Daily Bible Study
Psalm 51: 1,2: "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." This Psalm follows the aftermath of David's affair with Bathsheba. David's call for mercy is the only appropriate request for a confessing sinner. No sinner should ask for justice, for that would men judgment and ruin. Mercy and forgiveness are God's gifts to the confessing sinner. Even when the Lord forgives, He does not tarnish His just character; confessed sins are covered by the sacrifice of His perfect Son on the Cross. The phrase 'according to Your lovingkindness' expresses God's loyal or covenantal love to His people.
James 1:5 - "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." The wisdom God gives is not necessarily information on how to get out of trouble but rather insight on how to learn from one's difficulties. It is not more information about how to avoid times of testing but instead a new perspective on trails. The wisdom of God begins with a genuine reverence for the Almighty fear of the LORD and a steadfast confidence that God controls all circumstances, guiding them to His good purposes.
ALL IS WELL - 'Our Lord, bless us and keep us, we beseech Thee.' "My Keeping Power is never at fault, but only your realization of it. Not whether I can provide a shelter from the storm, but your failure to be sure of the security of that shelter. Every fear, every doubt, is a crime against My Love. Oh! children, trust. Practice daily, many times a day, saying 'All is well.' Say it until you believe it, know it."
DWELL APART - "Rest more with Me. If I, the Son of God, needed those times of quiet communion with My father, away, alone, from noise, from activity - then surely you need them too. Refilling with the Spirit is a need. That dwelling apart, that shutting yourself away in the very secret place of your being - away alone with Me. From these times you come forth in Power to bless and heal." Friends, take this time, it really works. Only if for 3 minutes - our soul needs this "alone" time to regenerate our internal Spiritual power. Have a safe and joyful weekend!
Hebrews 4:12: " For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." The 'word of God' is the measuring stick Christ will use at the judgment. God's message is alive and active penetrating the innermost parts of a person. It distinguishes what is natural and what is spiritual, as well as the thoughts (reflections) and intents (insights) of a person. The word of God exposes the natural and spiritual motivations of a believer's heart.