Friday, April 22, 2011



Verse for Today: Friday, April 22, 2011
Psalms 116:8 - For You, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

God's people face three formidable situations here on earth which try to prevent them from praising God. One is the fear of death which the enemy plants in our souls through circumstances. The enemy of our soul is a murderer and a thief and he comes only to steal, kill and destroy. He will try to create a fear and anguish in our hearts about our soul. He wants us to forget that we are eternally secure in Jesus and that weather we live or die on earth, we live for ever. The enemy tries to take away our hope in the Lord about our future and creates deep distress about our lives. He also tries to create or manipulate our circumstances which will push us into distress in our souls because of the disappointments and frustrations we face and make us cry over our losses of one kind or another. Thus we cry over a lot of the spilt milk of opportunities and material gains. We might also cry over the pain and suffering that we encounter in life. We also face situations of temptations which make us guilty as a result of stumbling over small or big things and take away our credibility in the community in which we try to build up a testimony for the Lord. But this is not the end of the rope for the people of God. They can go to their Lord who takes away their fears and tears, and prevent them from stumbling if they depend on the strength and grace of our Lord. He extends forgiveness for our stumbling if we confess it to Him. The Lord has enough grace available for us at His presence if we go to Him in prayer and enjoy His deliverance from all the snares of the enemy of our souls. The enemy is aided by the world and our own flesh sometimes work as the enemy from within to support the enemy of our souls to make us fall into these snares. But our Lord has deliverance for us and He is willing to help us out of these situations and make our lives full of joy and satisfaction.

Dear friend, are you haunted by fears which the enemy tries to create in your soul? Do you experience weeping and gnashing of teeth because of your unbearable circumstances? In your anguish, do you commit sins of faithlessness in your soul and thus stumble from ardent faith in your Lord? These are ways by which we are often pushed into deep distress, anguish and resultant hopelessness. But there is no need for the child of God to plunge into despair. There is deliverance from every anguish in the presence of the Lord. He died for us on the cross of Calvary to take away all our anguishes and distress which come from the sinful nature that we have all fallen into. He took away death and fear of death from us by dying for us. He cried on the cross, to take away our tears of guilt, failure and loss. He gave us His Spirit to be our guide and teacher so that we would not stumble in our daily walk. But for enjoying the deliverance from the Lord, we need to go to Him in prayer. When we are in His presence, the Lord turns our fears into joyful singing. He takes away our daily tears and gives us joy unspeakable. He keeps our feet from stumbling by giving us His Word of instructions as a light and a lamp for our feet and path. So let us go to Him today for strength to overcome the snares of fear, tears and stumbling which we are confronted with. But if we do not avail ourselves of these great ministries our Lord performs for us each day, we would continue to be in fear, tears about our circumstances and stumble on the way. Let us seek His daily deliverance and enjoy it in His presence which would cause us to praise Him.

Psalms 34:4 - I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Thought for Today
The mighty arm of the Lord is abundantly powerful to remove all the fears, tears and falling for His children if they are willing to depend on Him.

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