2 Samuel 22:3 NKJV – God the Rock

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.

Where does our help come from in times of need? Where can we place our trust? The answer to both of these questions is God. God is our Rock and we can rely on Him for absolute protection and salvation.

God the Rock is a refuge for His people. “In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” (Psalm 62:7 NKJV)

God the Rock is His people’s fortress. “But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.” (Psalm 94:22 NKJV)

God the Rock is His people’s security. “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2 NKJV)

And God the Rock is our deliverer. God is the only deliverer and deliverance reaches its climax in the saving work of Jesus Christ. God’s work of salvation is accomplished supremely through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through faith, the believer is able to share in all the saving benefits won by Jesus Christ through his obedience to God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 NKJV)

Friend, today’s message is short and simple. God is your strength and where you should place your trust. He is your shield and protector; your stronghold and safe refuge. He is your salvation who will keep you safe. But it requires you to see the need for Him. It requires you to make a choice. Do you want Him to be your strength or not? Scripture says, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV) Scripture also says, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13 NKJV) So how does this all come to be? What do I need to do to have God as my Rock? It starts with humble heart which recognizes and admits a need for a Savior and a simple prayer. It’s not the prayer that saves anyone or anything that you can do. It’s God’s gift to anyone who accepts His Son, Jesus, as their Lord and Savior. If you’ve chosen to seek God as your strength, your shield, your protector, your deliverer, and your Savior, pray this prayer.

Dear Lord, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I’ve come seeking Your mercy and grace. I desire You to be my Rock, my fortress, my strength, my shield, my protector, and my Savior. Forgive me, Lord. I’ve sinned against You. I come to You humbly and seek Your presence in my life. Forgive my sins and cleanse me today, Lord, by Your blood. Come into my life, Lord, today. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

You’ve made probably the most important decision of your life. You now will also be able to proclaim what the psalmist did. “The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.” Your life is secure by the promises of God and the blood of His Son, Jesus.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

 

Psalm 145:18 NKJV – Here “I Am”

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

God is omnipresent in that He transcends all limitations of space and is present in the fullness of His being in every place. Everywhere. God is present throughout heaven and earth. ““Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23-24 NKJV) So if we can agree to accept that God is everywhere and nothing is hidden from Him, then why do we sometimes think God is far away from our circumstance or what we are facing?

God gives us an access to Him. Yes, it’s a privilege and a generous gift to enter into His presence. We receive that gift when we make Him our Lord and Savior. His presence extends our time with Him while we are here on earth. His presence is the very essence of our intimate relationship with Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV) Under the old covenant, coming near to God was closely linked with the sacrificial system, but under the new covenant Jesus Christ’s sacrifice has given believers free access into God’s presence.

This intimate relationship I write about begins with prayer. Yes, prayer. Prayer is based on God’s love for believers. Through his grace, he gives them things which they do not deserve, while through his mercy he shields them from those things which they do deserve. God’s desire since the beginning of the ages was always to spend eternity with His creation. Only because of man’s fall to sin, did our relationship end with God. But God never changed His desire. His desire remains today; to spend eternity with us.

Prayer reflects a longing after God. “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV) When we long after God, we humble ourselves and submit our ways to His ways. Longing after God is defined as a deep desire for God, which Scripture often compares to hunger or thirst. And only Jesus Christ can truly satisfy this longing for God.

I think we don’t access God or even call upon Him before our circumstances become critical or when what we are facing becomes a crisis because our relationship with Him is not where it should be. I think that if our relationship with God was intimate and close, we would call upon Him knowing He is right with us. Dependence on God for help with spiritual and physical needs arises out of an awareness of human helplessness. We need to look at our dependency in God as if nothing else matters. We need to bring God into each and every circumstance, each and every decision, and each and every moment of our lives. If God is our focal point, then we will by faith call upon Him.

Friend, my point is this. God is near; very near to you. You cannot hide anything from Him and there is nothing that surprises Him. There is nothing you are facing that He cannot take care of. “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV) I don’t care if you need healing, deliverance, forgiveness, strength to endure, a financial miracle, or just know that you have someone who loves you. God is present in His fullness; His power; His glory. Call upon Him and have conversation with Him. That’s all prayer is. And when you talk to God, listen to Him. Yes, God will answer you. Through His Word, through revelation of the truth, or however else He decides. He created you and knows how to get your attention.

Dear Lord, thank You that You remain near to us. Thank You that You are not far away. Help us Lord to remember that when we come to You and pray to You, You will listen. Nothing is impossible for You, Lord. Forgive us when we place You in a small box and our faith is not what it should be. You are a great BIG God who answers great BIG prayers. I believe Lord, help my unbelief. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

1 Corinthians 2:9 The Message – God’s purpose will prevail

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it – what God has arranged for those who love Him.

