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Aug 11, 2007 He is Near Kathleen Maples Psa 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. This is a precious truth to a weary heart. If you are tired, if you are struggling, if you feel like fainting from the pressure, read this very carefully and slowly and let the Holy Spirit minister this wonderful truth to your heart. He is righteous in everything He does. If we feel like He is a million miles away, it is us that has drifted from Him, not Him that has left us. He hasn't gone anywhere. This verse, when you look at it carefully seems to suggest that the Lord is very near, waiting, desiring to hear that call, the cry to HIM. He longs to hear His Name called out from our lips and hearts. We invite, we call out to Him, and He will hear. He's watching so closely He knows that cry is coming before we get it out. He is waiting, with love and longing to help us more than we realize. He hears, He understands the cry, the reason for the cry, and He knows He alone has what we need. When we cry for help, He is near, He is willing to help, and will liberate us and deliver us, and give us the victory over whatever is besetting us, or plaguing us. His intervention, His presence, His love for us, assures us of victory over everything, including ourselves, if we will but trust Him and cry out to Him and be love Him enough to be still before Him and understand He is God and He can do anything. He wants what is best for us. Oh, that we as His people could learn to just love and enjoy Him, and trust Him to work everything else out. If we are to be His Bride, shouldn't just spending time with Him, loving Him, and learning of Him be our first priority? All the do's and don'ts would take care of themselves if knowing HIM were our number one priority. The do's and don'ts would become a natural thing out of a loving heart that would not want to offend this gracious and awesome Christ. Let our heart be established in Him, and may we be found faithful to Him, always seeking to put HIM first in our lives, daily, and truly. The only truth is His Word. If we are crying out to Him out of a sincere heart that hungers for righteousness and hates the things that hinder us or weigh us down, we are in a position to be heard and helped. None of this applies to those who do not take the things of God seriously, nor have a heart for holiness and truth. If you are playing games with God, you can't claim the promises of God. 2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. Our foundation is the Word of God which was made flesh and dwelt among mankind. He was the living Testimony of God. Now we have this Testimony written down for our eyes to behold. It's sure, stable and cannot be thrown or torn down, despite the attempts that Satan has made over the years to do so. The Lord knows-and this word in the Greek means He has an intimate knowledge of His own. Those are they who love Him enough to tarry before Him, and in His Word, hungering for Him. They are willing to put off the world, and make time for Him. They desire to know Him. And the last part here-if you dare to identify yourself with Him, as one of His, you should do so with reverence, gratitude, amazement, and awe, and not knowingly allow any behavior that would bring a reproach on that precious name. If we claim the name, we must reverence His Name, not only with our lips, but with our hearts. Psalms 111:9 says Holy and Reverend is that name. Don't use it vainly, or lightly. And be careful to not bring reproach on that name by a cavalier, worldly lifestyle that is selfish and lightly esteems that name. But if you are reading this, I doubt seriously you fit in to that place. Psa 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. He will prepare and serve up that which those who fear Him, and reverence Him need. He will hear them, and will deliver them. He will defend, rescue and bring them to victory. He knows those who are His. He knows those who truly love Him. He knows those who are cast down because of the work of the devil in their lives or around them. What a precious Lord we have who is willing to help us, saints! Let us bow before Him and worship Him and love Him, and thank Him. He alone is worthy! Let us never take Him forgranted, and oh, Father, forgive us for neglecting You, and allowing trivial things to keep us from Your Presence. God help us, change us oh Lord, and give us the courage to come before You, with reverence and awe, in Jesus' Precious Name...amen.
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