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With Strength In My Song

With Strength In My Song Psalm 28:7 KJV The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 
What do you do when your strength is all gone and you feel like you just can’t keep going on? Have you looked for other things to comfort your soul and found that they are empty, meaningless and futile?  Has food or drink or any other idol stolen your heart from God? Where will you find the strength to carry on? 
Luther Bridges, a preacher of the Gospel was full of promises and dreams. He went to visit his wives’ family in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and left his wife and three young boys with her family while on a preaching trip.  In the middle of the night, a nearby neighbor, unable to sleep, went to his window and saw Luther’s in-law’s house engulfed in flames. The neighbor sounded the alarm, but the house was too far gone to help. The parents were able to escape, but Luther’s wife and three young b…

Is It Spiritual Warfare?

Is It Spiritual Warfare? Ephesians 6:10-18
I have asked myself many times, “Is this Spiritual Warfare?” If it is, “What do I do?” The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, tells Christian’s what to do during times of Spiritual warfare. Some people think that everything they encounter is the devil’s doing, but this is not so. Satan cannot be the cause of all things because human beings still have the old nature within to deal with. Satan has the reputation of being a murderer and a liar. He works openly in the wickedness of this world and secretly in the false religious systems. We cannot be ignorant of his wicked schemes or of his evil devices. We must endure hardness and fight as good soldiers because the Bible instructs every believer to do so (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
When a believer is saved he receives the power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that defeated Satan on the cross. God’s power indwells every Christian making this power our resource of strength in times of spiritual u…

Is He Your Friend?

Is He Your Friend? John 15:12-13 KJV This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection is known as–––a friend. I have had many acquaintances in my life time, but only a few genuine friends. If you have a true friend, you are considered most fortunate indeed. Loving a friend is the sacrificial giving of ones self for the benefit of that friend without thought of self in return.
Christians are called to exemplify sacrificial giving toward one another, even if that sacrifice involves the laying down of one’s own life, as Christ laid down His life for His friends. He, whom we call, Friend, measures the water of the world in the palm of His hand and sovereignly rules all creation (Isaiah 40:12). Spoke life and substance into existence and continues to sustain all that He has created (Isaiah 48:13). His title is beyond an…

An Exceptional Mother

An Exceptional Mother Acts 12:1-12
Mary, the mother of John Mark, was known for being a distinguished Christian woman from the city of Jerusalem. There is no record of his father, but Mark is reported to be a cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). Mary’s house was known for being a popular place for Christians to gather and pray (Acts 12:12). After an angel freed the apostle Peter from Herod's prison, he went first to Mary’s house (Acts 12:6-12).
This is the only time the Bible mentions Mary, the mother of John Mark, but we can glean some inspiring insights from her life. She was a supporter of the early church and showed tremendous bravery in encouraging the work of God. Great persecution was sweeping through the church at this time and James, the brother of John, had already been martyred. Through all of this, Mary still welcomed the church into her home at great personal risk. Mary was a praying woman (mom) and raised a believing son who loved God’s work. Mark’s life reflects the f…

A Heart of Bitterness

 A Heart of Bitterness Ruth 1:19-20 So they two went until they came to Beth–lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Beth–lehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
As Naomi enters the city of Bethlehem, with Ruth by her side, the people of the city begin to move about asking, “Is this Naomi?” Ten years had gone by since Naomi lived there and they didn’t know the overwhelming effect that bitterness had produced in her heart. To those standing near she bitterly replied, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means, “pleasant,” but call me Mara, meaning, “bitter,” for the LORD has brought me home to Bethlehem absolutely empty.
Satan wanted Naomi to focus on the negative, those areas of weakness where unforgiveness, anger, feelings of bitterness lived and would breed discouragement. She couldn’t think clearly when she focused on the lies of Satan. His …