By the Water

A life rooted in God bears fruit even in drought.

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But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.  Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.  Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.  Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NLT

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What’s Good?

Are we doing good based on God’s standards or our own?

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But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].  John 3:21 AMPC

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The Rock

May we find peace in the midst of overwhelm, as we remember God, our Rock.

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Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].  For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.  I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!  For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere, and honor Your name.  Psalm 61: 1-5 AMPC

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Going vs Growing

The way we go through trouble is very important to our spiritual growth.

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Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12  AMPC

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Zeal Powered by Love

Experiencing God’s amazing love moves us to show His love in service to others.

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Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Romans 12: 9-11 NIV

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Matthew 25:40 NIV

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Sure Footed

As we put our trust in God, He keeps us from slipping, stumbling or falling – for His glory.

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The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!  Habakkuk 3:19 AMPC

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He Leads Me Into Truth

I am grateful that your Word promises that your Spirit will guide me into all Truth.

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But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].  John 16:13 AMPC

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No More Hunger

As bread is used as a symbol of nourishment, in a very real way, Jesus must become for us the One who fills us and makes us whole.

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Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).  John 6:35 AMPC

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Unexpected Places

God is often where we least expect, operating in unprecedented ways, through people we would normally overlook and underestimate.

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But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.  And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!  Philippians 2: 7-8 AMPC

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Seek, Require, Remember

In all our asking of Him, may we never forget to ask FOR Him.

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Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek and require the Lord [as their indispensable necessity].  Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation); seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore.  [Earnestly] remember the marvelous deeds that He has done, His miracles and wonders, the judgments and sentences which He pronounced [upon His enemies, as in Egypt].  PS 105 : 3-5  AMPC

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