The Spiritual Journey Continues Next Through Psalms 42-51

I would like to take this time to thank you for reading and liking the posts. This blog started from a small group several years ago with just a few followers and now has grown to over 2,520 followers. I’ve found it to be a great tool in my journey through the Bible and you, my readers are holding me accountable to daily Bible reading and study.

We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this spiritual journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. Tomorrow, I will include Questions for Reflection that will spur thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.

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Also, the concepts presented in God’s Perfect Timing offer ideas for using our time wisely and the lessons of God’s Plan for Us gives a method towards making an impact in the world in which we live. 

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Looking Back at Job and Stepping Ahead to Psalms

Over the last few months, I’ve been studying Job who had been a wealthy man but was struck by tragedy. He lost his children, his livestock, and his property. Then, he is afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 3:7). 

He reaches a time of great sorrow because of the anguish and misery he was going through. He agonizes over why God is letting these bad things happen to him. He says God made him, gave him wealth, showed much kindness to him but now God has allowed him to drown in affliction (Job 10:15).

Job became frustrated with his friends because they were giving advice that he already knew. He feels his friends do not respect him and look down on him. He wanted them to listen and show some sympathy, but they only saw his suffering and believed it was his fault for his situation.

Then Job begins to think the source of his troubles came directly from God who drew his net around him (Job 19:6), blocked his way (v. 8), and uprooted his hope like a tree (v. 10). Job says the hand of God has struck him (v. 21).

In Job 30, Job’s friends no longer respect him like they did in the past. In fact, they detest him and even his family has turned against him, so Job is discouraged. He feels like he’s being punished for his past faithfulness to God instead of being rewarded so he complains about his sufferings and that he has lost everything.

The ending of the Book of Job is a happy one as Job repents and his life turns around as he reunites with his wife, he has more children, his friends help him, and God blesses him with twice as much wealth as he had before.

God’s grace keeps flowing and flowing. The Spirit then prepares our hearts and minds for God’s Plan. We can reflect on the past so we can go forward using our experiences to build on this plan as we put our faith into practice.

To help put our faith into practice, we need to be reminded of God’s goodness. The Psalms are personal and public poems of worship used as hymns to remind us. In the weeks ahead, I’ll be sharing my thoughts along the journey of Psalm 42-51.

We need to be replenished throughout our day to satisfy our thirst. It may begin with an inspirational song, a good memory, a walk along a road surrounded with trees as the wind plays a mellow tune across space and time that brings an idea or thought with the hope of a breakthrough in our life.

Breakthroughs come by receiving the power of the Holy Spirit which is obtained by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. Then stepping ahead with discipline and seeking the truth of God. Jesus demonstrates these positive steps to victory throughout the Gospel.

Things in this world can shake us up and fear can hold us back but we can run through the fire with Godspeed and not get burned. Our trust in God is a big plus and we will not be shaken for He is with us. With unstoppable hope, let us step ahead to victory by applying our faith and building a winning tradition of accepting the love of God in Christ.

Like Job, we can throw away a negative past that controls us and wants to keep us down. Instead, we can empty out that past from our mind with one thought. The thought that Christ died for all. Then, the load will be lighter so we can be lifted to a higher level of faith, hope, and love.

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Spiritual Journey Through Job 40 – 42

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been looking at ways to apply the word found in the book of Job and sharing some thoughts that not only can benefit you now but also help the next generation too! The greatest of all possessions one can hand off to future generations are the guiding principles taught by Christ Jesus.

A take away from “Desire to Follow the Plan” is that the complexities of our planet indicate a deliberate and powerful Designer who not only created our planet, but sustains it today. We have the opportunity to plug into that same power but we need mercy and the desire to follow the plan.

Mentioned in “Offer Food for the Soul” is that we have questions about why certain things happen. We don’t understand the bad that happens like wars, fires, storms, earthquakes, sickness, crime, and murder. Nothing is perfect and sometimes we take other people and things that happen too seriously rather than loosening up and putting it all in God’s hands.

The ending of the Book of Job is a happy one as brought out in “Put Faith into Practice”. Job repents and his life turns around as he reunites with his wife, he has more children, his friends help him, and God blesses him with twice as much wealth as he had before.

Keep up with my spiritual journey over the next few weeks either through following this blog by clicking the follow button on the top right side of this page or by liking the Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey. Let’s share thoughts or ideas about applying our faith so we step ahead along the path to victory.

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Poetry Friday 09-30-2022

A poem posted at my other blog Step Ahead is inspired by the post “Giving Total Effort” which pointed out that the poor widow was willing to do something that the scribes were not, and she produced a positive example that the scribes couldn’t match up to. Many gave large amounts to the temple treasury, but their contribution was a small portion of their total wealth. On the other hand, the poor widow gave just two small copper coins worth a few cents, but she gave all she had.

Give praise to those that give all they have just as Jesus gave praise to the poor widow who gave two small coins to the temple treasury. We give praise to Jesus today who gave total effort when He died for all on the Cross. As pointed out in the song Ever Be by Aaron Shust, let the praise of the Lord ever be on our lips.

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New Creation

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

God created Earth for us and reigns over it but since Adam and Eve, Satan gained a foothold. Everyone has shortcomings but by repenting and accepting God’s plan of redemption, anyone can become a new creation.

The ending of the Book of Job is a happy one as brought out in “Put Faith into Practice”. Job repents and his life turns around as he reunites with his wife, he has more children, his friends help him, and God blesses him with twice as much wealth as he had before.

So this day with God, let us do the same by starting each day with prayer trying to determine our specific purpose, writing out goals to meet this purpose, and giving God the glory by applying our faith towards attainment of these goals.

Our hearts and minds will then be prepared to fulfill God’s Plan for Us. We can reflect on the past and step ahead using our experiences to build on this plan as we apply our faith in our life.

Let’s start with the song In Jesus Name (God of Possible) by Katy Nichole and put into practice what the song says by starting with a prayer of revival and restoration. Praying for a breakthrough and that circumstances will change.

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