uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
Psalm 119:28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
Job 36:5 Behold! God is mighty, and yet despises no one nor regards anything as trivial; He is mighty in power of understanding and heart.
Ephesians 1:19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength
But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend.
You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you
Shall be put to shame and confounded;
They shall be as nothing
And those who strive with you shall perish.
You shall seek them and not find them—
Those who contended with you.
Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing, As nothing at all.
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp,
threshing instrument which has teeth;
You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small,
And shall make the hills like chaff.
You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away,
And the whirlwind shall scatter them.
And you shall rejoice in the Lord,
You shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.
The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
Their tongues fail for thirst.
I will open rivers in desolate heights,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land springs of water.
I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree,
The myrtle and the oil tree;
I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine
And the box-tree together,
Yes, God does bless His children. There is nothing wrong with prosperity or good times or blessings. God is a God of loving kindness and tender mercies. The Bible tells us so in many places. The Psalms tell us He will give us the desires of our heart and that He delights in the prosperity of His children.
The Bible also tells us over and over that we are to trust Him. Be still and know that He is God. To keep our eyes on Him and to grow in faith.
We take so much for granted and often have feelings of entitlement. Too often we fail to acknowledge all that God does for us every day. We have established trust in provision to the point we are often oblivious of its existence. Can you name the number of bridges within a mile of your home? Doubtful. Next time you go to the market or commute to work make a point to look for them and count. You might be surprised. You trust daily that the bridges you drive your car over will support you. In fact, you believe it so much that you probably don’t even know the number of bridges you cross just to get to work or the supermarket on a regular basis. But we see in the news from time to time that bridges do give out. That people do die. Sinkholes open in what was considered to be solid ground. Rains loosen dirt and mudslides cause million dollar homes to slide off mountains. Earthquakes and hurricanes cause icons of steel and mortar to tremble and sway and twist as if they were made of string.
We think nothing of complaining about our jobs or the chore of paying bills until we have no job and no money to pay our creditors. It’s easy to take for granted climate control and clean hot and cold water until no job leads to no money and no money leads to no power. Suddenly the thermostat in your home is rendered no more than a wall decoration and no amount of effort can cause water to pour from a faucet. What then? Do you truly believe that God will supply all your needs? Do you truly trust that He is in control and hears your prayers and will come quickly to answer?
Many people believe that “God helps those who help themselves” is a Bible verse but actually it was Benjamin Franklin who quoted those words. Still, even if it is not in the Bible word for word is it not still a handy maxim? God surely seems to support the concept of being all you can be and working hard. The story of the ant and the grasshopper is in the Bible as well as the parable of the talents. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” So, what does God expect of us?
Do we scramble around and put forth every effort to make things happen for ourselves? Do we take lemons and “turn them into lemonade”? Do we borrow? Do we sell all that we have?
Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Psalm 71:20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
2 Corinthians 4:7–10 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
1 Peter 4:19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Daniel 4:35 All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
Romans 5:3-4 We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;and perseverance produces character; and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
2 Corinthians 1:8–10 For we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again
Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalm 91:1–2, 5-6, 9-12 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
Psalm 112:1&7 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.
Isaiah 43:1–3 Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God.
Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
2 Samuel 22:2-3 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!
Psalm 32:7 You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble, You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance.
Psalm 34:10 The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.
Psalm 34:17-18 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 57:1-2 Be merciful and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed. I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]!
Psalm 91:15-16 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
Psalm 121:8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
Philippians 4:4-9 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
Learning to Hear and Trust God’s Voice
God is Sovereign
God is in Control
God Has a Plan for Your Life
God is Trustworthy
God Sees A Bigger Picture Than We Do
God Teaches the Cycle of Trust
God Strengthens Us
God Fights For Us
God is Bigger Than ANY Need We Have
God Never Puts Us Where He Can’t Keep Us
The Voice of God
God’s Voice is Truth
Choosing to Hear and Obey God’s Voice
God’s Voice Leads you, Comforts you, Blesses you
Consider Your Thoughts
Take Control of Your Thoughts
What Was I Thinking?
Consider the Source
Renew Your Mind Daily
Think On These Things
Think Before You Speak
Body Soul Spirit
Armor of God