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Today’s Bible Reading: February 21

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Numbers 5-6

Mark 4:1-20

A Prayer of Blessing

What is the most powerful thing in the universe?

Of course, God is the most powerful being in the universe! However, our tongue has great power too. And like most things of power, it can be used for good or bad. It can dish out curses or it can pour out blessings. It can be a weapon or it can be a healer. Our words matter. And God wants us to say prayers of blessing on the people around us. And a prayer of blessing can be the most powerful thing in the universe!

A prayer of blessing

As God’s Children, we are encouraged as we experience God’s Sovereignty over our lives. Beyond what our eyes can see, God has blessings in store for each one of us. We are children of the Most High God. We are His People and the Sheep of His Pastures. The power of prayer will transform our families, loved ones, our communities, our state, our nation, our world.

In Numbers 6, God gave instructions to the priests to share God’s blessings upon God’s people. God intended for their words to change people’s lives, their families, and their futures – for the good. He instructed them to say:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you; And be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (RSV)

Asking for God’s blessing calls on the power of our sovereign God

As believers, we can know that God is sovereign and strong. We can believe that His plans for us and the people we love are for our good and that He has blessings in store as we follow after Him. However, in difficult times we can forget that the very God who created this entire universe, who holds the stars in place, and knows the exact number of hairs on our head, also knows what we are going through. It can be hard to see that His favor rests on us.

The stresses of life experienced during these unprecedented times can have one feeling challenged, overwhelmed and broken. However, in all of this we recognize that God is not blinded to our situations. God is all powerful and “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we may ask or think.” When we ask for God’s blessing, we are calling on the power of our sovereign God.

The greatest blessing often come from times of testing

However, often the greatest blessings come after the greatest times of testing. In fact, this prayer of blessing was given to the priests just before God punished Israel for refusing to go into the promised land by wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. This priestly blessing would remind them of God’s presence with them in the wilderness and that he would provide for them during this time. The Lord alone established the nation of Israel and He would continue to preserve His people.

Over and over through Scripture, we see story after story of when God turned around for good the difficult pathways of those He loved. And He still works the same today, for He never changes. It is in times of trials and testing when we experience God turning things around.

So, we need to be reminded that God makes every crooked path straight. He is a ‘Way Maker, Miracle Worker, light in the darkness.’ He turns our mourning into dancing and our trials into triumphs. God holds the power to cause things to happen in just a moment that would otherwise take us years to do. He can line up our paths to cross with others He wants us to meet. God can open doors that leave us in awe at how they open. He can close doors that He knows are not the best for us. He has a plan for us, in the good times, and in every difficult thing we face.

What does this blessing mean?

The blessing of God is the goodness of God in action. As His children, God’s blessings are unlimited. He keeps us in the palm of His hand. And He sustains us, guards us and guides us. His favor and grace rests on us and He is gracious to us beyond measure. He shows us kindness and love – even when we are unkind and unlovable. God is compassionate towards us. He smiles down on us like a doting Father. And He gives us peace.

Important note about this blessing:

It is important to note who does the blessing. The subject of this priestly prayer is the Lord. Each successive line in the priestly blessing starts with the words “the LORD”. The passage specifically focuses on God, as His Name is the subject of the blessing. The Lord, not the priest, was the one who blessed His people. The priest merely declared the blessing to the hearers. It is the Lord who blesses, keeps, makes His face to shine upon His people, acts graciously, turns His face toward His people, and gives them peace. He is the central focus and subject of the blessing.

God blesses us with all spiritual blessings, including electing, adopting, sanctifying, justifying, and pardoning us. It is his grace that redeems, regenerates and calls us. It is his grace that perseveres us for eternal life. God is the one who blesses us.

Let’s break down each line of this priestly prayer of blessing.

The blessing: “The Lord bless you and keep you.”

In English, the word “bless” carries the idea of receiving special favor, gifts, or endowments from God. But the Hebrew word “barak” used in Numbers 6:24 has a different and much deeper meaning. Barak is a Hebrew word, which acts as a verb in this verse. Interestingly, according to Strong’s Concordance, no. 1288, the word can mean kneeling before someone. So, the word has the idea of people worshiping God by kneeling to Him and God bending down toward man in a relationship. Therefore, barak or bless specifically means God’s special presence with His people. God is the blessing the Israelites received and he is the blessing we receive as His redeemed children.

