Sunday, October 22, 2023

Never ever? Never Ever.

Never ever?  Never Ever. 
By David Brenneman 

‭“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You." Psalms 39:7.

"Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass." Joshua 21:45.

When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. 

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. 

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we'll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
-"Trust and Obey" -John Sammis 1887.

My mind wants to go in various directions this morning.  Wants to try to figure out how to deal with situations that have unexpectedly arisen in our lives.  Unexpected to us, known before the dawn of time, to Jesus.  

In my sleep I know not what troubles me in the physical world.  It's a sorely tempting place to be.  If it weren't a place of temptation, King Solomon wouldn't have written warnings about it.  

Joshua 21:45 was part of my Bible reading this morning.  Where some may call it a coincidence, that's never the case with the Spirit. Have you ever considered that every single thing that the Spirit has done or will do is always intentional towards the plan of God for you?  There are no Personal Time Off days, no vacation days, for the Spirit of God.  He’s the keeper of the Word of God. He’s the Helper.  The teacher of all the things of God. He seals those who have come to Christ.  Without the Spirit's confirmation, no one spends eternity with Jesus Christ.  

Never ever has a single individual left Hell apart from the will of God.  That was fulfilled by Jesus when He arose from the dead.  Everyone else stays there until the Final Judgment...and even the will of God they will stand before Jesus.  Various demons, for Hell was originally created for them, are staying in Hell until that Final Judgment day. 

Never ever has a single individual entered into Heaven apart from the will of God.  The Spirit is involved in every single person who departs this world.  Satan and his minions must obey all summons by Jesus to appear before Him.  

Never have any of the words of Jesus Christ ever failed.  If it's not come to pass its only because it's not time yet.  Jesus said that not one jot or tittle would ever pass away from the Word of God.  All would occur.  

My mind wants to stress, to worry, but my heart reads and remembers the Word of God.  When my mind wants to race, I have to put the brakes on with the Word of God. 

I have been learning that while my mind has been hardwired for troubleshooting, that when it comes to living life, it's ok when I can't figure it out. I just need to trust the One who has it all figured out. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6.  

"Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:5-7. Many have verses 6 and 7 memorized...back up to verse 5.  Gentle spirit implies a calm spirit. A peaceful spirit. Why? Because the Lord is near. 

Joseph was totally on his own, in a culture and place 100% foreign to him. What does the Bible say? "The Lord was with Joseph".
Repeatedly that is said after his totally altered life begins to happen. 

Which is another of the promises of God. 
"for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”" Hebrews 13:5b.

Satan's go to is always always always "Did God really say...".  

"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence." Psalms 42:5.

"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;" Psalms 37:7a.

"I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning." Psalms 130:5-6.

My Dear Reader...this is what I am going to do...wait upon the Lord.  Am going to keep doing whatever He’s put before me until He changes things...until He provides. 

Never had He ever failed in a single promise...just as Joshua wrote. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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