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May Mercy Compass Me About

Exodus 30:11-31:18; Matthew 26:47-68; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 8:27-32

He that Trusteth
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. – Psalms 32:10

Filled with the Spirit of God
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee.
– Exodus 31:3-6

This is another scripture where the Spirit of God fills the people with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and ability. The scripture says to devise cunning works and do all kinds of crafts and “workmanship.”

Cunning – skill employed in a shrewd or sly manner, craftiness; showing or made with ingenuity. Artfully subtle.

The Sabbath
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant
. Exodus 31:13-16

God instituted observing the Sabbath as a sign between Himself and each child. It is a part of His never-ending covenant, and honor our part of that perpetual covenant.

Perpetual – continuing or enduring forever; everlasting
Covenant
– a solemn agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something. In the Bible a covenant is the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture. The agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.

All Forsook Him
Then all the disciples forsook him, and fle
d. – Matthew 26:56b

Forsook – past tense of forsake.
Forsake – to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert; to give up or renounce

Fled – past tense of flee
Flee
– to run away; as from danger or pursuers; take flight; to move swiftly.

To me, these are a few of the most heartbreaking words in the Bible. I know the disciples were disappointed and ashamed of themselves. They may have questioned all they had done over the three years prior; everything they had learned. When circumstances disappoint, I often find myself fleeing or wanting to run. How much better would it be to be still, take a deep breath, and ask God for wisdom that we also read about today and are promised to receive?

I Am Wisdom (part 2)
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

Then I was by him, as one brought up with him:
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing always before him;
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth;
and my delights were with the sons of men.

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children:
for blessed are they that keep my ways.
– Proverbs 8:27-32

Father, I enter Your presence today filled with gratitude and a heart of joy that You are covering me and carrying me through this time in my life. It has been a time of much chaos personally and in our nation, but I know You are here, and You are ordering my steps. Thank You for helping me to keep my emotions in check. Thank You for granting me mercy when I have failed and made oversights. God, I ask You in these next days to help me to trust You more. To help me not to forsake You and flee when the going gets tough. I can’t remain faithful without You, so I ask You for faithfulness. Fill me with Your Spirit afresh today. I ask You for wisdom, knowledge, skill, and ability to handle what is assigned to me. Help me to let go of the dreams and “assignments” I have created, that are not Your plan. Oh God, I want to live pleasing to You. God, heal my husband. Touch his ears that he can hear again. Help the doctors to find out what is going on. Help up both to walk in Your will and Your ways. Help us to trust You alone so that Mercy may compass us about, Oh Lord. I ask this all in Jesus’ holy Name. Amen! Amen!

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Let Me Not Be Ashamed

Passages for today: Exodus 12:14-13:16; Matthew 20:29-21:22; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 6:12-15

The Lord brought us out
And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt.

And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: 
-Exodus 13:8-9, 14

That our eyes may be opened
And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. – 
Matthew 20:30-34

Let me not be ashamed
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee
. – Psalms 25:20-21

Broken without remedy
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy
. – Proverbs 6:12-15 KJV

Read the same verse in the Amplified Bible. It gives some clarity.

A worthless person, a wicked man, Is one who walks with a perverse (corrupt, vulgar) mouth. Who winks with his eyes [in mockery], who shuffles his feet [to signal], Who points with his fingers [to give subversive instruction]; Who perversely in his heart plots trouble and evil continually; Who spreads discord and strife. Therefore [the crushing weight of] his disaster will come suddenly upon him; Instantly he will be broken, and there will be no healing or remedy [because he has no heart for God]. – Proverbs 6:12-15 AMP

Thank You, Lord, that you are my God! Thank you that you brought me out of the bondage of the enemy and that you are not left me ashamed while I trust in you and Your mighty hand. Thank You that You preserve me as I wait on You! Father, thank You so much that You sent Your Son, Jesus, as the remedy for my brokenness. Thank You for Your Word that gives me Life. Oh, today, I just want to thank You and say I love You, Jesus! I love You, Father! I love You, Holy Ghost.

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He Shall Reward Every Man According to His Works

Today’s passages in the One-Year Bible: Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10; Matthew 16:13-17:9; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 5:1-6

THOUGHTS AND PASSAGES THAT SPOKE TO MY HEART

God will use the schemes of the wicked for your good
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. – Genesis 50:19-20

The wicked will see the prosperity, strength, and fruitfulness of God’s children as a threat
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Rameses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. – Exodus 1:9-14

Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus. We know faith, not works, save us, but by reading this next passage, we can also know that we are to do His works. I often wonder what that reward will look like because one thing I have found about doing His works – there is such a great blessing and reward even as you do them. Can it get better than that?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” – Matthew 16:24-27

The king that trusts in the Lord shall not be moved
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. – Psalms 21:1, 7

Attend, Bow, Regard, Keep
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. – Proverbs 5:1-2

BECAUSE I LIKE TO NOTE AND STUDY WORDS

Attend – to be present at; to take care of, minister to; devote one’s services to; to wait upon; to take charge of.

