Friday, August 08, 2014

August 8, 2014 … Standing Alone!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 220

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please go this video link to hear the newly famous group, Celtic Women, singing a song of the benefits of an abiding relationship with Christ, You’ll Never Walk Alone, which reminds us of the hope we have from and in our Lord.

Highlight Passage - Genesis 6: 7-8 [NKJV] … 
7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 
Highlight Passage [Context] - Genesis 6: 5-22 [NKJV] … Go to this ink

Reference Passage #1 … Deuteronomy 31: 8 [NKJV] … 
8 “… And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” 

Reference Passage #2 … Psalm 34: 15 [NKJV] … 
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. 

My Journal for Today: Fellow Christian, have you ever felt lonely or out there walking alone in your faith? Well, today’s Our Daily Bread devotional [ODB], authored by Jennifer Schuldt, does a “forget that!” exposé on that thought. And the author uses the life and circumstances of THE man of faith of his day, … NOAH.

And what an example of stand alone faith this dude was. And Schuldt also reminds us that though Noah had to stand alone for God, he never was standing alone. And that’s what the encouraging song, linked above, sings about, doesn’t it? I hope you’ve taken the time to hear the now famous, Celtic Women, singing the classic song Jerry Lewis made famous by singing it at the end of his annual fund-raising telethons to help MS victims know that they were never alone in their battles against the disease.

But sometimes, in this life, we feel like that lonely soul in the attached picture; and certainly how Noah must’ve felt as he was instructed to build a boat in times when his world had never seen rain. Yes, sometimes, even when we’re desiring help and fellowship, we are cast into the role of the person of faith standing for Christ in the midst of a world who wants nothing to do with our Lord. And when this occurs, stand alone we must, realizing in faith the truth of both of the reference passages above [see and meditate on Deuteronomy 31: 8 and Psalm 34: 15].

 So, I pray that if/when we come to that place where we’re out there on our own, standing alone for Christ, we will do so, as did Noah, … and we will find favor, as he did, with our Lord.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, thank You for all of those who stand with me for You and Your glory in this life. Being the weak soul I am, I need them. ... Amen

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