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My life has been quite uncertain lately. My job is not very stable, my home may be taken from me, there is great sickness in my family and yet through all of this I have peace. When people ask how I am, I can only say that I am good. God is good. It is because of him that I can go on. My trust in him is what keeps me on a level keel when the sea of life is tossing.

In my devotions a while back I was looking for scriptures in which I can continue to place my trust. I had been reading in Hebrews about those that have gone before us in faith. I was at the last chapter and this is what I found.

King James Version – Heb 13:1-8
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

I have a couple other Bibles that I use for reference and I looked up the same passage in them.

The Amplified Version – Hebrews 13:5-6
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money – [including] greed, avarice, lust and craving for earthly possessions – and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He (God) Himself said, I will not in any way leave you with out support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless, not forsake not let [you] down, [relax My hold on you]. – Assuredly not!
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, I will not be seized with alarm – I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?

Interlinear Greek-English New Testament – Hebrews 13:5-6
Without love of money [let your] manner of life [be], satisfied with present [circumstances]; he for has said, In no wise thee will I leave, not in any wise thee will I forsake.
So that we may boldly say, [The] Lord [is] to me a helper, and I will not be afraid: what shall do to me man?

I have held on to these verses. We can feel contentment in our lives even though it seams that the bottom has fallen out because God has promised to be our provider. With this confidence we can boldly and with experienced knowledge say “Who or what can come against me? God is my helper, I don’t have to be afraid.”

Because of this we can be well in our soul, spirit, and attitude even though life isn’t well.

Genesis 16-18

My Thoughts

  • We have to be careful of our attitude when those around us look down upon us for the stand we take or for the inabilities of the flesh. However we can take that stand in a righteous way and not allow that spirit to stay with among us.
  • God once again promises Abram that he will be the father of many nations, but with the specifics that it is through the throne of God.
  • God’s covenant is proclaimed through Abraham. God instructs Abraham to circumcise the men, to set them apart and remind them of the covenant that God has for them.
  • God proclaims his promise through words, changing Abram and Sarai’s names and through the circumcision. These 3 things are testaments of what God has blessed Abraham and Sarah with, being the father and mother of many nations.
  • When Abraham saw the people of the Lord coming to visit, he was quick to be hospitable, taking them in and serving them.
  • Abraham could have faith and believe that God would make him the father of many nations but it was more difficult to believe against the odds of human ability. He trusted God to lead him from a known land to an unknown land, but he and Sarah laughed when they were promised a son.
  • When God gives us a promise, let’s not laugh at its fulfillment or God’s power to see it come to pass. Even when it seams impossible, God is on our side and we know that all things work best through and for him.
  • Is anything to hard for God?
  • Abraham seeks mercy for Lot and his family when they didn’t see or understand the great necessity for escape.

Press the Battle On – Naylor and Warren

Forward, forward, is the battle cry,
Onward, onward, to our home on high;
We will conquer for the Lord or die,
The foe’s retreating, press the battle on.

Refrain:
Strengthened by the mighty pow’r of heaven,
We shall conquer, we shall conquer;
Till the raging foe afar is driven,
Press the battle on.

Forward, forward, never faint or fear,
Christ, our Captain, is forever near;
Be courageous, full of hope and cheer,
With full assurance press the battle on.

Forward, forward, put the foe to flight,
We are battling for the truth and right;
We shall triumph in Jehovah’s might,
Then do not falter, press the battle on.

Forward, forward, there’s a crown before,
See it shining on that heav’nly shore?
We shall wear it when the conflict’s o’er,
The prize is waiting, press the battle on.

It is only through the strength from heaven that we can carry on through this life. I am so thankful that we don’t have to rely on human strength. I know that I couldn’t live a life free from sin on my own. I don’t have the power to do that. But one of the benefits of salvation is the “mighty power of heaven” that daily strengthens us. And through that boosted strength we can be victorious in all situations. These trials that we face may not turn out exactly how we wanted or imagined, but we have the strength to go through it correctly with the right attitude and a clear testimony.

Remember as you face each day that you don’t have to face it alone, but that you have that mighty power of heaven backing your every step.

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