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Don’t Forget God’s Benefits

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”      Psalm 103:2

King David wrote Psalm 103 and he knew that we have a tendency to forget all that the Lord has done for us. Psalm 103 is really a list of God’s works of good will towards us. 

Why is it that we forget so quickly?  What was one significant work of the Lord in your early days as a new Christian that you will someday tell your child about?

In the book of Joshua, we read about how Israel took possession of the Promised Land. God had accomplished a tremendous miracle for Joshua and the Israelites in bringing them across the Jordan River on dry ground. In Joshua 4, God instructed Joshua to take twelve men one from every tribe and twelve stones and God had them build two alters of stone. One man from each tribe was to take a stone on his shoulder as a keepsake.

He didn’t want them to forget about this miracle the next time they faced an enemy or a challenge. It must have been an exciting time in Israel’s history. Now they were finally home in the land God promised their forefather Abraham. The stones were meant to be a sign for the people as well as for the next generation. “When your kids ask you about the stones, Joshua, tell them what I have done for you. Help them learn to trust Me, that I am willing and able to part rivers for them. When they don’t know what to do, when they feel trapped, they can look upon these stones and trust in Me.”

In the Lord, our lives are never dull. God always finds new ways to encourage us to trust Him and these experiences create a testimony we can pass down to our kids and grandkids.

What items do you have around the house that you would enjoy handing down to the next generation?  Parents, are you talking to your kids about all the “God things” the Lord is doing in your lives?

The fathers in Joshua’s day would be able to tell their children “Up to this point, our God has been there for us, He has helped us.”  Why is this important for us today? Because so often we think our marriage is failing, we are going to lose our job, or our country is going down the drain and everything looks bleak. Who will be there to help us, to fight for us?

It’s times like these that we need to raise up our twelve stones to remind us that, even though our journey through life is difficult, and we don’t know if we can make it, God has been there all along and will be our help and strength. The path of our very lives is paved with God’s help!

Chuck Smith writes, “The consistent help of the Lord in the past stands as a monument to the faithfulness of God to see me through.” I would rather choose to put my eyes on the stones of my past than on my present circumstances.

Yours In Christ,

Pastor Bob

 

God of Promises

“For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but my kindness shall not leave you. My promise of peace for you will never be broken, says the Lord who has mercy upon you.”  Isaiah 54:10


When we choose to put our eyes on our problems instead of trusting in what God has promised, we become discontent and fearful. But God has revealed Himself as the God of promises.

Do you have great needs or are you discontented because you don’t have what you want? Do you need protection? Take a look at some of God’s promises for you today.


Genesis 28:15 - “What's more, I am with you, and will protect you wherever you go.”

Psalm 4:8 “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for though I am alone, O Lord, you will keep me safe.”

Proverbs 1:33 "But all who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid."

Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

Deuteronomy 33:12 "The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long."


Let me ask you today, are you lonely? If so, here are some of God’s promises just for you.


Hebrews 13:5 "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you."

Proverbs 18:24 "There are "friends" who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

Psalm 16:8 "I am always thinking of the Lord; and because He is so near, I never need to stumble or to fall."

Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you, 0 my people, with an everlasting love; with loving-kindness I have drawn you to me.”


Are your circumstances making you unhappy? What are some of God’s promises for the unhappy times in our lives?


Psalm 126:5 "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."

Psalm 33:21 "Our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name."

Habakkuk 3:18 "I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

John 16:22 "Jesus said: I will see you again and then you will rejoice and no one can rob you of that joy."

Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds."

John 15:11 "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

Isaiah 12:3 "The Lord said, Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation."

Psalm 40:3 "The Lord has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things He did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in Him."


Learn to rely on God’s promises and Christ’s power to help you be content. He will supply all your needs, but in a way that he knows is best for you.

 

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

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