"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love." ~John 15:10 (New American Standard Bible)
God's love for us is not about keeping the rules, but loving submitting to His love, so His instructions are an honor to follow. We cannot abide in Him without the work of the Holy Spirit in us... it is a life of continual submitting, and knowing that it is when we are weak, we can be our strongest in faith and actions toward God's will in our life.
God not only showed up, He carried me every single day. My obedience to His urgings filled my days with joy and hope – despite all the challenges I went through. It is His Word that gets me through, gets me started and keeps me going.
God is the God of miracles - those we see and those we do not know were accomplished.
The biggest miracle we can experience, is forgiveness.... Forgiveness is a BIG part of healing, emotionally, spiritually and physically. We have to be willing to let go of what we knew, and hold on to what we know as a child of God. It has been a long journey, but I have let go of the times that I once thought to define me. But now I know that it is my relationship with my Creator, Redeemer and the power and work of the Holy Spirit in my life.
You know, this life is not what I had envisioned in many ways, but it is much greater than I ever could have expected...
PSALM 18 (LEB)
Praise to God for His Deliverance
"For the music director.
1 Of David, the servant of Yahweh, who spoke to Yahweh the words of this song when Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.1 And he said:“I love you, O Yahweh, my strength.”2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,my God, my rock in whom I have taken refuge,my shield and the horn of my deliverance, my stronghold.3 I called upon Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised,and I was saved from my enemies.4 The ropes of death encircled me,and streams of ruin overwhelmed me.5 The ropes of Sheol surrounded me;the snares of death confronted me.6 In my trouble I called on Yahweh,and to my God I cried for help. He heard my voice from his temple,and my cry for help came up before his presence into his ears.7 Then the earth shook and quaked,and the foundations of the mountains trembled,and they staggered because he was angry.8 Smoke went forth from his nose,and fire from his mouth consumed.Burning coals blazed from him. 9 So he bowed the heavens and came down with a thick cloud under his feet.10 And he mounted a cherub and flew,and he swooped down on wings of wind.11 He made darkness his hiding place;all about him his covering was a darkness of waters, thick clouds.12 From the brightness before him his clouds passed over with hail and coals of fire.13 And Yahweh thundered from the heavens,and the Most High uttered his voice with hail and coals of fire.14 And he shot his arrows and scattered them,and many lightning bolts and routed them.15 Then the channels of the sea became visible,and the foundations of the world were uncoveredby your rebuke, O Yahweh,by the blast of the wind of your nose.16 He reached from on high; he seized me.He drew me from many waters.17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,and from those who hated mebecause they were stronger than I.18 They confronted me on the day of disaster,but Yahweh was my support.19 So he brought me out to a spacious place.He delivered me because he delighted in me.20 Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness;According to the cleanness of my handshe has repaid me.21 Because I have kept the ways of Yahweh,and have not acted wickedly against my God,22 because all his ordinances are before me,and his statutes I have not removed from me,23 and I was blameless before him,and I kept myself from my guilt.24 Therefore Yahweh has repaid me according to my righteousness,according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 25 To the loyal you show yourself loyal.To the blameless you show yourself blameless. 26 To the pure you show yourself pure.but to the wicked you show yourself shrewd. 27 For you deliver humble people,but haughty eyes you humiliate. 28 For you light my lamp;Yahweh, my God, lights up my darkness. 29 For with you I can charge a troop,and with my God I can scale a wall. 30 This God—his way is blameless. The word of Yahweh is flawless.He is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God apart from Yahweh,and who is a rock except our God? 32 The God who girded me with strength,and made safe my way, 33 He made my feet like the deer’s,and on my high places he makes me stand. 34 He trains my hands for war,so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.35 You also gave me the shield of your salvation,and your right hand supported me,and your humility made me great.36 You enlarged my step under me,and my ankles did not slip. 37 I chased my enemies and overtook them;I did not turn back until they were finished off. 38 I struck them and they were not able to stand up;they fell under my feet. 39 And you girded me with strength for the battle;those rising against me you made to kneel under me. 40 And you made my enemies turn their backs,then I destroyed those who hated me. 41 They cried out but there was no rescuer,even to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.42 And I ground them like dust in the wind,I emptied them out like mud of the streets. 43 You rescued me from strife with people;you set me as head (over) nations. People I did not know served me;44 as soon as they heard, they obeyed me. The children of a foreign land feigned obedience before me. 45 The children of a foreign land lost heart,and they came trembling from their strongholds.46 Yahweh lives, and blessed be my rock,and may the God of my salvation be exalted—47 the God who executed vengeance for me,and subdued peoples under me,48 who delivered me from my enemies.Indeed, you exalted me higher than those who rose against me.You delivered me from the man of violence. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, O Yahweh,and I will sing the praise of your name: 50 the one who makes great victories for his king,and who shows loyal love for his anointed,to David and to his descendants forever."God is so much greater than our expectations or assumptions. Whatever you think... rethink, know, God is greater, God doesn't think or respond like me or (fill in the blank of someone you know)... He loves you so much.
© 2015 Giving Thanks Daily