Faithful God Part 2

“You saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way,”…The word cared is interesting. Webster’s fifth definition is the function of watching, guarding, or overseeing, charge. And the sixth definition is attentiveness to detail: painstaking application..

What other verses say that God watches over us? Deut. 2:7 CEB “No doubt about it: the Lord your God has blessed you in all that you have done. He watched over your journey through that vast desert. Throughout these forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You haven’t needed a thing.” I say the same thing. He has watched over my life’s journey and I haven’t needed a thing that He hasn’t provided before I needed it Ps. 33:18 CEB “But look here: the Lord’s eyes watch all who honor him, all who wait for his faithful love,”

How about other verses that say God guards us? 2 Th. 3:3 AMPC “Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one].” Every morning as I’m brushing my teeth I think “God will strengthen me and protect me from the evil one today.” Pr. 22:12 AMPC “The eyes of the Lord keep guard over knowledge and him who has it, but He overthrows the words of the treacherous.”

I love how God is so attentive to detail in caring for us. His eyes are always on us, watching, guarding, and making sure we come to our expected end that He designed for us. We will fulfill our God-given assignment!

Faithful God

“You saw”…past tense. You’ve seen in the past how good God has been to you. Do you remember all the times He has provided for you? Do you remember all the times He has healed your body or your family? Do you remember all the times He has given you direction and wisdom?

Remember. He has been so good to us. He is a faithful God.

My Strength

Coloring and Meditating

Today’s post is my final on on Deut. 6:5, I think! The word “strength” is used in the New Living Translation. The King James Version says “might” which refers to using our physical and financial strength to influence others for God. According to the Strong’s Concordance, the word might means vehemence and implies wholly and speedily.

I have a problem with the word “vehemence”. I don’t use it! So I looked it up in Webster’s Dictionary. It means marked by vigorous expression or profound emotion, passion, or conviction. Now THAT I understand!

I love the Lord, my God vigorously with all my emotion, all my passion, and I’m absolutely convinced with every part of my being that God loves me vigorously with all of His strength or might or vehemence.

Heart Words

I’m continuing on with Deut. 6:5 thoughts today. “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart…”

I love doing puzzles and games. One of my favorites is to see how many other words can be made out of a word. For instance, HEART.

Hear, ear, art, hearth, hat, rat, tar, tear, …you get the idea.

Jesus said in Mt. 12:34 CEV “You are a bunch of evil snakes, so how can you say anything good? Your words show what is in your hearts.” Your words show what is in your heart. What words are being made out of your heart today?

He’s a Personal God

This is the second post in my series on Deuteronomy 6:5 “You must love the Lord your God…” The word I’m focusing on today is “your”. Webster said it is an adjective used to indicate possession. It is personal. It belongs to you.

I wondered if the Stong’s Concordance would have any insight and it did! Your is not the King James word; instead it uses “Thy”. Thy is in the appendix because it is a common word but the insight I found is not common to me. Thy is the Hebrew word matstsebah which is a military word for an army or garrison standing at their post or station. To me this means that God is standing at His station as my God. He will never leave that post.

Heb. 13:5 AMPC “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb.+13%3A5&version=AMPC

Today, I’m choosing to think of God as my personal army Who will never leave me nor let me down.

I Like My Friend

I’m starting a new series of blogs today on Deut. 6:5 “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”

The focus for today is the Hebrew word for love, ahab (aw-hab). It means to have affection for (sexually or otherwise), be loved, be lovely, be lover, like, friend. The two words in this definition that stand out to me right now are like and friend.

I guess I’ve never really thought much about whether I like God. Of course I do! But what do I like about Him? Do I think of God as my friend? If I do, how do I show that I’m His friend?

Because I like God, I consider Him my friend. As a friend, I would talk to Him a lot, write a note to Him, encourage Him, ask Him to go with me places and have fun together, include Him in parties, ask Him to a meal, etc. But how often do I really do this? Probably very seldom. I chose today to include God as a friend in my life.

Promises, Promises, Promises

Good question! God has never failed in even one of His promises. Jos. 21:45 (MEV) “Not a single word of all the good things that the Lord had spoken to the children of Israel failed. They all came to pass.” Like what? They took possession of the land God had set aside for them. They defeated their enemies. The Lord gave them rest from their enemies. Jos. 11:4 (MEV) “So these kings went out with all their armies, people as numerous as grains of sand on the seashore, with a large number of horses and chariots.” God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as the sand on the seashore. It happened. Lk. 2:11 (AMPC) “For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!” What was promised from Genesis through Malachi that God, the Father, would send the Messiah happened! Praise God! He came to earth and fulfilled all that was written about Him. Not a single word of all the good things that the Lord has spoken about Jesus failed. They all came to pass.

All of His promises are yes and amen!

Lord

As I was coloring this picture, I would sing the 1970s chorus “He Is Lord”. Remember it?

He is Lord.
He is Lord.
He is risen from the dead and He is Lord.
Every knee shall bow.
Every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Then I’d make it personal by singing He’s my Lord.

I sang it every time I colored and when I finished singing, I finished my day of coloring. It took awhile but my focus was on my Lord. I determined to make Him Lord over my eating, my thinking, my words, and my actions. What does it mean that He’s my Lord? To me it means that He holds to keys to every area of my life. He is my leader. I listen for His direction in whatever I’m doing. I’m leading a ladies Bible study so I want to know how He wants me to lead them to a more intimate knowledge of Him. Only He knows what each lady needs. I’m a wife and I want to know how to prize and respect and honor my husband. Jesus knows exactly what he needs from me, so I’m listening. I’m a friend and only Jesus knows what each one needs at this moment, so I’m listening. He holds the keys to every area in my life.

Milk and Honey

Milk satisfies the need for nourishment. Honey satisfies the desire for sweets. Nu. 14:8 NLT says, “It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey.” God wanted to provide for His children everything they needed and desired. He made the land to flow with it. That speaks to me of abundance. He doesn’t just give you enough but more than enough, richly.

Phil. 4:19 KJV says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He is not a stingy giver.

Ps. 34:10 KJV says, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” If it’s good, seek the Lord and you’ll have it.

Ps. 37:4 KJV says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” He satisfies our desire for Him and His presence and also the things we would like here on earth.

1 Ti. 6:17 KJV  says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” We put our trust in God and He provides richly all that we need (milk) and desire (honey). He is our everything. He is a good, good Father. As an earthly father provides for his children what they need and some desires as well, God is better…He provides richly all things to enjoy.

Peace

Nu. 6:26 “May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.” What is His peace? The first word that comes to my mind is undisturbed. Jesus is not disturbed by anything. He is not worried about anything. He is not full of care about anything.

The word peace in this verse is the Hebrew word, shalom. Some of the meanings of shalom are: safe, welfare in your health and prosperity, great health, to be at peace, prosperous, safe, all is well, whole.

2 Th. 3:16 “Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.” I want His kind of peace today so I can fulfill my God-given destiny with joy.

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