Did God Forget Me? (Psalm 9:12)

When people forget about you and your needs, it is a hurtful experience. It conveys the absence of love and concern. There are times in our lives when we face trials and difficulties and it appears as if God has forgotten us. We pray and ask for deliverance, but nothing happens. Has God forgotten us?

…he forgetteth not the cry of the humble. (Psalm 9:12)

God has not forgotten you. His love and concern has not been set aside and your life and its concerns have not been mislaid or lost. God has heard your cry, he knows the problems that you face and the heaviness in your heart that you carry because of it.

So, why doesn’t he answer? Why doesn’t he deliver? But he has and he will. God has heard your prayers and is providing the grace that you need. Many of learn the grace and truth go hand-in-hand. It seems that you cannot have the one without the other. God I want you exposed to truth concerning him and buy the truth he will be able to exercise grace in your life. Paul experienced this and wrote about it. God’s grace was sufficient for him because of his reliance on the truth of the power of Christ.

Until your actual deliverance comes, expose yourself to the word of God: read it, listen to the testimony of others, attend church services and listen to the preaching of God‘s word and God will begin working his grace in your life.

How long must you rely on this grace until the deliverance comes cannot be known. Remember as God works in the details of your life, he is also working in the lives of others. He wants to use grace in your life to shine as a light to the lost. He also may be working in the lives of others to bring them to repentance before he moves his hand in judgment or chastening. Until then, you must wait on him. Thankfully because of his grace, you will be able to endure.

…he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

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Protect Yourself !!!

Protect yourself! You hear it all the time. Protect your identity, protect your vehicle, protect your home, get a flu shot. But do you hear anybody talk about protecting your heart from being caught in a snare?

Jesus spoke of this in Luke 17. He tells his disciples that offenses will come. When he spoke of offenses, he was referring to situations that would cause them to stumble or fall. Offenses are traps or snares that take our hearts captive. Much like the branch of a tree is pulled down and attached to a rope so that it can snare rabbits or other small animals.

Each of us could become ensnared and one major way for that to occur would be by refusing to forgive. Right after Jesus’ warning of offenses (snares), he talks about the brother sinning against them and then repenting: not only once, but even seven times in a day. His advice or counsel was for them to forgive each time.

Refusing to forgive can lead to anxiety, anger, depression and a host of physical elements. It would be wise for us to forgive and by doing so, we are not setting the offender free: we really are freeing ourselves.

Forgiveness is not explaining away the offense or allowing the person to be free from the consequences of their wrong. It is simply freeing them from owing you anything.

I remember a conference speaker referring to a situation when he was the principal of the school. He explained how a student brought a firearm to school. When he was caught, he was very sorry and in tears asked the principal for forgiveness. The principal told the boy that he forgave him, but that he could not speak for the law which he also offended. With that, he picked up the phone and called the police. When we forgive, we are acting in the same manner: forgiving them of a debt owed to us, but still having them answer to God concerning their offense against him.

Outside of being persecuted for Christ, you are not required to be a doormat and allow people to wound and hurt you. But you are required to forgive. Remember, when you forgive, the person you freeing is yourself.

What Does it Take?



We have been told to be this and we have read it in the scriptures: be strong and of good courage.  But what is it?  What does it look like?  What usually comes to mind is a person that will not step away in the face of dangerous circumstances and with strength and fortitude will keep from being moved.  Have you tried to do this?  Were you successful?

Many believers have tried this and were successful, but sadly to say, so many have tried and were unsuccessful.  What is the difference between the two?  Was one group more determined than the other?  Did the successful love the Lord more than those who failed?

What we must understand is that Joshua was admonished to be strong and courageous, but his success was not going to be based on his amount of strength or determination.  Joshua’s strength and courage was based on the promises of God.

Joshua 1:5 …I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

In this passage we see two aspects of God’s promise: he will not fail and he will not forsake.  The words “to fail” are translated from the word which can also mean to slacken. Have you ever met someone who slacking off in their responsibilities? The person who slacks off fails to achieve all that is expected of them because they cease or are slothful with their duties. God promised Joshua that he would not act in that manner towards him. The term “forsake” means to loosen or leave. I like to think of it as giving up on something or someone. Maybe there was a time when you tried to help someone. You invested in them with great patience, but after some time you realized that nothing had changed. Things weren’t getting any better and whatever you did wasn’t making  any difference.  So you decided that you were done helping. What did you do? You cut yourself loose from them and left off helping.

God promised Joshua that there would never be a time that he would cut him loose. Joshua could count on God always remaining with him and never to depart. Why was Joshua so strong and so courageous? It was because he knew that God would not fail or forsake him. With that promise, he could stand against Jericho and with that promise he could be strong when he was required to pick up the pieces after the grave defeat at Ai. 