Not only was the Lord their blessing, but the Lord was to keep them. Although many translations, including the NIV, ESV, and KJV all translate the verse as “keep you,” there are other translations of the word. For example, the NLT says, “protect you,” while the ISV translates the word as “guard you.” Similarly, the GNT version says, “take care of you.” All these translations are based on the Hebrew word “shamar.” This word carries the idea of keeping, caring for, and protecting (Strong’s Concordance, no. 8104). When the priests declared the blessing before the Israelites, the priests were affirming that God would protect them. He would keep and guard Israel.

Psalm 121:7-8 says, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. “

In tying the verse all together, Yahweh promised to be present with the Israelites, divinely protecting them. They were not helpless, alone outcasts, for the Lord God was with them.

The blessing: “The Lord make His face shine upon you.”

This statement was a request for God to grant them His favor. God’s favor, or grace, is God giving us the ability to do something which is humanly impossible for us to do. The “favor of God” can be described as a divine kindness, or an act of true compassion on the part of God Himself toward needy and undeserving human recipients. Often in Scripture this act of God toward unworthy men or women is referred to as God’s “grace” – which means “the unmerited favor of God,”

It also implies that God does not shine His face on everyone. It shines on His chosen people, Israel. But He also causes His face to shine on those who seek His face and proclaim Christ as their Savior.

Additionally, as His children, we ought to reflect Him. When Moses returned from the mountain after meeting with God, his face shown bright enough that he had to wear a veil to cover his face. He reflected the glory of God. In John 8:12, Jesus says that He is the Light of the World. But then in Matthew 5:14, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.” Because Christ lives in us, His light should shine through us into the darkness of the world so that the world can see Him in us and come to know Him.

The blessing: “And be gracious to you.”

To be gracious means ‘to favor,’ ‘to show kindnesses’ to an inferior, and ‘to be compassionate.’ It is God surrounding you with His steadfast lovingkindness. In Isaiah 30:18 it says, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.” God is gracious because He is love. It is His character to love even if love is not returned to Him. He will give us good things because of His goodness. He extends favor, mercy, and kindness on whoever He pleases because it is who He is.

We do not deserve anything but God gives us everything, and when we consider His loving and kindly dealings with us, how is it that we are not more gracious? Sometimes we are filled with unkind thoughts, we speak unkind words, and we give unkind looks and we engage in unkind actions. Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” In other words, just as God is gracious to us, showing us favor, kindness, and compassion, so we should be to others.

The blessing: “The Lord lift up His countenance upon you.”

This is is a picture of a father smiling and taking pleasure in his child. When the Lord lifts His countenance upon us, it shows that He is looking on us for our good. It is him turning His face towards with with divine approval. He looks on us with a cheerful and pleasant countenance, as one that is well pleased with us.

As His children, we have the smile of God resting upon us. God is not frowning or looking angrily at us. He is showing His favor. He always hates our sin, but how greatly He loves us. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

The blessing: “And give you peace.”

The Hebrew word is shalom, which expresses “peace” in a fuller and more holistic sense than we may use it today. This peace is not simply the ceasing of war, but total well-being, full flourishing. In other words, a tranquil heart and life – even in the midst of trails and the storms of life. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” The key to true peace is to keep our eyes on Jesus and fully trust God regardless of the circumstances.

A blessing not for vain repetitions

It is important for us to understand that these are not just words to be repeated like “God is good, God is great, let us thank him for our food.” These words were given by God to the priests to say to the people – words that would bring God’s literal protection, favor, love, approval and peace. It is a prayer for asking that He mercifully forgive our sins, supply our needs, console the heart, and prepare us by his grace for eternal glory; these things form the substance of this blessing, and the sum total of all blessings.

Is this prayer of Blessing only for the Priests in Israel?

Were these words only meant to be used by Aaron’s sons, the priests? Today, we are a priesthood of believers as followers of Christ and we have the power and wonderful privilege to bless others with the words we say. By saying words of blessing over another person, we are in fact sending a supernatural blessing to the person over whom we speak those words. Who can you bless today?

You Can Trust Him

We are children of the King. He is Sovereign and He reigns Supreme, giving favor, guidance, and blessings to all those who seek after Him.  He is good all the time and we can trust Him in all circumstances.

