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Our intent here is for you to gather strength, hope, guidance where you might need it in your lives and maybe even deepen your faith. The Weekly Word itself is published on a weekly basis and is written by 4 non-professional writers who each week will share experiences or bring forth what the Holy Spirit has guided them to write that week.
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See Each Other Through the Eyes of Christ

Imagine this two teen girls. One of the girls is very strong and healthy. The other teen has never even been out of her wheelchair to know what freedom us, like the other teen. She sits in her wheelchair watching the world and faces not jus emotional challenges that arise from it and just common...

broken14Imagine this two teen girls. One of the girls is very strong and healthy. The other teen has never even been out of her wheelchair to know what freedom us, like the other teen. She sits in her wheelchair watching the world and faces not jus emotional challenges that arise from it and just common challenges of normal life, she also experiences physical pains and struggles on top of that.

However, when you look at both of the girls, they both are smiling and filled with joy as they come together and enjoy each other’s company. Two beautiful young girls who see only in each other what they truly are, friends and they treasure that friendship.

Jesus was one who devoted a lot of His time and attention to people just like the young girl in the wheelchair. He befriended many people with lifelong disabilities or physical deformities as well as those who were looked down on by others for a variety of reasons. In fact, Jesus let one of “those people” anoint Him with oil, to the disdain of the religious leaders. On another occasion, when a woman demonstrated her love with a similar act, Jesus told her critics, “Leave her alone…She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (Mark 14:6)

God values everyone equally; there are no distinctions in His eyes. In reality, we are all in desperate need of Christ’s love and forgiveness. His love compelled Him to die on the cross for us.

May we see each person as Jesus did: made in God’s image and worthy of His love. Let’s treat everyone we meet with Christlike equality and learn to see beauty as He does.

Dear Lord,

Help me to see people as You see them, not important because of what they can do or how they look, but because they are made in God’s image and You loved them enough to die for them.

Amen


Filed under: Patti LaRue Tagged: Blessings, Christ, Compassion, faith, faithfulness, Forgiveness, giving, God, holy, hope, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Joy, Kindness, Lord, Love, Mercy, Peace



Enough is Enough!

First off I apologize for not writing for a while, just been busy and distracted. Will try from now on to post more often, hopefully, that is, no promises written in stone, though. LOL I’m writing this post because as a Christian and just person, in general, I am totally fed up with what is...

First off I apologize for not writing for a while, just been busy and distracted. Will try from now on to post more often, hopefully, that is, no promises written in stone, though. LOL

I’m writing this post because as a Christian and just person, in general, I am totally fed up with what is going on in this country since the outcome of our presidential election! Any Christian in this country should be outraged by the behavior of many of the people in this country. The reaction to the outcome has been not only immature but deplorable! The campaign, especially for Hillary Clinton and her goons, was bad enough. But the toxic reaction to the process of democracy is beyond reproach!

This country was founded on our Christian beliefs and we’ve been taught love, patience, and tolerance towards all people, but there comes a time when enough is enough! The people out there rioting and protesting in the streets tend to only understand the meaning of tolerance when it serves their own self-indulgences and beliefs, and not that of the other side. Those who are responsible for all this negative reaction and literal hate in the streets cannot handle it when they simply don’t get their way. It’s a sure sign that they clearly do not understand how our democracy works. Their behavior is intolerable and is an outright embarrassment to this country! As good Christians, none of us should condone such behavior!

Their inability to understand how our democracy works is also an embarrassment to this country and anyone with an ounce of brains! Whining over and over again about how Clinton won the popular vote. This is true, by a mere 400,000 votes. But that simply means nothing if you do not win the majority of the electoral votes! When a candidate wins more states with higher electoral votes (which also means they won popular in those states), they have won the election fair and square. No ifs, and’s, or buts about it. The founding fathers of our country were not just men who were great thinkers of their times, they were able to predict the possibility of major issues of the popular vote as our country grew in population. They realized that continuing with a popular vote could lead to opening the door to rigged elections and the possibility of the system being bogged down by mandatory recounts over and over again.

