Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016: Surviving In Christ

Today Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 261  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of images from the group Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing … He’ll Do Whatever It Takes, poignantly declaring the truth that God will do whatever He needs to to bring us to a shared relationship with Himself.

Highlight Passage: Psalm 55:22 [NKJV] …  
22 Cast your burden on the Lord, … and He shall sustain you; … He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. 
… God’s promise of deliverance and protection for His remnant of believers.
Highlight Context … Psalm 55 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… David’s trust in God in the face of persecution and peril.

Reference Passage #1 … 2nd Corinthians 12: 9-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul discovered that his humility and faith in God was more important that the pain he was experiencing.

Reference Passage #2 … 1st Peter 5:6-7 [NKJV] …  
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
… Peter believed and humbly trusted that God would lift him in deliverance from the trials of life.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt, uses a common word picture to teach about God’s relentless design to bring His faithful into Christlikeness. She wrote: Sunlight glittered on the swimming pool in front of me. I overheard an instructor speaking to a student who had been in the water for quite a while. He said, “It looks like you’re getting tired. When you’re exhausted and in deep water, try the survival float.” 
Certain situations in life require us to spend our mental, physical, or emotional energy in a way that we can’t sustain.  David [see the highlight Psalm 55 above] described a time when his enemies were threatening him and he felt the emotional weight of their anger.  He needed to escape the distress he was experiencing. 

But David had faith In His God to deliver any true believer, like himself, from the pits of despair and destruction. The Apostle Paul and Peter (see reference passages above) had to learn that lesson the hard way as well. And often we are led into circumstances in life which God uses to reshape us into His own image and bring us closer to Himself.

And those of us reading here together need to learn those faith-building lessons as well, which teach us the truth which Phillips, Craig, and Dean sing about in their linked song above. Our God is going to do whatever it takes to bring us to Himself. So, dear one, get ready for His faith-building lesson today.

My Prayer Today:   Heavenly Father, … help me to pay attention, Lord, and accept what you’re doing in my life today to bring me closer to You. Amen  

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