The great news is that these promises are not just for Joshua. God promised you the same. You too can be strong and courageous by simply having faith in God’s promises.

Hebrews 13:5 …I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Romans 8:36-39 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What Is a Disciple? (Luke 14:33)



What is a disciple?  Is it merely a person who is a believer in Jesus?  Or is it a person who is mastering principles and practices of life?  Many times in English, the word disciple can refer to a person who is disciplined.  Is that a disciple?

In this passage, a disciple is a person who is a pupil or learner.  He or she is a person who is learning about Jesus.  Learning information is one thing, but a disciple of Jesus is a person who is learning about Jesus.

We all have learned about somebody. Whether it be a spouse, a child you are raising or even a close friend.  The more we spend time with these individuals, the greater the opportunity we have at learning about them.  

As with everything in life, there can always be hinderances.  The hinderances to learning about Jesus occurs when we fail to yield our lives to him.  In this passage, he speaks about forsaking all.  Forsaking all means to say adieu to what you think you have control over in your life.  Remember in Matthew 11:29, when Jesus admonished us to take his yoke upon us and to learn of him?  It is at that time of yielding when we learn of Jesus.

When we fail to yield to him or we refuse to submit our lives to his care, we fail to learn of him and we fail to grow.  Do you want to grow in Christ?  If so, say goodbye to controlling your life and when you do, Jesus can begin to reveal things about himself to you.

Overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2)

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I remember a time when I was swimming in the ocean. I really enjoyed plunging through the waves or swimming over top of them as the large swells approach the shore. But what I don’t like about the ocean is when the waves catch me by surprise. There is nothing worse than turning around just in time to see a wave overwhelm and swallow you up with its massiveness.

I have had other situations in life that do the same to me. I remember receiving phone calls concerning the passing away of loved ones. Accidents, breakdowns, financial turn arounds, shattered relationships and such are examples of problems in life that can overwhelm and swallow us up with their massiveness as well.

What do we need in situations like this and what can we do? The Psalmist stated it well.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalms 61:2)

What we need is to find a source of footing so that we may stand above life’s circumstances. The source for standing firm is The Lord Jesus Christ. What we need is a greater understanding or an increase of faith so that we may mount ourselves higher than the circumstances we face. Just as a rock climber seeks ridges and jagged edges of the rock to grasp and lift himself up the face of the cliff, we must seek God to reveal something about himself that will enable us to grasp and raise ourselves up by faith to newer heights in our walk with him. When we do, we will abound in spite of our circumstances.

Hold It Together (Psalm 27:14)

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I remember when quite a few years ago, I was sitting in the heart station at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My daughter was sitting on my wife’s lap as they were completing the last preliminaries before her open heart surgery the next morning. Each of us were on edge and doing our best to deal with the situation. It was then that my daughter said her first word. She turned her head, looked across the room at me and said, “Daddy.” Needless to said, I nearly fell apart.

The two options that we have when we face trouble are holding it together or falling apart. Faith is what enables us to hold our hearts together. When we lose faith or fail to exercise faith, our heart no longer binds itself together for The Lord and then we essentially cave in or fall under the circumstances of your trial. However, our path to victory begins with just one step.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalms 27:14)

Waiting on The Lord and being of good courage are attributes of the heart. We see this from the context of the verse and can understand that they essentially mean to bind the heart together and be emotionally strong. When we have faith in The Lord to provide what we need and take that stand, God will strengthen our hearts. We then have greater faith to take that same stand and God again strengthens our hearts. The process repeats itself and this is what enables believers to overcome all obstacles and yet at the same time rejoice in The Lord.

You too can experience this victory. It begins with one step: hold your heart together by trusting in the goodness of The Lord. After that, he will do the rest.

Learning God’s Statutes (Psalm 119:71)

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A purpose for the trial or affliction may be to teach us to live by God’s statutes. It is easy for us to declare how we would live in certain situations, but to be in them and then live by God’s statutes is a different matter. Because of our sinful nature, each statute of God goes contrary to our natural instinctive response. Therefore, we need God to move us into the direction that he would want us to go. This teaching processes is much like when a herdsman goads his animals so as to move them in the direction that he desires. We too must be goaded by God so as to live like him. The trial of affliction with the Holy Spirit’s leading is the goading that we need. Without the trial, we would miss opportunities to learn of God and to live by his precepts.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. (Psalms 119:71)

Trials are never pleasant, but God wants us to learn of him. Life may be difficult with the trial, but a life of disobedience or away from God is always empty, troubling and sorrowful. We need to begin viewing trials as opportunities for knowing God better and to be drawing closer to him.

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