God Is Our Deliverer And No One Else.

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In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.

Psalm 71:2 (NIV)

One morning a friend called unexpectedly. She needed to vent about some things that were happening in her life. Although we had talked about these same issues for hours on several occasions, there still didn’t seem to be a dramatic change in her situation nor in her level of peace. As I began to offer advice, there was one lesson that stood out the most. It was the fact that our God deeply desires to personally deliver us. It sounds so simple until we are the ones on our knees, desperately crying out for him to intervene in our lives. The Bible is candid about the fact that we will all have many trials but we don’t have to despair. Psalms 34:19 says, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”

While it is true that the word deliver means to save, rescue, set-free, redeem and release; the goal of deliverance is not just for God to set us free. In Exodus 19:4, He says, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that the purpose of deliverance is to bring us into a personal relationship with God? Only then will we find true freedom that will never be taken away.

I told her that during a stormy season in my life, I also tried to talk to anyone who would listen. But, in the midst of it all, I could hear God speak to my heart and invite me to tell him instead. Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” I realized, regretfully, that I was casting my cares on others and not completely on God.

Only after I went into a deeper walk with the LORD, did I began to see things shift for the better in my life. I have no doubt that this was his plan all along. I am so overcome with gratitude that he didn’t allow me to depend on humans, who were only flesh and blood. He heard my prayers and offered himself to me. At Psalms 50:15, God says that after we call on him and he delivers us, then we will honor him. I have seen his mercy and blessings firsthand and I live to testify, to all who will listen, that God is good! Bring your troubles to him and he will be faithful. He’ll never let you down. Even if it seems as if nothing is happening, keep worshiping and praising him, eventually you will see what he was doing all along. Always remember that God is our deliverer and no one else.

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Do You Thank God Through Music?

Psalms 92:1-4

It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
For you, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

I love these verses because they show that we are to thank and praise God through music. Sometimes, we find ourselves letting the choir do it but it is also our responsibility to confess that God is good through songs and instruments. After all he has done for me I couldn’t let another day go by without asking Him to fill my heart with songs of praise to his holy name. Won’t you join me even if you do it just between you and God? He still appreciates it.

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Seek And You Shall Find

Have you ever wondered why sometimes the very thing you seek, you often do not find? For instance, many people have said that once they stopped looking for someone special, that’s when they actually found them. Some people have spent their entire lives seeking wealth only to have it elude them. Yet, many others who were just simply following their passions have unintentionally stumbled upon fame and fortune. When our desires are out of harmony with the will of God, our most painful experiences can often be linked to what we crave the most. The lack of something I could care less about doesn’t hurt me but throw my hopes, dreams and desires into the mix, and raw emotions, passions and pain bubble forth. The enemy is an expert at using our desires and twisting them into something toxic and lethal. Mercifully, the antidote is found at Luke 11:9 where Jesus said, “…seek and ye shall find…”. There are so many things in this world that may elude us, but God is not one of them. He invites us to look for him wholeheartedly and then he promises that we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). The amazing thing is that once we have found Him, we won’t need to search for anything else because he becomes our everything. Now, I admit that I have spent my fair share of time seeking things that were not God’s best for my life, but instead of letting those experiences go to waste, he uses them to draw me even closer to himself. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the kingdom of God above all else and live righteously and he will give you everything you need.” So when you find yourself seeking “something”, seek God first,┬ábecause it is only in him that you shall find.

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