Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask mee anything in my name, I will do it.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.
Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
1 I love you, O Lord, my strength!
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved
Our hearth to God, our lives to Father God, our soul a Temple for the Holy Spirit.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
That your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
1 Samuel 16:7
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
And they prayed, "Lord, You know everyone's heart."
Someone I love had the gall to say My Grandmother Anita, because she was poor, was very unblessed by the God she devotedly loved. And I was stung and replied, "She is the most blessed person I know, being filled with God's Joy all the time." She is unblessed. And I said, "Then perhaps, with her joy, you will see she is Blessed to not know she is unblessed." And with that there was agreement and the conversation ended.
The truth is if you go to Louisiana's Rural Museum you will see Grandmother Anita's 2nd great-grandmother's log house there. Very small. Nancy Lampton's home. Hand hewn logs. Grandmother knew about having an income and making due. She fed about 25 people lunch from their frame 2 bedroom house during the Depression. She was having a massive Colonial built when my grandfather Ray died. She had a teaching degree from when most women didn't have a college degree. Her life proved it's not what you own, it's what you do with your day to please God, bless others and bless yourself. She made the most with what was at hand and did well. With great joy. Wearing her wedding band for 52 years after Ray passed on.
Grandmother knew about having God as her refuge and fortress. And she knew anxiety and great prayer. Using anxiety to become a prayer warrior.
Grandmother never surfed. She Charleston-ed. But she'd fully understand riding the waves life gives you to learn, cope, hope, pray, sing and savor.
Going the path and the journey God gives you, doing His Call. Pleasing Him. Being Sincere. Telling the truth. Trusting God. Telling others. Praying the prayer even when that is rusty looking. Her son came to know Jesus when he was in his 70s. She surely saw with faith a faith journey for him - he didn't even like Christians.
When do we know that Christians are enjoyed by those in Heaven? News travels to Heaven?
6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
And in this way, we knew Grandmother Anita danced in Heaven.
Grandmother passed on to Heaven in 1992. We were singing about Jesus as she went.
I had a minor dream of my Grandmother Anita in 2013. I knew we had connected it just wasn't a full blown go to Heaven amazing wonder of God Dream. A visit if you will - a visitation. Grandmother Anita was glad for us to visit and the swirl of events and distance and years was only and again - a hand clasp. I was very, very glad to see her. She nodded and said, "It's pretty easy, you know this. Please the Lord each day. Just be in contact with Him. Pray. Do what's right, this will work out. You can do this."
And the message was simple. The affection sincere and real and as always. And with the simple message and the hand clasp, she continued in her continual Joy in Loving Jesus.
When the wild winds of life howl past - our fortress is You. And even in peace or in anxiety we can lay claim to Your Love and Care. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who reverence Him.
You, our God is Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His Holy Habitation.
We Have one Father, who is in Heaven. And in Jesus we can boldly have access to Jesus, our High Priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.
Because of the Jesus' Love let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! All who have this hope in Abba purify themselves, just as He is pure. For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
In This Good News of His Spirit we lift up those we love to Jesus. Our cares. The Communities, culture, work places, neighborhoods, states and Nation. All those around the world praying for His Love to place more Heaven on earth in His Love. We do expect this of Jesus together. And have joy.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
Amen in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †