Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 August 2009 Psalm 37:40‏

Psalm 37:40     And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
 
Oh mih Friends, what a most wonderful God we serve and worship! Yes, just put all the superlatives before, after and around His Holy Name. Why am I so ecstatic? Because once again He came through for me! Remember in yesterday’s Bit I spoke about needing funds to fix my garage door and buy a new washing machine? Well, just before I began writing the Bit, I picked up some mail from the post-box, but since my head was so filled with ideas for the Bit, and a cursory look showed nothing important in the mail, I ignored it until afterwards. But when I did open it mih people, lo and behold, besides some bills and charities beseeching me for assistance, one piece from the Horsemen’s Assoc. contained a bonus cheque for that race my horse won way back in mid July, plus a sales credit for an upcoming sale. Wow! And all God’s people sang; ‘Glory Hallelujah! How mighty and faithful is our God!’ Oh Friends, I hadn’t even realized that money was forthcoming, but like I said, and will keep on saying, Our God’s timing is perfect, impeccable, beyond reproach. He will always show up before the last chip falls or the last nail is nailed in our coffins. So though it’s easier said than done, please have some faith mih breddren! And that’s my testimony for today. Oh no! Ah lie yes! The Lord threw me for another loop today. One horse I have in training chose today to get hurt. Meanwhile, her brother, the winner, ran again today, and looked like a winner early on, but wouldn’t you know he eventually faded to last due to an injury he sustained in the race. Steups! But as ole Job says, the Lord gives and the Lord takes. There are good times and then bad, and one never knows what the next step or moment will bring, but one has to learn to take the bitter with the sweet, cause that’s what faith is all about. I was obviously disappointed, but reasoned that just as the Lord caused those funds to show up when I badly needed them, then the same way He’s going to provide some relief from the horse problems. I certainly don’t know how, why, when or where, but I know that it’s a test, perhaps a crucial one, and if I stand strong and true and rely on Him to meet my needs, then eventually He’ll bring me out on top. And though, so far, this year isn’t great, I’m still believing that it will turn out to be my best ever in the horse business. Oh Friends, that’s the kind of thinking we need to embrace, else we’ll certainly stumble and fall, because the Lord has promised to help and deliver us out of our problems if we only trust Him. And as Bruh David says in Psalm 22; that cry of anguish and song of praise: ‘Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee and were not confounded. (ashamed) (Ps.22:4-5) Oh my Friends, that element of trust is the basis, the very foundation of faith. It’s certainly an elusive, hard to find and even harder to keep element, that’s why we need to constantly work at it. Everyday Beelzebub and his lackeys put obstacles in our way, and our God is also continually testing us, so it’s imperative, absolutely necessary for us to put plenty effort into staying steadfast and true. Now hear one of the best examples of faith we can ever imagine. It’s when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon made a golden idol and decreed that all his subjects should bow down and worship it when the music played. However, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, three Jewish young men serving in the king’s court refused to submit to the king’s decree. This raised the king’s ire and he angrily threatened them: ‘but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you of my hands?’ (Dan.3:15) Ah Friends, Neb didn’t really know, nor could he comprehend the majesty and supreme power of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But the three young men could, and they answered with strong, sure words. ‘If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.’  (Dan.3:17-8) Now mih breddren, that’s what you call trust and faith! Threatened with death in a fiery furnace, but still refusing to bow down to a man made god, which seems simple and easy enough. It wouldn’t mean they believed, but were simply bowing to save their lives. But no my people, those three youngsters had the faith of the Living God so deeply ingrained in them, that they refused to even give meaningless obeisance to the idol to save their lives. Wow! And we all know how Neb in his rage, heated up the furnace seven times hotter than normal, so hot that it burned up the men who threw them in, but the young men came out unscathed, not even smelling of smoke. All praise and glory be to the Most High God Jehovah! Yes my Friends, it’s faith like that the Lord wants to see grow in us. Daniel too had that extraordinary faith. When he refused to do as the king ordered, he was thrown into a den of lions. But what happened? ‘So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.’ (Dan.6:23) All glory be to God, my people! Yes my brethren, that’s how His Supreme Majesty, Infinitely Everything operates; the greater your faith, the greater the works He will do in your life. And Jesus said it to the two blind men He healed. ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ (Mat.9:29) So Friends, if we’re hoping for big things, then of necessity we must have big faith. And though it’s difficult to build and keep faith in this wicked, ungodly world, it’s an essential part of our Christian Charter, the only way we’ll ever have success and overcome the evil enemy in this life. And with that thought, here’s a closing ‘Prayer For Success’ from Dr. Robert Schuller. ‘As I become a success with your help, Lord, let me never forget that what I am is more important than what I do. Faith stimulates success. Hope sustains success. LOVE sanctifies success. So I cannot and I dare not succeed without your power, peace, and pressure in my life, Jesus Christ. Amen.’ Let’s burn those thoughts into our hearts, souls and minds mih people, and go forth to victory waving the flag of Christ. Much LOVE!…hope, faith, LOVE…the three ingredients necessary for success…
 

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