They are out there proclaiming “Love Trumps Hate” over and over again. A set of words that truly doesn’t make much sense. But, through their actions and reactions, who are the real haters in all of this?

Rioters in Portland, Oregon

Days of riots in the city of Portland making national news is enough for anyone with common sense to want to not associate themselves with this city. I know, that I for one, am extremely glad that I no longer live there because I’d be ashamed of telling anyone that’s where I lived. During those riots I was driving down the main street of Redmond, Oregon, where I live now and as far as the eye could see on every street, they were lined with American flags. Boldly and proudly. How relieved I was that this was where I was and not in Portland. I felt proud to live in a city so proud to be part of this country of ours. No wonder they won the honor of being called “Flag City USA”!

Those who participated in those riots in Portland are all criminals whether they want to believe it or not. Our constitution does allow for peaceful protest, in fact, peaceful protest is encouraged. However, when a peaceful protest turns into violence, especially political violence, it is considered by the constitution as unlawful assembly considered anarchy! Most offenders of anarchy if brought to justice will find themselves serving a minimum sentence of five years in a federal prison! But, with Portland being titled one of the most liberal cities in this country, not one of them will spend any real time in jail for the havoc and damage they did to the property of innocent people just trying to make a living! This is not acceptable behavior and it’s as far from Christian behavior as you can get.

And where were the horrible and scary Trump supporters so often talked about by the mainstream media? Where was their violent reaction to this mess? Hmmm. Didn’t happen, did it?

So, tell me, who are the real haters here?
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True Fact: 71% of those who rioted in Portland didn’t even vote!!!!

What about personal attacks on people just because they may have voted against these bleeding heart cry babies in the streets? This type of personal terrorism was predicted how Trump’s people would react to Hillary winning. These attacks have been all over the place with one, in particular, receiving most of the attention, with reactions by the mainstream media showing understanding and tolerance for their behavior.

 

The man lost his car and no one has been arrested and doubt there will be.

For a whole list of videos on attacks Click Here before and after the election on those supporting Trump.

On the other side of the coin, there is a Trump supporter that seems to be bigger news than any of the other attacks on a Trump protester.

 

 

This man, of course, was arrested right away.

So, please tell me who the real haters are!

I don’t condone any of the behavior in any of these videos, all ignorant and non-productive. My point is this…who are the true haters in all of this?!

Emotionally Distraught Over Election

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-14308-am-e1478673840115To me, this is just as insane as the protests, attacks, and riots. Are you kidding me? Are we as a people creating generations to come that can’t even handle the simplest of things such as an election outcome?!

All over the country, we see young people being allowed to skip exams, walk out of class and have cry-ins because they are so distraught over a simple election! Look, I get it, they’re upset. But get a grip here! It was just an election and not the end of the world! If these kids can’t handle the news of an election outcome how will they ever be handle real adversity in their lives?

Campuses setting up “safe zones” where they can go to express how they are feeling and to try and come to grip with the reality of it all. Dogs and puppies brought in for comfort and professors going around with stupid safety pins on their clothes to indicate that they’re a “safe person” to talk to. Are you serious!!! I’m sorry, this is beyond ludicrous! We’re creating a generation of cream puffs who don’t have the first idea of what life is really like!

Get over it. Your side lost, it’s the way democracy works! This generation is nothing but a bunch of undisciplined spoiled brats that believe they are entitled to what they want when they want it. News flash! That’s not the way life works and it’s about time you learn that!

