Posts Tagged ‘lord god’

Stormy Weather

May 27

by Victoria Robinson

In 1943 Lena Horne sang the soulful song, Stormy Weather, in the classic movie by the same title. Unfortunately, there are seasons in our lives when these sad lyrics can be the song of our hearts.

My life is bare,
Gloom and misery everywhere.
Stormy weather.
Just can’t get my po’ self together,
I’m weary all the time.
The time.

… All I do is pray,
That the Lord above will let me,
Walk in the sun once more.

Girlfriends, if you are experiencing a stormy season and are anxious to see the sun once more, take heart that the Lord is a sun and shield who bestows favor and honor. He withholds no good thing from those whose walk is blameless. This does not necessarily mean that your rain clouds are caused by sin, but it is always prudent to ask your heavenly Father if iniquity in your heart could be the reason for what you are going through. If you have iniquity—repent. If not, it is important to understand that the enemy wants you to feel dreary and hopeless.

If you are weary of your stormy weather, look for sunshine in the Word of God—it is all right there for you to find. Do not allow the dark whispers of the enemy to depress you. They are lies and the only thing he is capable of speaking. Your heavenly Father’s words are where the light of truth can be found.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when the storm clouds roll in we would walk in the sunshine found in His living truth.

You rule the oceans when their waves arise in fearful storms; you speak, and they lie still. ~ Psalm 89:9 TLB
 
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. ~ Psalm 84:11 NIV
 
Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you. ~ Luke 11:34-36 NLT 
 
Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power is his forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 5:8-11 NLT

Did You Bother to Ask?

Mar 01

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever jumped into something quickly without bothering to ask the Lord what you should do? Never fails to turn out disastrous when we do not inquire of the Lord concerning our plans. In fact King Solomon said, “Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through.” Unfortunately Joshua and his leaders did not use this principle when they signed a peace treaty with some men they had just met. Turns out these men were deceptive and were actually from Gibeon. Before Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land the Lord had forbidden them to make a treaty with them.

Though the Israelites eventually repented of making a hasty decision, they nonetheless went through needless troubles before everything worked out. They understood that breaking their oath would only be another violation of God’s Word. Herein is another good principle for us to glean from this story. Once we make a hasty decision, it is unwise to violate the Word of God to get out from under it. We must follow God’s principles to find the way to success from our failures.

Dearest girlfriends, let us not be hasty, but ask of the Lord before we make decisions.

Joshua and the other leaders finally believed them. They did not bother to ask the Lord but went ahead and signed a peace treaty. And the leaders of Israel ratified the agreement with a binding oath. Three days later the facts came out—these men were close neighbors. The Israeli army set out at once to investigate and reached their cities in three days. (The names of the cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim.) But the cities were not harmed because of the vow which the leaders of Israel had made before the Lord God. The people of Israel were angry with their leaders because of the peace treaty. ~ Joshua 9:14-18 TLB
  
When the Lord brings you into the Promised Land, as he soon will, he will destroy the following seven nations, all greater and mightier than you are: the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, the Jebusites. “When the Lord your God delivers them over to you to be destroyed, do a complete job of it—don’t make any treaties or show them mercy; utterly wipe them out. Do not intermarry with them, nor let your sons and daughters marry their sons and daughters. That would surely result in your young people’s beginning to worship their gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be hot against you, and he would surely destroy you. ~ Deuteronomy 7:1-4 NLT
 
Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. ~ Leviticus 19:12 NIV
 
We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word. We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives. Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:1-3 CEV
 
Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don’t talk too much. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:2 CEV
 
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. ~ Proverbs 19:2 NIV

Days of Darkness—Nights of Light

Feb 12

by Victoria Robinson

I love the dark of night, but only when I can balance it with the beauty of light. I enjoy lighting my home and have dimmer switches everywhere to obtain just the right glow. My favorite lamp is an antique stained glass light that hangs in my foyer. It is very special to me because it hung in my grandparent’s home when I was a child. After I purchased my first house, my grandmother graciously gave it to me. At night I enjoy the warm glow and memories provided by this sentimental possession.

However, there is a night coming when I will no longer need any lamps because there will never be darkness. That time will come when I enter into a glorious place called Heaven. Yet, as long as I reside here on this earth I desperately need good (and sometimes sentimental) lighting. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came to earth to bring all he light I need. He said, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” Only through the mercy of His light am I able to cope with the dark days I experience here on earth. His light is wonderful and provides a glow during difficult times.

Girlfriends, if you are walking in some darkness right now, allow the heavenly lighting provided by your Lord and Savior to illuminate your way. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would be reminded of the provision of His light that glows in our dark nights.

However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. … ~ Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV
 
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. ~ Revelation 22:5 NIV
 
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. …. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. ~ Revelation 21:23,25 NIV
 
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:5-7 NIV
 
Then Jesus cried out, … I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. ~ John 12:44,46 NIV
 
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. … So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. ~ Hebrews 10:32-34 NIV

Hiding in the Shadows

Nov 23

by Victoria Robinson

Do you find yourself hiding in the shadows when you approach your heavenly Father? When we are enshrouded in our sin, we tend to not come before the throne of God bravely. This is how we find the infamous Adam and Eve after they had committed sin.

Our sin places us in a shameful place. We do not want to look our heavenly Father in the face. I grew up with a grandfather who dearly loved me. However, he did portray a harsh exterior at times. I remember breaking a piece of antique marble at his house. I was gripped with fear, not because I had any concern of physical harm, instead a fear based on not wanting to be rejected by him because of my misstep. I shall never forget how after I confessed what had taken place, he lovingly held me as I sobbed. He showed me the kindness I did not deserve. This is a picture of our heavenly Father’s unconditional love for us. All we need to do is come to Him with a transparency of our sin and allow Him to embrace us lovingly.

The foolishness of hiding our sins from God is brought to light in the book of Jeremiah. Our heavenly Father tells us He is closely watching us, sees all our sins, and that we cannot hope to hide from Him.

We should come bravely to Him knowing He has already told us that He understands our weaknesses. He is waiting at all times for His children to crawl up in His lap and share their missteps. Dearest girlfriends, please stop hiding in the shadow of iniquity, but come bravely before the throne of our merciful God.

Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help. Hebrews 4:15-16 CEV
  
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” ~ Genesis 3:8-10 NIV
 
For I am closely watching you, and I see every sin. You cannot hope to hide from me. ~ Jeremiah 16:17 TLB
 
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. ~ Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT