Author: Teresa Roberts

“…unless I had believed I would see the goodness….”

"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living." We serve a good, good God. If you know Him intimately at all you know that. David expresses so well a great advantage we have when God is our Father. His children do not have to despair as others. When we cry out to Him we know He hears, and He is good. Then we wait and watch expectantly for the goodness of God as our hearts fill with courage to do the unthinkable. I experienced this yesterday while running the ten mile trail run at Matthews State Forest. It is an extremely challenging, fun run! I broke a rib on Thursday morning in the gym. It was a lower rib on the left side of my back. I actually ran with a client afterwards an easy pace on the flat New River Trail. It hurt, but not that badly. On Friday I rested, and on Saturday morning I was praying for my clients and myself about the race we were about to do. This is the verse the Lord dropped in my spirit. I looked it up and read Psalm 27. My heart took courage. The first part of the race was on the service road, so I was uncomfortable, but not a big deal. About...

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“But Daniel made up his mind…”

Daniel 1:8 "But Daniel made up His mind that He would not defile himself with the king’s choice food and drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself." I would like to challenge you to make up your mind as Daniel not to defile yourself with the world’s table of choice foods and wine spread before you continuously. "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, Gd will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) Obviously God feels very strongly about how we care for our body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Even though our bodies are temporal, our eternal spirit is confined inside them. The followers of Christ should not be gorging themselves with the delicacies of this world. When we begin to delight ourselves in food more than Him it has become an idol. Daniel requested a simple diet of vegetables and water and He and his friends thrived from it. I am not advocating you become a vegetarian, but I am asking you to seek God’s wisdom and guidance on how to make better food choices drinking more water. For me it means...

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“…to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”

2 Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." The Bible places emphasis on the heart much more than the external presentation. We see this throughout Jesus’ ministry. He must have our heart inside of His before we will perform His will rather than our own. Religion teaches us the opposite as the Pharisees and Sadducees exemplified. Jesus exposed their true hearts, and that is why they hated Him so. They simply pretended to be good to impress each other. Jesus told them your lips praise Me, but your heart is far from Me. (Matthew 15:8) What is the condition of your heart this morning? Is your heart fully committed to Him, or do you have a divided heart? Do you love Him with all your heart as He commanded? What is your heart filled with this morning? Are you filled by His love or someone else’s? May I encourage you and myself to keep your heart inside of His that you may receive the promised strength needed to fulfill His will and not your own. His ways are so much higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9) In His love. When my daughter, Sarah Beth, married she gave me a message and a necklace as a daily reminder to "keep my heart in His heart." Only...

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“…For am I in God’s place?”

Genesis 50:19-20 But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." What a profound question Joseph posed to his frightened, guilt ridden brothers as they stood before him as ruler over all of Egypt. They were at his mercy knowing they deserved anything but mercy. As many of you remember they were jealous of Joseph, because he was loved by his father more than them. This jealousy was so strong they planned to murder their brother! They were stopped by the oldest brother, Rueben, instead throwing Joseph in a pit, and selling him into slavery to Ishmaelites passing by. Joseph’s life was a glimpse of our Lord and Savor who was to come. Joseph was stripped of his robe, 37:23, sold for a few pieces of silver, (v 28), delivered the people from death (41:57, 45:7), and forgave those who sinned against him. (45:5) Read Genesis 37-50 for the entire, inspiring story of redemption and forgiveness. We see throughout scripture we must walk in obedience to God which always requires forgiveness as we have been forgiven. Throughout we see many examples over and over of many saved out of the obedience of one. Jesus is our ultimate example knowing He...

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“…holding fast to the Word of Life…”

Philippians 2:14 "Do all things without grumbling or complaining or fault finding, so you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among who you appear as lights in the world, holding fast to the Word of Life…" Grumbling, complaining, and fault finding so easily becomes a way of life for many of the children of God along with the rest of the world. Yet, God makes it clear in His Word He hates it. I hate what my Father hates, but still it is prevalent in my life to my shame. How desperately I long to prove myself to be a blameless, innocent child of God bringing His light into the darkness, but it is smothered as I succumb to what comes so naturally. I am reminded this morning through His Word we will only appear as Light as we hold fast to the Word of Life. This means more than just reading it. We must meditate and memorize it until it rules our hearts and minds more than our feelings and emotions. I thank God His mercy is new every morning and great is His faithfulness when I am unfaithful. That is why He sent a Savior to light our way and to cleanse and heal us from all our failures. Therefore, everyday...

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