Sanctuary Cities

Look, I get it. They want to protect those they have promised will be protected from deportation. I believe people have a right to be here if they want to truly be a part of this country. However, like those before us, they came here searching for freedom but at the same time, they legally came here and became American citizens. I have nothing against that. However, if they are both illegal and criminals, they have absolutely NO right under the constitution or federal law to be here. This is the point that these mayors in these sanctuary cities are missing altogether! Trump is not calling to deport every single illegal in this country. This is what mainstream media wants you to believe. He wants to rid us of dangerous criminals! It is beyond arrogance that the mayors of these cities think they have the right to pick and choose which laws they will or will not follow! How far do you think you or I would get if we decided to pick and choose which laws we want to follow? As a leader of their people of their cities, the number one responsibility is to take care of your own first and then others second. But they don’t tend to believe that in these cities. Chicago is a key example. They care more about protecting the illegals including ones who are criminals than they do their own citizens. This is blatantly proven by the 2 murders a day that Chicago has now become famous for. They have the highest murder rate of any city in history! That is not how you protect your own!

Finally to All Those Whining Celebrities

For all of you, celebrities out there crying and whining about this election and keep threatening to leave the country. Here is what I say. You’ve got the money, why wait? Do it. What have you ever done to help improve the quality of life for me or anyone else in this country? Leave and I say good riddance. And by the way, I’ll even help you pack your bags free of charge!

Special Note to Colin Kaepernick

Mr. Kaepernick, you a man who has truly made his point clear at the expense of the NFL. This is what I have to say to you. So, you didn’t vote? After all that whining and complaining about the oppression of the black man and all the unfairness of this government, you don’t vote? Are you kidding me?! You are the poster boy of what it means to be a true hypocrite! You hate it so much here, then you too can find the door and leave. You have no issues with accepting all the opportunities that have been given you through the freedoms of this country and living a good and comfortable life while others around you suffer. By your disrespect of the flag and national anthem do you realize that you not only offend the white people who have fought so hard to give your these freedoms but you also spit on the graves of many black men and women who have given up their lives for you?! Here’s my suggestion to you Kaepernick. Move to one of those Muslim countries that have plenty of oppressed people to fight for and take your same attitude toward the oppressors of the oppressed and see just how long you would be welcome there. In fact, see where you might end up with the attitude you have. My prediction would be six feet under if they even gave you the dignity of a grave!

The reality of all of this is that this nation needs to come together as one nation and don’t pay attention to the garbage spewing from those who have no respect for what this country stands for and only want to see it come to its knees under their distorted and often un-Christian beliefs. We were founded on those beliefs and we as Christians must hold onto them now more than ever.

A pastor of a Baptist church in Dallas, Texas has had anti-Trump protesters in front of his church for days now and this is what he said about them. “We will treat them with Christian kindness and go on with life. We understand that peoples ideas change, that culture changes, but we stand strong in our belief that the Word of God never changes!”

Amen to that!

 

 


Filed under: Patti LaRue Tagged: Clinton, Compassion, elections, faith, Forgiveness, Grace, hope, Joy, Kindness, Mercy, Peace, prayer, protests, riots, Trump, violence



Things to Ponder

    +Keeping the faith means trusting God to faithfully keep you. +In Christ, there are no outsiders. +The prison of sin cannot withstand the power of Christ’s forgiveness. +We find joy when we learn to live in Jesus’s love. +Prayer helps us see things as God sees them. +We hold to the cross of...

 

 

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+Keeping the faith means trusting God to faithfully keep you.

+In Christ, there are no outsiders.

+The prison of sin cannot withstand the power of Christ’s forgiveness.

+We find joy when we learn to live in Jesus’s love.

+Prayer helps us see things as God sees them.

+We hold to the cross of Christ and are held by it.

+Jesus is the sole source of living water.

+God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. (1 Corinthians 1:27)

+Anger almost always vanishes in the face of grace.

+A heart that is open to Christ will be open to those He loves.

+Encourage someone today to keep living for God.

+Prayer is an intimate conversation with our God.

+God truly wants to hear your heart.

+Faith never knows where it’s being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.

+God is greater than anything that happens to us.

+For a new start, ask God for a new heart.

+Contentment allows you to grow where God has planted you.

Lord Jesus, Your cross is the focal point of history and the turning point in our lives. Hold us tightly as we cling to Your cross and extend your love to others.