Bow – to bend the knee or body as in reverence, submission, salutation, or acknowledgement; to yield, submit.

Regard – to look upon or think of with a particular feeling; to have or show respect or concern for; to think highly of, esteem.

Keep – to hold or retain in one’s possession; hold as one’s own; to maintain, especially in accordance with specific requirements, a promise.

Oh, Father, I come before you today, and I ask that you help me focus my mind on You. Lord, help me to take up my cross today and follow You. Help me to focus on Your will and doing Your good works. Help me to trust in You and yield to Your strength will carry me and help me to stand firm during the schemes of the enemy. Thank You that You have promised You will use all those evil schemes for good. Thank You that You have given us an abundance of provision and strength and protection and fruit. Help me now to stand as I know the devil will not let it go without a fight. Show me how my Lord to attend to Your wisdom, to bow and reverence Your understanding, to esteem discretion, so my lips will keep Your knowledge. Lord, give me a real and heavy burden for the lost and help me to LOVE as You LOVE. I ask this all in Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!

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We Will Remember the Name of the Lord

The passages read today in the One Year Bible were: Genesis 48-49; Matthew 15:29-16:12; Psalm20:1-9; Proverbs 4:20-27

THE PASSAGES THAT SPOKE TO MY HEART

Let my name be named
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. ~ Genesis 48:15-16

Ephraim – His seed shall become a multitude of nations
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. ~ Genesis 48:17-21

No sign except the sign of the prophet Jonas
“A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.” ~ Matthew 16:4

Beware the doctrine of Pharisees and Sadducees
”How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” ~ Matthew 16:11-12

Some trust in chariots and some in horses
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. ~ Psalms 20:4-8

Keep they heart with all diligence
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:20-23

Oh Father, Help me always to remember Your beautiful Name. Help me to seek not so much that my name be remembered but that our name be always attached to Yours. Help those around me to know You as they get to know me. That it is be said that someone served the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (and Melissa) that they would know that they know the God I served was You and You alone. The One True and Living God. Help me today as I begin this day to go forth with Your praise on my lips, Your Word in my heart, and Your Glory surrounding me and all that I am called to do. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen! Amen!

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When the Father Says, “No!”

It seems like lately, I have received more than once the gift of the Father’s “No.” Did I receive them willingly? I confess even though I ask for “Thy will be done in my life (and my family’s lives) as it is in heaven,” hearing and accepting “NO” as His will isn’t always easy. I have been guilty of fighting against God’s “No.” I have kicked and cried like a child hoping if my cries were loud enough, it would all go away. Or enough tears would turn the “no” to “yes.” But in the end, there truly is only one choice for a child in a tantrum, and for me – hush, surrender, and accept the answer – no matter the answer.

Help me, Lord, to trust You and Your “no” as much as I do Your “yes.” Help me to receive them as gladly and be just as content knowing they are Your gifts and good will come of each and every “No.” Help me, Father. I ask in Jesus’ Name! Amen!!!

The following picture is from Elisabeth Elliot’s book – A Lamp for My Feet.

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Trusting God – Matthew 1:24-25

“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” ~ Matthew 1:24-25

Imagine waking up one day and suddenly being expected to do something that seems crazy and seems to make no sense. This is what happened to Joseph. He was a respectable and righteous man with a good grasp of reality. But Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, and it wasn’t his child. Can you imagine how you would feel? Wouldn’t it crush you?

Joseph knew the logical thing was to divorce Mary and he was planning it so that he could leave without causing her public humiliation. But as Joseph was working through this unexpected change, God sent an angel. The angel asked Joseph to trust God and believe this was His plan for Mary, and also for him. Of course, we know the story, so we know Joseph did trust God and stayed with Mary. He trusted as the baby was born in a lowly manger. He trusted and obeyed and named the child Jesus! And he continued trusting God as he and his family fled for their lives to Egypt.

The story and struggles of Joseph at the beginning of his first Christmas season are very similar to what many of us are facing in our lives today as we head though ours. You (and I) thought life was going a certain way and we had things all planned out…and then suddenly, unexpectedly something happened that turned our world totally upside down. Maybe it has been one difficult thing after another and you feel crushed. So, like Joseph, you have been working hard behind the scenes developing a new plan to help you handle your trials and your loss.

Right here where you find yourself today, even if your place and circumstances don’t make sense, God is asking you to trust Him. He is asking you to believe that He will provide for all your needs. He is aware of every detail and He wants you to know He cares. If you will trust and follow Him, just like Joseph, He will lead and guide you and yours from right where you are … into the safety and peace of His magnificent Presence this Christmas season!

