March 2015

 

     The Bible speaks to us, but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 19:8 says, “…the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” God can put an idea in your mind that changes the direction of your life. Marconi had an idea from which came the radio. Bell had an idea from which came the telephone. God, who is the creator, gives creative ideas to people all the time. But you must act on them or He will give them to someone else. The fact that you believe in God is wonderful, but here is something equally wonderful: that God believes in you (emphasis added). He gives creative ideas to seeking hearts, prepared hearts, faith-filled hearts, and obedient hearts. Keep focus on the Lord and be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Let life be an adventure and your walk with the Lord have passion. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

February 2015

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 91:16 says, “With long life will I satisfy him….” How do we grow old gracefully? If you are over 50, let your age be measured by your spiritual progress instead of a date on the calendar. How would you like to have these words engraved on your headstone: “He or she live many, many years and walked with God and God took them away with Him.” Like an old oak tree, a mature Christian’s roots have weathered life’s storms. But do not take your wisdom to the grave with you, share it with people who will listen. And those who are wise will listen, because they recognize the foolishness of paying twice for the same information. As we grow older we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, and keeping our minds active and open. Be teachable no matter how old we get. God loves you and so do I. Have a blessed week. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

January 2015

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. The Lord wants us to be people with desires and expectations that are motivating and enriching. But in this fallen world, the disappointment of some hopes are inevitable. How can we determine where to place our hope and the way to respond if it’s not fulfilled? Hope is secure when it is aligned with God’s desires, which are revealed in the Bible. Psalm 42:1–2 says, “As the [deer] panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Disappointment with God has the potential to occur whenever our expectations do not coincide with His plans. The key to contentment and joy lies in placing our hopes under the umbrella of our ultimate hope in the Lord. Keep in mind that God is sovereign and good and He always wants what is best for us and never makes a mistake. Rest in His goodness. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

December 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 112:8 says, “His heart is established; he will not be afraid.” It is time to take action. Cartoonist Jonny Hawkins drew a sketch of five board members sitting around a table at the annual church business meeting. One says, “I see our church’s biggest problems as communication and procrastination.” To which a fellow board member replies, “I vote that we table this discussion till next year.” We smile, but you know it is the truth, don’t you? There are three essential steps to success: 1) Do something: Nobody made a greater mistake, than the person who does nothing. 2) Do something today: Do not be one of those who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until, until. 3) Do something every day: If you want to know your future, look at your daily routine. You do not determine your future, you determine your habits and your habits determine your future. The secret to success lies in doing the right things day after day. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

November 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 103:1 says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Based on the Bible, I can tell you without reservation that God loves us and He forgives everyone who trusts Christ as Savior. Scripture says: With His blood, Jesus paid our sin debt and gives us a full pardon. Forgiveness is given to everyone who believes in Jesus and remains available to all believers. Our pardon for sin is based on the riches of our Father’s grace, which always exceeds the offense. God does not count past or future sins against us. Scripture assures us that no transgression is beyond the scope of God’s pardon. This is not a license to sin. Divine forgiveness should instead motivate in us a passion for holiness. Let’s be thankful for such a great gift. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

October 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 103:1 says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Based on the Bible, I can tell you without reservation that God loves us and He forgives everyone who trusts Christ as Savior. Scripture says: With His blood, Jesus paid our sin debt and gives us a full pardon. Forgiveness is given to everyone who believes in Jesus and remains available to all believers. Our pardon for sin is based on the riches of our Father’s grace, which always exceeds the offense. God does not count past or future sins against us. Scripture assures us that no transgression is beyond the scope of God’s pardon. This is not a license to sin. Divine forgiveness should instead motivate in us a passion for holiness. Let’s be thankful for such a great gift. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

September 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Solomon says there is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. You should not interrupt the church service and draw attention to yourself, but when it is time to praise God you should give it 100 percent. The story’s told of an old guy named Joe who had been a drunk most of his life, and as a result he could barely make ends meet. During a Sunday morning worship he gave his life to Christ and the transforming was so radical that everybody noticed it. When the pastor made a point that touched his heart, he would jump up and shout hallelujah. The pastor told him, “you have to be quiet Joe.” Psalm 150:6 says, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD….” In other words, unless you are dead you are supposed to praise the Lord. You say “but I am quiet,” praise Him on the inside. Just be sure to praise the Lord. He deserves all our praise. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

