Wednesday, February 25, 2015

You Are Never Alone

Christ Prays For Us" © Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

                  ~Romans 8:35-39 (NLT)
"Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? 
Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, 
or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 
As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; 
we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, 
who loved us. 
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. 
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, 
neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—
not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—
indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us 
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

During the Middle Ages, pious Christians believed that if your life was beset with afflictions and trials it was a sign of God's great favor.

The New Testament mentions suffering at least 33 times. The apostle James wrote, 
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." (James 1:2-4 NLT)

St. Peter wrote, "Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world." 
~ 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT)

Sometimes when we are facing difficult circumstances or any sort of trial, we may feel all alone, as if we have been abandoned by God or that He does not love us as much as He loves others.
Even our Lord Jesus Christ Himself cried out in His pain on the cross, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:45)
Pain has a way of isolating us, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual pain, it makes no difference. It makes us feel alone and abandoned. 

However, God assures us in His word in Psalm 139 that we are never alone, that He is ever present with us. 
He promises us that He will never forget us in this beautiful verse from Isaiah:
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,Yet I will not forget you."
 (Isaiah 49:14-15) NKJV

We also have the comforting assurance that even if no one else is praying for us on our journey, there is One up in Heaven who is always praying for us, night and day. 
He knows each one of us intimately for He created us, He knows our every need and all of our hopes and longings. 

His prayers that He prays for us are always answered. He will never give up on us. 
No one else may know my name, but Jesus Christ, our Heavenly High Priest, knows me. 
He loves each of us so much, that He has engraved a picture of us on the Palm of His hand. 
"See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me."(Isaiah 49:16) NKJV

He cannot, nor will He ever forget about us. 
We may imagine that He has forgotten us sometimes but God's word assures us that the One who is praying for us night and day is always thinking about us. 

"I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now!" ~(Psalm 40:17 ERV)

The Psalmist wrote, "How precious it is, Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day Your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, You are still thinking of me!" (Psalm 139:17-18 TLB)

The One who "ever lives to make intercession" for us is constantly thinking about us, praying for all of our needs. 
He is at the right hand of His Heavenly Father, the Bible says, pleading for us.
And nothing will ever be able to separate us from His immeasurable love toward us. 

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving everything to us when You gave us Your Son Jesus Christ to be our sacrifice to redeem our souls from the penalty of sin and death. Thank You that Thy word promises that Jesus is our High Priest forever and able to "save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)
Thank You for such wonderful promises from Thy word. 
Father God, we love You and praise You for forgiving our sins and for giving us eternal life in Christ, in Jesus' name. Amen. 

"Christ Prays For Us" ~ 5" inch x 7" inch, Double-Matted Fine Art Print. Copyright © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Unto The Least Of These, © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
Scripture Verses New King James Version Bible © 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc. 
(ERV)Easy To Read Version © 2006 World Bible Translation Center
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Lord, Help Me Walk

John 15:4-5 

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 

Lord Help Me Walk
© 2015 S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

"Lord Jesus, help me walk with You
Day by day, in every way,
In my heart, in all I say,
In all I do, oh Lord I pray.

To know you Lord, within my heart
Let Thy Light drive out the dark 
Within my soul and mind and heart 
And never from You let me part.

Help me know Thy will, oh Lord,
To listen to Thy every word,
To listen, Lord, and to obey,
To walk with You, Lord, every day."
In Jesus' name, Amen

Heavenly Father, thank You for Thy measureless love for us and for the priceless privilege we have of knowing You through Thy Son Jesus Christ. 
Help us to never take this precious gift of our relationship with You for granted.
Help us to abide in You every day; draw us closer to Thy heart, and help us to know and discern Thy voice within our hearts more and more, that we might see clearly each day what Your will is for us. Thank You, Lord. We love You, in Jesus' name, Amen.

"Lord Help Me Walk," (Prayer Poem) © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. 
Scripture Quote: King James Version Bible
Scripture Picture: via Pinterest 
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