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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – as a little child (Luke 18:15-17)

download880709476.jpeg“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” – Luke‬ ‭18:15-17‬

It was a normal thing for the Jews to bring little children to the rabbis to receive a blessing, so it is kind of strange that the disciples would try to stop them. Maybe they thought Jesus was tired and should rest, or maybe they decided Jesus was not all that interested in kids. Boy, were they wrong!

Jesus loves children, and He wants us to be like them in many ways. He wants us to be childlike… but not childish. An unspoiled child illustrates humility, faith, and dependence. A little child is simple, helpless, unaffected, unpretentious, unambitious. A child has a sense of wonder that makes life exciting. They are ever learning and growing. Children are not sinless or naturally unselfish, and they display their fallen nature from the earliest age. But they are nevertheless naive and unassuming.

Children are trusting. The purest trust is that of a child who blindly trusts their parent without question. This is the level of trust and kind of faith we should have in God our Father. A trust that says while we might not know all of the details and the reasons for His actions and plans, we trust His wisdom and heart, and we know that He knows what is best for us.

The Bible says the only way to enter God’s kingdom is to become like a child and be born again. Receiving God’s kingdom like a child means accepting it simply and wholeheartedly so as to turn from sin, receiving Jesus as Savior, relying on Him as Lord, obeying Him as Master, and following Him as your Heavenly Father. Like the old hymn says, “Wherever He leads I’ll go!”

Father, Help us today to be as the little children. Happy and excited to be with You and unashamed of our love and devotion to You. Forgive us when we doubt and worry and get caught up in what we think we know. Help us to fully trust and fully obey that Your will might be done in our lives and Your Glory might be shown through us to this dying world…on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. ~ Matthew 19:13-15

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. ~ Mark 10:13-16

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew‬ ‭18:3‬

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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. ~ Psalms 55:22

Study and Meditation

Cast – to throw or set aside, hurl, fling, to part with, lose, to shed or drop

Burden – that which is carried; load; that which is borne with difficulty

Sustain – to support, hold, or bear up from below

Suffer – to endure; to tolerate or allow

I am to give my entire burden to the Lord, not just part of it. Casting means throwing it off, not only slipping it off, laying it down gently and walking away. Sounds to me like there is aggression or a type of violence involved in getting rid of burdens.

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Recently, I heard a lady speak of the turmoil going on in her life. She described her emotional state “like waves tossed to and fro.” Sounds like a lot of moving, doesn’t it? Anxiety and fear can cause emotional instability, and when you are unstable, you are more likely to say things and make decisions that you will regret later.

In light of this description, I remembered James 1:5-6. In the first part of the passage, he advises us to ask God for wisdom.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But then, he gives a warning:

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

So this lady’s description of her emotional state like “waves tossed to and fro” tells me that she is wavering. In other words, doubt is ruling her mind at the moment. Boy have I been there!

Today, in particular, I am tired, so I have been vulnerable to this kind of emotional reaction regarding some burdens I carry. Instead of casting them to Jesus as I should have, I have laid them down carefully, and because of that I can see them. I am tempted to pick them up again as if I can now do something about them. I can feel myself begin to waver under the heaviness and I know if I keep my eyes on those burdens before I know it I will start to react with fear, anxiety, and worry. Such a vicious cycle.

Today though my prayer has been Lord change me! If the burdens are always a part of life, Change me God! I am just tired of these things in me, honestly. I felt that old mindset rise up and I looked toward the burdens as is my habit but then something rose up inside me. It was the Spirit of the Lord, and as though He were carrying a great big stop sign, He brought those feelings to a complete halt by commanding,

Stop!”

And then He said,

“I don’t want you going down this road, no more than you want to. I want you to get into My Word for ALL of your reactions and turn from this road down a hidden path. And when you are safely on this path, I want you to seal every step in your heart by writing it all down.

The path was hidden by many, many bushes full of  huge thorns. I saw them as the burdens surrounding the entrance to keep people from going down this little trail that was just barely traveled.

His care for me and His value of this hidden path He has sent me to, surprised me!

At that moment, with His touch and His leading, I set my mind on the path of faith. I determined that I will be single-minded. I will trust the situations of my present life to God no matter how I feel or how it looks to my natural eyes or to others.

God also reminded me of something important during this experience: Faith is a supernatural act. If you limit your mind to the natural (only what you can see, hear, feel, or think), then you narrow the options that God has to work on your behalf. But if you elevate your mind to the supernatural through faith, then you are able to take action based on complete confidence in God’s care for you and your journey.

Prayer

Help me, Lord to cast all my burdens on You. Not just today but every day and minute by minute if necessary. Help me to not waver in doubt but to trust both the old paths and the new paths that are all your path for my life.  Change me, Lord. It is my prayer. In Jesus Name! Amen!!!