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Commitment to Trust
In the Lord do I put my trust, we are ready to put our trust in Him for our salvation from the penalty of sin. Are we willing to put our trust in and rely on Him in times of trouble and heart ache. Are we willing to trust Him in the problems and challenges of our daily lives. We make our commitment to trust then the problems come to challenge our commitment. We gain our trust in Him as we read and study the Bible. Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. The foundations must be secure in our faith. What are the foundations: the Word of God the bible we can hold in our hand, it true. If any change the account of creation as stated in Genesis that God just spoke and all was created in just six literal days as it says. We then open the door to change anything else written in the Bible the virgin birth of Jesus, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, the word for word inspiration of the Bible and the second coming of Jesus. When one begins to change one thing in the Scriptures then one can change it all. Change the foundations of Christianity and you have changed your Christianity into just another religion no different than any other false belief. The righteous loveth righteous that evidence of a relationship with Christ. Our righteousness is not based on anything we do to earn it but only on our acceptance of the shed blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. The gift of salvation is open to all who will receive it. Let’s present it plainly to as many as possible.
Psalm 11 In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? 2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? 4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
Hymn Teach Me to Trust
Teach me to trust when there is cause to rear, When trials come and tempests sore appear; Help me to know that Thou , O God, art near. Teach me to trust when skies are shinning bright, Or when I group alone in sorrow’s night; Thy love provides what ever’s best and right. Teach me to trust mid all life’s tangled ways, In all its disappointments and delays, Give me a song a sacrifice of praise. Teach me to trust when weary, worn and frail, When sickness, pain and other ills assail; Thy grace sustains, Thy promise will not fail. Teach me to trust Teach me to trust.

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As we close this Christmas day of celebrating the Birth of Jesus the babe in the manger. The gifts have been given and received, opened and enjoyed, the meal is finished. The one main thing for us to remember is this was the first day of His 33yr walk to the Cross of Calvary. Where He would suffer scourging and crucifixion to pay the penalty for our sins. And as Barabbas the guilty was set free and the innocent Jesus was condemned we too can be set free when we accept His gift of love for us. Matthew 27 tell of the event, we should all read and reread it.

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Words associated with Christmas
Just some thoughts of what these words can remind us of.
GREEN TREE ——life eternal
LIGHTS————-Light of the world is Jesus
RED RIBBONS—–Blood of Jesus shed at Calvary
GIFTS—————Gift of salvation
FAMILY TIME —-Eternal home with family of God
THE DINNER——Jesus is the bread of life and the marriage supper with Christ, after the rapture
TRAVEL————-Caught up to be with Christ either by the Rapture or death
CHILDRENS ANTICIPATION——Believers anticipation of meeting Christ face to face.
JOYFUL TIME——Our joy we have in Christ, even in hard times.

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Most if not all Believers have felt this way at times when troubles mount and nothing seems to work. We know the promises and faithfulness of God but at times we are overtaken in troubles and we cry our as the Psalmist, where are you God. Our confidence and trust fail at times. In these times we need to draw close to God reading His Word, the promises and be reminded of His unending love and faithfulness. The Psalmist then reminds us of the lives of those that ignore God. They persecute others in many ways in our country it’s not physical but with scams, stealing and destruction. As we have seen recently in the demonstrations/riots. At this time they are escaping accountability and judgment. At other times we see in businesses that cut corners that lead to innocent people being hurt. Just read Psalm 10:2-13 to see the actions of the wicked, those that forget God. We see the wealth gained many times by those that are dishonest, corrupt and immoral. All seems to be going their way no worries and troubles. We may wonder where is God, then we are reminded of their end without God, eternity in Hell. Then our hearts should be burdened for them no matter what they have done. We have all at times been in the position of an enemy with God. Romans 5:8,10 But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Or if, when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by his life. The hymn writer reminds us of our position with Christ in Under His Wings.
Under His wings I am safely abiding; Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him, I know He will keep me; He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

Under His wings—what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing, There I find comfort, and there I am blest.

Under His wings—oh, what precious enjoyment! There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me; Resting in Jesus I’m safe evermore

Under His wings, under His wings, Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide, Safely abide forever.

Psalm 10
1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? 2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. 9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. 10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. 11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. 12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. 13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. 14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. 16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. 17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may more oppress.