Don Moen’s Track “You Can Trust Him

Don Moen describes our Sovereign King as unparalleled and unprecedented, the centerpiece of civilization, the superlative of all excellence, the sum of human greatness, the source of divine grace, the only one able to save, and His blood is the only power able to cleanse.

His ears are opened to the sinners’ call, his hand is quick to catch a fallen soul. He is the eternal lover of us all – everyone! He supplies mercy for the struggling soul, sustains the tempted and the tried, sympathizes with the wounded and broken, strengthens the weak and weary, and He guards and guides the wanderer.

Jesus heals the sick, delivers the captives, defends the helpless, and binds up the brokenhearted. He is the key to all knowledge, the wellspring of wisdom, the doorway of deliverance, and the pathway of peace. He is the roadway of righteousness, the highway of holiness, and the gateway to glory.

Jesus is enough! He is the all-sufficient King. He is the King of righteousness and he is the King of the ages. Jesus is King of heaven, King of glory, and King of kings. He is the Lord of lords. He is a sovereign king.

There is no gauge to measure His limitless love, no barrier to block his blessings out poured. He is enduringly strong, entirely supreme, eternally steadfast, immortally faithful, imperially powerful, and impartially merciful. He is indescribable, incomprehensible, invisible, and irresistible.

You can’t out live him and you can’t live without him. The Pharisees couldn’t stand him when they found they couldn’t stop him. Pilate couldn’t fault him. Herod couldn’t kill him. Death couldn’t conquer him and the grave couldn’t hold him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. He is the God of the future and the God of the past. And we raise to speak His name again and again. Jesus! He is Jesus and He is for us. And we can trust him. (Listen to this powerful narrative on YouTube with the link below).

He is always there

Our prayers are powerful words. When we pray, God listens. Whether our prayers are for ourselves or on behalf of our families and friends – or even our enemies! We may not be able to be with them every moment of every day. But He is. We can’t see every struggle, every worry, every burden that may weigh them down. But He does. And He is always there, carrying them, and us, through every moment of life – good, hard, or bad. He is a safe place. He is our Rock. And He is Mighty to save.

Our Words Have Power

What if because of the words we say, someone didn’t fulfill God’s plan for their life because we said it was an impossible dream? What if because of the words we say, we make a child, friend, staff person feel like a failure? Or what if, because of the words we say, a lost person rejects Christ?

Our words have power.

What if when the crazy driver cuts you off you say words of blessing over them? What if when your spouse says something hurtful you say words of blessing over them? Or what if when your children leave for school you say words of blessing over them? What if your tyrant boss makes you feel like an idiot and you respond with words of blessing?

What will the words you speak today bring to others – curses or blessings? Will you speak life?

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A Prayer of Blessing

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Today’s Bible Reading: February 21

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Numbers 5-6

Mark 4:1-20

A Prayer of Blessing

What is the most powerful thing in the universe?

Of course, God is the most powerful being in the universe! However, our tongue has great power too. And like most things of power, it can be used for good or bad. It can dish out curses or it can pour out blessings. It can be a weapon or it can be a healer. Our words matter. And God wants us to say prayers of blessing on the people around us. And a prayer of blessing can be the most powerful thing in the universe!

A prayer of blessing

As God’s Children, we are encouraged as we experience God’s Sovereignty over our lives. Beyond what our eyes can see, God has blessings in store for each one of us. We are children of the Most High God. We are His People and the Sheep of His Pastures. The power of prayer will transform our families, loved ones, our communities, our state, our nation, our world.

In Numbers 6, God gave instructions to the priests to share God’s blessings upon God’s people. God intended for their words to change people’s lives, their families, and their futures – for the good. He instructed them to say:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you; And be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (RSV)

Asking for God’s blessing calls on the power of our sovereign God

As believers, we can know that God is sovereign and strong. We can believe that His plans for us and the people we love are for our good and that He has blessings in store as we follow after Him. However, in difficult times we can forget that the very God who created this entire universe, who holds the stars in place, and knows the exact number of hairs on our head, also knows what we are going through. It can be hard to see that His favor rests on us.

The stresses of life experienced during these unprecedented times can have one feeling challenged, overwhelmed and broken. However, in all of this we recognize that God is not blinded to our situations. God is all powerful and “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we may ask or think.” When we ask for God’s blessing, we are calling on the power of our sovereign God.

The greatest blessing often come from times of testing

However, often the greatest blessings come after the greatest times of testing. In fact, this prayer of blessing was given to the priests just before God punished Israel for refusing to go into the promised land by wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. This priestly blessing would remind them of God’s presence with them in the wilderness and that he would provide for them during this time. The Lord alone established the nation of Israel and He would continue to preserve His people.

Over and over through Scripture, we see story after story of when God turned around for good the difficult pathways of those He loved. And He still works the same today, for He never changes. It is in times of trials and testing when we experience God turning things around.

So, we need to be reminded that God makes every crooked path straight. He is a ‘Way Maker, Miracle Worker, light in the darkness.’ He turns our mourning into dancing and our trials into triumphs. God holds the power to cause things to happen in just a moment that would otherwise take us years to do. He can line up our paths to cross with others He wants us to meet. God can open doors that leave us in awe at how they open. He can close doors that He knows are not the best for us. He has a plan for us, in the good times, and in every difficult thing we face.

What does this blessing mean?

The blessing of God is the goodness of God in action. As His children, God’s blessings are unlimited. He keeps us in the palm of His hand. And He sustains us, guards us and guides us. His favor and grace rests on us and He is gracious to us beyond measure. He shows us kindness and love – even when we are unkind and unlovable. God is compassionate towards us. He smiles down on us like a doting Father. And He gives us peace.

Important note about this blessing:

It is important to note who does the blessing. The subject of this priestly prayer is the Lord. Each successive line in the priestly blessing starts with the words “the LORD”. The passage specifically focuses on God, as His Name is the subject of the blessing. The Lord, not the priest, was the one who blessed His people. The priest merely declared the blessing to the hearers. It is the Lord who blesses, keeps, makes His face to shine upon His people, acts graciously, turns His face toward His people, and gives them peace. He is the central focus and subject of the blessing.

God blesses us with all spiritual blessings, including electing, adopting, sanctifying, justifying, and pardoning us. It is his grace that redeems, regenerates and calls us. It is his grace that perseveres us for eternal life. God is the one who blesses us.

Let’s break down each line of this priestly prayer of blessing.

The blessing: “The Lord bless you and keep you.”

In English, the word “bless” carries the idea of receiving special favor, gifts, or endowments from God. But the Hebrew word “barak” used in Numbers 6:24 has a different and much deeper meaning. Barak is a Hebrew word, which acts as a verb in this verse. Interestingly, according to Strong’s Concordance, no. 1288, the word can mean kneeling before someone. So, the word has the idea of people worshiping God by kneeling to Him and God bending down toward man in a relationship. Therefore, barak or bless specifically means God’s special presence with His people. God is the blessing the Israelites received and he is the blessing we receive as His redeemed children.

Not only was the Lord their blessing, but the Lord was to keep them. Although many translations, including the NIV, ESV, and KJV all translate the verse as “keep you,” there are other translations of the word. For example, the NLT says, “protect you,” while the ISV translates the word as “guard you.” Similarly, the GNT version says, “take care of you.” All these translations are based on the Hebrew word “shamar.” This word carries the idea of keeping, caring for, and protecting (Strong’s Concordance, no. 8104). When the priests declared the blessing before the Israelites, the priests were affirming that God would protect them. He would keep and guard Israel.

Psalm 121:7-8 says, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. “

In tying the verse all together, Yahweh promised to be present with the Israelites, divinely protecting them. They were not helpless, alone outcasts, for the Lord God was with them.

The blessing: “The Lord make His face shine upon you.”

This statement was a request for God to grant them His favor. God’s favor, or grace, is God giving us the ability to do something which is humanly impossible for us to do. The “favor of God” can be described as a divine kindness, or an act of true compassion on the part of God Himself toward needy and undeserving human recipients. Often in Scripture this act of God toward unworthy men or women is referred to as God’s “grace” – which means “the unmerited favor of God,”

It also implies that God does not shine His face on everyone. It shines on His chosen people, Israel. But He also causes His face to shine on those who seek His face and proclaim Christ as their Savior.

Additionally, as His children, we ought to reflect Him. When Moses returned from the mountain after meeting with God, his face shown bright enough that he had to wear a veil to cover his face. He reflected the glory of God. In John 8:12, Jesus says that He is the Light of the World. But then in Matthew 5:14, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.” Because Christ lives in us, His light should shine through us into the darkness of the world so that the world can see Him in us and come to know Him.

The blessing: “And be gracious to you.”

