"The Spirit entered me when the Lord spoke to me" (Ezekiel 2:1). These words come to us from the prophet, Ezekiel. The name, Ezekiel, means "strengthened by God." How was Ezekiel strengthened by God? In Ezekiel 2:1, we read about the Word of God: "the Lord spoke to me" and the Spirit of God - …
“I come to you in the name of the Lord”(1 Samuel 17:45).
These words were spoken by David. They were spoken to Goliath. It seemed like David didn’t have any a chance against Goliath. The odds were stacked against David. Everything pointed to a Goliath victory – everything except this: “I come to you in the name of the Lord.” This is what made all the difference: the Lord was with David.
“I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).
These are great words of faith. They are words for us. They are words for today. In today’s world, there is so much that stands against the way of faith. There are so many times when we need to hear and speak the words of faith. First, we hear the Word of the Lord, spoken to us. His speaking to us comes before our speaking for…
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“The Lord is my rock” (2 Samuel 22:2).
When it seems like the foundations of our faith are being shaken, we need to remember this: “The Lord is my rock.”
What are we to say about these words, “The Lord is my rock.”
Sometimes, we hear people saying, “My faith is my rock. I don’t know where I’d be without my faith.” Is there too much of my faith in this?” When we speak of “my faith” in this way, we must avoid giving the impression that our faith is, always, strong. Sometimes, it’s not.
We need to look beyond “my faith.” We need to look to the Lord. It’s the Lord, who is our rock.
“The Lord made them joyful”(Ezra 6:22).
We do all that we can to make ourselves happy – yet we, still, have the nagging feeling that there’s something missing. The more we try to find happiness the more we fail to find it. What’s our problem? Is it all about our starting-point? – ‘I will make myself happy.’ God’s Word tells us that there’s another starting-point: “The Lord made them joyful.”
The Lord makes us joyful – What does this mean? Does it mean that we’ll, always, be feeling on top of the world? No! It doesn’t mean that. We still, have, our ups and downs. What difference, then, does the Lord make? Is it not this – despite all our ups and downs, we know, deep down in our hearts, that the Lord is there with us in life’s hard times as well as its happy times?