He will walk with you. He will listen to you. He will never reject you, but in His love, He will not permit you to destroy yourself. He will interpose Himself between you and the path of destruction. And He will stop you. He will plead with you, and if there is a need, He will even personally intervene to turn you around!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends. John 15:13-14
Yes that's Jesus, He calls us His friends. Anybody who says, "I need a friend," He would say to them, "You have a friend."
This friend gave His life to save you. What a friend we have in Jesus!
Pas. Sam Kamalesan
Do not keep with you overnight the wages of those who have worked for you, but pay them at once.
In addition to their upcoming purchase of Vatican City, Disney has officially filed to copyright the Bible.
We so often look for an instant miracle, when sometimes the miracle happens in the learning, the climbing… in discovering that with God, we can ‘overcome’ all things. He rarely takes away our pain and heartaches instantly. When we are frail and unable to put one foot in front of another, He helps us understand His grace and His strength is all we need to walk this walk of faith. And at the end of it all we can stand on the peak and realise what it is to be an ‘overcomer' and take in the grand and gracious view of God’s promises fulfilled.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. Ps 18:33
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4 NIV).
“God’s Presence: Your Anchor through Any Storm” By Rick Warren:
“No one gets to live a life without setbacks. All of us will face storms from time to time.
The real issue is how we respond. What happens next? Do setbacks dominate you? Do you stop trying and give up?
If we’re not careful, setbacks will lead us toward unhelpful decisions:
Drifting from our goals. We hear the little voice inside that asks, “What’s the use of trying?” Then we stop striving for what God has clearly called us to do.
Discarding what we value. Sometimes, after a period of intense pain, our priorities change—we let go of what once mattered greatly to us.
Despairing about our future. We figure we’re doomed, we’re finished, and it’s all over.
As a pastor now for more than 40 years, I’ve watched many people react to crises in one of those three ways. I’ve discovered that the true test of faith is not how high you jump when you’re singing praises to God, but how straight you walk when you’re going through the valley of the shadow of death.
You’ll always drift in a storm without the right anchor. And only one anchor will really do.
One of the Bible’s most famous passages says it like this: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4 NIV).
God’s presence is the greatest anchor in any situation.
When you’re feeling hopeless, remember that God hasn’t left you. Make him your rock-solid anchor. No matter how dark your valley, you’ve never been closer to God than you are at this exact moment.
When I make that statement to people as they’re going through setbacks, they often tell me: “Well, I don’t feel his presence.”
But it really has nothing to do with how you feel. The Bible says God is there in your darkest valley. That’s reality—whether you believe it or not.
The Bible tells us, “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us” (Romans 8:38-39 The Message).
No matter what you’re going through, God and his love are right there with you.
That truth offers stability in any storm.
Talk it over:
What setbacks in your life have made you doubt God’s presence?
When you look at the three ways setbacks can lead us to losing our way, which have you experienced? How did the loss impact you?
How does recognizing God’s presence in the midst of setbacks help you get through those difficult times?”
Mary Magdalene. The Doré Bible gallery. 1890. Gustave Doré .