13 Jun 2009 Psalm 33-34
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I love how God teaches us what we really need when we need it the most, and how he ties things together that you don’t mean to be tied together. It’s so cool! My journal is filling up with prayers, great things from “Free Yourself to Love” that really hit home with me, and Bible verses that tie in with everything. I like going back over my journal after a period of time to see what all God did in me during these deep teaching times.

I have been reading through Psalms before I open up “Free Yourself to Love.” Even though this book has turned into a devotional for me, I want to make sure I’m reading the Bible first and foremost. Here’s a few verses in Psalms that really hit home today:

Psalm 33:18, 20-22

But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.* We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.* In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.* Let your unfailing love surround us Lord, for our hope is in you alone.*

Psalm 34:4-6

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.* Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.* In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.*

Psalm 34:12-14, 16, 19-20

Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?* Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!* Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.* But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.* The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.* For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!*

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When we feel like we are being attacked or going through a hard time in life, whether it be something current or trying to forget something in the past these verses are very comforting. The mistake I most often make while reading the Bible is automatically assume that I am the “righteous” person that these verses are talking about, and whoever has offended me must be the “evil” person. For some reason today, for the first time, my viewpoint has changed. I love the promises in the first 2 sets of verses of God freeing us from fears and shame if we rely on him. I also love reading about the joy we will receive when going to God. The third set of verses convicted me, and I almost skipped over verse 16, “But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.” assuming that I am never the “evil” one the Bible talks about. But as I read back over the scriptures that verse stuck out the most to me as a warning.

As I am reading through “Free Yourself to Love” by Jackie Kendall I have past memories of hurt that come up, and along with those memories are thoughts of how I could get even with someone. How can I up them because they offended me? I know that’s not right, but in my anger I know that it would feel really good, but I also know that it would not be worth the punishment from God I would get for paying an offense back with another offense. I am finding out more and more that before I say or act on anything, while my thoughts are just thoughts at the time I need to turn to God and give the situation over to him and let God handle it for me. And what a great thing to read how to live a life that is propsperous. I do not want to become the evil person that Satan wishes I would be. My life is faulty enough. I need to capture my thoughts and surrender them over to Christ. And I am so glad that I am learning about forgiveness, and how it works and how to go about forgiving others. That has helped when anger builds up inside because of a thought that comes to mind. I still have a long journey ahead of me, but am excited to see what comes of it.

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    PW 

    Ouch…you make some really great points. I’m glad that you shared from Psalms….that really spoke to me too. thanks