I took this Scripture from “The Message” today because I like how it is stated. “No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this.” What’s being said here is that we can’t comprehend by our own physical senses what God has put together for those who love Him. This Scripture is based on Isaiah 64:4 which says, “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.”

God has always had a plan for His creation which He will certainly accomplish. We can be assured of that. It is carried out through His sovereign hand upon us, His control of all circumstances, and His choice and use of others He brings into our lives. And above all, in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. God’s purpose stands forever. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” (Psalm 33:11 NKJV)

God’s purpose is founded on His divine wisdom. “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:10-11 NKJV) God’s purpose is for His own glory. “But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16 NKJV)

And certainly, God’s ultimate purpose is to save and that salvation coming through His Son, Jesus so that we would be conformed to Him, being holy and blameless, becoming unified though God’s revealed wisdom. And yet we still cannot imagine the magnitude of what God has prepared for us as His will and purpose is established in us. The generosity of God is evident all around us. God bestows gracious gifts in salvation, in sanctification, and through His Holy Spirit. And the ultimate inheritance and gift given through our faith in Jesus Christ is heaven. Heaven is the secure inheritance, of priceless value, awaiting the redeemed. There, faithful service will be rewarded and the redeemed will be given resurrection bodies for service in the heavenly realm.

Friend, no eye has seen nor ear has heard nor any knowledge entered into the heart of man the things God has in store for those who believe on His Son, Jesus. And one day, we will celebrate the gift and the glory of Jesus Christ, Himself. Oh What a Savior!!!

Glorious God, thank You for the inheritance You have given to us. Thank You that through faith in Your Son, Jesus, Your plan is secure. Thank You for Your generous mercy and grace that gives us hope. Thank You that since the beginning of time You have loved us with an everlasting love and desired to spend eternity with us. Lead us to prayer, O God, to praise You, to thank You, to seek You, and to hear from You. May we daily set our eyes and ears upon You, our gracious and glorious Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Romans 5:8 NKJV – He’s always known us

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This Scripture highlights the special purpose and effectiveness that the Apostle Paul ascribes to Christ’s death. That is, Jesus died specifically for us who now believe and are justified through our faith, and Jesus’ death actually achieved for us the reconciliation needed and that we now have received. “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:15 NKJV) It is a beautiful and wondrous act of love. A love we cannot comprehend, but can accept through faith.

God’s grace and mercy are made known in Jesus Christ and are always unearned and unmerited. We deserve nothing, yet God gives us everything through faith in His Son, Jesus. Grace is God’s favor. We don’t deserve the favor of God. We deserve hell. But God so loved us—He placed such value on us—that while we were still His enemies, He sent Jesus to die for us so that we might have access to Him. With that access, we now can receive mercy for all our sins. It is this access that comes to us undeserved and unearned. It is this access that has allowed us to be forgiven, cleansed and made a new creation.

There is a reality that because of our sinful nature, we deserve death and the punishment of hell as a result. God gave us access to His Son, Jesus, and by believing in Him we can be forgiven. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10 NKJV)

Jesus Christ came to this earth to reveal God, to announce the coming of God’s kingdom and to redeem sinful man through Jesus’ death on the cross. The scope of Jesus’ mission includes the whole human race. And that includes you and me. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 NKJV) Jesus Christ is the Savior. There is nothing that you or I can do to earn eternal life. “But I’m a good person. I’m not like those criminals in prison. I give to charities all the time. I love my wife and kids. I never speak against anyone and I’d give my shirt off my back to anyone in need.” That’s great!!! But all of this won’t earn you eternal life in heaven with Jesus. There is only one way. The One way is Jesus. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV) Jesus Christ alone is the way of salvation. To imagine or proclaim that there are other ways is to mislead people and forget the need of His coming and our redemption. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NKJV)

Jesus Christ died for you and for me. He died so that we did not have to die in our sinful nature and end up in eternal darkness (Hell). Yes, hell is real. While He hung on the cross, He thought of you. He knew the plan He had established for your life and in that plan included coming to Him and seeking Him as your Savior. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We are all lost. We fall short of the glory of God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NKJV)

“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17 NKJV) Propitiation or Atonement is the satisfaction of the righteous demands of God in relation to human sin and its punishment through the sacrificial death of Jesus upon the cross, by which the penalty of sin is CANCELLED and the anger and wrath of God is averted. “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:9-10 NKJV)

Friend, do you want have assurance that your sins are forgiven. All of them. And that you will join Jesus in Heaven once you die from this earth and be with Him forever? You know, it’s a choice. I don’t know if you want to make that choice. I don’t know anything about you. But what I do know is that God loves you with an everlasting love and it has always been His desire to spend eternity with you in Heaven. You are His creation and He wants to live in and through you and wants to pour out His love and favor over you. Remember, there is nothing that you can do to entice God to do this. It’s a free gift. There’s nothing you can do that would cause God to not love you. His love is everlasting. God just wants you to call upon His name and receive His free gift of grace and mercy through faith in His Son, Jesus. Do you want to do that today? It’s easy. It begins with a prayer. A humble prayer. And prayer is just conversation with God. Prayer opens up your heart and allows God to enter in. Will you do that today? Remember, it’s not the words of the prayer that saves you. It’s faith in Jesus Christ and belief that He died for you so that you could have eternal life. Words don’t save, Jesus saves.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I’ve lived a life without You. I want to have eternal life and be with You in Heaven. I’m messed up, angry, addicted, confused, and critical. I’m told you have forgiveness for all of this. Please forgive me and cleanse me from all my sin. I’m seeking You Lord today and ask You to come into my life and change me. I am in need of a Savior. I believe that You died for me, Jesus and rose from the grave to defeat sin and death for me. Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice on my behalf. I give You my life and call You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

If you prayed this prayer humbly before God, congratulations. Welcome to God’s family! The next step is to tell someone at a local church about it. Talk to a Pastor and let him know you prayed for Jesus to be your Savior. Get plugged into a church that now will disciple you and teach you the truth in God’s Word. God bless you my friend. I hope to see you one day in Heaven.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Philippians 4:13 NKJV – Are you a fighter?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Sometimes we need to fight. Sometimes we need to push back and fight those things which come against us. Is it easy? No, it’s not. It’s not easy sometimes because we try to fight in our own strength. When the Apostle Paul said that he could do all things, he knew that through the power of Christ, he could face all circumstances with contentment.

We will face hardships. We will face circumstances that are overwhelming and impossible to fight on our own. Those overwhelming circumstances may include poverty, hunger or thirst, oppression, or sickness. But victory is assured against every hardship as Jesus Christ has already won through the cross and His resurrection.

Yet we forget. Even worse, we might not even have a relationship with Jesus Christ and have no idea that His strength is available to fight when we can no longer fight. As humans, there are things that get into our thought process that are flawed. We are not super-humans who are able to conquer all things that can hurt or harm us. But, yet, that is what we sometimes feel. We don’t want to bother anyone with our problems, so we try to deal with them alone. Even as believers, we forget where our strength lies. But thanks be to God, He is watching over us. He is near when we need Him. God’s power is shown in the life of Jesus Christ. “And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19 NKJV)

Friend, I don’t know if you are suffering or facing any circumstance whereby you need the power of God to get you through. What I do know is God is faithful and His promises are available to us to grab a hold of and believe. The Apostle Paul knew where his strength came from. God’s infinite power was given to His Son, Jesus Christ. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 NKJV) And God’s creative power is exercised through Jesus Christ. “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6 NKJV) All we need to do is look up to God’s creative and infinite power in the name of Jesus. We all will face these things. We all will need God’s power to overcome. The bible says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 NKJV) Accessing the strength and power to overcome starts with prayer. It starts with humble prayer seeking the Creator of all things and His infinite power. My question to you friend is, are you a fighter? We need to latch on to the power of God and fight. God is our strength and He will bring us victory. Let’s fight for God’s glory.

Precious and glorious God, thank You for being our strength. Thank You for Your power to overcome everything we face. Help us God to look upon you for our strength and forgive us when we think our strength is sufficient. With You God all things are possible. With You God we are more than conquerors. With You God we have victory. For Your glory and honor, in Jesus Name. AMEN

Friend, if you don’t know the power to overcome circumstances through Jesus Christ because you don’t have a personal relationship with Him as your Lord and Savior, you can change that. Yes, today, you can come into the redemptive power and strength of Jesus Christ. It also, starts with a humble prayer. God gave His Son, Jesus, to die for the sins of humanity so that we all can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Yes, there is a Heaven. But also, there is a hell. Jesus gives life through His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary and His subsequent resurrection. He died and defeated sin and death once and for all. Yes, for you as well. All you need to do is humbly go to God in prayer. We are all sinners and unable to save ourselves. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NKJV) Jesus died so that we all can have an eternal home with Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

If you want to make the choice to accept Jesus as your Savior and have access to His infinite power to overcome all things through Him, all you need to do is pray. It’s not the words of the prayer that saves you, it’s all about your heart. Submit your heart to Jesus and He will save you from eternal death and bring you into eternal life. Pray this prayer with me.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I face so many things that overwhelm me and I can’t seem to get past them. I need You, Jesus, to be my strength. I submit my life into Your hands and ask You to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Forgive my sins, Jesus, and cleanse me by Your blood. Thank You Jesus for Your death and resurrection that defeated my sin and gave me eternal life in Your name. For Your glory and honor. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

If you prayed this prayer and humbly submitted your life to Jesus, tell someone about it. Contact a church in your area and speak with a pastor. Let them know that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior. Then let God’s Word and His power set you free.

Don’t believe me believe God!