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God Restores Our Soul

God’s pleasure is caring for His sheep. He does this by the Holy Spirit, which He has given to all His children in order that we may live. Through His nurturing spirit, He restores our soul.

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

(Psalms 23:3-4)

No trial is too great and no tribulation is too strong that it would hold back God’s hand from our lives. His love for us is greater. Things can change in a moment; therefore, brothers and sisters, let God’s love flow through us as a testimony to those who are lost.

God will never abandon us. He will never forsake us. Our joy comes from knowing we have His love to comfort us. He will replenish the light in our eyes and apportion strength to our bones so that we can overcome daily the ruthless attacks delivered by the evil one.

The Lord God is our hope and our salvation. Through His Son Jesus, we have life. His mercy never fails.

All glory belongs to our God. Praise Him from the mountains. Praise Him from the hills. Praise Him from the countryside. Praise Him from the ocean. Bless Him and praise Him always. His love endures forever.

God restores our soul!

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Do Not Be Anxious

Jesus commanded us not to be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Today’s trouble is enough for our mind to resolve, for God will provide us with the strength to overcome whatever ails us. Daily we are to look to God for guidance.

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34)

We should not worry about the coming days. We should meditate on the present moment as if it were our last. Whatever may be stealing our thoughts is seldom important. Whatever we need is seldom in our thoughts.

If we come to rely on God for all things, He will provide for our needs. We ought not to worry, as worrying brings anxiety. What is anxiety? To fear is to be anxious and not trust God. Trust God and he will relieve the anxiety.

During these troubled days, we have even more reason to give of our hearts to the Lord our God. He promised to look after us and provide for us. There should be no doubt of His awesome and majestic power.

If God could create the universe and everything in it, is our trouble greater that even He could not solve it?

God is beyond the impossible. Do not be anxious.

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord in all you do, and He will bless you without restraint. His goodness is great, His mercy is sure, and He will give you of His abundance so that you can live according to His will.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

(Proverbs 3:5-8)

The Lord is good in all of His ways. He discerns the spirit, gives to the humble and calls the lost into the fold. He gives wisdom to His shepherds and His judgments are righteous. All good things come from the Lord.

Give heed to the Lord’s wonderful spirit. Trust in all that He does. He will look after us. He will take care of us. There is no need to worry with the Lord on our side. He will fight our battles and win.

All glory belongs to the Lord our God. His power is from everlasting to everlasting. Let us give of our hearts to Him and He will richly reward us with joy, peace and grace. No one can come between our God and us, therefore trust in the Lord.

[Note: It is with heartfelt sadness that I announce James Chance of JCSouthwest blog has passed away. For those who have not known him, he was committed to spreading the gospel to the elect, providing the hope to those wanting to draw near to Christ. Please keep his family and the memory of him in your prayers.]
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Do Good Without Ceasing

Let us be humble in all our dealings, never taking credit for what others have done but giving credit to the one owed. For as long as we do good, our reward in heaven will never fade; whatever we bind here, God will bind in heaven.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

Our trust is in the Lord. He knows what is good and beneficial for us as we move toward becoming like Him. When we do good, we are His to do as He pleases. He is the one who will receive the glory and He is the one who will give us the reward.

Let us not grow exhausted of doing good. Our joy comes from doing God’s will as Jesus had done when He gave Himself for us. Could we give more than Christ had given? Our will should be God’s will, for that is how we grow to become like Him.

Finally, brethren, do not hold back God’s spirit from performing a good work with your hands. He will surely bless you for allowing Him to use you in every way He could use you. He is not one to show favoritism to gain advantage. Therefore, do good without ceasing.

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The Lord Will Provide

When all hope is lost is when the Lord will provide the most. He will lift us from calamity. He will lead us away from strife. He will cover us with His power so that we do not need to be anxious in the day of persecution. He will protect us.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.

(Jeremiah 17:7-8)

No evil in the world can overcome the Lord. He is good and faithful to His word. He will not let the guilty go unpunished. His judgments are sure, right and just. No one is like the Lord, for His mercies will never fail. His blessings for our lives are provisions for our souls.

Let us not be anxious for all the things that may ail us. We have the Lord’s steadfast love to comfort us. We have His faithfulness as an assurance toward the promises to come. No one can come between the Lord our God and us.

In all things, therefore, let us give thanks to the Lord our God; He is good. He will give of what He has and will raise us back to our feet. No matter how painful a trial we face, He will not allow us to stumble.

The Lord will provide.

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Shout for Joy in the Lord

Give praise to God for He is good. He will rescue us from plague. He will deliver us from disease. He will remove us from the presence of illness. Praise the Lord with a joyful shout. Praise His name in all the world.

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

(Psalms 33:1-3)

Our happiness is in the Lord. He has saved us from the penalty of sin. He has freely given us life through His son Jesus’ death on the cross. Our life is His and we are His. All glory belongs to God for His love for us lasts forever.

Let us raise our voices in a joyful shout. Praise God for His protection on our lives. Worship Him from border to border. Give ear to His Word, for it is good and glorifies Him in all things. He gives mercy to the merciful and gives life to the believer.

Lift your hands to the Lord our God, for He is good. He is faithful to His promises and will give peace to us in our time of need. He will always draw near to us. He will never forsake us. His love for us will never fail.

Shout for joy in the Lord!

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Turn to God for Help

Let us pray to the Lord our God for help. He is readily listening for our words. He wants to know us, and He wants us to trust in Him. Through Him, we are safe. Through Him, we will not perish.

Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.

(Isaiah 45:22-23)

From the first breath we took, God was there. He watches over us, making sure we will not stumble and fall. His angels surround us, protecting us in all that we do. We should not fear to have God the Father rescue us. He gave His son Jesus so that we might live.

Let us praise God for He is good. He loves us, guides us and takes care of us in our time of need. Let us praise Him for all His generous gifts. He blesses us with peace, gives us security and leads us through trial, when we need Him the most.

Let us give of our worship to the great and only God. For whatever we are suffering, He will give us rest. His love for us will never grow cold, for His love never fails. He will always look after us, and He will always be there for us.

Turn to God for help.