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When I Am Afraid

When I Am Afraid, Will I Trust in You? Psalm 32:7; 56:3 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. When life is hard and questions don’t seem to have any answers, do I turn to the Lord for His guidance? Do I trust Him with all my heartaches and rely on Him to lead me through times of sorrow? Does He hear my cry, in the midst of the storm, or see the pain my heart endures? The answer, “Yes,” He hears my cry, He understands my pain and is acquainted with all my fears. Learning to cast all my anxieties upon Him and not take them back upon myself, requires I wholeheartedly and completely trust in God.  Many years ago, Fanny Crosby, a Christian hymn writer blinded six weeks after birth, penned these words to the song, “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.” This song pictures a faithful, loving God guiding His child step-by-step through life’s darkest trials.  All the way my Savior l…

Faith or Feelings

Living By Emotions Hebrews 11:1-9  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world…

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

Self-Righteousness Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Understanding the culture in which the Pharisee lived is very important. The Pharisee was one of the most respected people in that society. Everyone thought the Pharisees were very righteous.  Pharisees were ty…

The Woman at Jacob's Well

Draw From My Well The Woman at Jacob’s Well John 4:3-14 He left Judæa, and departed again into Galilee.  And he must needs go through Samaria.  Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.  ( For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.   The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the we…