To be gracious means ‘to favor,’ ‘to show kindnesses’ to an inferior, and ‘to be compassionate.’ It is God surrounding you with His steadfast lovingkindness. In Isaiah 30:18 it says, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.” God is gracious because He is love. It is His character to love even if love is not returned to Him. He will give us good things because of His goodness. He extends favor, mercy, and kindness on whoever He pleases because it is who He is.

We do not deserve anything but God gives us everything, and when we consider His loving and kindly dealings with us, how is it that we are not more gracious? Sometimes we are filled with unkind thoughts, we speak unkind words, and we give unkind looks and we engage in unkind actions. Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” In other words, just as God is gracious to us, showing us favor, kindness, and compassion, so we should be to others.

The blessing: “The Lord lift up His countenance upon you.”

This is is a picture of a father smiling and taking pleasure in his child. When the Lord lifts His countenance upon us, it shows that He is looking on us for our good. It is him turning His face towards with with divine approval. He looks on us with a cheerful and pleasant countenance, as one that is well pleased with us.

As His children, we have the smile of God resting upon us. God is not frowning or looking angrily at us. He is showing His favor. He always hates our sin, but how greatly He loves us. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

The blessing: “And give you peace.”

The Hebrew word is shalom, which expresses “peace” in a fuller and more holistic sense than we may use it today. This peace is not simply the ceasing of war, but total well-being, full flourishing. In other words, a tranquil heart and life – even in the midst of trails and the storms of life. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” The key to true peace is to keep our eyes on Jesus and fully trust God regardless of the circumstances.

A blessing not for vain repetitions

It is important for us to understand that these are not just words to be repeated like “God is good, God is great, let us thank him for our food.” These words were given by God to the priests to say to the people – words that would bring God’s literal protection, favor, love, approval and peace. It is a prayer for asking that He mercifully forgive our sins, supply our needs, console the heart, and prepare us by his grace for eternal glory; these things form the substance of this blessing, and the sum total of all blessings.

Is this prayer of Blessing only for the Priests in Israel?

Were these words only meant to be used by Aaron’s sons, the priests? Today, we are a priesthood of believers as followers of Christ and we have the power and wonderful privilege to bless others with the words we say. By saying words of blessing over another person, we are in fact sending a supernatural blessing to the person over whom we speak those words. Who can you bless today?

You Can Trust Him

We are children of the King. He is Sovereign and He reigns Supreme, giving favor, guidance, and blessings to all those who seek after Him.  He is good all the time and we can trust Him in all circumstances.

Don Moen’s Track “You Can Trust Him

Don Moen describes our Sovereign King as unparalleled and unprecedented, the centerpiece of civilization, the superlative of all excellence, the sum of human greatness, the source of divine grace, the only one able to save, and His blood is the only power able to cleanse.

His ears are opened to the sinners’ call, his hand is quick to catch a fallen soul. He is the eternal lover of us all – everyone! He supplies mercy for the struggling soul, sustains the tempted and the tried, sympathizes with the wounded and broken, strengthens the weak and weary, and He guards and guides the wanderer.

Jesus heals the sick, delivers the captives, defends the helpless, and binds up the brokenhearted. He is the key to all knowledge, the wellspring of wisdom, the doorway of deliverance, and the pathway of peace. He is the roadway of righteousness, the highway of holiness, and the gateway to glory.

Jesus is enough! He is the all-sufficient King. He is the King of righteousness and he is the King of the ages. Jesus is King of heaven, King of glory, and King of kings. He is the Lord of lords. He is a sovereign king.

There is no gauge to measure His limitless love, no barrier to block his blessings out poured. He is enduringly strong, entirely supreme, eternally steadfast, immortally faithful, imperially powerful, and impartially merciful. He is indescribable, incomprehensible, invisible, and irresistible.

You can’t out live him and you can’t live without him. The Pharisees couldn’t stand him when they found they couldn’t stop him. Pilate couldn’t fault him. Herod couldn’t kill him. Death couldn’t conquer him and the grave couldn’t hold him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. He is the God of the future and the God of the past. And we raise to speak His name again and again. Jesus! He is Jesus and He is for us. And we can trust him. (Listen to this powerful narrative on YouTube with the link below).

He is always there

Our prayers are powerful words. When we pray, God listens. Whether our prayers are for ourselves or on behalf of our families and friends – or even our enemies! We may not be able to be with them every moment of every day. But He is. We can’t see every struggle, every worry, every burden that may weigh them down. But He does. And He is always there, carrying them, and us, through every moment of life – good, hard, or bad. He is a safe place. He is our Rock. And He is Mighty to save.

