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Numbers 21; Psalms 60,61; Isaiah 10: 5-34; James 4

How many times do we turn to a close friend for help with our problems?  Ask advice, get feedback, seek wise counsel?  I bet that last one sounds real familiar doesn’t it?  Would we be wrong to go to a mentor or accountability partner for help with a problem?  I think not for we know that God wants us to encourage one another.  However, it’s when we look to man (friends, mentors, pastors) for answers to our problems without seeking God’s will first, that might keep us from seeing God’s victorious hand in our life.   Of course we should continue to seek wise counsel from those who will partner with us in prayer and petition, but not for victory in our battles. Only with God will we win against our enemies. I want victory.

Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:11-12

What does humbling yourself before the Lord look like? Do we need special clothing, the right songs, how about the size of church we go to?  Is it the version of Bible we read that humbles us before the Lord?  The ministries we serve in or the statuses we post on our social media pages?

How about this vision; standing naked before the Lord, not physically, but spiritually.  Striped of pride, anger and judgment of others. Surrendering yourself unto Him, confession and repentance of sins….how often?  I think just getting in that position would be a good starting place, habits form with repetition. I want to be lifted up.

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Confession: I spend too much time online and (this will hurt) I seek acceptance and accolades from people.

Revelation: It occurred to me today that the time I spend online could be spent serving others.  How did I go astray?

Goal: Push back from online activities outside of work and give that extra time to the Lord and His work.

Application: Less time online more time in the Word, more time at His feet.

Father, lead me into victory from things that seek to steal my time from you.  This world gives nothing but takes abundantly, but in order for the world to take I know that I am the one who allows this.  Grow  my desire to serve others in your name with joy and eagerness.  Deliver me from those who seek to hold me back from my daily walk and devotion with you.  Cleanse me, strip me of pride, remove my desire to seek approval from others.  Open the eyes of my heart to see others before myself.  In Jesus name. Amen

cindi

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Leviticus 11,12; Psalms 13,14; Proverbs 26; 1 Thessalonians 5

There’s a deep history in scripture. Sometimes I forget that. Sometimes reading these verses, the history falls away as I am moved by the words’ timelessness. When I opened to psalm 13, I didn’t know his anguish was sparked by an illness that threatened life.

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:2 (NIV)

These words spoke to a friend under trial; to another one in the midst of an ugly divorce; and to me in my own prison of thoughts. We all read these words; we related to the tiresome treading to ward off an enemy’s triumph. I didn’t see sickness or physical foes advancing upon David–at least, not until I read the study notes. With the absence of word cues like Zion or Israel, it was almost as if sitting with a friend over coffee:

“I feel like God is far” … “These thoughts keep me up at night” … “I don’t know how long I can keep this up” …

The pleading and urgency that follow:

Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. Psalm 13:3-4 (NIV)

He is facing a battlefield. But she is crying in a car; another in an empty bed; this one in quiet hours. All of us holding fast to the Only One who could ever help.

David turns his complaint to praise. When feelings and thoughts might lead astray, a warrior fights on:

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6 (NIV)

This warrior can do it too.

Father, when feelings and thoughts betray, thank you for your word. Trials will come, but you can be trusted. Praising you. Amen.

Courtney (66books365)

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