Psalms

Old Testament Reference

Protector of the Meek

I ‘m just learning what it means to be truly courageous…what it means to be a courageous person of faith as we stand in the gap for America.

We are all called to be “meek”. A most misunderstood concept of bravery. The greatest picture of meekness…of pure courage in human history occurred when Jesus was tried before Pilate and refused to bow.

Pilate reminded Jesus that he held Jesus’ life in his hands. Without flinching…without being macho, without threatening, Jesus simply said, “You have no power my Father hasn’t given you.”

I must learn to stand unafraid of the worlds threats. Teach me to trust You alone…and to lead others to have the same courage standing before the evil we face. Encourage us in the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 & “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” Psalms 37:11

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God is Listening; Speak Up

It is a sad truth that many (most?) believers consider prayer the last option in a crisis or life issue. All too often, we turn first to the other readily available sources; friends, TV, pop psychology, the latest trends in culture…all usually offering worldly, secular answers on finances; relationships; parenting; dependency issues…the list is endless. Somehow we’ve lost sight of the many promises in Scripture which advise us to make God our first and only option for solving life’s complex and troubling issues. Here is just a taste of what God has promised (all from the NLT):

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God everything (tell Him what’s on your mind). Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he’s done. If you do you will experience God’s peace…” (Philippians 4:6-7a)”

“The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in Him…” (Psalms 64:10a)

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous (His children)” (Proverbs 15:29)

“If any of you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask Him and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent you asking. But when you ask Him, be sure you really expect Him an answer…” (James 1:5-6a)

But, He expects to be your final authority.

God hears the petitions (prayers) of His children…He desires only our best, whether its for ourselves, our families or our communities. He is better than any helpline you can call, cares more than any counselor you can find…and He is never too busy.

GOD IS LISTENING…SPEAK UP!

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