Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Turned Tail and Ran

Psalm 9:3-4
"When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence. For You maintained my right and my cause." (NKJV)

"The day my enemies turned tail and ran they stumbled on You and fell on their faces. You took over and set everything right; when I needed you, you were there, taking charge." (Message)

We all have enemies. We all face adversity. It is really how we handle it that determines our outcome.

Instead of fighting back or trying to defend ourselves from false accusations and the such, we should quietly continue to make sure we are right with God. When we maintain our relationship with Him and allow Him to deal with our issues, then HE will maintain our right and our cause. He will clear our name. He will right the wrongs!

When the Lord starts getting our back we will find that our enemies will turn tail and run. So today, determine to allow God to vindicate you and silently watch as He takes over and sets everything right. Be blessed!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Right now I am sitting at the airport, waiting on Stephanie and Micah to land, contemplating my prayer time this morning. I really felt the Lord directing me to prayer for favor in every area of life and ministry.

Did you know that it says in Psalms that favor surrounds those who are in right relationship with God like a shield!

I don't know about you but I want the favor of God surrounding me everyday! Favor in my family. Favor in my finances. Favor with those in authority. FAVOR!!!

But what I really want is favor with those who don't know Jesus within my circle of influence. Then I want God to expand my circle of influence and give me favor with the new people as well. I want to give Jesus to those who are far from Him. How about you?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How Excellent is Your Name...

This morning during my devotional time, I read Psalm 8:1 that says, "O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth." In this psalm David is expressing how great or large God is and in comparison, how absolutely small we all are. He both opens and closes this psalm with this statement because it pretty much sums up the entire thing. God, You are so large and we are so small! O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth!

This should become our anthem, our confession, our cry!

When it seems like everything around us is failing - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When we are suffering with sickness and pain - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When our debts are getting larger and our income is steadily getting smaller - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When our marriage is hurting and our spouse doesn't even seem to care - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When we've been praying and praying for our children and they seems even further from God than they've ever been - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent... You get the point.

So the next time you feel as though the world is closing in around you and all you want to do is crawl in a hole and disappear, begin reminding yourself - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in... My finances... My children... My job... My marriage...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Divine Vindication

In my quiet time this morning, I was reading Psalm chapter six and it spurred this thought. I hope you enjoy.

When writing this psalm, David was in a time of such distress that he wept all night. He cried so much that his bed was actually wet. It became so damp from his tears that he likened it to a pool (vs. 6). But as he is cried out to the Lord in his anguish, pouring out his heart, he looked up and saw that his enemies had surrounded him. They gathered to watch, and probably gloat, in his hardship.

There will be times in our lives as well, that we will find ourselves crying out to the Lord in distress. There will be times of disappointment, betrayal, frustration. There will be times when we just begin to bare our hearts to heaven in all transparency.

And in those times, if you look around, there will be those who gather. They want to bask in your hardship. They long to see you fall.

We must learn to be like David. We must brush ourselves off, lift our head and turn to a faith-filled confidence in God that says

"The Lord HAS heard the voice of my weeping.

The Lord HAS heard my supplication.

The Lord WILL receive my prayer."

Don't let those that would like to see you fail have the pleasure of seeing that. Turn your faith to the Lord and allow Him to vindicate you. Put your best foot forward and watch as God puts your enemy to shame.

Psalm 37:6

"He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday."