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Jesus did not abandon you. He is always with you. He feels your pain. When you hurt yourself, you hurt Him.
He never left you. He never will.
one of the most powerful posts on tumblr, ever.
Forever reblog <3 Every time I see this, I feel like crying because I’m so thankful for Jesus. Just look at the facial expression on Jesus’s face pleading for us even when we turn our back on Him. I am madly in love with this picture. Whoever made this, made a masterpiece! Jesus, I love you!!
Today, I give up my insecurities. Those things I do to please myself. Those things I do keep myself from being judged. But what really matters to me is You Lord. You are the only one my heart truly desires. I don’t want anymore attention. I give up everything I am holding on…
So true. Want to listen to “Everything” by Lifehouse now.
Today I just flipped through 1 Samuel 26-28 as well as Proverbs 28:15-28 (following a reading plan of course). I also looked back over Psalm 23 because it came up in conversation with a good friend today.
I like to pray before I read, and then read the Word out loud as I go through it. If something pops up at me, I highlight it and come back to it after I am done with that section. I just wanted to go into some of my highlights today.
1 Samuel 26:9-11
David continues to spare Saul, although Saul is bent on David’s destruction. This can really speak into all of our lives - that we should instead honor our enemies. This is the second time David spares Saul’s life, even though Saul has spent a whole lot of resources jealously seeking to end David’s life. If David can honor Saul given those situations, why is it so difficult for us sometimes to honor those who fling insults our way? Why is it so difficult to honor those who have caused us pain and strife in our lives?
1 Samuel 26:18-20
The importance behind David’s address to Saul here is that he gives the whole situation to the LORD. He even includes the possibility of himself being in the wrong. David is not about protecting his reputation or even keeping himself safe in this instance - it is all about pleasing the LORD.
1 Samuel 26:23
The first half of this verse is just an important reminder to walk in His ways and to chase after Him. “The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness.” Continue to seek Him, and you will be rewarded.
1 Samuel 28:5-7
I simply highlighted this (as well as the next verses) because it talks about how Saul has completely rejected God. About just how far he continued to stray from His ways when Saul was anointed with the Holy Spirit. He had the spirit, but he quenched it within himself.
1 Samuel 28:19
And this is the final response from the LORD speaking through the spirit of Samuel. Because of what Saul has done (mostly because of the lack of repentance and his continual excuses for not doing the will of God when it was spoken to him plainly), the LORD is against him. This also reminds me of how very blessed we are to have Jesus intercede for our transgressions (but we still must have that servant’s heart that David showed, even though he made great mistakes as well).
"He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue."
This is something that I have been working on, actually. That I need to be more plain in my speech and say what needs to be said even if it does not want to be heard. If you sidestep an issue, it will bring you much more trouble in the end than speaking plainly.
"He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe."
Trust in God to take care of you. If you become overly stressed by any situation, do not try to handle it on your own. You will just burn yourself our and become more stressed out. Trust in the LORD and His wisdom, and He will look after you.
"He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses."
This also came up in my conversation today in fellowship with my friend from work, Isaac. Give freely - the LORD will provide to you. It is by the grace of God that you make what money you do make. And what really is money measured to a man anyways? How far have we gone as a people if we measure a man not worth $20? As human beings, and as Christians, we are to display love however we can. A simple gift of $5 to someone hurting financially or taking a broke friend out to a movie may not really sound like much, but it means more than you may think.
While the entire Psalm is only six verses, it speaks volumes. Isaac told me that he meditates on it quite a bit, so I figured I would take a more in depth look at it. It is extremely refreshing and really set me to thinking on a few things present in my life. Why have I been wanting so many things? Why can I not be content in the many things that I have been blessed with - for I am far more blessed than I deserve. God opens our eyes to the simpler pleasures of life and restores us. He guides our paths and we need not fear anything for He is with us. Even though our situation may be grim, we simply need to be content with what we are given because we were put there for a reason. I noticed this when I failed Organic Chemistry 1, and then the second time I took it, I had it with an old friend that I met and lost contact of in 9th grade. While her heart is still hardened, I did speak of God and His love to her. From this we do also glean that our cup is overflowing and that we are taken care of even in the presence of our enemies. I would always pray for my cup to be filled, but now I know that it has been overflowing with grace and love since I came to Jesus.
Now I just pray that all of these messages be written on my heart that I may not forget them. That goodness and love will not only follow me all the days of my life, but that I will share goodness and love to all people all the days of my life.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.