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God is Faithful!

Psalm 145:13

 
"The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."


Greetings;

Is everything going well for you?
I pray that it is. Please keep in mind that a teacher loves to explain things; he is not a preacher. Also keep in mind that the aim of my teachings is always the same: to build faith in the hearts of God’s people. Let’s begin.

God is faithful to all of his promises and loving toward all he has made, don’t ever doubt that. I believe that, and for years, I have experienced that fact. God has continually proved himself faithful to his promises in my life and ministry. That is why I searched a lot of news reports about the New Orleans incident. I was searching for evidence of God’s faithfulness in the midst of what happened in New Orleans.

In my search I found a lot of evidence proving God’s faithfulness.

In many video clips I heard time after time people saying, “Thank you Jesus for keeping us safe.” I love that! One Associated Press article dated 9/3/05, presents a most touching account of Nita LaGarde. Nita is 105 years old. The reporter found Nita being pushed down the street in her wheelchair by her nurse. The pair spent two days in the attic, two days on an interstate island, and the last four days on the pavement in front of the convention center.

The article stated that Nita showed remarkable gusto as she walked to a Marine helicopter to be evacuated. Nita said, “They’re good to see.” She also said they were sent by God, and she added, “Whatever He has for you, He’ll take care of you. He’ll sure take care of you” (Breed, 2005). Nita knows God is faithful. She trusted that He would care for her; and she readily acknowledged that fact to the news agency for the world to hear.

God warns people in advance of danger:

I’m a firm believer that God warns people in advance of danger, but it is always up to each person to respond to God’s warning. A number of years ago, I read a story that made me be more alert to the voice of God. It was a story of a woman who responded to God’s warning of danger. She was about to board a commercial airplane, but deep inside she heard, “Don’t get on that plane it’s going to crash and everyone on board will be killed.”

She went to the flight attendants who were standing at the loading gate and tried to relay the warning to them, but they ignored her. Despite their effort to assure her that the plane was safe, the woman heeded the warning in her heart. She did not get on that plane and the plane crashed on take off and everyone on board was killed.

A news reporter heard about her being the sole survivor and decided to interview her. During the interview she told the reporter about the warning, and that she believed the warning was from God. She told him that was the reason she did not get on that flight. The reporter got upset and almost shouted at the woman, “Why would God tell just one person? Why would he leave all those others be killed?”

The woman replied, “God is faithful and loving to all he has made, and I know for fact that God spoke a warning to everyone of those people. It’s just that I was the only one who listened.” After that comment, the reporter went silent.

The evidence of God's willingness to keep people out of harms way is available. God will always make a way out of trouble for those who listen, don’t ever doubt that!

The Psalmists tell us: Whoever is wise, let him/her heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men -- Psalm 34:17,19; Psalm 107:6,13, 19, 28, 43.

God wants to be close to those who are brokenhearted and crushed in spirit:

The Lord promises to be close to those who suffer loss -- Psalm 34:18: The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. When you are crushed and brokenhearted, don’t withdraw from God, draw close to him and he’ll draw close to you -- "Come near to God and he will come near to you"-- James 4:8.

I’m not just quoting Bible verses, I’m telling you facts that I’ve experienced personally. I can remember one time when I was sitting alone, frustrated and angry. As I sat alone venting my rage, I physically felt the Lord sit down on my left side, and he wrapped his arm around me and gripped my upper right arm with his hand and pulled me close to him. Then he rubbed my chest with his other hand, and I heard him tell me, “You needed to get that off your chest son, if you hadn’t, it would have destroyed you.”

Don’t ever try to tell me that God isn’t willing to draw close to the person who is hurting; I know better. Over and over, I’ve experienced his tender mercy touch me physically, setting me free from hurt and anger. God knows how to heal the hurts! Many times as I’ve traveled the avenue of life, life’s circumstances drove me close to God, and he has always drawn close to me. He never left me to myself, and he’ll do the same for anyone, anywhere. He is the only therapist you’ll ever need! That is, if you draw close to him.
 

I’ve had some people shout at me, “I never heard God speak to me; I don’t believe you’re hearing God.” I would have to ask you, do you believe that God speaks to people? Would you believe you heard him if he did speak to you? Would you recognize his voice if he did speak to you? Does the Spirit of God dwell in you -- 1 Corinthians 2:11-16.

How does God fit into the picture of New Orleans’ troubled times?

He was there before the disaster happened, warning people to prepare or to flee, some responded, some didn’t. He was there during the disaster, prompting people, comforting people, and protecting those who would respond to him. And God is still active in the lives of people during the horrifying aftermath of this disaster.

He will guide those and provide for those who are crying out to him. He will be a therapist to those who draw close to him. He will lead them to new opportunities and help them rebuild their lives if they trust him. From my experience, trusting in yourself during troubling times is not the best choice.

God is willing to deliver people from their distress:

The wisdom found in Psalm 107 provides valuable information for those experiencing trying times. Psalm 107 lists four sets of circumstances that people can find themselves in, and all four groups of people listed made the same sensible decision.

  • Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. In other words, their lives were devastated; they had nothing going for them. They lacked the financial resources to be mobile. They were hungry and thirsty. But they made the right decision: Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble. And what did God do? He delivered them FROM their distress.

  • The second group of people listed sat in darkness and deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains. Sounds like the people were being tormented by depression doesn’t it? Why were they so depressed? It says, “for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High.” What happened to them, they were subjected to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. But then they made the right decision: They too cried out to the Lord in their trouble. And what did God do? He saved them FROM their distress. God breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. The steel bands around their heads were broken. Their minds were restored to normalcy. No matter how resistant you’ve been to God, cry out to him in your time of trouble.

  • The third group of people became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities (sinful attitudes, beliefs, habits, and resulting deeds). They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. It was so bad for them they couldn’t even eat. But then they made the right decision: They cried to the Lord. And what did God do? He sent his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
  • The fourth group of people listed in Psalm 107 are merchants. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds. They found themselves in the midst of tempest, and in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men, they finally reached their wits end. Successful business people are like that, it takes a severe storm raging in their lives to bring them to their wits end. But they made the right decision: They cried out to the Lord in their trouble. And what did God do? He brought them OUT OF their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; and he guided them to their desired haven. Did you notice that God guided them to their desired haven? God did not force them to go somewhere they didn’t want to go.

The writer of Psalm 107 gives the same advice in all four cases:

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.”

God doesn’t want it to be a hard road ahead:

Among those with no idea where they’ll wind up were 79-year-old James Lindsey and his 69 year-old wife, Delphine, who rested on cots inside the Astrodome with granddaughter Elona Robinson, 37, and great-granddaughter Shonta Robinsion, 12. “We don’t know what to do. We don’t have a place to go. We don’t have any money. What’s next for us?” James Lindsey asked. These comments were included in an article titled “Hard Road Ahead” (Hetcht, 2005).

It will be a hard road ahead unless those people make the right decision: If they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, He will save them FROM their distress. Yes, God will use people at times, but the fact is: It will be God saving them FROM their distress. God is not a government or government agency. Also, age does not limit anyone from calling out the LORD. Young and old, it doesn’t cost a dime to call out to the LORD; it’s a free call. The price has been paid by God; the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ!

Doesn’t it make perfect sense to call out to God in your time of distress? From what is recorded in Psalm 107 doesn’t it make perfect sense to expect God to deliver you OUT OF your distress? Doesn’t it make sense to expect God to do what you need him to do for you? God has stated that he is faithful to all of his promises and good to all he has made (Psalm 145:13). God also states that he is the God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). 

God wants us to expect from him (Matthew 21:22): “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” But he wants you to humble yourself and ask in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ (John 16:23), “I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

If you’re suffering in distressing circumstances, my advice to you is:

Cry out to God and ask him to deliver you OUT OF your trouble. And he will! I’ve never been one to stay in troubling times, hard times never helped me develop character. Experiencing God deliver me OUT OF my trouble always developed faith in my heart and helped me love him more, and want to live for him.

I’ve walked with the Lord for over twenty years and in all that time, I’ve never asked God to keep me in hard times, I have always called out for deliverance from trouble. God has never failed me. I encourage you, cry out, ask for deliverance FROM your trouble, and then expect that God will do what you need him to do for you.
 

Sometimes deliverance will occur overnight, at other times,it will take weeks even months. But while waiting, you have something great to think about. Instead of thinking about the troubling circumstances, you’re thanking God because you’re full of expectation, confident that God is getting you out of your distress. He is turning things around for you, working for you good.

Don’t thank him for the trouble, thank him for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds he is doing for you. That keeps your level of faith high, and before you know it, you’re out of your troubles and into better circumstances. The more you expect from God, the more quickly he can move you out of trouble because you will be able to recognize an opportunity he puts before you.

If you expect nothing, you won’t be able to recognize anything God wants you to do, as a result, you won’t be able to respond to the leading of the Lord.
 

But some people are rubbed wrong by what I am going to say next. But it’s the truth and I must say it because God said it: According to your faith, it will be done for you (Matthew 9:29; Mark 6:6; Hebrews 13:8). Jesus Christ is the same today as he was when he walked the face of this planet. This means the things he did and said back then, he is still doing and saying today: “According to your faith, it will be done for you.”

Ask and receive (Matthew 7:7) in the name of Jesus Christ (John 16:24). Don’t stay in your troubling circumstances; God will save you FROM all your distress. That’s his promise to you (Psalm 34:17).

And remember, when the Lord delivers you FROM your trouble, be sure to “give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.”

The grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all;


An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness yet, but you would like to experience the New Life He promises, simply pray this prayer: “Jesus Christ, I choose to believe you are the Son of God and God’s only sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sins. I admit it, I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins, and I ask you to come into my life, I want to be born again. Save me Jesus. I don't understand it, but please save me Jesus. Please show me how real you are! Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit; I want everything you have for me. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re a skeptic you can pray a prayer like this: “God, if this is true about Jesus Christ and a new life, please help me understand so that I can accept your gift of eternal life that you purchased for me by the sacrifice of Your Son.


God wants to lavish His grace and love upon your life, for more information go here my friend:

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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