Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 December 12 - Morning Manna

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)
Today's Morsel: Each year during the Olympics, many men complete for the strongest man title by lifting weights. These man display their strength and abilities to outlift their opponent for the title, to be known as the strongest man in the world. But are they really the strongest? Jesus said that all power in Heaven and earth was given unto Him. With His finger He casts out devils. A man's strength is not determined by his ability to lift weights, but rather by his character. If you were to take inventory, how many people do you know that you can call on in the times of trouble and they will be there for you. If you were able to list someone, then these folks are rare and you should classify them as true friends. The psalmist said that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. You see, God is a safe haven, sanctuary, shelter, and our protection. He covers us with His feathers and under His wing, we can trust Him. When His spirit is within us, it gives us the strength that we each need. We should never need to pray for strength, as it is always with us. We just need to stir up the gift of the Holy Ghost within us to have the strength we need. Because He is in us, His presence is with us. No matter the trouble, trial, or circumstance, He is as close as the mention of His name. So don't fret when trouble comes. But rather remember, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7). And then, "Speak to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"(Ephesians 5:19-20). Jesus is a friend who won't leave you.
Sing: God is, my refuge and strength, my refuge and strength; my refuge in time of trouble. God is, my refuge and strength, my refuge and strength; my refuge in time of trouble. And He will hide me, under the rock, under the rock, under the rock, and He will hide me, under the rock, and I'll be safe in the times of trouble.

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