Rest * Heb. 4:1-7

Hebrews 4:1-7
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb+4%271-7+&version=NKJV;NIV
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Harden not your hearts.
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We can enter His rest. Yes, we are able. God’s Word says so. God’s rest – His peace is available to us. All we have to do is choose it. His rest is for the taking – rest from strife, rest from worry and fear, rest from our trials and tribulations, etc. We have available to us the help we need to go through life. All we have to do is choose it and then walk in confidence – in faith – that God does do what His Word says.
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Jesus said, “Come all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It is as simple as that. Just come to Him and He will give you rest; rest to your soul, rest for your mind, peace in your heart. As the song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full into His wonderful face and the things on earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
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Lord Jesus, we need You. We come to You. As the Word says, and we ask You, Lord give us rest from those things that are troubling and burdensome. We come to you so You can give us rest and lead us beside the peaceful, quiet waters. You are the only One who can restore each soul. Increase our faith and trust in You and Your Word. We thank You for making rest available to anyone who wants it. We thank you that all we have to do is ask You and You will help us. Your grace and mercy are astounding. Pour out Your grace and mercy on us – we need You. Soften our hearts to receive the truth. May the truth push out all lies and every false way in us. Fill us to over flow in the truth and empower our feet to walk in it. Bring us into a deeper relationship with You. Thank you for all You do. Amen.

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My Prayer

Lord, in You I need to abide
Remove every ounce of pride
In me, do not let it reside
Neither do I want it to hide
It’s power must be denied
I need Your help for I’ve tried
Many a nights I have cried
I need humility on my side
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Today, this is what I decide
I say to you unwanted pride
Your ways I have now denied
All you have done is lied
Your ways in me now fried
In me they cannot reside
For I will not let them abide
I have a humble spirit inside

Faith Triumphs *1 Sam. 17:32-51

1 Samuel 17:32-51
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+17%3A32-51&version=NKJV;NIV
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There are many lessons in this story of David and Goliath.
* faith triumphs over fear. (vs. 32)  * God uses the most unlikely to bring victory to His people (vs. 33 & 55)  * Not walking by sight; but by faith (vs. 37, 4-7, 33-36)  * Against all odds, God will give victory to the one who believes (vs. 51)  * One insignificant person can change the outcome for the good of the community (vs. 55-56)  * Facing fear; facing the giant (problem/situation) in life will extinguish it, and God gets the glory. (vs. 47)
* humility (being humble) and putting trust in God triumphs over pride (boastful and arrogant) (vs.43-44)  * Just be yourself; do not try to walk in another’s shoes. God made us all different and unique. God gives different gifts and abilities to each person. Trying to be like someone else is not a good fit and will not result in victory, but in defeat. (vs. 38-40)  * Pride cometh before a fall (vs.43-44)  *Remember, remember, remember what the Lord God has done for you in the past. (vs. 34-35)  * The battle is the Lord’s; it’s not by sword, spear, or actions but only by the Lord who saves. (vs. 47)
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Lord, God of Israel, give us the faith, courage, and strength to face those who are in opposition to Your people. Go before us Lord and save Your people from the enemy’s tactics. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Sovereign

Ah Sovereign Lord
You are above all
Through all
In all
It is You I call
You are my all
In all
My foes plans’ stall
You remove each wall
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Break every chain
Break every chain
Break every chain
So none remain
Remove every pain
Only You sustain
Remove every stain
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Break every chain
Break every chain
Break every chain
Let none remain
Your Word sustain
Your people contain
Faith and hope obtain
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My foe no longer draining
Keep me from complaining
Now trust in You remaining
Faith and hope containing
Understanding gaining
Wisdom maintaining
Your power sustaining