Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 5/26/20  Psalm 16:1, Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. We may pray something like this, but do we mean it? Do we really trust God or do we

trust our religion? Our prayer life? Our faith? Is our faith in God or is our faith in the things of God? If we truly trusted HIM, wouldn’t we act differently?                           Zechariah 3:1, And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. The right hand is the strong hand; the hand that wielded the sword          . So, Satan tries to resist the preacher’s use of the Bible. Encourage your pastor to preach hard and mean. If he’s stepped on your toes recently, thank him. Motivate and inspire him to preach harder.

- Wednesday, 5/27/20  What would it take to satisfy you? For what are you deeply craving? Each of us is different, but here is what SHOULD be each of our answers, As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness, Psalm 17:15. Do you crave Christ-likeness? Really?                               For all who wrongly interpret the verse concerning not judging one another, what do you make of Proverbs 21:12a? The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked. God commands us to observe their house, so, to do so, we would have to identify/label the wicked, and the consider (evaluate) their lives. Hmmm...

- Thursday, 5/28/20  Psalm 96:3, Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. Every time you see the word “glory” think of a spotlight. Gut check: when was the last time you talked about the obvious standout performance of your God to your unsaved crowd at work? Ouch... Today?                                 Acts 28:27, For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. This was written of God’s people; people who knew their Bibles and knew the truth, and yet they ended up, literally, worthless to the Lord. If it could happen to them then, it could happen to us now. Beware; be diligent; be introspective. Evaluate the vitality of your spirituality: is it getting “sickly and old” or is it fit and in shape? Only you can tell...

- Friday, 5/29/30  Genesis 7:1a, And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark... In the midst of a confusing time and impending disaster, God told Noah to “come,” not “go.” He was already in the ark before Noah. He knows of our situation and is with us in it. Rest easy, dear child of the King.                              Matthew 4:8-9, Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Most of us don’t have sufficient character to be able to handle abundant material blessings, so if “the windows of Heaven” seem to be may not be from God.

- Saturday, 5/30/20  Matthew 4:1, Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Bad circumstances/hardships are more likely to be caused by the Spirit than by the Devil. Is God in control of what comes your way? We know the answer, but we balk...and fuss...                             Matthew 4:4, But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The Lord said we needed an “every word Bible” and we have that in the King James. But...all the good food and medicine and pure water in the world are worthless if we don’t partake of it. How’s your relationship to the KJB? (It’s not too complex...STOP. What version has been used by the great soul winners of the past 400 years? Enuf said... And BTW, it’s not about you, it’s about Him and His wants. We don’t tell Daddy what we’re gonna eat and not eat.) Every day is a good day to rededicate ourselves: to holiness, separation, purity. Will you?

- Sunday, 5/31/20  Psalm 22:2-3a, O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy... It’s easy to trust when we see the outcome, but He is still good, still faithful, still holy when He is “absent” and “ignoring” us. Trust...that’s what believers do.                                  Psalm 22:4, Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. While the Bible’s stories show us of God’s capabilities, we often cause ourselves much angst by expecting God to come through in exactly the same way for us. He CAN come through; He DOES love us, but He is infinitely creative and has purposes in my life and yours that maybe He didn’t have in Moses’ life, so His solution will be different. Let God do the heavy lifting; we just have to trust Daddy.

- Monday, 6/1/20  Psalm 23:3, He restoreth my soul... We all want this and know we need it, but are we willing  to stop our activity and lie down beside the still waters (v2)? You are not indispensable: someone else can do your chores/work for awhile. Let yourself get restored.                 Our walk talks and our talk talks, but our walk talks louder than our talk talks. Are you a Christian?  Psalm 22:23, Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. Does your “daily walk” include lots of praise? turning the spotlight of your life onto Him? A proper attitude toward Who He is? We all need to “walk” a much straighter line..

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