1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 100 - A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
'O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me, Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. O Lord my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands, If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or have plundered my enemy without cause, Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah Arise, O Lord , in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded! So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high. The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord , according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me. Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown. I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.' Psalms 7:1-17
A NAME is a word, by which a person, animal, place or thing is known, addressed, or referred to. (Dictionary)
You see, in biblical times a NAME was what you were called and it’s significance was important to the parents. Your destiny was linked to your name.
A name is important, especially the NAME of Jesus. His NAME is above ALL NAMES and one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.
The NAME Jesus is derived from the Hebrew name Yeshua/Y'shua, which is based on the Semitic root y-š-ʕ (Hebrew: ישע), meaning "to deliver; to rescue."
A good NAME is to be chosen, rather than great riches and favor is better than silver of gold.
Proverbs 22:1 ESV
Abram was given a NEW NAME Abraham. A Father to the nations. He looked upon the stars and was shown how he would have many descendants more than the stars.
Many times God gives a person a new NAME and that person may manifest what the meaning is years later. We must walk by faith and believe who God called us to be. His promises are yes and amen and he is a God that doesn’t lie.
Circumstances may happen in ones life and one may even NAME themself and change their own NAME.
Naomi (you can read the story in the Book Of Ruth) was a woman that endured hardships of death of her husband and sons. She became bitter and she renamed herself “Mara” which meant bitter. A NAME can have an encouraging meaning behind it it or a negative one. So it’s important to really pray for a name that would bring life to that person when naming your brand new baby. If your NAME doesn’t bring life to you, pray and ask the Lord for a NEW NAME that would uplift you and draw near to God.
The ark of the covenant was carried from place to place. The ark represented the glory of God.
Phinena’s wife was pregnant and near the time of delivery, when she heard the news about the ark had been captured. Her husband and father in law had died and she was in much grief and went into labor. She birthed a son and her midwife told her not despair. She was unable to talk except to say “Ichabod” was his NAME. The NAME meant “the glory has departed.”
God’s name is SO important that the 3rd commandment was given in Exodus 20:9 “ Do not take the name of the Lord God in vain”
His NAME is to be revered and holy. Jesus prayed the “Lord’s prayer and taught the disciples how to honor the Father and “hallow be your name”
The one who has ears to hear from the Spirit of God has their NAME changed to “One who is Victorious”
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. “To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new NAME written in it, known only to the one who receives it.
Revelation 2:17 NIV
For all the mothers who have lost a baby through miscarriage or abortion, I want to encourage you that your baby is in heaven in the arms of Jesus. I encourage you to NAME your baby whether you know the gender or not. One day you will be reunited in heaven if you know the Lord.
I invite you to pray and agree with me this prayer as you speak it out loud and believe it in you heart!
Prayer: Jesus I call upon your NAME today to save me, heal me and deliver me from my past mistakes. Forgive me for cursing your name and not blessing your name. Your NAME is holy and I let go of all my sin and give them to you for you died on the cross for my sin. I forgive others as you forgave me and I ask you to come into my heart now and help me to live for you. I ask for a NEW name and for my baby that is in heaven.
I receive LIFE from you Jesus and hope of a new tomorrow.
Jesus your NAME is above all names and I praise your name forever. Amen.
I was reminded of one of the movies my kids watched in their youth “Aladdin” and how the princess was pondering in her heart about a new world. What would it be like? She dreamed of what kind of life she would have and then a prince showed up to sing to her.
These are the lyrics from the song.
(I don’t own the rights to these lyrics)
I can show you the world. Shining, Shimmering splendid.Tell me princess, When did you last let your heart decide?
I can open your eyes, Take you wonder by wonder over sideways and under on a manic carpet ride.
A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no or where to go or say we’re only dreaming.
A whole new world, a dazzling place, I never knew, But when I’m way up here. It’s crystal clear, that now I’m in a whole new world with you. Unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling, soaring, trembling, free wheeling. Through an endless diamond sky.
A whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes) A hundred thousand things to see.
I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far, I can’t go back to where I used to be. A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no or where to go or say we’re only dreaming. A whole new world, every turn a surprise. With new horizons to pursue. Every moment red letter. I’ll chase them anywhere there’s a time to spare and then we’re home. Let me share the whole new world with you. A whole new world, that’s where will be. A thrilling chase for you and me.
Of course we all know this is a fairytale of a story of a princess wanting a new life, looking for happiness and love by living outside the palace walls. She feels trapped and alone that there is no hope until Aladdin rescues her.