Amen

 

 


Filed under: Patti LaRue Tagged: Christ, Compassion, faith, faithfulness, Forgiveness, giving, God, Grace, hope, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Joy, Kindness, Love, Peace, prayer, spiritual, truth



Beware of “Black Lives Matter”

“Black Lives Matter” or BLM is not some cutesy slogan or protest mantra. Unfortunately, there are too many unaware Christians and non-Christians who seem to shrug it off as being just that. Some “in thing” that a group of people are just throwing out there. Truth be known that couldn’t be further from the truth....

all-lives-matter-366x366“Black Lives Matter” or BLM is not some cutesy slogan or protest mantra. Unfortunately, there are too many unaware Christians and non-Christians who seem to shrug it off as being just that. Some “in thing” that a group of people are just throwing out there. Truth be known that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you think that the QB Colin Kaepernick just chose to do some cute little protest on the sidelines because he’s just some disgruntled NFL player who got benched, you’d better think again. Black Lives Matter is NOT a simple protest slogan, in fact it’s not even close. BLM is a militant, racially motivated group of people who are directly intertwined with the radical beliefs of Islamic activists. Kaepernick chose to convert to the Muslim faith because the woman he is going to marry told him he had to. She is a huge member in the BLM movement as well as a well known radical Islamic activist. Nessa Diab is the driving force behind his change in attitude and his outward hatred toward this country.

As a Christian, you are fooling yourself if you think this is some harmless attempt at some sort of simple political protest. Because it’s not. The beliefs of this BLM organization attacks the very heart of our Christian faith. Their goals are not to stand up for the oppressed but to hit the heart of this nation and rip it out. They have no love for white people, no love for Christians, no love for this country and anyone who serves it whether it be first responders or the military. They have total disregard and utter disrespect for anyone and anything that has to do with our country and our Christian faith.

Furthermore, these so called “role models” who play for the NFL and are following what Mr. Kaepernick has started with his total disrespect of the flag, the national anthem and all who serve, are sending the wrong message to kids who look up to them. By the NFL allowing such behavior and even the President and Clinton condoning Mr. Kaepernicks right to express his opinions in such a negative fashion on national television isn’t helping this country or it’s future! The NFL by ignoring such a racial attack on others in this country, makes them just as big a part of the danger that the BLM poses for this country. History shows us that great civilizations often don’t fall because of outside forces, but instead fall because of inner turmoil. The Roman Empire is the finest example of this. Rome did not fall due to being overrun by enemies, it fell because of inner turmoil. This is the goal of the BLM. They want to be part of the fall of this country. They desire to see the total destruction of the republic of our nation and all that it once stood for!

As a Christian and if you are also a patriotic American, you should be outraged by what the BLM stands for and what their purpose is. They don’t care about real black lives and how important each individual is, all they want is to mold this country into something it was never meant to be. This country was founded on Christian beliefs and they are the ones that need to deal with it, not destroy it. If they don’t like what this country was built on, then I calmly say, “Get out and find a place that suits you better.”

I also say that Colin Kaepernick and his followers need to stop using the NFL as their personal podium to further their own agendas! I also say that the NFL needs to stop allowing such disrespectful behavior. If you can’t allow a player to get excited over a touchdown and they are penalized for celebrating, how can you even think of allowing such behavior as Kaepernicks to continue?! That’s insane! The NFL needs to get it’s priorities straight!

It’s time to wake up people and stop just letting others attack our beliefs and take away our rights as Christian Americans! If we sit back and do nothing there will be nothing worth saving in this country. It has to stop and it needs to start with us!

As far as “Black Lives Matter” that’s just plain bull. Because as a Christian, I believe that “All Lives Matter”!

 

 


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Learning From the Psalms Pt 6

First off I want to apologize for taking so long to complete this 6 part series. I got super busy with some of my freelance writing projects that I just didn’t have enough time to get back over here to finish. But I guess it’s better late that than never! So, here’s the final part...

