Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Morning devotions...

This morning... God has reminded me of His goodness & grace.
This morning... God has reminded me that He is my refuge & strength.
This morning... God has reminded me that His unfailing love surrounds me.
This morning... God has reminded me... to be still and know that He is God.

It began this morning with studying Psalm 11:1 - "In the LORD I take refuge...." There was a word study on the word flee and I was reminded of how in James 4:7 it tells me that as I humble myself before God... I am able to resist the devil and that the he will flee from me! The LORD is my refuge & strength! I sent an email to my small group saying, "I would rather humble myself before God, stand firm in HIS Truth, and take refuge in HIM rather than running away from & being scared of the devil. My Mighty God was and IS victorious over any schemes the enemy can throw my way!" As I take refuge in the LORD... He will strengthen me & empower me to resist the enemy.

Then I was taken to Psalm 32 where I was reminded of the joy of being forgiven of sin & cleared of guilt. I was reminded that when I held onto my sin... I wasted away and my strength was all gone. But then... as I confessed my sin, as I stopped trying to hide & deny my guilt... the LORD forgave me and my guilt is gone! The LORD is my refuge... my hiding place & He protects me from trouble. He surrounds me with songs of victory! I am so thankful that the LORD promises that He will guide me along the best pathway for my life. He promises to advise me and to watch over me. He promises that His unfailing love surrounds me as I trust in HIM. So today I will rejoice in the LORD and will be glad! I will shout for joy because He has set me FREE!

Then I was reminded that when I try to rely on my own strength... things are much harder... harder to give up & let go of... harder to understand... harder to be victorious. When I lean on & rely on GOD... He gives me the strength I need... to overcome... to understand the next step to take... to be victorious! Again... I would much rather humble myself before Him... take refuge in Him... and rely on HIS strength because when I try to rely on my own strength... I fail miserably. When I lean on & rely on GOD... He helps me be Victorious & Free!

God is SO good & today... I'm thankful for His grace! I'm thankful that He is my Refuge & strength! I'm thankful that His unfailing love surrounds me on every side! I'm thankful that I can lean on & rely on Him and HE is all that I need! And I'm thankful that He reminded me to just be still for a few minutes & to know that HE is God!

Blessings!!