As a believer in Jesus, the Bible says that he will rescue you as you call upon the name of Jesus. You never have to feel alone for he will never leave you or forsake you. When you come to Christ, your home is forever with Jesus in heaven.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives and we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior.
Philippians 3:20 NLT
So when you place your life in the Lord’s hands your citizenship is in a whole new world that is above for eternity.
Your life is like a “mist” appearing on this earth for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
When anyone is in Christ it is a whole new world. The old thing is gone, suddenly everything is new. 2Corinthians 5:27 ERV
Our perspective changes and we begin to see things with our spiritual eyes. By placing our trust and hope in the Lord. The earth is a temporary home. Despite the trials and tribulations, one must face knowing that the end result is heaven, where I will abide for eternity. The trials of this life and the sufferings can make us stronger if we turn to the Lord. He will help us through the pain and knowing that he will work all things out for the good.
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Philippians 1:29-30 NIV
The thing with the world’s ways is that it offers a wrong sense of security, hope and disappointments.
The pleasures of the world are temporary but the gift of God is eternal life.
Nothing last forever EXCEPT
The flowers fade and the grass withers but the Word of God is forever. Isaiah 40:8
Prayer: God deliver me from being attached to the world and it’s ways. I surrender to you and I want to live for you all the days of my life. I want to know a whole new world in you and to live and breathe and have my being in you alone! Help me to set my affections on the things that are above and to hold the things of this world loosely in my hands!
I pray this in Jesus name. Amen
I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved.
What does it mean to set something?
Set means to put, lay, or stand (something) in a specified place or position.
A jeweler sets a diamond inside of a setting of a ring. A woman is having a fancy dinner and sets her table with her fine china.
So how would one “Set the Lord”
Before me? I believe this is a saying that I am purposing in my heart to have the Lord take place in my life, that he has priority.
Th e next portion of the psalm states “my right hand” . What is it about the right hand? Many people are right hand dominant, does that mean people that write right handed are more important?
I don’t think so, but it is a metaphor as the omnipotence of God. In the Bible there are many scriptures about “right hand”.
I believe it’s a symbol of a special place of honor.
In the Book Divinity code to understanding your dreams and visions, the Right means strength, faith, spirit, blessed, or righteous direction, mouth, preferred, preeminence, above, before, double portion, authority.
There are many scriptures that state the right hand being more dominant.
Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed, he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
John 21:6 He said to them” Throw the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some”
Hebrews 12:2 We know that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God.
Matthew 26:33 He will set the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
Judges 7:20 They held the shofar in the right hand.
Proverbs 27:15-16 oil is grasped in the right hand.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 the heart of the wise inclines to the right.
The last part of the Psalm “will not be moved” .
If we are walking closely with the Lord we only want to be moved by him. His ways, His thoughts, His actions etc..
His ways are higher than our ways so by seeking the Lord and setting our hearts before him, we will be moved by his ways alone. To be moved means to go forward, to progress. So when we are moved by the Lord we can move forward In his timing and way.
When we have assurance in HIM say in a situation where we are praying for healing for someone and we are standing on the word that says, we are healed. We Weill not be moved by what it may look like but stand fast upon the word that was received in faith and not be moved by circumstances!
Prayer: Father God, I set my affections on things that are above and I say you are on the throne and I will not be moved by my situation or circumstances. I draw near to you today to guide me and lead me. Jesus you are at the right hand of the Father always praying for me and I thank you that you do not slumber or sleep. I praise you and thank you for loving me and that you always have my best interest at heart!
In Jesus name, Amen
When I think of courage, the word confidence comes to mind. These words coincide with one another.
This definition of courage says it all, “Strength in the face of pain or grief”. One thinks of a woman in childbirth that is in tremendous pain,but has the courage to keep passing through the birthing process. A woman may face the death of her husband and be greatly grieved, but know she must have courage to keep going to care for her children.
The word “Courageous” is used six times in the KJV Bible.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage. Be not afraid,neither be dismayed,for the Lord they God is with us wherever I go”
Joshua knew that if the Lord was with him he would be strong and courageous. He had to have confidence in his words and trust him.
David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished”
Pretty similar encouragements were given. The men needed to be encouraged to be courageous to go places they haven’t gone before. Many of us will go places that we haven’t gone before and it takes courage to take that next step.
Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust in him and he shall bring it to pass.
Having God confidence equals confidence is within him and you are placing your trust and courage in him. To arise in the absolute assurance in knowing God has your back!
