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This blog is where I express myself to the world or at least to those who might stop by to read what I post . Maybe God will use what I post (I am a Christian and this blog will have a most decidedly Christian bent to it) to good effect in the lives of my readers.

I may turn some of my posts into a book. I may cease blogging here altogether. Who knows. But for now..I am content to post away in this, my own little corner of the world.

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Verses the Lord gave me to hang onto that might encourage others.

Posted 09-05-2009 at 01:34 PM by carlos123

I thought I would take this post to share some verses that the Lord spoke to me through to encourage others who might need to hang on to some verses when going through their own difficult circumstances.

When I say the Lord spoke to me through some verses what I mean is that certain verses stood out to me in my particular circumstances as being a specific and personal encouragement from God to me.

I might read the same verses 100 times before and might never be touched by them only to read them once more, in the middle of a different circumstance, and have them speak right to my heart this time. It's as if God Himself has seen my circumstances, heard my heart's cry for help, and has reached out to me through the words to say something to me.

It's an incredibly encouraging and wondrous thing to have verses in the Bible come alive to me that way and to have those verses speak a specific word of encouragement, reproof, or whatever I might need to help me make it through circumstances that might otherwise overwhelm me.

Sometimes verses don't always speak to me directly in the context of what they actually say but the thoughts that come to me are nevertheless scriptural in being backed up by other verses.

In this last trial that I went through, where it seemed that I was going to end up homeless, the Lord began to speak to me strongly starting in Psalm 30.

Psalm 30:4
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

The Lord will not let me become destitute.

Psalm 30:5
Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

You may cry now Carlos but you will shout for joy very soon.

Psalm 30:11
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, ...

Your mourning will be turned into dancing
The gist of Psalm 30 for me was that the Lord was going to turn my circumstances around and keep me from becoming destitute. That was a great encouragement to me and enabled me to keep walking forward believing that it would be so.

Not that I did not fall into disbelief. Not at all. I was rather upset about things for quite a while. Only that deep within these verses and the thoughts the Lord laid on my heart through them enabled me to believe, deep down, that things would turn out okay...as they most definitely did!

Now some verses from Psalm 31...

Psalm 31`:1
In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me.

I had been somewhat concerned about embarrasing God and bringing shame on His name if I ended up homeless for I would have had to blog about that to be fair to you my readers. This verse encouraged me with the realization that God's deliverance for me was not because I had done the right things necessarily but because of His righteousness and faithfulness to me in Christ. That He would not let me (and Him through me) be put to shame.

Psalm 31:19
How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!

As incredible as it was to believe so...this verse strongly impressed my heart with the thought that God's provision for me was going to be incredible! That His provision was going to be great and good and that He was storing it up before giving it to me. That I was to continue to take refuge in Him. That His provision would bring glory and honor to Him.

Psalm 31:24
Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

Be strong Carlos. Take courage in God. Continue to hope in his faithfulness, lovingkindness, mercy, and love for you.
Psalm 32:9
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.

My reaction to my circumstances was not always godly. Indeed I would say most times it wasn't. When I read the above verse it reminded me to not be like a horse who needs a bit to control the direction he is going in. To not let God have to use worse circumstances to discipline me or otherwise get my attention but to rather come to Him and continue coming to Him of my own accord. So that things would not get worse.
I'll skip the rest up until this last round of verses that the Lord spoke to me through once I had moved in. There are lots more verses but the above are some the Lord used to encourage my heart and to correct me or otherwise remind me to keep coming to Him.

Here are some the Lord gave me a couple of days ago where their promise is yet to be realized.

Psalm 37:3
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Sometimes I don't know what to do with my life or what the Lord would have me do with my future. This verse spoke to me in encouraging me to just dwell in the land the Lord had brought me to and to cultivate faithfulness. That is, to focus on being faithful to my new landlord to help him with what he needs me to do for him. To be faithful in my relationship with God. To be faithful in my work. To be faithful in the little things that I need to be doing. To not get all caught up in dreaming the big dreams and thinking of your future. Just be faithful in the here and now.

That I am to continue delighting myself, not in my new improved circumstances, not in making money over the Internet, relationships or anything else but that I am rather to continue to delight in my relationship with Him. And that doing so will allow God to give me the greatest desire of my heart...which is to be used by Him and to have my life count for His Kingdom.

Psalm 37:9
For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

Wait on the Lord. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness and you will end up inheriting God's greatest riches as you continue to wait on Him. Don't be jealous or set your eyes on what others around you have in this world. Focus on God. Stay humble before Him and you will end up delighting yourself in the abundant prosperity that God brings you. While that prosperity is not necessarily financial I got the distinct impression that it will be in my case...along with other non-financial blessings too but very much so...financial.

Psalm 37:16
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous. The LORD knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever. They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have abundance.

Better to live righteously and be poor in this world than to have the abundance of those who care nothing for God and do not trust Him. The Lord will sustain you. Your inheritance is forever and cannot be taken from you by anyone or anything in this life. The Lord will give you what you need even when all around you are suffering through famine...whether of food, or work, or whatever.
Anyway the Psalm 37 thoughts are yet to be realized in my life but I believe they will happen just as God impressed them upon me.

Just as the previous thoughts impressed on my heart have come to pass.

I now live in an absolutely beautiful area north of San Diego. In a nice home. With my own very large bedroom and huge bathroom. In a house that is huge with the owner of the home and his one dog. Great guy. Even the dog has allowed me to pet him in ways he does not let others do so easily.

I have fans, and water for showering every day, a nice bed to sleep in, a large office desk, beautiful swimming pool area to sit in at night while I bask in the gentle cool breezes of the night.

The only thing I don't have yet is a nice office chair but something I am praying and trusting the Lord to provide for me.

And my work for this new landlord is going very, very well. He is greatly pleased at what I am doing for him so far. Very pleased.

I am a bit embarrased to be seen by him eating little more than bread and water but I try to eat it in my room lest he come to realize how really low on funds I am and start feeling sorry for me...something I don't want. I think he would be quite shocked at all that I have been able to do and be with so little in the way of funds. He has already seen me eat just bread and water and was a bit surprised at first.

But that is how I am surviving until the Lord grants me more work. I remain now as I have had to be all along...looking to the Lord to provide for me and to be there for me.

I feel so blessed to be here. I mean I have nothing to speak of and yet the Lord has seen fit to greatly bless me. I don't deserve one single solitary thing I have been given in my life. Not one.

Yet here I am in one of the more expensive places to live in all the San Diego area. Little crime. Great community. Just about every store that I could imagine needing or wanting within walking distance.

People with thousands of dollars in savings accounts are not able to easily have if at all what I have waltzed into.

Only the Lord knows how humble my circumstances have truly been all along. He alone knows the impossible nature of the circumstances that have confronted me since arriving in the San Diego area.

Undoubtedly I will encounter other impossible circumstances in my life in the future but I am comforted by the fact that just as He has rescued me from every evil attack and kept me from falling destitute...He will continue to do as I look to Him for my salvation.

He truly is my rock and my salvation. My King and my treasure. Apart from Him I have nothing and am nothing. But with Him I can scale a mountain. I can climb a wall. I can walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil.

For God is with me!

To Him be all the glory and the honor!

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