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Bible Devotions

Psalm 37:1-11

King James Version (KJV)

37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Last night hubby turned on a show I will never watch again.  It was called  “American Gangsters”.  I normally don’t like or watch shows like this, but this one particular episode caught my attention.  I have never seen such evil in my life and I never want to see it again!  Sadly, many don’t have that choice.  Chaos and horror have been their lives since their childhood.

People live on streets that are plagued with drugs, drug dealers, con artists, and violence of such propensity and horror I cannot even write it.  Children are born into this nightmare of destruction!  Women and children are victims to this nightmare of destruction! 

 As I sat and watched, horrified, I told my husband, “We literally live in a Mayberry!”  I thanked God I was born in “Mayberry” and that my life had been kept safe.  But not all have had this life I know as normal. 

I began to think of the children so coldly murdered as though their lives held no value.  The destruction due to greed I saw made me literally weep!  I wondered if those children had anyone who prayed for them and how any of them made it out either alive or without being caught up in a world of addiction and drugs.  I wondered if some of the nights God had awakened me to pray in the Spirit, along with intercessors all over this world, He had me praying for the safety and escape of innocent people who were about to be victimized.  I know from now on when I intercede, they will definitely be included!

I thought of David Wilkerson, who fearlessly took to the streets and ministered to gangs and drug dealers and won Nicky Cruze to the Lord!  What boldness from the Holy Spirit that took and what a miracle of God he survived to tell about it.

As I thought of these things and wept with feelings of helplessness to aid in this cold, hard reality of so many people’s lives God spoke to me.  I was a bit surprised at what He said, but it gave me a reality check in the Spirit!

God said, “Stop crying!  Pick up your sword of truth and your shield of faith and fight!  Nothing is too hard for me, and through prayer My hand can and will move!”  Now I would have thought God would have been proud of me for feeling such compassion and empathy!  I would have thought this would be a “Bless your sweet darlin’ heart” time!  But I am not the victim here!  Yes, He is pleased when we are moved with compassion, but when we begin to feel depression, helpless, and hopeless we are useless to God and anyone else!  He HAD to get me out of that so I could DO what WOULD make a difference!

Scriptures began to rise up in me when I wasn’t a shrinking daisy anymore.  The first one was “Fret not yourself over evildoers…”  Psalm 37.  Then He spoke the verse of the day to me   1 Corinthians 10:13…He has provided “a way of escape”!  Let me tell you that got me fired up! 

No, I can’t fight crime, greed, or any other evil thing on the streets of New York or anyplace else, but God can!  He will not, cannot ever be defeated!! 

This is a true story.  There was a town many years ago that was basically a “beer joint” town.  There was a small church there where just a few attended and they were women.  Their husbands were in the bars.  They began to pray and brought in an evangelist to hold a revival.  As the revival was taking place the Holy Spirit and the glory of God fell on that church and people who were headed to the bars began to walk through the door.  Many said it felt as if the church were a magnet and they couldn’t help but be drawn in.  The altars began to fill with people wanting to be saved and delivered from ungodly lifestyles.  These very people went on to evangelize this town.

As the revival continued, the bars literally became desolate of any customers!  The former customers were at the revival that lasted several months!   Even the owners and employees of the bar began to attend the revival and soon the bars were shut down and the ENTIRE town was saved and on fire for Jesus!

Who cleaned that town up?  Who brought life long changes to ones who had made fun of this small group of women for going to church and being Christians?  Who turned cold and hardened drunkards into sober deacons and elders?  GOD DID!  How did He do it?  Through the prayers of those women and the pastor!  Prayer unties the hands of God to act on your behalf and on the behalf of others!

No matter how great the obstacle you may face, dear reader, the Bible says God will give us feet that can run through a troop and leap over walls!  Our strength and help comes from the Lord!  He can do what you could never do!  All we have to do is ask in faith, stand on the Word, and praise because we know He is good for it!  Never, never, never underestimate the power of simple believing prayer!  It “avails” much and is “dynamic in its making”! 

Blessings to you as you take your shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit today!  Weild the Word of God and stand in faith and see your world change for the better!!  Blessings in abundance to you, precious reader!!   Juliana

 

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