "Trust in the LORD"

"O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their
help and their shield. Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
"  (Psalms 115:9-11)

Israel is God’s chosen people.  He has brought them from Egypt into their promised land and Aaron and the rest of his
generation was put in the position as the high priest, the mediator between them and God for the remission of their
sin.  His position was as a type and shadow of the atonement that Jesus came to do.  Their lives were pure and holy
and separated for the work of atonement.  The lives of those that fear the Lord are also separated and holy before their
God in whom they trust.  They have experienced Him as their help and as their shield just like Israel experienced the
Almighty God as their help and their shield when they trusted the Lord.  Throughout their whole journey in the desert,
God had come through for them.  When they had no water to drink, he brought water out of the rock.  When they had no
food to eat, he sent them bread and meat from heaven twice a day; bread in the morning and meat in the evening.  
When they had enemies to war with, they succeeded and won every battle as long as their trust was in Him and not in
themselves.  And even when they lost hope of their promised land, then the Lord was ever mindful towards them as He
is every mindful towards us who believe.  Therefore He will bless them that fear Him as He has blessed the house of
Aaron and as He is still blessing the house of Israel.  This is the reward of those that trust in Him.  (“
The LORD
recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art
come to trust.
”  Ruth 2:12)  

He will still increase us more and more and not only in this generation but also in the generations to come.  Therefore
our fear of the Almighty God will have effect on our children.  His blessings will be even unto the fourth generations as it
says in 2 Kings 10:30: “
And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing [that which is] right
in mine eyes, [and] hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that [was] in mine heart, thy children of the
fourth [generation] shall sit on the throne of Israel.  Those that fear Him, trusts also in Him and they see the reward
of their righteous deeds; how that it is blessed and prosper.
"
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All Scriptures are in KJV (unless otherwise noted)
Devotion:  by Cavélle