REFUGE

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Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your Savior, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.
Elizabeth Elliott

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No Excuse


For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Romans 1:20 NLT

Of you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, what is your excuse?

THE SWEET NAME OF JESUS


THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME (Bill Gaither / Gloria Gaither)

Bill Gaither

Also recorded by: Terry Bradshaw; The Cathedrals; Eddie DeGarmo; Downings; Craig Duncan & the Smoky Mountain Band; The Freemans; Gaither Vocal Band; Rev. Billy Graham; Derrick Jackson; Lakewood Church Choir & Orch.; Simplicity; Sonicflood; Gerard Wolfe.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There’s just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away
But there’s something about that name.

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Text: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899

Music: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899

Tune: CHRIST AROSE


Low in the grave he lay,

Jesus my Savior,

waiting the coming day,

Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever,

with his saints to reign.

 He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah!

Christ arose!

Vainly they watch his bed,

Jesus my Savior,

vainly they seal the dead,

Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever,

with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah!

Christ arose!

Death cannot keep its prey,

Jesus my Savior;

he tore the bars away,

Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;

with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;

he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever,

with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah!

Christ arose!

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Faithfulness


The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines the word faith as “belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust”.  It is by faith, by our firm belief that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins, that we are granted eternal salvation and a spiritual rebirth. Faith is the foundation of our life with God.

Is the fact that we have faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, enough to please our God? Does He have greater expectations of us? How do we keep up our belief in God every day, even when challenges of life come our way?

In Genesis 5:18-24, we are told of Enoch, a man who “walked with God”. In Hebrews 11: 5 we find Enoch again and learn that he was spared physical death because he “pleased God”. The facts we know about Enoch are few – he walked with God, he pleased God and God spared him physical death.

 If Enoch walked with God, then it would seem that He remained faithful and true to God regardless of the circumstances in his daily life. Is this not what God expects of us?

Do we put our faith in what God does for us or do we put our faith in who God is? True faithfulness is the resolute belief, steadfast trust that God is always who He says that He is regardless of what may be happening in our lives. He is dependable. We are told in 1 Corinthians 1:9 that God is faithful. Lamentations tells us that God’s compassions fail not and that they are new every morning and that His faithfulness is great. We are assured in Matthew 28:20 that God is with us always, even when we may not be aware of his presence. We can experience His faithfulness in His protection, in His mercy, in His love and it is revealed in all of His promises throughout Scripture.

There is no question that God is faithful to us but how do we show God our faithfulness? Is it not by our daily obedience, our daily loyalty, our firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray His teachings, and our determination to adhere to His teachings regardless of daily events in our lives?

Revelations 4:11, tells us that we were created to please God. Our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior is only the first step to us following our calling to please God. It is our ongoing faithfulness, our daily obedience, our constant walk with Him that fulfills our calling and pleases our God.

Verse of the Week

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”, for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:5-6

 Prayer

Oh Holy God, how we rejoice that you are a faithful God and that we can always count on you even when people might fail us. Help us to remain faithful in our walk with you. Even when the going is tough, help us to remain faithful in our belief in your faithfulness. May each of us strive daily to bring you pleasure.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen