We can have no victory if there is no war. The Holy Spirit gave me that thought as I was pondering today’s blog.
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Jesus as recorded in Mark 13:7
Three people in my circle of acquaintances have died in the last two days, Colorado is flooding, Japan’s typhoon is displacing 300,000 people , there’s a very serious war in Syria, and as I type this there is breaking news that there is a gunman in Washington D.C. Naval Yard, and the list goes on and on…
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Our country is in disarray. We have an inept leader, and our constitution is in peril. This quote takes on new meaning as we read it 200+ years later:
“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin Franklin, 1789
Today it takes faith to believe that…
The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage. You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD’s house for days without end. Psalm 23
PSALM OF HOPE
Today I arise with a Living Hope.
Today I believe that in all things I can cope.
The war I was fighting with God has ceased.
In this quiet chaos, Jesus has left me His peace.
And though I be at war with the flesh I’m still in,
My soul is secure anchored in heaven
By His blood and His cross.
My gain was His loss.
I live in His grace, and I dwell in His Word.
By faith I now walk with vision unblurred.
For His light is showing the path that I take.
When one walks in the Truth, let there be no mistake,
That God is alive and is at work in life,
Even in the midst of the suffering and strife.
Arm yourself with the knowledge that it is God’s way
To take you THROUGH the storm because HE’S not afraid.
So rest in trust of the loving Father,
Who will carry us through even the worst of what bothers.
And believe that there really is a better day,
For Christ’s has, is, and will lead the way.
Jesus, increase my faith and give me strength for whatever this day may hold. In Your name, Amen.