Psalm 63:8: “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Definition of cling: Hold on tightly to.
The word cling brings to mind what a baby does to its mother. What someone on the edge of a cliff does to stay alive. When your life is in danger. What we need to do to God. Cause without Him we have no life.
Believe this in your heart and soul and mind even if you don’t feel it today. Use it as a mantra. Repeat over and over. See Him when in the moment, anger and rage and injustice and pain or whatever else blinds you. Feel Him. Know Him. Believe.
Matthew 7:7: Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
I know this is probably a bible verse many of you have memorized but I wanted to emphasize the importance of ASK. If you don’t ASK, odds are you won’t receive. That’s why we ask for Christmas presents. How else are others supposed to know what we want?
God knows. He knows what He’s going to give you as well. But He wants to hear it from you. He wants to give. He wants you to know He is the one doing the giving.
ASK, ASK, ASK, AND ASK SOME MORE. TRUST, TRUST, TRUST, AND TRUST SOME MORE.
Psalm 18:2: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Pray this to Him:
God is mine as I am His. He is always behind me no matter how hard I fall. He lifts me up and places me gently back down. He is the one I run to. He shields me from every evil. He is my fortress. Lord, you are mine. With all my heart, all my soul, all of whom you made me, I thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Rocks are some of the strongest materials on this planet. They are beautiful, enchanting, mesmerizing, and at the same time intimidating, threatening, and dangerous. The former is God to His people; the latter is God to nonbelievers. A rock is all of this and so much more. Lord, be my rock today.
Romans 2:1: “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”
Show grace today. We are all sinners. We’ve all done stupid things. Forgive and forget as God forgives us. Life it too short to hold grudges and judge others just to make ourselves feel better.
Galatians 1:10: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Paul is emphatically telling the Galatians he is working for Christ. He is not trying to please man. My question for you today: who are you trying to please? God or your mom? God or your dad? God or your spouse? God or your kids? God or your boss? God or your neighbor? God or an acquaintance who is skinnier than you? And most importantly: God or yourself?
1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
We are to not only be thankful for the work God has given us to perform on this side of heaven, but we are to be thankful for EVERYTHING. Remember every trial has a purpose and it won’t last. Take heart. God is with you. Always and forever.
Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
I think this very apropos for a Monday. Whether you’re an office manager, a CEO, a teacher, a garbage collector (anyone else thinking of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs?), a stay-at-home mom, a lawyer, a doctor, or a McDonald’s server, remember you work for Him. Always. When your day is really starting to suck, turn to Him who has a purpose in all things in your life. Be grateful you have work to do AND you get to do it for Him. How awesome is He?
1 Corinthians 10:13: “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
My husband is going through a hard time at work and I reminded him of this verse. God never gives you more than you can bear. He has a purpose is all that He does and all that happens in your life. You don’t have to understand it. You just have to have faith that God will handle it and will overcome it.
Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This is for the perfectionists out there (myself included). We all fall short. Period. No way around it. Because of sin. Be gentle with yourselves when you do sin. Ask for forgiveness and give it to God. He knows. He understands. He forgives. He loves. Then move on with your life. Quit living in the past or the vicious ‘what if” cycle that only saps your energy and your mind. Embrace the here and now. The rest is dust.
Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Most people read this verse as the reason there is no excuse to know God (I posted on this HERE if curious). What I want you to see in this verse is how God is everywhere, always, in nature, in everything on this planet. All you have to do is look. And He is there. Appreciate Him. Every moment of every day. Cause one day the life you know will end.