I am confident of this. He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.
One particular person in history was Rosa Parks who had the confidence in God to stand up for what she believed in. She knew she was created for such a time as this to believe she was worthy no matter what her skin color dictated. She had courage!
Standing up for righteousness in today’s society may be difficult.
You may be persecuted for believing in truth. For believing in the Word of God! BUT Blessed are those that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for they will see the kingdom of God.
So stand up, believe and be strong and courageous and speak what God says in his word! For greater is he that is in you,than he that is in the world!
Prayer: Father God
I admit I am weak and you are strong! I need your courage each day to face the challenges and the things I need to do! Give me the strength to rise up and place my trust and confidence in you alone to help me. I am an overcomer as I walk in the light and not the dark. I am your son/daughter and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Holy Spirit instruct me and guide me each moment of the day. In Jesus name Amen!
The medical definition of death is the irreversible cessation of all vital functions. Especially as indicated by permanent stoppage of the heart, respiration and brain activity. A doctor confirms death when listening to the heart and lungs of a patient. There is absence of heart beat and rise and fall of the chest.
Have you thought about death? How long you will be on this earth? Nobody knows how long they will be alive. One day you are here and the next minute you may die from a fatal accident. Do you know where you will go after dying? We all were created by our Creator God and he created you for a purpose and has numbered your days on this earth.
What meaning does life and death have? What if you worked your whole life just thinking of yourself, accumulating a bunch of “stuff” and then one day it was over.
What if you didn’t believe there was a God? OR believed in a false god? What if you placed your hope in nothing and didn’t believe in anyone or anything? What if you were wrong?
Well in Corinthians 4:4 it says:
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
You see there is a time and purpose for everyone and everything.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. (Ecclesiastes 3)
Your days on this earth are numbered. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, in your book were written everyone of them the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:16)
Everyone’s days are determined by the Lord and appointed by him.
It doesn’t matter how much money you have, have gone to every doctor searching for a cure. God determines the length of days on the earth. Do you not know what tomorrow will bring? What is life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:14)
Jesus took the sting of death and went to hell and took back the keys from the devil. ( 1Corinthians 15:55)
When you place your hope and trust in Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that he died for your sins, that he rose from the dead and gave you eternal life you are saved! When you cry to the Lord In your troubles he will deliver you. ( Psalm 107)
“Truly, Truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in him sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24)
There are many people that are searching and seeking for truth, for meaning in life!
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? (Mark 8:36)
What if you placed your Hope in the devil, lived for yourself and did not believe in Jesus?
What if you are on your death bed and have denied Jesus your whole life? There is still hope if you turn to the ONE that saves. I pray that the veil will be removed and Jesus would show him self to you as the Way, the Truth and Life.
Prayer: Father God I’m sorry for doing things my own way. Take off the blinder that has been blinding me from knowing you. I ask for you to forgive me of my sins and cleanse them with your blood. I want to live eternally in heaven with you,when I leave this earth.Forgive me for my unbelief. I believe you have prepared a place for me in heaven. I ask you to come inside my heart and I want to live for you all the days of my life I believe you died on the cross for my sins and I believe you rose from the dead.You are the Resurrection! I pray this in Jesus name Amen️
STAND OUT We are called to “STAND OUT” As a born again believer in Christ Jesus we are called to stand out and BE separated from the world. We are to be separated in our thoughts, actions, and ways of the world. Are you aligning with God’s ways? I was thinking of many in the Bible Mary, Esther, David, Isaiah.. that were called out and walked with God. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, we may stumble at times but he is calling each one of us that have proclaimed Jesus as our Lord and savior to be separated to him. James 4:4 You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is ... Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Wow! That’s pretty straight forward huh? Being called an adulteress? Think of a marriage if our spouse would cheat with another person? That is adulterous! Well God doesn’t push things under the rug, he has even said on one of the commandments “Do not have any other gods before me” By placing someone or something above God almighty is considered adultery in God’s eyes. You may be thinking, how on earth when I live on this planet can I live separate? Does that mean I hide in a cave or under a rock? Absolutely not! We are to shine our light brightly and not hide under a bushel in the midst of the darkness taking place in the world. If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light." — Luke 11:33– 36, ... Taken from GOT Questions? This explains below from scripture what it means to be separated and called out. Second Corinthians 6:17 