YOU’RE NOT ALONE

walk-with-christWhen you place your faith in Christ, Christ places his Spirit before, behind, and within you. Not a strange spirit, but the same Spirit: the parakletos. Everything Jesus did for his followers, his Spirit does for you. Jesus taught; the Spirit teaches. Jesus healed; the Spirit heals. Jesus comforted; his Spirit comforts. As Jesus sends you into new seasons, he sends his counselor to go with you.

God treats you the way one mother treated her young son, Timmy. She didn’t like the thought of Timmy walking to his first-grade class unaccompanied. But he was too grown-up to be seen with his mother. “Besides,” he explained, “I can walk with a friend.” So she did her best to stay calm, quoting the Twenty-third Psalm to him every morning: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

One school day she came up with an idea. She asked a neighbor to follow Timmy to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, lest he notice her. The neighbor was happy to oblige. She took her toddler on morning walks anyway.

After several days Timmy’s friend noticed the lady and the child.

Do you know who that woman is who follows us to school?”

Timmy answered. “That’s Shirley Goodnest and her daughter Marcy.”

Who?”

My mom reads about them every day in the Twenty-third Psalm. She says, Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life. Guess I’ll have to get used to them.”

You will too. God never sends you out alone. Are you on the eve of change? Do you find yourself looking into a new chapter? Is the foliage of your world showing signs of a new season? Heaven’s message for you is clear: when everything else changes, God presence never does. You journey in the company of the Holy Spirit, who “will teach you and will remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:26 (NLT).

By Max Lucado
Used by permission

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LORD YOU ARE GOOD AND YOUR MERCY FOREVER ENDURE BY DON MOEN

don moen imageClick on this link to listen to this song ~ LORD YOU ARE GOOD

Where would I be
If You had not been by my side
How could I rise to meet
The morning of the day

Your tender mercy
Always calling from behind
At times I could not see You
Even though You were close by

And Lord You are good
You are Good
And Your mercy forever endures
Lord You are good
You are good
And Your mercy forever endures

Where would I be
If You had not been by my side
How could I rise to meet
The morning of the day

Your tender mercy
Always calling from behind
At times I could not see You
Even though You were close by

And Lord You are good
You are Good
And Your mercy forever endures
O Lord You are good
You are good
And Your mercy forever endures

Help me to see Your loving kindness
Help me to see You as You are
Help me to see Your loving kindness
Help me to see You as You are
As You really, really are

O Lord You are good
You are Good
And Your mercy forever endures
O Lord You are good
You are good
And Your mercy forever endures

O Lord You are good
You are Good
And Your mercy forever endures
O Lord You are good
You are good

And Your mercy forever endures
And Your mercy forever endures
And Your mercy forever endures

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Sung by praise, worship leader, singer,
and songwriter Don Moen
Directly licensed
for internet public performance

Psalm 100:5
The LORD is good. His mercy endures forever.
His faithfulness endures
throughout every generation.

HOW LONG LORD?

How long must I wait Lord?

How long must I wait Lord?


Do you get impatient with God’s timing?

David repeatedly charged God with delay and cried out, “How long must your servant wait?” (Psalms 119:84). Mary and Martha also accused Jesus of being too slow. “Jesus, if You had come as soon as we called, our brother would not have died.” Jesus loved them, and He was not negligent. He knew His timing, and He was awaiting the time when He could show them greater power, greater glory, and a greater revelation of Himself as the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). He knew that He had something better for them.
Why could God be delaying? He knows what He will do for His people who will wait for Him. When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember Ishmael! The world is still suffering the warring consequences of Abraham’s failure to wait on God (Genesis 16:12b, 25:18b). Isaiah said, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).

Waiting on God will test the perseverance of our prayers. Habakkuk 3 is one of the classic revival passages in the Bible. Habakkuk prayed, “LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:1-2). He was in awe of the amazing things God had done in the past, but “God, do it again! Show us Your power as You have done before!” Habakkuk had revival vision; he was certain that the Holy One was coming to fulfill His everlasting purposes.

First, however, He may hide His awesome power (Habakkuk. 3:3-6), and in the meantime, there might be pestilence and plague. But Habakkuk was sure that God had marched forth before in salvation for His people and vengeance on His enemies (Habakkuk. 3:8-15), and he appealed to God to remember mercy and send His redemptive work.

Two Scriptural examples of people who did not wait on God give us lessons on the disastrous consequences of not waiting. God took the kingdom from Saul because of his impatience (1 Samuel 13:8-14). When God’s people forgot Him and did not wait for His counsel, He sent upon them wasting disease or leanness of soul (Psalms 106:13,15).

You are probably all too painfully aware of times when you did not seek God’s counsel and ran ahead of Him. Repent of these, and ask God’s forgiveness. Ask Him for “fatness” of soul in your life with Him. Ask Him to encourage you when you are impatient with waiting for the answer to prayer that you have desired the longest.
Ask Him to give you grace to keep your hope fixed in the God-of-the-impossible.