Our Words Have Power

What if because of the words we say, someone didn’t fulfill God’s plan for their life because we said it was an impossible dream? What if because of the words we say, we make a child, friend, staff person feel like a failure? Or what if, because of the words we say, a lost person rejects Christ?

Our words have power.

What if when the crazy driver cuts you off you say words of blessing over them? What if when your spouse says something hurtful you say words of blessing over them? Or what if when your children leave for school you say words of blessing over them? What if your tyrant boss makes you feel like an idiot and you respond with words of blessing?

What will the words you speak today bring to others – curses or blessings? Will you speak life?

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What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
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    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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God is good and ready to forgive

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

God is Good

It is easy for us to say God is good when his blessings are overflowing. Its easy to sing about His goodness in church when we feel close to His presence. But what about in rush hour traffic? Or when you’re laid off of a job? Or when you get bad news from your doctor? It becomes much harder for us to declare that God is good. But…He is.

One of my favorite songs (and there are many of those!) is “God is Good” sung by Don Moen. The chorus is:

God is good
All the time
He put a song of praise
In this heart of mine
God is good
All the time
Through the darkest night
His light will shine
God is good
God is good
All the time.

God is good in his perfect, unconditional love. He is good in how he protects. He is good in how he provides. God is good even when our world is full of chaos. He is good when a friend betrays you. He is good when a parent dies. God is good when a longed-for child is miscarried. He is good when you’re battling a life-long illness. He is good when an accident leaves you with chronic pain the rest of your life.

God is good – even when our circumstances are not

How can we say that God is good…even when our circumstances are not? Because we know that behind the scenes God is at work. Because “we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God.” (Romans 8:28) Because we know that God has plans for each one of our lives… “plans for your welfare, not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

What the Bible says about God’s goodness

  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
  • The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord with one voice. They raised their voices, accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and musical instruments, in praise to the Lord: For He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (2 Chronicles 5:13)
  • All the Israelites were watching when the fire descended and the glory of the Lord came on the temple. They bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground. They worshiped and praised the Lord: For He is good, for His faithful love endures forever. (2 Chronicles7:3)
  • They sang with praise and thanksgiving to the Lord: “For He is good; His faithful love to Israel endures forever.” (Ezra 3:11)
  • Hallelujah! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 118:29)
  • Give thinks to the Lord, for He is good. His love is eternal. (Psalm 136:1)

What do each one of these verses have in common? In each verse, the phrase, “He is good” is followed by a phrase that tells of God’s eternal and faithful love! A love that is unconditional and always ready to forgive.

Because God is good, He is ready to forgive and abundant in mercy

Maybe you feel as if you’ve done too much sin. Or that your sins are “too big” for God to forgive. Maybe you have that one deep, dark secret sin that only you and God know about and you wonder how God could possible forgive that. He is good. His faithful love endures forever. He’s ready to forgive. He is abundant in mercy to all who call on Him. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done….how long you’ve been doing it…who you’ve been doing it with or who you’re keeping it a secret from….God already knows about it and He’s ready to forgive you.

God’s mercy is greater than your sin

All you have to do is call out to Him, tell him about your sin and ask Him to forgive you. “He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19) “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) “For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Hebrews 8:12) All you have to do is call out to Him. God’s mercy is greater than your sin. His love is greater than your sin. His forgiveness is greater than your sin.

Let go of the sin that holds you captive. Lay it at the foot of the cross and with a repentant heart ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. He is good and He is ready to forgive you.

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Now you can enhance your Bible Reading with the Verse Mapping Template

Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

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What Satan Does Not Want You To know

This trifold document includes Scripture verses that Satan does not want you to know about. As you hide these verses in your heart, you’ll be able to defeat the lies of Satan when he tries his wiles and schemes on you.

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Stress Journal

We all face stress. How we handle stress, however, has many variables. Learning how to recognize stress, coping with stress, and creating a self-care plan during times of stress can begin by journaling. Taken from our series on Biblical self-care for people in ministry, we’ve created this free download to help you through the things that cause you stress.