First off I want to apologize for taking so long to complete this 6 part series. I got super busy with some of my freelance writing projects that I just didn’t have enough time to get back over here to finish. But I guess it’s better late that than never! So, here’s the final part to this six part series, which I hope you have enjoyed.

 

Psalms3“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord'”  (Psalm 122:1)

Psalm 122

In this psalm, David is talking about visiting Jerusalem and rejoicing about doing so. In this part of the psalm we learn that we should have that same attitude when it comes to us going to church. When we enter into our place of worship we need to enter with a feeling that we will be blessed and we will be. It’s really up to us if we want to be blessed while visiting the house of the Lord. If we faithfully attend church where the Word of God lives, is preached and believed that it is living and exists then we are going to receive the blessings we ask for from God. And if we have truly prepared our hearts for church then the ministry of His Word, the singing of praises to God and the fellowship of His people are going to bring us spiritual health, something our souls are in need of always.

Psalm 126

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.”  (Psalm 126:2)

A happy heart filled with joy is vital to our happiness in both the world around us and in our spiritual lives. Psalm 126 expresses how important it is to be filled with laughter and joy. There is nothing wrong with laughing, it’s good for us physically, mentally and spiritually. After all God wants us to be happy and He wants us to enjoy the life we have while on this earth. What better way to do that than through songs of joy and laughter in our hearts? Just knowing that God forgives our sins should be enough to fill us with the joy of life that God intends for each of us to have. Knowing that Christ is our salvation should be enough to cry out in joyous song knowing that by knowing Christ we will always have a joy that many others may never know.

Psalm 130

“With the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.”  (Psalm 130:7)

Psalm 130 tries to teach us to remember how much God loves us and how our redemption depends on His mercy. What we also need to understand that mercy is not just given from God. We too must learn how to show mercy to others. We all need mercy from others and it’s important that we learn to overlook others failures just the same way that God overlooks our failures in life. If we learn to show mercy to other people it will make us learn just how much we owe to God. It will teach us that we need to thank Him every single day for His mercy and for His forgiveness that is given to us over and over again.

Psalm 138

“With Your right hand You save me.”  (Psalm 138:7)

In this psalm we see that David finds comfort in the safest pair of hands there are, God’s hands. He wrote of God’s protection in Psalm 138 and it should show us that we too can look to God for safety through his loving hands and to protect us from spiritual danger and defeat.

It is also through Christ that we can go to for comfort, support and for protection. He is always standing there right behind us ready to catch us when we fall. All we have to do is turn around and ask for His help and He will make sure to catch us if we stumble. However, even though we do have the protection of God, that doesn’t mean that we won’t stumble ever again, we are human and it happens. But rest assured that even when we do, we never stumble bad enough that God can’t help pick us up again.

Psalm 139

“If I go up to the heavens, You are there.”  (Psalm 139:8)

This is to remind us that God is everywhere we go. Buzz Aldrin reminded the whole world about this truth when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Buzz Aldrin wanted the entire world to realize that God was everywhere as he took blessed wine and communion host provided to him by his church and said for the whole world to hear “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” He then silently gave thanks and partook of the bread (body of Christ) and the cup (blood of Christ). Thousands of miles away from earth he took time out to commune with the One who created all of it.

This message is telling us that we can’t hide from God. No matter where we go, even on the moon or to a remote spot on earth, God is there and not only is He there but He desires a personal relationship with each and every one of us.

Psalm 145

“They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”  (Psalm 145:5)

This psalm tries to remind us that everywhere we look, no matter where it is, we are surrounded by the wonderful works of our heavenly Father. This is a lesson that is important because often we easily grow far to accustomed to our surroundings and become dulled to the things that we are familiar with, even places and experiences that use to bring us great joy. Even though God’s glory is displayed all around us, we often allow the busyness of our lives to block our view. We too often take for granted all of His amazing work that lies right in front of our eyes and sometimes even lose the wonder of the cross. We too often find ourselves neglecting the pleasure of His presence and we miss out on the beauty of His creation.

