Wisdom from the Psalms 11/25

November 25
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Sam stuck close to his dad. The old building was dark, and Sam wasn’t sure what might be out in that darkness. All he knew for sure was that his dad was big and brave, and he wasn’t afraid of the dark. Sam hoped that one day he would be like his dad: able to walk in darkness just like he would in broad daylight.
Our Lord goes with us into the dark times of our lives. He holds us by the hand and lets us know that we have nothing to fear. Darkness and light are the same to the Lord. He will lead us through our times of fear and bring us back into the light every time.
Prayer: When I am fearful, Lord, I will reach out to You. Walk with me through the dark times. Fill me with your courage. Teach me to walk in Your light always. Amen.

The Breastplate Of Righteousness

 
 

November 25

 

Ephesians 6:14

Having put on the breastplate of righteousness . . .

 

The second piece of armor God has provided for us is the breastplate of righteousness . When you put on Christ at salvation, you are justified before our holy God. It’s not your righteousness but Christ’s (1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 3:8, 9). So when Satan aims an arrow at you by saying, “You’re not good enough to be a Christian,” you can respond with Paul, “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies” (Romans 8:33). Your righteousness in Christ is your protection against Satan’s accusations.

Even though we rejoice in our position of righteousness in Christ, we are well aware of our deeds of unrighteousness when we think, say, or do something apart from God. Standing firm in our righteousness requires us to live in continuous agreement with God according to 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confession is different from saying “I’m sorry” or asking forgiveness. To confess ( homologeo ) means to acknowledge or to agree. You confess your sin when you say what God says about it: “I entertained a lustful thought and that’s a sin”; “I treated my spouse unkindly this morning and that was wrong”; “Pride motivated me to seek that board position and pride doesn’t belong in my life.”

 

Satan will make confession as difficult for you as he can. He will try to convince you that it’s too late for confession, that God has already erased your name out of the book of life. That’s another one of his lies. You’re in Christ; you’re already forgiven. You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), and He will never leave you. Your confession of sin clears the way for the fruitful expression of righteousness in your daily life. We should be like Paul, who said, “I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men” (Acts 24:16).

 

Prayer: Lord, I put on the breastplate of righteousness today and seek to maintain a blameless conscience before You and the people around me.

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The Walk: First, The Faith

 
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2019

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Today’s Scripture
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV

Thoughts for Today
The Christian walk must begin with faith. Faith that we have sinned and are subject to the punishment of death (Romans 6:23). Faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Faith in his death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Faith in his resurrection. Faith to invite him to be our personal Lord and Savior.

This is a time of repentance. Merriam-Webster defines repentance as “the act or process of repenting: specifically: contrition for one’s sins together with the dedication of oneself to the abandonment of unworthy purposes and values and to the amendment of one’s life.” As we come to Jesus, we must be sorry for our sins and ready to turn from them.

We cannot earn forgiveness. We cannot earn our way to heaven. We cannot earn a relationship with God. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way. When we come to him in repentance and faith, we are forgiven. We belong to Jesus. And then we begin our walk with him.

Consider this …
As we begin the walk, we need to abandon our sins. To walk out our repentance. Does that mean we will never sin again? No. But it does mean that out of love and devotion to Christ, we will want to live a life that pleases him. And it does mean that when we misstep, we can immediately come to Jesus for forgiveness.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9 NLT

The Bible encourages us to deal with everything that may cause us to sin, every weight that may slow us down and prevent us from living the abundant life Jesus has made possible for us.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  
Hebrews 12:1 NLT

The good news is that we don’t have to do this alone.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.   Philippians 4:13 NLT

Prayer
Lord, thank you that Jesus paid the penalty for my sins. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for the promise of eternity in heaven with you. I pray my walk will please you. Help me overcome any wrong within me, any habit or attitude or anything else that displeases you.
In Jesus’ name …

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There’s Nothing Like a Little Llama Drama! – Girlfriends in God – November 25, 2019

November 25, 2019
There’s Nothing Like a Little Llama Drama!
Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,(Psalm 103:2, ESV)

Friend to Friend

Llamas are a thing lately. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing a llama on a book, card or wall art. And I’m good with that. This mama loves llamas! Llamas are like sunshine on a cloudy day.

With my llama-love in mind, you can imagine the effervescent excitement going down in my heart when Julie told me there was a llama on the grounds of the conference center where I was speaking.

“We can go see him right now if you want,” she offered from behind the wheel.

Ummm… YES, PLEASE!

And off we went to see the llama!

It had rained for several days before my arrival, so the path to the pasture was pretty icky with mud. Undeterred, Julie jumped out of her mini-van, scooped up her young daughter in her arms, and ran straight through the thick, brown sludge toward the llama… and straight out of her shoes, which had been super cute. EEEW.

We laughed until we almost cried. She was up to her ankles in grossness… and trust me when I say this: there was no simple sanitary solution to her sludgy situation. The plot thickened in our llama drama as Julie carefully fished her shoes out from the muck and navigated her way back to the van.

We settled for waving to the llama from across the field and prayed that Oxy Clean would be powerful enough to resurrect her downtrodden flats by removing the stains and renewing their vibrancy.

Sometimes we get stuck in the mud and lose our shoes.

And sometimes stains and pains are so thick and deep that renewal and healing seem impossible.

In Psalm 103, David celebrates the incredible love of God that renews and heals. A pit-lifting love that forgives, redeems and wipes away the grime and grit of our failures, fears and flounderings.

But God doesn’t just leave us at redemption.
He takes love and mercy to another level by throwing in a tiara.

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

(Psalm 103:1-5. ESV)

Can you believe it?

He cleans up sinful sludgy situations and gives us each a sparkly crown! (v4) One brilliant with love and compassion (NIV), full of lovingkindness and tender mercy (AMP). A crowning love that is faithful (CSB) and steadfast (ESV).

I still think fondly of my adventurous llama visit from time to time, grateful that Julie’s shoes came out clean from the washer. And I think about the times I’ve gotten stuck in my own mud and have lost shoes in the mires of my making. And I think about the grace of Jesus, because though every one of us has been there, we don’t remain there.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Remember. Remember. Remember.

Let’s vow to forget not these things. We are forgiven (v3), healed (v3), redeemed (v4) and crowned (v4) with a love that makes our lives effervescently exciting and new.

Bless the Lord, O my soul! All my inmost being, bless His holy name!

Let’s Pray

Loving Lord, Thank You for lifting me from pits that I didn’t deserve rescue from. You love me in spite of my brokenness and You wipe away every stain. You satisfy my desires with good things and are worthy of all of my praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 103. Grab your journal and write out five benefits of God you can remember and give thanks for today. Not a journal girl? Post yours on the wall of my blog or send them to me in a DM on Instagram!

Llove Llamas? Check out the most EPIC videos and pics from a recent visit my hubs and I had with a few alpacas in my Instagram Story today. (Because alpacas are just as darling as llamas!)

More from the Girlfriends

Do you want less drama and more peace in your days? Need some help remembering all of His benefits? Hang out with Gwen and friends! Listen to the GRACEOLOGIE with Gwen Smith podcast as you commute to work, go on walks, exercise, run errands, eat guacamole or travel. Podcasts are also perfect to listen to as you do household chores! (Laundry anyone?)

Each GRACEOLOGIE with Gwen Smith podcast episode is filled with fun, faith-focused, grace-filled conversations that will help you know and trust God more.

These discussions encourage you in meaningful ways to live out and lean on the GRACE of Jesus in the midst of cluttered, messy days. CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes, or visit GwenSmith.net/Graceologie for more information.

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