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2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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The Path to Sin

Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

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One Year Bible Reading Plan

With just 30-40 minutes per day, you can read the entire Bible in one year. The One-Year Bible Reading Plan consists of both Old Testament and New Testament readings for each day of the year. The Bible is God’s personal Word to you. What is He saying to you today? Open your Bible and find out!

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Self-Care Wheel

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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Trusting God or Self?

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

Trusting God- even in difficult times

Trusting God when everything is going right in life is easy. But what about when horrible things happen? What about when there is pandemic and racial unrest? What about when the world around us walks further and further away from God? Do you still reach out to a hurt and lost world and help them bear the unbearable burdens they face? In your most difficult and heartbreaking moments are you still point people to Christ because you have a hope and peace that the world doesn’t understand?

Trusting Self or Trusting God

The prophet Jeremiah recorded the Lord’s words in chapter 17 about both the man that trusts in himself, who God says is cursed, and the one who is trusting in God, who God says is blessed.

In verse 5, the Lord says: Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.”

In verses 7-8, the Lord says to Jeremiah: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

Trusting God leads to Hope

The blessed man (or woman) not only trust in the Lord, but their hope is in the Lord. In our English language when we use the word hope it carries the connotation of a “feeling of desire for a certain thing to happen.” It’s like us Floridians saying “I sure hope it snows on Christmas” but knowing the likelihood of that happening is very slim…and slimmer the more south you go. Biblical hope is something totally different. It is a hope that is a confident belief and expectation in the truths and promises of God. 

Biblical hope not only desires something in the future – it expects it to happen and is confident it will happen based because God said it would happen. In 1 Timothy 6:17-19 we find that those who hope in God find “a firm foundation” and are able to “take hold of the life that is truly life). That firm foundation is built on the power, provision, promises, and personality of God. We know that God is capable of doing exactly what He says He will do because nothing is impossible for Him (Genesis 18:14, Luke 1:37). We know that God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). God can make a way to provide when there seems to be no way (Isaiah 43:19). He is the one who helps us (Isaiah 41:13).

God is 100% Trustworthy

We know that He cannot lie. He doesn’t make a promise and then change his mind. He doesn’t speak but then does not act. God fulfills every promise He makes. (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2). His personality – or His character – is who He is. He is not just merciful – He is mercy. He is faithful. God is good. He is righteous. He is love. God is justice. He is strength. He is comfort. And we can trust Him. Our firm foundation is solid and trustworthy and that is why He is our hope and we can put our trust in Him.

Trusting God leads to Blessings

God said to Jeremiah that the person who trusts in the Lord is blessed. He or she is like a tree that is planted alongside of a river with a strong and deep root system. In Revelation 22:1, John wrote that an angel showed him the river of the water of life that flowed from the throne of God and the Lamb. In John 7:38, Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”

Watered by the Living Water

As a Christian, when we are trusting God, our roots are being watered by the living water of Christ. As we dig into God’s Word, meditate on it, and apply it to our lives, our root system becomes more firmly entrenched in the nurturing soil of the Bible.

A tree with a strong root system is able to withstand calamity. The “hurricanes” of life can blow through but when our spiritual root system is firmly and deeply buried in the promises of God, we will withstand the storm. We will have no need for fear or anxiety, because we know that God works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28) even if we don’t understand it right now.

It doesn’t mean we don’t grieve a loss or feel the effects of the storm. We will still feel the wind whirling around us and hear it howling at ever corner. But as we stand on the solid foundation of Christ, we are able to still praise God in the storm and trust that His promises are true. Even in the middle of the storm, our leaves will stay green and we will keep producing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The shrub in the desert

However, if we back up a few verses in Jeremiah 17, we find that God also said to Jeremiah that when we trust in ourselves and our own strength, our heart departs from the Lord and this person is cursed. (Jeremiah 17:5). God likens this person to a shrub in the desert, dry and parched. He is so thirsty that he isn’t able to see good when it does come. All he can expect is to “inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land, which is not inhabited.”

Parched without any Living Water

God created us with a soul that is always seeking Him. But when our trust is not in God, it is parched and without any living water. Desperately seeking the living water, we turn, instead, to every cesspool of the world to try to find what our soul is longing for. We will turn to sexual relationships, drugs and alcohol, pornography. Or we might turn to things not as bad, such as money, careers, political power, or family.

