Worship the Lord

They went after other gods, worshipping the gods of the people around them. Judges 2:12

Trust in the Lord, friend. Bring your cares and concerns before him. He cares for you. He cares jealously, angrily about you! He is full of love, and promised the Israelites joy, provision, blessing after blessing! If only they trusted the Lord. Why couldn’t they see how much the Lord loved them?

He promises you the same. Don’t worship the gods of the people around you. The gods of acceptance, popularity, money, influence, power, and control. Worship the Lord. He will direct your steps and make your paths straight. He will bring the light in the darkness.

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How do we resist the other gods of this world, and not be pulled in by their empty promises? By learning how to worship God. But how do we learn how to worship God? The Bible. It is the living, active word of God. Everything we need to know, the answers to every question, are within those pages. He gives us principles to live by. Promises to stand on. Wisdom to refer to, and testimonies to guide us.

The song below is a declaration of dependence on the Lord. My husband, Luke, wrote this out of a place of deep recognition of how lost we are without the Grace of God. If you are in a place where you are searching for the Lord, the Word is the only place where you can get a first hand account of his character, his majesty and his deep love for you. Everything else is secondhand.

 

These trials will show that your faith is genuine

 1 Peter 1:3-7 –

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

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  • These trials will show that your faith is genuine.

I often wonder at why we have to face so many hardships in life. Hardships that are like a constantly dripping faucet, which drive us crazy with each new plink in the sink. But I think this starts to answer that question. The trials show whether or not our trust in God is genuine.

  • It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.

Our faith is of great value, and not to be wasted or treated carelessly. It needs to be refined, cleared of any impurities, made pure, just as fire does with gold.

This whole passage encouraged me and helped me see a reason as to why we go through what we do. At least in part, I can see that it is so we will learn to trust the Lord. And the Lord is faithful. He is loving, kind, full of mercy and compassion. These are all aspects of his character we cannot experience except through trials.

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation.

 

Search for Jesus

The Lord is watching over me – over every step I take. He hears every thought and feels every breath. Why is it that I cannot always hear his whisper?

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. Psalm 9:10 NLT.

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There is nothing like your presence, Lord. Nothing can compare to it. For it floods into every corner of my heart, filling my whole body with peace. Giving me security. And showing me contentment. It awakens my mind to believe that anything is possible, because your power is limitless.

Direct my steps, Lord Jesus. Teach me your ways. Help me learn how to put my faith in you, and not in how I am feeling. Your truth shines light in the darkness. Train me, O God, so that my confidence is in you.

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