God intended our emotions for good. In fact, He wants us to love Him passionately - with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. God has emotions, especially where His children are concerned. God IS love. He lavishes that love on us in how He cares for us, and by what He did through Christ, to save our souls for eternity. As you listen today, ask God to show you how He wants you to demonstration these emotions He has built into you, as we study the passions of King David.
The popular saying goes - ‘If it feels good - do it.’ sounds freeing, BUT, feelings usually reveal themselves to be unreliable and even a bit foolish at times. We can’t live our lives solely based on emotions! On this program, our host, Barbara Sandbek, begins a new series, entitled, ‘Making the best of our emotions’. It’s an exciting topic so don’t miss a single broadcast.
When you think of the word ‘stronghold’ what comes to mind - a mighty fortress, a safe, secure place - or possibly a habit or mind-set that inhibits a person from being what God made them to be, or doing what God has for them to do?
Waiting is never an easy thing to do, but it is part of life, and useful for our spiritual growth. Susannah Spurgeon, the wife of Charles Spurgeon, counseled her own heart while waiting with these words: “The Lord has strewn the pages of God’s Word with promises of blessedness to those who wait for Him. And remember, His slightest Word stands fast and sure; it can never fail you. So, my soul, see that you have a PROMISE underneath thee, for then your waiting will be RESTING and a FIRM FOOTHOLD, for your hope will give you CONFIDENCE in Him who has said, ‘They shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.’” Psalm 37:7a says… Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him. Let’s continue now as our host Barbara Sandbek introduces our topic again with a fitting song.
A father’s job is to GUIDE his children into what God has for THEM to do, not do it for them. In other words, he should be their coach, and teach THEM how to win. Today on Grace Notes, our host Barbara Sandbek will share some thoughts on what it takes to be a good father.
The ability to wait patiently for something has always been an admirable trait. Joseph had to wait while suffering in enslavement for 13 years before he was made Pharaoh’s top official. David had to wait for 15 years before he was made King – all the time hiding from King Saul’s murderous exploits against him. The disciples waited in the upper room for 10 days for the Holy Spirit to descend upon them. Each of their patient waiting yielding a great blessing. Are YOU willing to wait for a blessing? Stay tuned as our host, Barbara Sandbek, shares some of the benefits of waiting on the Lord.
On our Grace Notes program today, Barbara Sandbek will tell us the story of a successful Biblical character, Joseph, who vividly demonstrated how important forgiveness is in achieving success. But before she does, let’s join with her in worship and adoration of the Lord our God.
The phrase ‘the Glory of God’ represents many things – the essential quality of God’s character, His righteousness, and His presence. In fact, someone once described it as ‘all his attributes summed up into one and then raised to the nth power’. His Glory is also His worthiness. Everything about Him testifies that He is worthy to receive praise, honor, and respect. When we ascribe Glory to God it is a form of affirmation, praise, and thanksgiving.
A temptation from God is ‘a trial or proving of man’s integrity or virtue, which aims at an ultimate spiritual good’. A temptation from satan is ‘an enticement to sin or do evil’. In THIS phrase, it is important to note that the line, ‘deliver us from evil’ is translated in the NIV this way…deliver us from The Evil One. With this in mind, let’s join our host, Barbara Sandbek as we study this request further.
The Jews in Jesus’ day were a people very subject to revenge and were hardly brought to forgive any injuries done to them. Perhaps this is why Jesus made it a point to command that they forgive others AND tell them what the consequences would be if they didn’t. In discussing this, we need to be careful not to conclude that our forgiving of others causes God to forgive us, or to compare our forgiving to God’s. With this in mind, let’s begin our study.
In his book, Psalm 23: The Song of a Passionate Heart, David Roper writes… God knows our pace. He knows when grief, pain and loneliness overwhelm us. He knows when the full realization of our limitations come home to us. He knows when we’re shamed and broken and unable to go on. God does not drive His sheep. He gently leads them. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will describe how God leads us as we continue with our study of the 23rd Psalm.
God gave mankind the finest gift that could EVER be given. He SAW our need before we knew it and before we even asked. We were living our lives apart from Him, but God’s heart LONGED for our fellowship, so He commended His love to us through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Jesus STRETCHED OUT His hands on the cross to give us God’s love. He died and rose from the grave, to pay the penalty for our sin against God and to provide reconciliation. When we accept this gift, we have fellowship with God. What greater gift could we possibly want? On this Grace Notes program, our host Barbara Sandbek will talk about how we should respond to this great gift.
On our previous program, Barbara Sandbek talked about the way God leads us. We learned that when we trust in the Lord and not in ourselves, our paths will be well lit by Jesus, the Light of the World. Today, she’ll continue with the same verse, Psalm 23:3b which reads… He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. But first, let’s listen as Barbara sings about traveling life’s road with the King…
King David was well aware of the gracious and lavish treatment he received from His Heavenly Father. In the first part of verse 5 of Psalm 23, he described how bountifully God set the table for him, and how comfortable and secure he felt, even with his enemies looking on. He continues the verse with “Thou anointest my head with oil – my cup runneth over”. This shows how the Lord honored him by anointing him with oil and continually filling his cup to overflowing. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will discuss the custom of anointing with oil and relate it to our anointing as Believers. So stay tuned, you’re sure to learn something new.
The phrase “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” This is the first time David addresses God with, ‘Thou’ (or ‘You’ in our language). In the previous phrases He used the word ‘He’. Maybe it’s because God becomes more personal when we go through valleys. Are you going through a valley now? Keep listening – God has a message for you.