The Great I Am - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgpoOhoc4Hs
The mountains shake before him
The demons run and flee
At the mention of the name
King Of Majesty
There is no power in Hell
Or any who can stand
Before the power and the presence of the Great I Am!
AND REMEMBER HE HAS A BRIGHTER DAY PLANNED FOR US!
"What you did on Calvary makes me wanna love you more"
What is your strategy?
Psalm 5:11 – But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.
Every professional golfer, and many amateurs, know that the best strategy when it comes to sand traps is to avoid them completely. But that doesn’t happen. Getting out of a sand trap can be one of the hardest shots to master in golf. The right loft, spin, and impact are tricky. The golfer’s number one decision when he finds himself in that situation is to choose the right club. Then take the right set-up, find the right grip, make the right shot, and follow through. Another seldom considered strength is for the golfer to keep the right mindset. And consistent practice is essential.
For many Christ-followers, they prefer living the life of faith as one smooth fairway shot after another, and an easy putt into the cup time after time. Just one blessing after another! Even as you talk about being thankful for the blessings that God gives, when you are honest, you will admit that the spiritual sand traps are out there, and they can sometimes be hard to avoid. James says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2), when you fall into those sand traps.
Using the golfing metaphor, then, to extract yourself from those things that interrupt the flow of joy in your life, use the right tool—your Bible is the first place to go for answers. Then take the right stand…don’t shift about from one foot to the other but find your balance in the wisdom of God. Get a grip! Pray. Seek the Lord in all things. Having the right mindset means putting your thoughts on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Keep at it. Then look for the joy and put a smile in your heart, for God is continuing to bless you, to teach you, to comfort you, and to protect you.
Holy God, today’s verse from Psalms says to sing for joy. Makes me think of an old hymn: “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to Him in prayer.” And “Have you trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? You should never be discouraged. Take it to the Lord in prayer.”
Coming to Your very throne room and placing ourselves at Your feet is certain joy. Knowing You hear us because You love us and You care about what concerns us, brings us joy. Thank You for giving us that joy which is unspeakable and full of glory. You are a good and loving Father, and we love you. Amen.
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Lifting our elections up to the Lord helps all of us keep the focus on the most important topics as well as softens our hearts to love everyone, even those with whom we may disagree. Believing differently shouldn't stop us from sharing God's love and His Word with others.