August 2014

 

     The Bible speaks for us but the Psalm speak for us. Your thought life can cause you anxiety and depression, so understand this: 1) Your thoughts are yours. You can think what you want too. Psalm 94:19 says, “My anxious thoughts multiply within me.” 2) You become what your thought life makes you. It is not your circumstances, it is your thoughts about your circumstances that produce your emotions. 3) Random thoughts may be temporarily upsetting, but they do not produce lasting anxiety. 4) You must let the Spirit renew your thoughts to God’s Spirit, allowing Him to approve or renew them with His thoughts. Anxiety and depression cannot continue to control you when you give God control of your mind. 5) People can contribute to your anxiety and depression. Avoid those who speak discouraging words, and hang out with those who speak good words. Be careful who you choose as close friends. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

July 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 119, the longest Psalm in the Bible with 176 verses, is a love song to God’s law. You will never understand the Psalmist’s enthusiasm about a moral code until you think about children playing near a cliff’s edge. Without a fence, they are always in danger, never able to relax. Because of the fence, they can play freely and without fear. God’s law is a safety fence that brings freedom. Psalm 119:67 says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your Word.” God’s law is also a mirror that shows us we cannot live up to His standards without His help. Only when we realize that the fence builder loves us and wants the best for us, are we happy to stay on the right side of the fence. The Christian life is not a question of rules but rules based on relationship. When you understand that, you will trust whatever God asks of you. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

June 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I do not blieve in circumstances or chances. God has a plan. The people who get ahead are those who get up and look for the circumstance they want, and if they can not find them. They make them. A farmer can plant anything he wants; the land does not care one way or the other. What you sow returns to you. The Bible says, if you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, and if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life. Success lies in your daily routine. So, get to know God better through His Word and prayer. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” The time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is here. Be thankful for what you have. Are you thankful? Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

May 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. One day Jesus went into a Samaritan village and was not well received. So the disciples said, “‘Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from Heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?’ He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but save them’” (Luke 9:54–56). The Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). Let’s be clear: never has it been more important to know the truth of God’s Word and stand for it. But if you have the right doctrine, but the wrong spirit, you will drive more people away from Christ than you will draw to Him. If Satan has his way, he will drive holiness out of our hearts and into our fists. Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” That also means non-Christians. So how are you doing? Do not let the stresses of the day steal your psalm.

 

 

April 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. Psalm 102:7 says, “I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.” Has your nest been torn apart by a storm? Have you lost your mate? Jesus can relate. His disciples did not “get Him.” They argued over who would be the greatest. They failed to pray for Him in His most difficult moments. On the cross He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; see also Mark 15:34). There is a story of the single lady who hung a pair of trousers on her bedpost, then sent God a letter: “Father, help me if you can. I have hung a pair of trousers here please fill them with a man.” Loneliness can be devastating to your self worth. The God who knew that Adam was imcomplete not only created Eve for him, but introduced them and brought them together. God knows your name, address, and every detail about you. And better yet—He cares. And one more thought: Sometimes loneliness is not the absence of affection but the absence of direction, not the absence of people, but the absence of purpose. So begin to reach out to others. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

 

 

March 2014

 

     The Bible speaks to us but the Psalms speak for us. How well do you know the Lord? Dr. Alexander Maclaren, the great  Scottish preacher, attributed everything he knew about God to one habit: spending an hour each day alone with God. Sometimes he allowed others into his study, but they were never allowed to speak. Maclaren would sit in a well-worn armchair with his Bible lying across his knees. Sometimes he would read the Bible as a student, or study it for sermons. One of his assistants noted, “He read it as a child would read a letter from an absent father, or your heart would drink in the words of a loved one from far away.” We may not be able to do what Dr. Alexander did but we need to find what works for us. The important thing is to set aside time to be alone with God to study his Word or just be quiet and listen. How well do you know the Lord? How well do you want to know Him? The answer is not in what you say but in what you do. What you truly desire, you pursue. The Psalmist said, “When you said, Seek my face, my heart said to you, Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Are you seeking the Lord and His will for your life? That is an exciting place to be. Do not let the stresses of the day steal your Psalm.

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