We need to stop, slow down and don’t let society around us dictate to us what we see and what we don’t see. Take a few moments out of your day and just quietly examine the world around you, even if it’s in your own backyard, you’ll be amazed at what splendors God has provided for you to enjoy and cherish.

Psalm 148

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted.”  (Psalm 148:13)

This psalm is asking that all creation needs to praise the Lord, this means even the wild animals of the world, need to cry out in joy for the Lord. If this is the case then it surely must be true that we need to praise the Lord for all that He has done and continues to do for us. Everything and everyone are invited to join in to sing praises to the Lord. We are not exempt and we should not feel that we are. What we need to do is to stop and join in with the rest of creation and celebrate the greatness of our Lord!

Sing Hallelujah to the Lord!

Psalm 150

“Praise the Lord…”  (Psalm 150:1)

Psalm 150 starts right off telling us to praise the Lord. Not only is this a beautiful psalm about praise you will discover that it tells us where to praise, why we should praise, how we should praise and who should offer the praise. Lots of things to learn here.

Where do we praise? – In God’s “sanctuary” and “mighty heavens”. Actually wherever we are in the world is the proper place to praise the One that created everything!

Why do we praise? – First off, because of what God does. He performs “acts of power”. Second is because of who God is.

How should we praise? – Loudly, softly, soothingly, enthusiastically, rhythmically, boldly, unexpectedly, fearlessly. Basically we can praise God in many, many different ways and on many different occasions.

Who should praise? – Everything that breaths. Young and old. Rich and poor. Weak and strong. Every living creature should praise God. It is God’s will that everyone to whom He has given the breath of life to use that breath to acknowledge His power and His greatness.

Praise is our enthusiastic expression of our gratitude to God for who He is and for what He does!

So, never be afraid to sing praises to God whenever, wherever and however you feel like doing it!

I hope that you enjoyed this six part series and that maybe even learned a little from it as well.

God Bless!


Filed under: Patti LaRue Tagged: Bible, Blessings, Christ, church, Compassion, Divinity, Forgiveness, Grace, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Love, Mercy, praise, praise God, redemption, salvation



Learning From the Psalms Pt 5

“I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.”  (Psalm 116:1) As we continue our series Learning From the Psalms we take a look at Psalm 116 where it shows the importance of us showing our affection for God. Psalm 116 Here we learn how important it is for...

psalms“I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.”  (Psalm 116:1)

As we continue our series Learning From the Psalms we take a look at Psalm 116 where it shows the importance of us showing our affection for God.

Psalm 116

Here we learn how important it is for us to show God that we love Him. We are reminded that the Lord truly desires the same kind of affection that we give to those we love on earth. It shows that we need to stop and contemplate what God does for us so that we can begin to love and appreciate Him more and more each day of our lives. We need to remember that He gives us new life and He never forgets to shower us with His grace. Sure, He might discipline us at times, but after all, He is our Father in heaven and we often deserve discipline, probably far more than He hands out, if we were to be honest with ourselves! All the time we spend on this earth He is building an eternal home for us when it’s time for us to be called back home to His kingdom. If we can truly realize all of the blessings that He gives us we can then honestly show our own love for Him. Psalm 116 paints a picture of a loving father who leans over and puts His head near us so He can hear us speak into His ear.

Psalm 117

“Great is His love toward us.”  (Psalm 117:2)

This is a simple Psalm that professes the undying love of our God for us and how we must praise Him. “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

There is so much good news contained in this Psalm. It’s a message to all nations about God’s love for His children. Just think about what God’s love really means and consider the fact that God loved all of us before we were even born and He will love us after we die. There isn’t a single thing that can separate us from the love of God as long as we follow the path that His Son, Jesus sets before us. His heart is full of love and mercy for each and every one of us and that should encourage us all to continue through life praising Him for all His goodness.