says, “Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord; do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you” (CSB). The clause come out from among them is a reference to a passage in Isaiah. Isaiah 52:11 speaks of the Israelites who are returning from exile in Egypt. (When Jerusalem fell, many of the people were carried away to Babylon, but some of the people fled to Egypt, thinking they would be safe there. Jeremiah warned them not to do this, but many of them went to Egypt anyway, and they took Jeremiah with them against his will. See Jeremiah 42 – 43.) In Isaiah 52, God is promising to call back to the Promised Land the descendants of those who went down to Egypt. The command to “come out from among them” is also an effective call. The people of Israel are commanded to forsake any idolatrous habits they may have picked up while in Egypt and to return to the Promised Land; at the same time, it is a promise that God will be the one to bring them back when the time is right. Peter said”You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. A people for his own possession that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into the marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9 How do we walk in the light and be called out and be separated from a world that is so full of sin? By submitting ourselves to God then we can resist the temptations of the enemy. James 4:7 We can surrender each day to Jesus and listen for the Holy Spirit to direct our steps each day. Recognize who are you listening to and what are you thinking? Who are you agreeing with each day? Who are you surrounding yourself with? 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good character." Who you choose to invite into your circle of life closely can either be an encouragement or bring you deception and evil. Choose today to weed out the ones that are not encouraging you and move toward the ones that steer you toward God’s ways. Renew your mind each day and don’t be conformed to the worlds ways. Romans 12:2 NIV - Do not conform to the pattern of this - Bible Gateway Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's. Take every thought captive and set your mind and things that are above . 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,(A) and we take captive every thought to make it obedient(B) to Christ. The devil would try to lie to us and place thoughts in our mind that aren’t good. As a believer in Christ we must recognize the schemes of the enemy and NOT be ignorant of his ways. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 Prayer: Father God we come to you today recognizing in of ourselves we are weak, but we are strong IN you. You said, your sheep hear your voice so help me to recognize your voice over the enemies voice. I surrender to your ways and take every thought captive and renew my mind to your ways. You have called me out to be separate and walk in your ways. I will shine brightly for you. Help me to resist temptation when it comes my way. I want to live for you all the days of my life. In Jesus name AMEN
What is life?
Life to so many people doesn’t even seem to matter! The shootings of innocent lives taking place, abortions on demand,euthanasia of a person suffering. Who do we think we are taking someone’s life like they are a piece of trash and has no meaning like they are worthless?
Whoever has the SON has life! Whoever does not have the SON of God does not have life.
I believe every thing starts in our hearts. Our hearts are deceitfully wicked, only God knows our hearts fully.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
John 14:6 Jesus answered.”I am the way and the truth and the LIFE” No one comes to the Father except through me”
God is the Giver of LiFE!
As a believer in Christ, he is the one that holds my days in his hands.
Job 1:21 He said “Naked I come from my mother’s womb and naked shall I return.The Lord have and the Lord has taken away”
Life can be so fragile not knowing what can happen each day, a sudden car accident, life threatening illness can occur in a moments notice.
Psalm 139:16 declares our days are numbered.
All the days ordained for me are written in your book before one of them came to be.
Each person is important to God.
He is our creator and has a plan. A destiny planned for each of us.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Psalm 139:16 NLT
Recently I was listening to the song”He knows my name” He knows my name and he knows me personally, my fingerprints, my laugh, my tears and my pain.
Such a sweet reminder of how we are seen and known by God.
The world has gotten so twisted in their believes of life and death. Swaying far left from the Bible.
Offering Abortion, Euthanasia like as items on a menu. We are truly in a time where many has fallen away from knowing God’s ways and doing what’s right in their own eyes.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
It’s hard to believe that their are organized groups, one called “shout your abortion “ that encourage woman to share their abortion story like one that would share their birthing story! CRAZY!
What has happened to our moral structure of today that people think it’s ok to murder your baby.
Many in the media have twisted “abortion” to normalize it in society. I see NOTHING normal or happy about having your baby sucked out of your uterus and a metal instrument being used to break apart your baby. Or how about in a 3rd trimester abortion where the neck of the baby may be punctured to make sure they are not breathing when delivered.
Sorry about the graphics but there’s no easy way of saying the truth how these horrendous acts are done. Woman are not told or choose not to be told about these abortion procedures. The Truth needs to be continued to be told that this is a LIFE that was created for a purpose. LIFE involves a PERSON and a person is a person no matter how small!
If you are reading this and considering abortion today, please contact a local nonprofit pro-life pregnancy center today to learn the facts of your baby growing on your womb today! ️