Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Scripture Cards - Part Four

The explanation and beginning of the Scripture Cards can be found here. This is the last of them. Thank you to those of you who encouraged me to do this and for your appreciative emails. I've been blessed by it also.

I memorized Psalm 91 many years back and it has served me extremely well in many, many situations. I did it one verse at a time meditating on as much as I knew daily. I would say it out loud every morning and at night when I went to bed. It's the only entire chapter in the Bible that I've ever memorized. Don't let the length of anything that the Holy Spirit leads you to memorize discourage you. It can easily be done over time.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, 'My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I shall take refuge. His Truth shall be my shield and buckler. I shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day. Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall by my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near me. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. I will make the Most High my habitation, even the Lord who is my refuge - then no harm shall befall me, no disaster will come near my tent. For He will command His angels concerning me, to guard me in all my ways. They will lift me up in their hands that I might not strike my foot against a stone. I will tread upon the lion and the cobra. I will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because she loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name. She will call upon me and I will answer her, I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her. With long life will I satisfy her and show her My salvation." (Psalm 91)

Contentment is realizing that God has already provided everything I need for my present and future happiness. The secret of contentment is enjoying the presence of the Lord. (Institute in Basic Life Principles)

The chief end of man is to know God and to enjoy Him forever. (Westminster Shorter Catechism)

When we expect from possessions and people what only God can give, those become idols. (Unknown)

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. (Psalm 138:8)

You will keep me in perfect peace, because my mind is steadfast and I trust in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

Last year we had a wonderful time visiting the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC, and although we don't normally buy souvenirs, we felt led to purchase a mug for each of us with a Scripture on it. We had been wanting larger mugs for our herbal tea so it was a good fit. They were each packaged in a box, so we were surprised when we opened them at home that they each had scripture cards to go with the scripture that was on the mug, and a mini-devotional related to the scripture. What a treat since both of ours were different, and mine have been a continual encouragement to me and a great addition to my Scripture Cards stack. The following are the three that were in my box:

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Before time began, God created a design and plan for our life. This design weaves us into the tapestry of history. We bring unique gifts and talents to the design, and add to its richness of color and texture. Only we can fill that section of the pattern. But sometimes, sin gets in the way, unraveling God's design. Only when we submit again to the Lord and ask for His guidance in our life will we truly understand the hope that comes from fulfilling the plans God created just for us. (© 2008 Lighthouse Christian Products Co.)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) When we face difficult or challenging situations, we can crumble into our weakness or we can choose to trust God. He's already promised us that He's with us at all times. He won't leave us alone. Now, it's up to us to take Him at His word. If we trust Him day by day, He'll give us the strength and courage we need to face whatever comes our way. Wherever we go, we can tap into that strength and courage so we can do anything. It's His power that flows through us with every step we take. (© 2008 Lighthouse Christian Products Co.)

Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along His path. He will honor you by giving you the land. (Psalm 37:34) God's timing isn't always our timing. We tend to want things to happen now. We don't want to wait. From our finite viewpoint, we can't see the entire picture. But, God has an eternal perspective. From His point of view, the things we think are important don't amount to much. God thoughtfully created us with a specific purpose in mind. And, His timing is perfect. So when we think things are moving too slowly in our life, we need to wait. God is moving everything into its proper place. (© 2008 Lighthouse Christian Products Co.)

O how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. (Psalm 119: 97-98)

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