He is our eternal refuge; He can provide strength

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 11, 2018

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

The fear of mountains or cities suddenly crumbling into the sea as the result of an earthquake or a nuclear blast haunts many people today. But the psalmist says that even if the world ends, we need not fear. In the face of utter destruction, the writer expressed a quiet confidence in God’s ability to save him. It seems impossible to consider the end of the world without becoming consumed by fear, but the bible is clear—God is our refuge even in the midst of total destruction. He is not merely a temporary retreat; He is our eternal refuge, He can provide strength in any circumstance. (NLT)

Psalm 46:1-11 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city; it cannot be destroyed. God will protect it at the break of day. The nations are in an uproar, and kingdoms crumble! God thunders, and the earth melts!

The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world and causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear in two; he burns the shields with fire.

“Be silent, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Be still, and know that I am God. –Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Here is a portion of Jodi C. Czabajszki’s (Texas) story:

“Within a period of ten months, 11 family members, friends, and a work associate had died. . . . My heart ached as I tried to reach out to the parents of those who had died while also dealing with my own grief.

How can I find peace in the midst of loss and troubling times? This question ran through my mind often as I searched the scriptures for solace. Over and over I was drawn to Psalm 46:10. As I continued to read this psalm, I realized that my hope is not in this world but in God and God’s promises. Time and again, I’m encouraged to let God be my refuge and strength, a helper in my times of trouble.

“As Jesus was getting ready to leave his disciples, he told them to take courage because he was going to prepare a place for them and was also leaving them his peace. His was a peace that is not found in this world. As we go to God with thanksgivings and petitions, we have God’s promise of a peace that passes all our understanding. (See Phil. 4:7 [below].) God’s peace is a deep, abiding peace in times of trouble and grief.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is my source of peace in troubling times.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for being our place of refuge and our strength during troubling times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LIVING WITH LEUKEMIA

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

God’s peace is different from the world’s peace. True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that god is in control. Our citizenship in Christ’s Kingdom is sure, our destiny is set, and we can have victory over sin. Let God’s peace guard your heart against anxiety. (NLT)

Philippians 4:7 – If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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