However, none of these things will satisfy the thirst of our soul. And because these are the things we have placed our trust in, when the storms of life come the things of the world will fail us. These things to do not provide soft, fertile ground for our roots to sink deep. In the desert, the ground is dry and hard and the tender roots of plants find it difficult to break through the hard ground so they can be nourished. Even if a plant or shrub springs up, it generally will die quickly because it is not being nourished. It’s roots are very shallow and when a storm comes, it is uprooted and blown away.

Is your hope in the Lord or have you departed from the Lord?

So which is more like you? Are you more like blessed man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord. Or are you more like the man that departed from the Lord and is parched in a dry and weary desert? If you’re not sure which is more true for you, then think about how you react when the storms of life show up. It’s easy to trust God when everything is going well. But where our trust is when life becomes unbearable will show our true loyalty – are you trusting in your own strength or do you trust in the Lord?

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Now you can enhance your Bible Reading with the Verse Mapping Template

Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

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What Satan Does Not Want You To know

This trifold document includes Scripture verses that Satan does not want you to know about. As you hide these verses in your heart, you’ll be able to defeat the lies of Satan when he tries his wiles and schemes on you.

[Download not found]

Stress Journal

We all face stress. How we handle stress, however, has many variables. Learning how to recognize stress, coping with stress, and creating a self-care plan during times of stress can begin by journaling. Taken from our series on Biblical self-care for people in ministry, we’ve created this free download to help you through the things that cause you stress.

[Download not found]

2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

[Download not found]

The Path to Sin

Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

[Download not found]
Bible Reading Plan Download

One Year Bible Reading Plan

With just 30-40 minutes per day, you can read the entire Bible in one year. The One-Year Bible Reading Plan consists of both Old Testament and New Testament readings for each day of the year. The Bible is God’s personal Word to you. What is He saying to you today? Open your Bible and find out!

[Download not found]

Self-Care Wheel

The Self-Care Wheel provides ideas for practicing self-care in six dimensions of yourself: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Sensory, and Social. NOTE: You will need 11X14 paper to print the wheel.

Want to know more about self-care? Our Self-Care blog series targets people who serve in any ministry position (paid staff or volunteer) and takes a Biblical approach to self-care.

[Download not found]

Need some music to get you through the day? Check out one of our Playlists on YouTube

Click here for the Contemporary Christian Playlist
Click here for the Southern Gospel Playlist
Or Click here for the Hymns Playlist

You can also watch our animated devotionals on the YouTube Channel


God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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What do you glory in?

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

What is Glory?

The entire Bible talks about the glory of God, but if a new Christian asked you what “glory” means, could you answer them? In the Greek, three words are used for “glory”: doxa, doxazo, and kleos.

Doxa refers to honor and praise that commands respect, excellence, and magnificence. It describes God’s nature and actions. It’s who He is and is shown through what He does and how He chooses to reveal Himself to us.

Doxazo is the verb that means to magnify, extol or praise. This is when we ascribe honor to God as we acknowledge His greatness, His being, His attributes and His actions.

kleos refers to one’s reputation, good report, fame, and renown.

Giving God Glory?

God is the sum of all these. So when we give God glory, it means we honor and respect Him because He chooses to show us lovingkindness, He is righteous, and He exercises judgment. As children of God, we need to pay attention to what delights Him and then order our priorities around those.  

Our Goal: Knowing and Enjoying God

Our supreme goal is to know and enjoy God. In Jeremiah 9:24, we see that the person who understands and knows the Lord has the highest values that are dependent on the fact that God alone is Lord. 1 Timothy 6:15 says, “He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.” We give God glory whenever we acknowledge His greatness, praising Him, worshiping Him or honor him simply because He, and He alone, deserve to be praised, honored, and worshiped. His glory is the very essence of His nature. It is who He is.  He is holy, faithful, merciful, grace, love, mighty, sovereign, powerful, forgiving, loving, omnipotent and omniscience. He is worthy of all our praise.

If we’re not giving God glory, we give it to ourselves

On the other hand, in Jeremiah 9:23, we see that wisdom, might, and riches are the values that the wise, mighty, and rich aspire to. Theses people glory in themselves and what they acquire or accomplish. They glory in their wisdom, might, and wealth. They give none of the credit to God. It is foolish to glory in these things that are fleeting. Wisdom can be gone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Might gives way to old age and ailing health. Riches disappear with just one bad investment. But when we glory in God, then we glory in the eternal wisdom, righteousness, and judgment of God.

Giving God the glory sounds like this:

What is it that you glory in?

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