Psalm 118

“The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.”  (Psalm 118:24)

If you look closely at Psalm 118 and you will see that this Psalm is filled with a celebration of God’s goodness and mercy even in the middle of trouble and pain. We all have bad days, we all have problems that arise, some very difficult, after all, as Christians we’re not exempt from the problems of the world or our own personal lives. Psalm 118 lists difficulties that include personal distress, national troubles and spiritual issues, but it goes on to declare, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  But this Psalm reminds that through it all the Lord is our strength and our defense as well as our salvation. This Psalm encourages us to be thankful for the life He has given us and to enjoy each beautiful day that we wake to.

Psalm 119

This psalm is just filled with a variety lessons we can reap wisdom and know from and here’s just a few things that should help us understand God a little more.

“Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees?”  (Psalm 119:5)

If you are a driver then you already know how stupid and dangerous it can be if we ignore the warnings of traffic signals, if we fail to heed their warnings more than likely we’re going to find ourselves in an accident. By not heeding those signals we are not only endangering our own lives but the lives of others. It’s no different if we ignore the “red lights” found in the Bible. Psalm 119 teaches us that there are prohibitions against a variety of things such as envy, pride, hatred, irreverence, lust as well as selfishness. It’s the Holy Spirit that acts like those “red lights” on our city streets by alerting us to danger and when that happens we need to immediately put the brakes on. Just like in traffic, during our daily lives we are given “green lights” to proceed and we need to obey those as well, in our spiritual lives that would be signals of kindness, humility, love, worship along with purity.

The stops and starts that God provides us with are designed to help us, not hinder us. We need to be as fearful of ignoring these commands from Scripture as were are of running a red light in traffic!

“I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  (Psalm 119:11)

This part of Psalm 119 tells us that it’s important to keep God’s Word in our hearts at all times. As much as it is a good thing to memorize Scripture it’s not just memorizing the words that keeps us from sin but it’s allowing His Word to spread throughout our entire being so that we not only know these words but live them. We need to internalize Scripture like a musician does with a piece of music, it needs to become part of us. This means we need to live the Bible and not just memorize it’s words.

Living the Bible is an ongoing and everyday thing. So by keeping God’s law continually in our hearts will allow us special privilege that will give us the strength to be able to face problems that arise in our daily lives much easier and with much more humility and grace.

“I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word.”  (Psalm 119:16)

Not only does Psalm 119 teach us to keep God’s Word with us at all times it tells us that we also need to enjoy His Word. How long has it been for you since you last picked up the Bible and actually studied the Words for your own enjoyment and spiritual growth? Sure, it’s God’s Book, however, it’s not one that He’s just loaning to us. He doesn’t want it back, He wants us to keep it, learn from and enjoy the beauty of it’s Words! Don’t let the Bible become a lost and forgotten book in your home!

“Direct my footsteps according to Your Word; let no sin rule over me.”  (Psalm 119:133)

When the psalmist wrote Psalm 119 many centuries ago he knew even then that there was a need for a moral benchmark and asked for divine help in following it. He prayed to God, for His guidance. We need to do the same thing so that we don’t let the sins of the world rule our lives, instead, we need to ask for direction from God which will lead us to the light.

Psalm 121

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?”  (Psalm 121:1-2)

So many times in our lives we find ourselves only able to see shadows of our hardship, illness, disappointment and trouble and we can’t see much else because they block our view. This is because we don’t lift up our eyes any higher than the foothills of our troubles and we often forget that if we look above and beyond this darkness we’ll discover the sunlight above the mountain peaks of God’s promises to each of us. Sometimes our spiritual journey can get bogged down by all of this and we need to stop and lift our eyes to the mountains and discover where our help truly comes from.

So, where are you right now? Are you caught at the bottom of gloomy foothills and clouded in the shadow of their darkness? If you are, don’t despair, just keep moving upward and looking up and you will eventually discover the sunlit mountain peaks of His promises just beyond the darkness.

Next week will be part 6 of this series that will conclude it. Hope you will return to read the final part and hope you have enjoyed this series so far.

 


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