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Monday, March 19, 2012

Stretch Out Your Souls to God!


Stretch out Your Souls to God!
Matthew 4:4 "4  But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."  From the mouth of God proceed both His precepts and His decrees.  You will have a choice whether or not you will obey His precepts, which are found in the Scriptures.  His decrees will certainly take place, but you and I are responsible to believe that He rules all things and trust Him without fretting or seeking other gods.
Often we do not know WHAT we should do; at these times we must trust in His wise providence even more and walk uprightly, for He has promised:  Psalm 37:30-31 'The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.'
As with Esau, [Genesis 25] the most important tests to your faith come when you least expect them. The choices you make at these times reveal what is in your heart, what your value system is. No one can escape. Ecclesiastes 8:6 "Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him."  Esau could not escape the consequences.  Hebrews 12:16, 17
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When a person encounters the Scripture, because it is the Word of God it goes to the heart and changes him, either for better or for worse. It is life unto life and death unto death. This is why Jesus said, "Take heed how you hear," for it will make your soul very, very poor; or very, very rich. See Luke 818. We must stretch out our ears and hearts to eagerly hear and receive the Scriptures as God's word. Joshua 24:23 "Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel."
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Master of your own fate?  God laughs at that joke: "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing." --Jeremiah 10:23 "A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps." -Proverbs 16:9   
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