Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 5/11/21  2 Samuel 4:9b, And David answered...and said unto them, As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity... We will never be able to

say this if we quit in the midst of the trials. God knows His child is in the fire or in the wilderness: He has NOT abandoned you or I... “this too shall pass.” (Even if it passes like a kidney stone, it WILL pass, and brighter days WILL return.                                             Are you feeling like you’re lost in the shadows now? Are you going through the midnight darkness? #1, Don’t stop doing the good you always used to do. Stay faithful...even if you now cry while you work.  #2, Don’t take off running “anywhere but here.” Doing that in the darkness is a good way to run into the wall or into a hole. #3, Turn on the flashlight: Psalm 119:130, The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Is this verse true? Don’t just blow off what He says: let His Word guide you in the midnight.

- Wednesday, 5/12/21  Perplexed? Confused? At a crossroads? 1 Cor 2:16b, But we have the mind of Christ. At your disposal is the VERY mind of Christ...what does it say about your situation? What are you supposed to do? What kind of spirit are you to manifest? Bible stories are not just for entertaining reading...they are examples.                             Psalm 93:3, The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. God was on His throne BEFORE the floods came into my life: v2, Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. And, He’s still there WHILE the floods are in my life: v4, The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Yes, we occasionally get flooded out and lose everything...everything but God. That is a fact. Now, peace of mind comes when we think more on Him and less on the flood, even while we are dealing with the flood. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Keep looking up, above the flooding waves.

- Thursday, 5/13/21  Matthew 5:37, But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Be sure that whatever you’re trying to communicate is crystal clear. Make it hard to misunderstand. Don’t be so tactful or so wordy that your message is lost. We can’t always control how another interprets what we communicate, but we ought to try to ensure what we send is the same as what is received.                              2 Samuel 1:23, Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. David spoke this of the man who tried to kill him on multiple occasions and made a state criminal. What do you say about your enemies? Even if their actions toward us are 100% wrong, if we react wrongly, we’re also sinning. We can’t control anyone else’s feelings toward us, but we can control our feelings and actions toward them. Be holy; take the higher road (the Jesus road.)

- Friday, 5/14/21  Psalm 106:12-13, Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel. I hate being weak and carnal, don’t you? All we can do is to try to raise the level of our low points, try to lessen the frequency of our falls, and get up each time.                                  The Bible is FULL of unfailing recipes. Proverbs 11:2a, When pride cometh, then cometh shame. Pride (“I deserve...”) leaves a bitter aftertaste...every time. Sometimes, it’s immediate; sometimes it’s time-released, but it’s sure. The recipe promises it.

- Saturday, 5/15/21  Psalm 131:3, Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever. Regardless of your really is the first day of the rest of your life. So, get up, ‘fess up, clean up, look up, and get going. Come on: chop chop!! Move it!!                               Do you feel like there’s something between you and the Lord, but you can’t put your finger on it? Consider this: how do you forgive?  “I forgive you, but I don’t trust you now: stay at arm’s length”?  Matthew 6:12, And forgive us our debts, AS we forgive our debtors. Maybe God is keeping YOU at an arm’s length...and His arms are longer.

- Sunday, 5/16/21  How easy is it to be your boss?  Proverbs 10:8, The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. Do we readily receive the “orders for the day,” or “new directives from corporate”? (Big ouch over here...)                                2 Samuel 21:1, Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord.  While some people are very quick to assume that God is judging them, some never think about it. We need to be aware that God uses our circumstances to mold His children. If things aren’t going well, as you think they should be, talk to your Heavenly Father: if He’s wanting your attention for something and you give it to Him, He can drop the attention getting problem.

- Monday, 5/17/21  2 Samuel 22:40a, For thou hast girded me with strength to battle... We often believe that God shows His favor to us by keeping us out of troubles/battles. However, He may show His favor by giving us the strength to fight the battle.                             Psalm 107:8, Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  Four times in this psalm these words are used. God wants our praise and He deserves it. Praise is bragging on another for what they’ve done. What has God done for you? Brag on Him to Him, and brag on Him to others.

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