There is no other place I’d rather be than in the presence of the Lord. Where the Lord abides, there is safety. His peace fills the atmosphere. God is all powerful and those that abide in Him are safe. Jesus said, 2“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” The Bible leads us to following Jesus. He is then our Shepherd to watch over us. With God in our lives, we are safe from the evils of this world and temptation. People that try to lead us into dark paths have no power over us, for the Lord is near. Because God is with us, we can easily detect their wicked ways from God’s righteousness. It isn’t in our hearts to defile our lives with sin but live in His holiness. David taught, 1“he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” We aren’t just under the watchful eye of God but in His very shadow. 2He is with those that love Him, by word and deed. Everyone that puts their trust in God are free from the power of sin. They are led by the Spirit and not of the world. It is better to learn from God Himself than trust in our own knowledge. David was one of these men that put his hope in God. He said, 1“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” He is a great example of how to live our lives.
David was a great example of a man seeking after God’s own heart. But what if you could also live your faith out and be like David? Sure, people in scripture do help us know how to live for Christ, through their example, but what if your faith could do the same thing? God does desire each of us to live for Him also. The people that lived before us did not live uprightly to lift themselves up. To God be all the glory. Why is this? Because through their example, others also can experience the goodness of God. His love can also be felt. What a marvelous thing to see people shining a light for others to see. Through their good examples, people are coming to Jesus. If you had God in your life, you’d do the same thing. An awesome part of following Jesus is that we have a path that leads to happiness. God gives 1“his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” And this is all 1“because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation.” When you decide to live for God, His blessings are poured down from the heavens. Imaging the fullness of joy that could be in your life, if you simply decide to repent and come to Jesus. Confession can take you there. If you put your trust in the Lord, He will deliver you from all your sins. And 2“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Let us pray:
Lord, I pray for anyone that has not committed to follow You. If their faith is wavering, will You come to them and pierce their hearts, this day. Even this very hour, help them realize the danger they are in. If they are not being led by the Spirt than destruction is in their path. Lord, give them desires to come back to You. Help them truly seek You with their whole heart. I know how it is to not be all in. When my faith is lacking, I easily give into temptation and sin. My faith is not strong enough to resist temptation. It is only by following You, Lord, that helps. Continuing to read the Bible, helps me stay on the right path. Your words strengthen me. Prayer just tops it off. Thank You Lord for giving me direction. It is truly Your teachings that have led me to live uprightly. Scripture and prayer has led me to repentance and confession. Thank You for Your forgiveness and mercy. I am forever grateful. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 91 (KJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
2John 8:31-36 (KJV)
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
31 John 3:18-24 (KJV)
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.