Hang On To You Alone

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At times, I become overwhelmed by Your Love and Faithfulness.

For it is You O Lord that matter, letting everything else fall away.

Letting go of the World, while holding onto You alone Lord Jesus.

For I desperately am seeking You alone to share in My life here.

For with You, I never need to worry cause it is You that defend Me.

The world is falling away, I only want to hang onto You alone Jesus.

The world can crumble and turn upside down if I am holding onto You.

For You alone are My safety net , waiting for Me while I am falling .

For only You are My shelter while the weather I am in is very fierce.

Only while clinging to You can I say that with My Soul all is well too.

Nothing to worry about while I am clinging to My only Source…

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YEARLY MEN DEVOTIONAL

 
 
“The LORD has driven out great and powerful nations for you, and no one has yet been able to defeat you. Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the LORD your God fights for you, just as he has promised. So be very careful to love the LORD your God.” – Joshua 23:9-11

Yesterday’s victories do not guarantee tomorrow’s triumphs. Napoleon’s string of victories was stopped at Waterloo, and Hitler’s relentless eastward march came to an end in the ruins of Stalingrad. The champions of any sport know that all winning streaks come to an end, and even the most successful salesman knows that one day he will not be able to close the deal.

Sometimes the heady atmosphere of continual victory contributes to the factors that lead to eventual defeat. Appropriate confidence degenerates into unseemly cockiness, healthy respect for the opposition hardens into unhealthy disparagement, and careful preparation gives way to careless attitudes and a casual approach.

Joshua, the seasoned general, knew this. His fighting forces had tasted the thrills of victory over an extended period. So toward the end of his life, Joshua reminded the leadership of Israel, “The Lord has driven out great and powerful nations for you, and no one has yet been able to defeat you” (Josh. 23:9). The emphasis was on the Lord, so he added, “The Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised” (23:10). It seems unthinkable that the Israelites, whose victories had been so spectacular that they were unmistakably the work of the Lord, would ever overlook their complete dependence on divine intervention in their affairs. But victorious armies do grow careless, and winning teams do get away from the things that brought them success. Israel was no exception. So, Joshua insisted, “Be very careful to love the Lord your God” (23:11). Winning the war is one thing, maintaining the peace quite another. But the same principle of trusting, obeying, and loving the Lord applies to both.

Joshua had the foresight to recognize that victorious Israel could fall on its face. He recognized that there were still undefeated enemies in their midst who would dearly love to bring Israel’s winning streak to an end. So he posited the unthinkable possibility that the day might dawn when the Lord would “no longer drive [the enemies] out,” and he warned that they could become “a snare and a trap to you, a pain in your side and a thorn in your eyes, and you will be wiped out from this good land the Lord your God has given you” (23:13).

 

 

Joshua did not envision that the triumphant Israelite army would suddenly become incompetent, or that their experienced leaders would mysteriously lose their strategic skills. It was more serious than that. He saw a day when the armies might discount the Lord and become so sure of themselves that they would no longer love him and honor him, when they would slide into compromise and lapse into disobedience and head for disaster. That’s the way to guarantee that yesterday’s victories turn into tomorrow’s defeats. It is a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

For Further Study: Joshua 23:1-16 

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Men, Copyright ©2000 by Stuart Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

For more from Stuart Briscoe, please visit tellingthetruth.org.

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The Shepherd is With You

 

August 12, 2019
JENNIFER ROTHSCHILD

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“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

I was terrified. I can bungee jump and manage airports and flights alone — and I’m blind! But … just let the dentist tell me I need a root canal, and oh girl, I collapse into a puddle of panic and tears.

That’s what happened. When the dentist broke the news, I reacted with an unfiltered, unrehearsed, unexpected meltdown just like a 5-year-old — except worse, because I am in my 50s!

So, days later, when it was finally time for the procedure, I had worked myself into a full-blown nervous wreck.

Laying in the endodontist’s chair with my heart racing, I prayed. I tried to talk myself out of my unreasonable fear. But it didn’t work.

When the endodontist entered the treatment room, I was covered with sweat and trying not to hyperventilate. I felt embarrassed to be so nervous and afraid. It felt silly making such a big deal out of such a little thing. No one has ever died from a root canal, for heaven’s sake!

As the procedure began, with drills buzzing and my blood pressure rising, I silently quoted Scripture.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).

And, “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1, NIV). Another translation says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (ESV).

But, sister, I did want — I wanted to get out of that chair! I just needed to get myself together and control myself!

Have you ever felt that way?

I felt as needy as a sheep. Yet, as the procedure took place, I began to focus more on what I had instead of what I thought I needed. And, I began to feel cared for by my Shepherd.

I realized I misunderstood my true need. You see, I thought I needed to be in control; what I really needed was to be cared for. I thought I needed to be brave; what I really needed that day was to be held.

My friend, you may think you need to be in control, when what you really need is to be under God’s care.

You may have situations and seasons in your life that are far more consequential than an ordinary root canal.

You may have situations that bring out your fear. You have endured — or you may be right in the middle of enduring — a season that makes you feel so small and needy. You may feel alone and fragile, but you are not abandoned.

God not only cares about you, but during those times, He cares for you. He attends to your needs; He watches over your heart. He cares for you like a shepherd cares for his sheep.

Psalm 23 is God’s way of saying, “I made you to need Me. I am with you no matter what.”

In every situation, in every season, your Shepherd is with you. In the green pastures and beside the still waters, He is with you. Down life’s paths and through dark valleys, He is with you. In dental offices and at the cemetery, during the chemo treatments and in the delivery room, He is with you. At the table of blessing and in His house forever, He is with you.

That is the message of Psalm 23. The Shepherd is with you.

And, when we truly grasp who He is and what we have in Him, that’s when we can relax and say, “I lack nothing because I have my Shepherd.”

Dear Lord, I long to experience Your presence today. Carry me when I feel I can’t carry on. Show me my true needs, and remind me that in You, there is nothing I lack. Thank You for making me safe with You and teaching me that my vulnerability is not a liability because You made me to need You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY: Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES: Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? You try so hard to keep it all together, and yet, no matter how busy you are or how much you’re needed, it still doesn’t feel like enough? Don’t miss our next Online Bible Study, Psalm 23: The Shepherd with Me by Jennifer Rothschild. You’ll learn how to find contentment in the goodness of Jesus and look to Him to supply everything you need … even when life is exhausting. The study begins Sept. 3. Join us!

CONNECT: Receive daily encouragement from Jennifer when you connect with her on Facebook and Instagram. Plus, you can receive weekly encouragement to live the “I can” life on her 4:13 Podcast.

REFLECT AND RESPOND: What is one Scripture that reminds you God your Shepherd is with you? We’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments!

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