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Whole hearted praise, no half heartedness, lackadaisical commitment in our praise to God for all He has done for us. Testify of all His works from creation to our redemption. As we read the creation account in Genesis we see where god just spoke all that was created just came into being the earth, stars, planets, sun and moon, all animals and living creatures and things from just the spoken word of God. For man He formed us from the dust and breathed life into us. But for our redemption from sin He left all the glory of heaven became a man, was rejected, beaten then crucified to pay the price of our/my redemption. We need to tell this to everyone so they have the opportunity to receive His marvelous gift of Salvation. Our response thankfulness and rejoice singing praises to our Lord and Saviour, let our joy show. In Psalm 9:9 we are reminded that He is our refuge our place of safety and security in times of trouble we just need to run to Him. Again in verse 17 we are reminded of the horrors awaiting the wicked, that is the unsaved all around us daily. Our calling as Believers is to warn the unsaved and present to them the Gospel of salvation only through Jesus Christ alone. The only hope for our nation is when the people of God, Believers get things right with God, nothing between us and Him nothing displeasing to Him in our lives. That’s where it starts with our nation. At this time our nation is forgetting the God who has greatly blessed our nation. Be sure our individual daily walk with God is whole hearted not half hearted. Psalm 9:1,9,17 “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” As the hymn writer Isaac Watts put in the hymn Am I a Soldier of the Cross.
1. Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follow’r of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
2. Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
3. Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
4. Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
5. Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.
6. When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of vict’ry through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

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Gods’ name is excellent, it’s above all others. God places much importance and value on His name. In Exodus 20:7 one of the commandments careful in the use of His name. Don’t take it in vain, as of no value, used loosely. His name is to be reverenced. The old Jewish scribes before writing the name of God would wash and get a new pen each time in copying the Scriptures. Sadly it is missed used by many today, and not just in cursing but used loosely “My God, O Lord, ‘ etc used in vain without worth or significance. When we look up at night and see the stars that can’t be counted, they are just the work of Gods’ fingers. Some things like the universe we just can’t comprehend. Then we see what God was willing to do at Calvary. In shedding His blood, enduring the punishment before and on the cross to set us/me free from the penalty of sin we/I deserved. We can’t comprehend His love for the unlovely like us. Then how can one dishonor His name in its’ use and in our daily walk. Let’s strive so that all we say and do brings honor to His name. Psalm 8: 1,9 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
That Beautiful Name

I know of a name,
A beautiful name,
That angels brought down to earth;
They whispered it low,
One night long ago,
To a maiden of lowly birth.
I know of a Name,
A beautiful Name,
That unto a Babe was given;
The stars glittered bright
Throughout that glad night,
And angels praised God in Heav’n.
The One of that Name,
My Savior became,
My Savior of Calvary.
My sins nailed Him there;
My burdens He bare.
He suffered all this for me.
I love that blest Name,
that wonderful Name,
Made higher than all in Heav’n
‘Twas whispered, I know,
In my heart long ago
To Jesus my life I’ve giv’n.
That beautiful Name,
That beautiful Name,
From sin has power to free us!
That beautiful Name,
That wonderful Name,
That matchless Name is Jesus!

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Gods’ name is excellent, it’s above all others. God places much importance and value on His name. In Exodus 20:7 one of the commandments careful in the use of His name. Don’t take it in vain, as of no value, used loosely. His name is to be reverenced. The old Jewish scribes before writing the name of God would wash and get a new pen each time in copying the Scriptures. Sadly it is missed used by many today, and not just in cursing but used loosely “My God, O Lord, ‘ etc used in vain without worth or significance. When we look up at night and see the stars that can’t be counted, they are just the work of Gods’ fingers. Some things like the universe we just can’t comprehend. Then we see what God was willing to do at Calvary. In shedding His blood, enduring the punishment before and on the cross to set us/me free from the penalty of sin we/I deserved. We can’t comprehend His love for the unlovely like us. Then how can one dishonor His name in its’ use and in our daily walk. Let’s strive so that all we say and do brings honor to His name. Psalm 8: 1,9 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
That Beautiful Name

I know of a name,
A beautiful name,
That angels brought down to earth;
They whispered it low,
One night long ago,
To a maiden of lowly birth.
I know of a Name,
A beautiful Name,
That unto a Babe was given;
The stars glittered bright
Throughout that glad night,
And angels praised God in Heav’n.
The One of that Name,
My Savior became,
My Savior of Calvary.
My sins nailed Him there;
My burdens He bare.
He suffered all this for me.
I love that blest Name,
that wonderful Name,
Made higher than all in Heav’n
‘Twas whispered, I know,
In my heart long ago
To Jesus my life I’ve giv’n.
That beautiful Name,
That beautiful Name,
From sin has power to free us!
That beautiful Name,
That wonderful Name,
That matchless Name is Jesus!

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